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  • 26 Mar 2020 9:30 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Our world has been upended.  COVID-19, a phrase straight out of science fiction, has ravaged our lives.  The measures we've enacted to prevent the coronavirus from spreading have closed our schools and vacated many of our businesses.  We're requested to stay home except for essential activities, understandably for our own good and the good of others, yet we’re left watching the financial markets tumble and crumble our nest eggs.  We get anxious as we think of the next round of uncertainties.  The patchwork of declarations from city to city make knowing what to do incredibly difficult, and what once were small inconveniences presented by social distancing have turned into major problems involving lives.  We need to know the answers to many questions.  Am I to shut down my businesses tonight if we sell medicines?  Can I stay open if my business primarily involves property and not people?  Because I work around a lot of people and I am afraid of catching the virus and spreading it to my family, what can I do if my employer won't close down the business?  Why should I close my business if we're strictly observing social distancing guidelines?  What plan does the city have for nonessential businesses it shuts down?  What remedies are there for my business if I can't generate sales but I must still pay bills?  Now that I've been laid off, what am I going to do if I don't have money to live?

    Oh my God.  I pause to think about what is being asked.  This is real.  It’s happening to our fellow Texans and it's heartbreaking.  I don't know if all the right answers exist because no one has ever imagined we'd be here.

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    And it's so difficult to know what to do.  We could continue with this hodgepodge of differing standards, randomly shutting down parts of the state along with the country.  Or we could have one large order—albeit perhaps unconstitutionally—to quarantine and lockdown everyone in a region for a time like the Chinese did.  Or we could adopt the Brit's original strategy of building herd immunity: protect those most vulnerable while the rest of us walk around with mild symptoms or asymptomatically.  To that last point, in fact, in an effort to not "let the cure be worse than the problem itself", President Trump said in his March 23 coronavirus briefing that he may urge businesses to reopen after, on March 16, his administration issued a 15-day set of guidelines meant to slow the spread of the virus.  He later said he wants us up and running by Easter.  If that happens, will state and local governments comply?  Will some people interpret that the virus is not as bad as once thought?  If it was only days ago the risk of virus transmissibility at businesses was severe, how many of us will want to go back, and could those renewed interactions eventually endanger the rest of us that choose to stay away?

    Not only is the messaging we receive from our leaders confusing, the information we receive about the virus is constantly changing.  Though air and surfaces are not thought to be the primary mechanisms for transmission, in a laboratory or under ideal conditions, the virus can survive in the air for hours and on surfaces for even longer.  First we were told it could survive nine days on surfaces; then three; now, as of March 23, the virus has been found to survive for 17 days on surfaces.  It’s impossible to remember what I touched 17 minutes ago—17 days are you kidding me!  The novelty of this virus makes the latest information we’ve learned obsolete time and again.  Research can provide precise answers, though at a sluggish pace compared to the movement of this scourge.

    All this obviously has an effect on what FWHR will do.  As the world has changed, we, too, must adapt with a different set of programming, one that suits your needs now from both legal and societal perspectives.  We’ve built a COVID-19 page that acts as a hub for the many resources you can use to navigate the roads ahead.  Part of the resources involve a place where you can ask questions and receive advice to influence your next steps.  I’m proud of our team that has so swiftly put these resources together.  They continue to stay abreast of all the changes to help us though these challenging times.

    This new age is bizarre and scary.  Yet despite the insidiousness of this virus, and despite the little attention given to those infected who are either asymptomatic or who have recovered fully, it may serve us well to remember that we Americans can recover as other countries have.  As the virus spreads and we conduct more testing, we will see the numbers of infected people rise.  It will take more success stories to assuage our fears and elevate our confidences.  More celebrities, like Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, Idris Elba, and Daniel Dae Kim, need to lend us their voices of victory over the virus.  Indeed, all of us should speak of our triumphs to improve our spirits.  None of us want to get sick, but hope remains if we do.

    No one has all the answers because we're figuring it out as we go, but there's something I heard on the PBS Newshour that I'd like you to remember.  David Brooks, columnist for the New York Times, had studied another devastating pandemic in history, the 1918 Spanish flu.  Despite the millions of infections and deaths across the globe, people survived.  Yet, Brooks says, there was a lot of bad behavior during those dark days.  As time progressed and the pandemic worsened, people, separated by distance for their own good, began distrusting one another.  Distance can foster ill-will and destroy social trust, which is understandable if we must assume that everyone else is sick.  We recognize that fear—its innate, its reasonable.  But when the Spanish flu ended, people felt ashamed of their selfish behavior.  As we approach a similar threshold of division in 2020, the lesson for us today is that same bad behavior can happen again.  It’s important for all of us to at least try to maintain compassion and decency toward one another.  Much like the continuous balance between freedom and security, we are now faced with the choice of balancing trust with safety.  We will all be tested.  Be well.

    Jon Evans
    President, FWHR

  • 21 Feb 2020 1:13 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Win a $125 Visa Gift Card at the March Luncheon

    Rules and instructions:

    • Log in to your profile.  You must be a FWHR member.
    • Upload a head shot of yourself (alone) to your profile.  
      *While upper torso pictures are also fine, our preference is to be able to distinguish who you are.
    • Register for the March luncheon prior to March 16th to be one of three lucky winners selected at random.
    • Update your profile, including the new Volunteer and SME sections near the bottom of your profile.

    Why do we want your picture?  Because as FWHR grows, we want to know who you are should we meet at an event.  Pictures help with remembering who you are, especially when looking in the Member Directory.

    Never done this before?  Click here for easy picture upload instructions.

    Please note: you must be a FWHR member and must be present to win.  Participants are limited to win one of the three available gift cards.

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  • 19 Jun 2019 3:18 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Fort Worth HR
    For Elevating Human Resources, Improving Workplaces 

    Fort Worth, TX, June 11, 2019—SHRM, the Society for Human Resource Management, recently awarded Fort Worth HR (FWHR) its prestigious EXCEL Platinum Award for the FWHR’s accomplishments in 2018.

    The EXCEL award aligns individual chapters’ and state councils’ activities with SHRM’s aspirations for the HR profession. The award recognizes major accomplishments, strategic activities, and tactical initiatives that elevate the profession of human resources.  

    So much of SHRM’s success in shaping better workplaces—where employers and employees can thrive together—is owed to the hard work of our chapters and state councils such as FWHR. Through their courage and leadership, FWHR is driving true, measurable progress toward the healthy, productive, and dynamic workplaces of tomorrow,” said Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP, president and chief executive officer of SHRM. “Awarding this Platinum Excel Award is just one small way for SHRM to recognize and celebrate the big steps this chapter has taken this past year.

    The EXCEL Award can be earned at four levels: bronze, silver, gold and platinum. Each level has a prescribed set of requirements and accomplishments that must be met. FWHR will receive recognition in SHRM publications and at conferences, a logo to display on its website, and information to share with its members about the significance of this award.

    Earning the EXCEL Platinum Award takes the efforts of many people, including both chapter professionals and board members.  FWHR’s initiatives included updating its bylaws, collaborating with DallasHR on a pre-conference HRSouthwest event, expanding its relationship with the community through several activities, and increasing its PEG engagement.

    For more information about FWHR, visit FWHR.org.

    Media: For more information, contact Dena Culpepper of FWHR at817.576.0577 and info@fwhr.org.

    About SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management)

    SHRM, the Society for Human Resource Management, creates better workplaces where employers and employees thrive together. As the voice of all things work, workers and the workplace, SHRM is the foremost expert, convener and thought leader on issues impacting today’s evolving workplaces. With 300,000+ HR and business executive members in 165 countries, SHRM impacts the lives of more than 115 million workers and families globally. Learn more at SHRM.org and on Twitter @SHRM.

  • 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)

    Win a $125 Visa Gift Card at the March Luncheon

    Rules and instructions:

    • Log in above.
    • Upload a good picture of yourself (alone) to your profile.
    • Register for the March luncheon prior to March 18th to be one of three lucky winners selected at random.
    • Update your profile, including the new Volunteer and SME sections near the bottom of your profile.

    Never done this before?  Click here for easy picture upload instructions.

    Please note: you must be a FWHR member and must be present to win.  Participants are limited to win one of the three available gift cards.

    Good luck!

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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
    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



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