Conflict in the Workplace

Last Wednesday, PSU HRMA students met to listen to Executive Coach, Scott Sadler speak about conflict in the workplace. 


Anupria warmed up the audience with a quick ice-breaker. Students formed groups and discussed one word they would use to describe their current work environments.  

Co-VP of Marketing, Anupira Singh, starting the meeting with an ice breaker
Scott tied this exercise in with the fact that work environment matters a great deal to employees. He talked about how a lack of soft skills can impact company culture as well as employee retention. He mentioned that some HR professionals focus on systems instead of soft skills and that metrics can both cause and alleviate conflict. 
Scott Sadler answering questions from students at a PSU HRMA meeting. 
Scott shared a Core Values Index Assessment from Taylor Protocols and discussed how matrices, such as this one, break down personal beliefs into core values. 


Core Values Index 
A big takeaway from Scott's presentation was his recommendation for the book, Fierce Conversations by Susan Scott.  He cited seven key points to the book: 1.Master the courage to interrogate reality. 2. Be bold in your approach to understanding. 3. Have grace with other’s boldness. 4. Come out from behind yourself into the conversation. 5. Be authentic. 6. All conversations are with myself, sometimes other people are included. and 7. Be prepared to be here and nowhere else. 


Special thanks to PSU HRMA Secretary, Ashley Newman for taking excellent notes!  

Coming up this week on Wednesday, January 28th: Talent Acquisition and Recruiting Techniques with Earl Meininger. 

HRMA Kick-off follow up post

We had a great turnout for the Winter Term Kick-off meeting last Wednesday! 

Director of Merit, Courtney Balazic, started things off for us with a fantastic icebreaker consisting of each person revealing one personal fact about themselves for every square of toilet paper taken from a roll being passed about the room.  Spirits were high as we learned new things about one another, like favorite sports and names of beloved pets. 

Cheers to Treasurer, Brooke Konrad for bringing an abundance of snacks to share! Also, thanks to her employer, Reeser's Fine Foods, for making such delicious jerky. Mmmmmmm. 


Justin Hochstrasser, one of our new HRMA members agreed to pose with the bounty of deliciousness as we brought this great gathering to an end. 

Justin Hochstrasser enjoys the bounty from Reeser's Fine Foods at our Winter Kick-off Meeting, 2015.
This week on January 21st, HRMA features Executive Coach and Speaker, Scott Sadler. Can't wait to hear his ideas about 'Conflict in the Workplace'! (SBA 140, 4:15-5:15, hope to see you there!)

Kick-off Meeting!

HRMA is holding a Winter Term Kick-off meeting this Wednesday, January 14th from 4:15-5:15pm in BA 140. This is a great opportunity to introduce new students to our program and get new members signed up.

Help HRMA create a greater connection to the student body by inviting fellow students to check out our organization! 

There are a number of ways to reach out such as making an announcement at the start of class and handing out flyers to simply inviting other classmates you connect with. 

All majors are welcome to join so be sure to spread the word in what ever way you can. See you at the Kick-off!






Officer Meeting, Winter 2015

First Meeting of 2015!

HRMA officers gathered together for Winter Term planning on Wednesday. This proved a great opportunity for camaraderie as well as putting our collective heads together to discuss ideas for upcoming guest speakers, the Kick-off Meeting next Wednesday, and fundraising for the SHRM conference to be held in Las Vegas later this year.

Officer Meeting 2015: Officers were hard at work planning events through the remainder of the year. 

A look back at November

November was a busy month for HRMA. Elections were held, torches were passed, and new beginnings were abound!

New Officers

PSU HRMA is proud to welcome new officers to the team: 
  • Director of Chapter Information Systems - Alexandra Meneely
  • Director of Visibility - Angelene Green
  • Treasurer - Brooke Konrad
  • Secretary - Ashley Newman
Looking to get involved? There is still one officer position available! HRMA needs a Director of Merit to maintain the SHRM Student Chapter Merit Award checklist. (Click to see position details) 

Guest Speakers

Dante James from City of Portland spoke about diversity at our November 5th meeting. He brought real-world examples of workplace challenges and offered insightful perspectives. 

Alan Cabelly shared slides and videos from his recent adventures in Vietnam. 

Finally, Kim Miller and Jamie Autry spoke about compensation for our last meeting of Fall Term. They offered an overview of compensation in the industry as well as helpful details about typical duties of Compensation Analysts. 

What's Next?

With winter break right around the corner we look forward to resuming our weekly meetings again in January. Meeting details TBA by the beginning of next term. In the meantime, good luck with finals everyone! Have a fun and restful break!