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  • Tuesday, October 08, 2019 10:00 AM | Brandy Moon, SHRM-SCP (Administrator)

    West Branch Human Resource Society networks professionals http://www.sungazette.com/news/the-chamber-connection/2019/10/west-branch-human-resource-society-networks-professionals/

    The Chamber Connection

    Oct 7, 2019

    Derek Danneker

    ddanneker@sungazette.com

     

    Though a business’ culture is certainly important, a common failing of a human resource worker in the areas of hiring, firing, and maintaining a company’s workforce is becoming insular and outdated.

    West Branch Human Resource Society works to correct this by connecting HR professionals in our area to others, thereby bringing about the best practices possible through networking and seminars, said Diana Durrwachter, the society’s secretary on the board.

    The society works to connect HR representatives and businesses to tools and resources to help companies stay relevant, she said.

    “If you don’t stay connected to those things, you won’t know what’s available, and what’s being done,” she said. “We help keep your business on the cutting edge, because you always want to be one step ahead of your competitors.”

    WBHR not only making use of ideas circulating in the area, but brings new knowledge to the area through monthly lectures on a variety of topics.

    For example, with medical marijuana becoming legal in the state some employers are unsure how to proceed with potential employees who chose to use the substance. West Branch Human Resource Society will prove useful in dispensing that information as it becomes available in case law, said Durrwachter.

    “We have motivational speakers, leadership conferences, and sometimes we have attorneys that’ll come in to teach seminars on everything from engagement to retention of talent management,” she said.

    By looking at leaders like Amazon or Google, Durrwachter said the society observes how they’re breaking ground in their hiring practices and cultural initiatives.

    “Their tips and tricks of the trade and new strategies that can be used to find your best and brightest candidates, and learning how to seek them out,” she said.

    There is even a place for small businesses or non-profit organizations that don’t have any one person who handles human resource work.

    “It’s for any business that is involved with hiring, firing, retention, or any sort of employee culture,” she said.

    Employers have also faced the common struggle of holding on to the younger generations who have just entered the workforce, as they often leave in about three years.

    “You can find great people all day, but if you can’t them on keep on, it doesn’t work,” said Durrwachter. “You want to be able to tap into that talent and, really usurp all of their great knowledge before they move on to their next greatest move.”

    The end goal is to make business good places to work.

    “If you have happy employees, everything naturally flows from that,” she said.

    Brandy Moon, president of WBHRS, Human Resource Generalist for North Central Sight Services, Inc., a non-profit organization, said she has enjoyed her time with the society.

    “My involvement with WBHRS and SHRM has enabled me to further develop both personally and professionally in a leadership role while increasing my education to better serve my workplace and community,” she said.

    Soon the local human resource society will move into a new direction as Kaitlin Gordner moves into the presidency. She currently works as a human resource manager for the Shop Vac Corporation.

    WBHRS is a direct affiliate to the national Society for Human Resource Management and share their membership base and information, as well as the state SHRM and other local chapters. Meeting fees include programming and refreshments. Programming cost per program is $17 for members and $30 for non-members.

    Those interested may contact Gordner or Moon at info@westbranchhr.org.


  • Thursday, November 15, 2018 12:00 AM | Anonymous

    The WBHRS board has decided to change the program year to January through December. Therefore, current members will retain their membership until the end of 2019.

    Sign up for membership by 11/30/2018 and register by 12/3/2018 for the Jingle Mingle to join us for some free holiday cheer! Complete and pay for your membership by 12/31/2018 to enjoy the many benefits of WBHRS in the 2019 year.

    We look forward to seeing you!

  • Thursday, November 01, 2018 12:00 AM | Anonymous

    The WBHRS board has selected the Life Center Merit House as their charitable organization to contribute to this year. Please see the details within the December, February, and May program months for a list of specific items to donate.

  • Thursday, June 01, 2017 12:00 AM | Anonymous

    The West Branch Human Resource Society is dedicated to advancing the Human Resource Management profession. To help these efforts, the society is offering $125 to each of the local high schools to select a senior entering into a business-related field in higher education.

    Congratulations to these 2017 winners:

    • East Lycoming - Erin Tavani
    • Jersey Shore Area High School - Mariah Guiswite
    • Loyalsock Township High School - Sahil Bhagat
    • Montgomery High School - Michelle Steele
    • Montoursville Area High School - Gabriel Cioffi
    • Muncy High School - Emily Krah
    • South Williamsport High School - McGwire Patrick Molino
    • St. John Neumann Regional Academy - Grady Walker
    • Williamsport Area High School - Lucas Radulsk

    To learn more about the scholarship program, please contact scholarship@westbranchhr.org.

  • Wednesday, June 01, 2016 3:06 PM | Anonymous

    The West Branch Human Resource Society is dedicated to advancing the Human Resource Management profession. To help these efforts, the society is offering $125 to each of the local high schools to select a senior entering into a business-related field in higher education.

    Congratulations to these 2017 winners:

    • East Lycoming - Jessica McCarty
    • Jersey Shore Area High School - Hanna Norman
    • Loyalsock Township High School - Matthew Cardillo
    • Montgomery High School - Isaac Dietrich
    • Montoursville Area High School - Garrett Hoffman
    • Muncy High School - Olivia Wetherhold
    • South Williamsport High School - Gregory Cooprider
    • St. John Neumann Regional Academy - Francis Domenick Marrazzo
    • Williamsport Area High School - Madison Steumpfle

    To learn more about the scholarship program, please contact scholarship@westbranchhr.org.

  • Tuesday, March 29, 2016 12:00 AM | Anonymous

    The West Branch Human Resource Society has been awarded the 2015 Silver EXCEL Award. This award recognizes outstanding achievements in chapter operations and a commitment to providing meaningful programs and services to its members. It also is recognition of the organization's continued growth and development as a business leader, capable of developing strategies that lead to business success.

    By achieving this award, the WBHRS chapter distinguishes itself as an outstanding organization dedicated to servicing the needs of its members and to the advancement of the human resource position.

  • Sunday, January 24, 2016 12:00 AM | Anonymous

    WBHRS continues to support Family Promise with its mission to help homeless families. Family Promise has requested the following supplies:

    • laundry soap
    • twin bed blankets (not throws)
    • bed pillows

    Donations of these items will be collected at our next WBHRS program on Wednesday, February 10, at the Williamsport Country Club.

  • Saturday, September 26, 2015 12:00 AM | Anonymous

    WBHRS is helping Family Promise to keep homeless families warm this winter by assisting with their Winter Clothing Drive. Please bring new or gently used winter coats, hats, gloves and scarves for men, women, or children to our October 14th meeting or drop them off at one of the following locations:

    DePasquale Staffing Services (a division of Nesco)
    454 Pine Street
    Unit 1A
    Williamsport, PA

    Spherion Staffing Services
    459 River Avenue
    Williamsport, PA

    Keystone Staffing
    948 Broad Street
    Montoursville, PA

  • Wednesday, May 06, 2015 12:00 AM | Anonymous

    The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) recently awarded the West Branch Human Resource Society (WBHRS) its SHRM Foundation Champion Award in 2014. SHRM recognizes exceptional chapters and state councils for their commitment, leadership, and generous support to the foundation's annual campaign.


  • Wednesday, April 08, 2015 12:00 AM | Anonymous

    The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) recently awarded the West Branch Human Resource Society (WBHRS) its prestigious EXCEL Bronze Award for the chapter's accomplishments in 2014. The award is part of the SHRM Affiliate Program for Excellence, which aligns individual chapters and councils with SHRM's goals. The award recognizes accomplishments and strategic activities and initiatives that enhance the human resource profession.

    Click here to read the full press release.

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