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  • 29 May 2019 11:14 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Have you ever wondered about the third question on the luncheon surveys for recertification credit?  This month's question asked about specific areas of HR technology desired for Summer School.  Obviously the correct answer involves HR chatbots that act like humans that will free us HR professionals so we can leave work early undetected by needy employees.  No worries if you didn't answer that correctly.  Still, this third question, asked by our Programs Director, Dottie Muldowney, helps her select speakers for popular topics. 

    Sometimes, though, that question is just for fun.  Here's a look back to 2018 at some of the fun questions, and answers, posed to our professionals.


    In March 2018 we asked, "What is the best part of working in HR?"  Nearly half of respondents said that helping others was the best part of their job, which makes chatbots now seem like the wrong answer.  Other answers included variety of work, improving their organization and challenging oneself—all noble reasons for being in the profession. 

    Back in May, we asked who is your favorite HR influencer.  The top awards go to Cy Wakeman, Patrick Lencioni, and John Maxwell, with special mention going to two former FWHR presidents, Mike Coffey and Justin Dorsey.  Oh boy!  I think I see an M-J speakers bureau in the near future.

    In July we asked what people were doing for their vacations.  Top spots went to Boston, Port Aransas, and Colorado.  And who are the people that went to the Bahamas, Brazil, Italy, and Costa Rica?  If you ever need a guide to exotic places…well that's not me.  But I will give you guidance after we stay at a Holiday Inn Express.  I figure that we can be just like Rick Steves on TV, and if we happen to get lost we’ll just whip out the GPS and ask the locals.  ¡Google Translate es bueno!


    "What's your favorite memory from the first day back to school?" we asked last August.  Who didn't like seeing their friends again after a long summer break?  At a time before Facebook, seeing friends again was the favorite response.  Also popular was getting new school supplies like backpacks, tennis shoes, new clothes, #2 pencils and crayons, hopefully not to eat.  And many people were nervous about the first day back, whether it was because of the new teacher or because of the new classmates you were to meet.  Or, maybe it was because you were afraid you'd run in to the bully.  Kudos to the person brave enough to admit he or she got a swirly at the start of 3rd grade.  Had I been old enough, I would've bullied that person to stop bullying you.  Inappropriate but true.

    October's question was the most popular, and it asked respondents about their favorite part of fall.  Lots of stuff popped up here: food, pumpkins, pumpkin spice, the holidays, and good ole gridiron football.  I just flexed.  And to the person who mentioned that the time change was their favorite part of fall, we cannot be friends.  Even if it is "falling back", daylight savings time needs to go dodo, and if I were a politician I'd run on that issue.  (Seriously, please end DST.)  Back on task, the top answer repeated by over half of respondents was the weather.  Capturing the interest of many was the falling tree leaves in the cool, crisp air.  The beautiful colors seemed to be like therapy to most everyone. 


    Thank you, FWHR, for sharing insight into your lives.  You have more in common than you know, so be brave and strike up conversations with each other.  Until the next question, take care.

    Jon Evans
    President, FWHR

  • 06 Mar 2019 8:35 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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  • 27 Feb 2019 2:59 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    One of the best things about Fort Worth is the people. As a city, most of us spend the majority of our time at work. If we are going to make the city better, we have to make work better.

    Having grown up in “The Fort,” there has always been a certain je ne sais quoi that makes it…well let’s just say better than other cities. We have always had a functioning city council that work together across racial boundaries to achieve shared goals. We were also among the first cities in Texas to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation in private employment, city employment, housing, public accommodations, and city contractors. 

    Some would even describe it as a family that keeps its business private. Of course, the Fort has not been without its issues in the areas of race, gender and sexual orientation. These subsurface tensions have even come to the top in recent years, whether it is concerns about police actions, the Rainbow Room events, or others.

    While the city leadership has taken proactive steps in seeking to address these, there is more that can be done.  The Fort is our city, and it is made up of our friends, neighbors, families, and co-workers. We—the collective “We”—can do better.

    The Diversity PEG was derived from the idea that we can do better.  I met India Bastien during the Tarrant County Pride Parade. We started talking and learned we shared a background in HR. It was disappointing to answer “no” when the question came up about whether there was an HR group focused on LGBTQ issues, so we decided to start one. FWHR seemed a logical place to build on that idea.

    Along the way, we decided it was best to open a Professional Emphasis Group (PEG) focusing on the larger issues of diversity. The themes and subjects of the group will be decided by its members, with the idea that participants will set the agenda and move the needle in the areas they are passionate about. What drives this program is the fundamental goal of creating a better world by creating a better city. This PEG is about supporting each other, and educating our community.

    • We want to answer the questions:
    • Where does the community of Fort Worth stand on various issues related to diversity?
    • What can we do as a community to make a positive difference on these issues?
    • Why should you take an active role in promoting diversity and inclusion in every aspect of life?
    • Why is diversity important for your business?
    • What can it do for your business (recruiting, growth, employee health etc.)?

    If you’re interested in making The Fort a better workplace for friends, neighbors, families, and co-workers, join us! Koddi has generously offered their offices and will validate parking:

    Thursday, February 28, 2019
    3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
    Koddi
    2821 W 7th St STE 270
    Fort Worth, TX 76107

    The building is connected to a parking garage on Foch Street. You can park in a visitor spot, or park behind the gate. We validate your parking. When you arrive, head to the Pinnacle bank lobby and look for the elevators. We are on the second floor. When you walk out of the elevators, take a hard right and we are at the end of the hall. (Remember to bring your parking ticket so Koddi can validate parking.)

    Tim Koirtyohann, SPHR
    Diversity PEG Leader


  

FWHR
PO Box 100184  Fort  Worth, Texas 76185
817-576-0577

    

    



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