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I share insights into the field of Human Resources Management from my perspective and experience, information upcoming conferences and seminars I participate in, as well as a bit about my personal life from time to time as it relates to my profession. I hope you enjoy and encourage you to connect with me on other social media platforms.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

21 Prezi's Last Year + 25 Clients

Wow! Now you can see part of why I have not been blogging as much as in the past. The Running an HR Department of One (aka Doing More with Less) was with my speaking partner Mr. Dave Ryan the HRCzar. In addition to the speaking list below, I did HR consulting work for 25 different companies in Gibson City, Winchester, Perry, Campaign, Bloomington, Danville, Chicago, Bradley, Henderson, Pontiac, Litchfield, and O'Fallon IL as well as one company with offices in Tennessee, Mississippi, Michigan, Ohio, Nebraska, and Illinois.  Whew! Remember, referrals are always welcome! HR is my passion!
  1. Skowronski, D. R. (2016, January). Annual HR Policy Review. Company Confidential. Riggston & Perry, Illinois.
  2. Skowronski, D. R. (2016, February). Conducting Your HR Study (aka HR Audit). Recorded for Online Webinar Deployment for Workology. Springfield, Illinois.
  3. Skowronski, D. R. (2016, March). HR Training: The Current Laws & Best Practices in Eight Critical Areas of Human Resources Responsibility. Counties of Illinois Risk Management Association – CIRMA. Springfield, Illinois.
  4. Skowronski, D. R. (2016, June). Running an HR Department of One. Kankakee Area Human Resource Managers Association - KAHRMA, Kankakee, Illinois. 
  5.  Skowronski, D. R. (2016, July). Running an HR Department of One.   Rockford Area SHRM, Rockford, Illinois. 
  6. Skowronski, D. R. (2016, August). HR Basics: Laying the Groundwork for a Successful HR Professional. Danville Area Community College - DACC. Danville, IL.
  7. Skowronski, D. R. (2016, August). What’s Hot in HR Now? Women Entrepreneurs of Central Illinois. Springfield, Illinois.
  8. Skowronski, D. R. (2016, September). Running an HR Department of One.   Metro East Illinois – MEI SHRM, Collinsville, Illinois.
  9. Skowronski, D. R. (2016, September). How to Deal with Difficult People and Conflict Management, Company Confidential, Litchfield, Illinois.
  10. Skowronski, D. R. (2016, September). Understanding the New Overtime Exemptions Rule and All Aspects of Determining Exemptions Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Counties of Illinois Risk Management Association – CIRMA. Springfield, Illinois.
  11. Skowronski, D. R. (2016, September). Running an HR Department of One. Ohio SHRM 44th Annual State Conference, Sandusky, Ohio.
  12. Skowronski, D. R. (2016, September). HR Metrics & Workforce Analytics: No Balance No ROI – The Rise of BIG Data. Illinois SHRM Annual State Conference, Oakbrooke Terrace, Illinois.
  13.  Skowronski, D. R. (2016, October). Running an HR Department of One. Decatur SHRM Annual Conference, Decatur, Illinois.
  14. Skowronski, D. R. Introduction to the Targeted Selection Interviewing Process. Company Confidential. Springfield, Illinois.
  15. Skowronski, D. R. (2016, October). How to Recognize and Manage Family Medical Leave Act -FMLA Time Off, Counties of Illinois Risk Management Association – CIRMA. Springfield, Illinois.
  16. Skowronski, D. R. (2016, October). Understanding the New Overtime Exemptions Rule and All Aspects of Determining Exemptions Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Illinois Regional Association of Counties – IRAC. Springfield, Illinois.
  17. Skowronski, D. R. (2016, October). Doing More with Less in HR, Acadiana SHRM and Louisiana Gulf Coast Oil & Energy -LAGCOE, Lafayette, Louisiana.
  18. Skowronski, D. R. (2016, October). How to Recognize and Manage Family Medical Leave Act -FMLA Time Off. Company Confidential. Pontiac Illinois.
  19. Skowronski, D. R. (2016, November). Harassment & Discrimination: Employment Compliance with Policy and The Law. Company Confidential. Springfield, Illinois.
  20. Skowronski, D. R. (2016, November). Workers Compensation Management. Counties of Illinois Risk Management Association – CIRMA. Springfield, Illinois.
  21. Skowronski, D. R. (2016, December). How to Recognize and Manage Family Medical Leave Act -FMLA Time Off. Danville Area Community College - DACC. Danville, Illinois.


Annual Review of Blogging Here & Elsewhere

This year was one of the slowest blogging years I have had due to growing consulting business, Rogers HR Consulting, on the side while maintaining my full time job.  I appreciate the independent consultants I work with to keep the consulting work going while I teach.  Of course, I review everything that goes out the door which is why my blogging time has reduced significantly over the last few years.

So to help the blog stay alive and to educate others I had a couple guest posts by:

  1. Kevin Epley who shared a great topic called Profanity in the Workplace in November.
  2. HR Student, Mary Hazard, who wrote about what a Retail Sales Manager needs to know about HR in November.
I wrote a summary of a presentation I did for the Women Entrepreneurs called What's Hot in HR? in September.  I did a post after having several personal conflict related issues in my own family post my mother's passing and did some training on the topic for a client called 10 Tips for Managing Conflict at Work or Home in May.  Also, in May, I posted a quick link to the DOL site related to Overtime Rule Published. Of course, we all know now that it got overturned or at least put on hold by a judge in Texas.  We will see what happens with it this year.  I know SHRM has been testifying on behalf of our profession lately on the topic.

I took my conflict post and shared as a regular author/blogger on Women of HR: Life's Too Short to Live With Conflict and author/blogger on Talent Culture using a similar name: 10 Quick Tips For Conflict Management.

And that is literally it except for last years summary: Highlights from 2015.  So if any of my friends would like to guest post this coming year, just let me know.  I hope to get more blogging out this year now that my brothers drunk driver has been put away for leaving the scene of an incident where a death occurred.  The family finally has some closure in the case which is about to be two years old in just a few days.  

God Bless & Thanks for the follows!
Donna

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Three Platforms for Learning in Blended Classroom

 SCOOP.IT

I’d like to start out with a site that is not on the list SCOOP.IT but would be along the lines of Delicious and Diigo as a social bookmarking site.  I use it for all of my classes and have a link to the appropriate scoop in the appropriate class.  For example, this summer I am teaching Strategic HRM and you can see a scoop for that topic in the picture.  Click on the picture for a link to the site.
·         Describe the primary purposes or functions of the technology and how it is used. Students have to review practitioner posts as part of their blog assignment.  This is a great place to go to find good articles that I have reviewed and deemed appropriate.  They have another list of approved sites as well.  For example, in my HRM course students have to write a sample employee handbook.  As I review the articles posted, I may tag a new article related to the topic in the HRM scoop.
·         Identify strengths and/or benefits of using this technology in a blended course.  It can be used in any type of course but specifically for blended you can have students review before you meet in person to cover the main points of their findings in a particular scoop.
·         Identify weaknesses and/or liabilities of using this technology in a blended course. The weakness would be that you really can’t tell if the student went to the site and read an article. 
·         Is it no cost, commercial, subscription, shareware, or something else? Is it open source or proprietary? I would consider it an open source since its bookmarking articles from all types of sources.
·         Why is this technology significant? It’s a place I can store topics publically for students, clients, and peers for free.
·         What are people saying about it? Do some research, summarize what people are saying in your post, and Include the links to important comments about the technology. I think this is a good summary to start with: http://cursivecontent.com/what-the-heck-is-scoop-it/.  However, this is better where it compares scoop.it to several others.  Some I have heard of and use and some I don’t: https://www.brandwatch.com/2015/02/10-popular-social-bookmarking-websites-2015/.  Specifically, it caters to the type of professions related to the topics I teach like business, non-profits and corporations.

TWITTER

The second technology I have been using in blended and other courses since 2011 is twitter.  I have used this to build student/instructor relationships, share pertinent content, encourage pre-graduation networking with professionals in the field, and to follow related twitter chats and live blog talk radio streaming. Click picture to go to our class site.
·         Describe the primary purposes or functions of the technology and how it is used. See assignment in visual.
·         Identify strengths and/or benefits of using this technology in a blended course.  The strength is they can build relationships immediately with recruiters in the area they plan to work in advance of graduation.
·         Identify weaknesses and/or liabilities of using this technology in a blended course. Students don’t get the 140-character limit and all the abbreviations similar to texting.  The learning curve is much higher than a Scoop.it account for example. 
·         Is it no cost, commercial, subscription, shareware, or something else? Is it open source or proprietary? Free and open source.
·         Why is this technology significant? It’s a place I can store topics publically for students, clients, and peers for free.
·         What are people saying about it? Do some research, summarize what people are saying in your post, and Include the links to important comments about the technology. Since we study recruiting in HR this is a great chat to understand and participate in which is run by full-time recruiters every week at 9pm cst. https://twitter.com/jobhuntchat. Here is another weekly chat using hashtag #worktrends https://twitter.com/hashtag/worktrends that also coincides with a blog talk radio show http://www.blogtalkradio.com/talentculture.  All related to the topic the student is working in learning from the practitioners in addition to the academic learning provided in the textbooks.

LINKEDIN

LinkedIn is also used in all of my classrooms regardless of type (blended, f2f, and online) to help students learn how the recruiting professionals use the site as well as to build a professional site for their own career advancement and begin networking with those in the field. For example, they can learn specifically how the recruiters screen potential candidates using the technology via http://www.marketwatch.com/story/how-recruiters-screen-you-on-linkedin-2014-05-02.
o    Describe the primary purposes or functions of the technology and how it is used.  The students are assigned the following to accomplish this goal.  See visual of assignment.
o    Identify strengths and/or benefits of using this technology in a blended course. It gives students and upper hand on job seeking before graduation as well as understanding how the HR field uses the technology to get their job done.  Again, a practical approach to learning.
o    Identify weaknesses and/or liabilities of using this technology in a blended course. Like twitter students don’t always want to “be out there on the internet publically”.  I do give them an option to create a fake account and lock it down.
o    Is it no cost, commercial, subscription, shareware, or something else? Is it open source or proprietary? No cost and open source because people create their own accounts.
o    Why is this technology significant? One of the top 4 social accounts and the most professional site used now.
o    What are people saying about it? Do some research, summarize what people are saying in your post, and Include the links to important comments about the technology.  The following shows LinkedIn among other sites like Young Professionals: https://www.sitepoint.com/social-networking-sites-for-business/.  Also, see this gif showing linked in atop of all the best job board sites out there.