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Staci Knob

Are you tasked with human resource responsibilities, but don’t have the time to keep up with all the legislative changes and ins and outs of what to do and what not to do? Are you just learning about the role human resources plays in your business? Is your business too small to hire a full-time human resource professional, but you still need to learn more about using your human capital more effectively?

The Western Colorado Human Resource Association will host a free event in Grand Junction designed to get the word out about how the group can help those facing those circumstances and others. The event is scheduled for 3 to 6 p.m. July 18 at the Bookcliff Country Club, 2730 G Road.

Carlene Goldthwaite, a veteran human resources professional and corporate trainer, will lead the event and offer information about how to conduct effective interviews and useful and meaningful employee appraisals as well as use employee discipline as a tool.

The event also will include a special question-and-answer session to help participants accomplish these tasks within the employment law framework as well as improve their overall results. 

The information will be tailored to meet the needs of those new to the HR profession and office managers or small business owners who are responsible for human resources tasks, but don’t practice the profession on a full-time basis. 

More than 140 individuals in various HR-related positions belong to the WCHRA. Members include the HR directors of local government entities; office managers; and supervisors responsible for such functions as hiring, payroll and employee evaluations.

The mission of the WCHRA is to advance the profession and serve the professional. The group accomplishes this mission in a variety of ways: informative monthly membership meetings on a variety of HR topics, networking opportunities and study groups for those interested in furthering their expertise and obtaining certification.

The WCHRA also serves as a resource for new and established businesses to gain insight on human resources best practices. The group provides recertification credits for individuals with Professional in Human Resources (PHR) or Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification.

What’s more, the WCHRA offers a variety of volunteer opportunities to allow for personal and professional growth as well as a forum in which to explore concerns related to the local employment arena.

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) presented the WCHRA with the 2011 Membership Superstar Award for growth in membership. The WCHRA also received the 2011 Foundation Chapter Champion Award for its support of the SHRM Foundation and advancing global human capital knowledge and practice through leadership and education support and research. The Society for Human Resource Management is the largest HR organization in the world.

Don’t miss out on learning more about the WCHRA by attending the July 18 event in Grand Junction.