GRHRA News - August 30, 2018


We have quite a few events being offered in September and October, so before heading out to enjoy your weekend plans, please take a moment to read through the  newsletter. GRHRA would like to wish you an enjoyable and safe Labor Day weekend!


Did You Know?

Labor Day in Canada began in 1872 in Toronto but quickly made its way south to the U.S. 

The first U.S. Labor Day was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City, planned by the Central Labor Union.

Oregon was the first state to make Labor Day a holiday in 1887.

On June 28, 1894, Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday.

In the late 1800’s, the average American worked 12-hour days and seven-day weeks to get by on basic living. Children as young as 5-6 years old worked in factories and mines. The 8-hour day was firmly established in 1916 with the passage of the Adamson Act.  

News at a Glance

  • Survey opportunities!
    • (1 minute) Workforce Readiness Survey. Findings from this survey will be presented at our GRHRA meeting in November. Take the survey now!
    • (10 mintues) Iowa Trends in Talent Development Survey. To receive a copy of the report, provide your name and email on the last survey question. Take the survey now!
  • Calling all HR professionals! Don't forget to sign-up for the Iowa SHRM State Conference, HR Charting the Course, that will be in held in Coralville from September 26-28. See the outlined agenda and details below. You won't want to miss this!
  • The 2018 Future Ready Iowa Regional Summit dates have been announced. The QC summit will be held on October 2, 2018, at the Putnam Museum & Science Center.See below on how to register for the event.

Spotlight Follow-Up

Thank you to those who attended our August 21st event with Abby Cheesman! The turnout was amazing; we hope you all were able to take something away from the event.


In the follow-up survey, many of you mentioned that while you enjoyed  being able to learn about creating job posting videos, your written job postings still need work, as they are still being utilized. Therefore, we wanted to provide everyone with a few articles that will address this particular topic.


1. has a great article in which you can download examples, templates and also see real examples. Click here to read more.


2. provides tips on how to better word, summarize, format and relay information in your job postings. Click here to read more.


3. provides what not to do when creating a job posting. They give great side-by-side examples to better display the right and the wrong way to write the job posting. Click here to read more.

Upcoming Meetings & Important Dates

September Events

2018 Iowa SHRM Conference Information & FAQ's

Wednesday - Friday, September 26-28, 2018

Register for Iowa's largest HR conference held in Coralville, Iowa, from September 26 - 28. ALL HR professionals, SHRM member or not, seasoned professional, new to HR, or a full-time student, all are welcome! Check out FAQ's from our President & VP.


October Events

Future Ready Iowa Regional Summit (QC)

 Tuesday, October 2, 2018future-ready-iowa

Future Ready Iowa regional summits will bring together key stakeholders in education, business, economic development and community across the state, to create local strategies that ensure all Iowans are future ready. Join us at the Putnam Museum and Science Center for the QC location summit. Register here!


Business & Workplace Etiquette

Thursday, October 4, 2018 (6:00PM - 7:30PM)

Roxanne Steffens will share  with us the do's and don'ts of business and workplace etiqette. Appetizers and networking held from 5:00 - 5:30 pm. Presentation from Roxanne Steffens from 5:30 - 6:30 pm. Geared toward students but all GRHRA members are welcome to attend. RSVP to attend!


Diversity & Inclusion

Tuediversity-inclusionsday, October 16, 2018 (12:00PM - 1:00PM)

More details to come on this Diversity & Inclusion event with Monica Smith. Save the date!




November Events

November 13, GRHRA Half Day Legislative Event, Rhythm City - Speakers TBD.


December Events

December 5, Save the Date! Half Day Employer Wellness Forum, Northeast Iowa Community College, Dubuque, IA - Speakers: Troy Vincent, Founder and CEO, Navigate Wellbeing Solutions, and Tom Woodward, President & CEO, Woodward Communications. Registration will open October 1, 2018


Job Board Opportunities

Payroll and Compliance Specialist, posted 08/14/2018

Wyffels Hybrids, Geneseo, IL


Performance Foodservice, Rock Island, IL


Human Resource Generalist, posted 08/01/2018

QCR Holdings, Inc., Moline, IL


What defines us is how well we rise after we fall.”  - Zig Ziglar