GRHRA News - December 20, 2018

News at a Glance

  • We read your input on the surveys and have now revised our 2019 event schedule to be comprised of meetings in the morning, afternoon and evening! Thank you for all the feedback!
  • Our first event of 2019, Work-Life Balance in the Workplace, will be held on Tuesday, January 15, 2019, from 7:15-9:15 AM, with Dr. Cheryl True. This event will explore the topic of work-life balance, not just from an industry perspective, but also with a person-centered lens, including topics embracing health and well-being. This is a topic applicable to everyone! See details below on how to register!
  • Join us on Tuesday, February 19, 2019, from 7:15-9:15 AM, for an informative session on the latest happenings in the world of employee benefits! Resident benefit experts, Brad Johnson and Tally Curry, will simplify what employers need to know and trends and ideas being pitched. This will be beneficial to HR professionals of all levels of experience. See details below on how to register!
  • Mackenzie Rosenboom, a current student at Central Dewitt High School, is searching for a 16-week internship in the HR division at a local business. Please see internship program details below as well as Mackenzie's credentials.
  • Need to recertify your SHRM certification? If so, we have a discount for you! See details below from SHRM.
  • Take a look at the job board! As a reminder, if you are a GRHRA member, you can post an HR-related job for free if the job is internal to your company.

Upcoming Meetings & Important Dates


Work-Life Balance in the Workplace

Tuedr.-cheryl-truesday, January 15, 2019 (7:15AM - 9:15AM)

Trying to walk the tightrope between work & home life? Are your employees? How can we find that work-life balance as employers, employees and as individuals? Do we ever “arrive?” How does HR fit? Join us to explore these questions and so much more with Dr. Cheryl True, a health and lifestyle doctor in the Quad Cities!



Benefit Plan Tips, Trends, and Possibly Terrible Ideas!

combined-pic_brad-and-tallyTuesday, February 19, 2019 (7:15AM - 9:15AM)

We asked benefit experts, Brad Johnson & Tally Curry, if they could simplify what employers need to know about employee benefit trends & ideas being pitched to HR. Accepting the challenge, this will be a beneficial event for all HR professionals!


Spotlight Article

Read This Before You Make Your New Year's Resolutions

Author: Shelcy V. Joseph

Date: December 30, 2017 (Although an older article, the message is still the same)

With a new year around the corner, you'll hear people say "new year, new me" on multiple occasions. This points to resolutions they're making to bring about some major changes in their lives; things like eating healthier, paying off debt or traveling more. Whether or not we believe in resolutions, this time of the year inspires us all to reflect and figure out ways to improve.

While there's nothing wrong with setting goals, the thought process that goes into this saying does a disservice in that it doesn't acknowledge the progress made previously. You don't become a new person overnight. Your story carries over to the new year. Only this time, you're wiser and you're working to bring to life a better version of yourself.

So if I could rephrase, I would change it so that it reflects what actually happens. I would say, "New year, same me but better."

For the new year, I'd like to invite you to think about goal-setting differently.

Build On What You've Already Started

In order to reach a goal, you must first develop the habit that will guide you to the right actions. As such, building on your previous work and already-existing habits is a more effective way to achieve your end result. What has worked well? What needs to be changed? Look at the past for insight into what you can improve.

In Psychology Today, a behavioral psychologist tells us the three things we must do to create a new habit:

  1. You MUST pick a small action. "Get more exercise" is not small. "Eat healthier" is not small. This is a big reason why new year's resolutions don't work. For example, instead of "Get more exercise," choose "Walk 1/3 more than I usually do" or "Take the stairs each morning to get to my office, not the elevator."
  2.  You MUST attach the new action to a previous habit. Figure out a habit you already have that is well established, for example, if you already go for a brisk walk three times a week, then adding on 10 more minutes to the existing walk connects the new habit to an existing one. The existing habit "Go for walk" now becomes the "cue" for the new habit: "Walk 10 more minutes." Your new "stimulus-response" is Go For Walk (Stimulus) followed by "Add 10 minutes."
  3. You MUST make the new action EASY to do for at least the first week. Because you are trying to establish a conditioned response, you need to practice the new habit from the existing stimulus 3 to 7 times before it will "stick" on its own.

The new year doesn't have to bring about new goals. You can build on what you've already started and refine it.

Check In Regularly

Don't wait for January or December to set or revisit your goals. If you make a plan and take action, you will receive feedback at every step along the way. Create the habit of reviewing your goals regularly. This will help you stay on the right track.

Focus On Progress

The truth is, those lofty goals we typically set at the beginning of each year can take more than 365 days to come to fruition. That doesn't mean we shouldn't work on them.

When it comes to reaching your goals, think about your progress. Don't worry if it's taking longer than you thought. Did you learn new things? Did you get closer to the big picture? It's not a zero sum game. Every step you take counts and, if you learn to track your actions and implement the feedback, you will get there faster.


Meet Mackenzie Rosenboom

My name is Mackenzie Rosenboom. I am currently a student at Central Dewitt High School and I'm looking for an internship as a part of my high school business program. This program is designed to integrate academic knowledge with practical experience and prepares me for future training in the business world.


This program requires that I obtain:

  • 128 hours throughout a 16-week period.
  • Gain firsthand experience in a real organization.
  • Apply classroom knowledge.
  • Interact with current business professionals.

I am looking for an internship in the Human Resource Management field. I believe this experience will help me gain more knowledge and a better understanding about this field as well as get firsthand experience with the workforce. I hope this experience will not only give me a better picture of Human Resources but will also help me improve my people skills. An internship would be greatly appreciated as it will help me decide if Human Resources is the field I would like to find a future career.


Being a high school student preparing for college, I would love for this to be a paid internship, however, payment is not mandated for this work experience. 


I am looking forward to hearing from you. If you have any questions, please contact me via email or cell phone listed in my resume. Thank you! 



Mackenzie Rosenboom


** To view Mackenzie's resume, click here **



SHRM would like to thank GRHRA for all the support as a SHRM Chapter leader by providing an exclusive offer. This exclusive promotional code (15OFFCSC) will reduce the recertification fee by $15 if the recertification application is submitted by 31 December 2018. This is a special offer only for use by our SHRM chapters.

SHRM-certified members can log into their Certification Portal at Through the portal they can view their current status, and submit their application to recertify by 31 December using code 15OFFCSC when prompted on the payment page.

A few helpful tips to remember:

  1. This code (15OFFCSC) will expire at 11:59pm ET on December 31, 2018

  2. The code can be used by anyone SHRM certified who needs to recertify, even if you are not a chapter member!

  3. This chapter exclusive offer cannot be combined with other promotional offers

Job Board Opportunities

Human Resources Specialist, posted 12/10/2018

Palmer College of Chiropractic, Davenport, IA


Human Resources Coordinator, posted 11/30/2018

Community Health Care Inc., Davenport, IA


Payroll & Financial Services Assistant, posted 10/22/2018

SSAB Iowa Inc., Muscatine, IA


Human Resource Director, posted 10/22/2018



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