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March President’s Letter



    When we think about the coming of spring, it evokes thoughts of sunshine, new plant growth and bursts of energy as we leave the gray Washington skies behind. It can also evoke absenteeism within our employee ranks due to the classic ‘spring fever’.  Or, you have the continuous wave of employees that have stockpiled vacation days for use in better weather.  How do you staff your organization when you have planned or unplanned time off?  How many employees have asked for a flexible work schedule for personal reasons with the answer always being, “no, our company does not have any flexibility, your work week is 5 days a week.”  Have you ever thought that there is a different or acceptable alternative to the never-ending “no” and the continuous turnover that may be caused by inflexibility?

    As we leave the winter behind, the Washington State Council is working in conjunction with SHRM on a program that discusses the benefits of workplace flexibility.  The program is called When Work Works.  SHRM has partnered with the Families and Work Institute (FWI).  FWI is an organization that studies emerging work issues, conducts research and provides valuable data from research results.  There is a wealth of information on their website that you can utilize if you are struggling with decisions regarding workplace flexibility.  With the evolution of both parents working to raise their children; caring for elderly parents or children and/or adults with disabilities, it has become increasing difficult to provide stable incomes for employees that really do need our help.  Creativity in scheduling employees can be a win-win for organizations that are willing to embrace change as the workplace continues to evolve.  Later on in the year, Workplace Flexibility Month is celebrated in October.  Maybe you have been searching for avenues to help your culture and your management embrace some inevitable changes.  You can be ahead of the curve by providing your management team with valuable research and key initiatives by visiting  I’m sure that you will find this website both informative and useful. 

    Study Group

    Are you ready to dust off your thinking caps and prepare for the PHR/SPHR or Global PHR?  Shellie Brighton is in the process of forming the SKCHRA Chapter Study Group.  The classes will begin on Wednesday, March 6th and run through April 24th.  There is plenty of time to study and sit for the spring exam.  For more information, contact Shellie at  Good luck to those of you that are about to embark on this journey.

    As always, stay positive and when you can….pay it forward

    I hope to see you at the next Chapter meeting which is a breakfast on Thursday, March 21st at 7:15 AM.  The topic is What Employers Wished Their Lawyers Had Told Them Before They Got Sued”

    Rhonda R. Kelly, PHR

    Chapter President