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Whether you are new to the HR field or have many years of experience, South King County HR Association is a great resource for networking, information, professional development and continued support of excellence in Human Resources.

In This Issue
May Meeting
President's Letter
Diversity Corner
Meeting Registration
Assess Motivation
STAR Membership Status
 May Meeting

Health Benefit Exchanges:



Should you "Exchange" your company paid employee health insurance for something new? 

Rapport Benefits Group will help you understand what the new Healthcare Reform Exchanges are and how they work.


Chris Free, President of the Washington Association of Health Underwriters and Principal of Rapport Benefits group, will explore the choices and opportunity costs associated with moving to this new model of offering benefits.



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Presidents letter  

I can feel the renewed energy that everyone has with the sun finally peeking out. We have had some new members join our Chapter over the last quarter so, welcome to you and thank you for selecting our Chapter as your new home! It's always nice to see new faces and be able to grow our networking opportunities.


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Diversity Corner

Diversity Benefits Require Preparation



All job applicants at our organization are required to write a brief essay explaining how they will promote diversity in the workplace. All but a very small minority will expound on their tolerance of people of different races and ethnicities while a very small number will actually explain how they would personally contribute to an open and welcoming environment for people of color. It is very rare to find an applicant who acknowledges that a diverse workforce is one that goes beyond racial integration and multiculturalism or, that work teams comprised of people from diverse backgrounds, occupations and skills can be more productive.


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Meeting Registration  


Date:   THURSDAYMay 16, 2013


Time:   7:15 a.m. Registration & Networking

              730 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Program  


Place:  CenterPoint Conference Center

               20809 - 72nd Ave S

               Kent, WA 98032

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Southern Breakfast


    • Scrambled eggs, Hash browns, Biscuits & Gravy
    • Sausage & Bacon
    • Fresh fruit and assorted mini pastries
    • Assorted chilled juices and bottled waters
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 Assess Motivation to Yield Better Hires


If behavior-based interviewing is such an effective method of identifying qualified candidates for a job, why does so much research show that employers are regularly dissatisfied with their new hires? asked Carol Quinn, CEO of the Delray Beach, FL., hiring consultancy, Hire Authority Inc.


"Traditional behavior-based interviewing does a reasonable job of assessing the candidate's skills, but it is not effective as a predictor of future performance because it fails to take motivation into account," she said, during her session at the Society for Human Resource Management's 2013 Talent Management Conference & Exposition held April 15-17. "Just because people are good at doing something doesn't mean they love to do it. If hiring for skills and competency alone were enough, all organizations would have only high-potential employees their workforce."

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SKCHRA Achieves Membership Star Status!

 SHRM Membership Star

The SKCHRA has earned the 2012 Membership Star Award. This award recognizes achievement in SHRM membership growth during the 2012 calendar year. But that's not all! In February of 2013, the SKCHRA achieved Super Star status. In other words, we are well on our way to earning the Membership SUPER Star Award for 2013.

Thank you to all of our new and longstanding SKCHRA members who helped make this happen.


You are the stars that make our chapter shine!


You can help us maintain our star status (and achieve super star status) by keeping your SKCHRA chapter designation up to date and encouraging your friends and colleagues to designate too; doing so is free. SKCHRA meetings and events are much more meaningful as a chapter member. Chapter membership is free and chapter members get countless perks, including: Access to our popular Meal Deal Card program, reduced registration for chapter meetings, free or reduced pricing for events and seminars, access to the Member Resource Center and much more! Designation forms are available at our chapter meetings or you can join online by clicking here.


Come to the May meeting and have a chance to win the book: 


First, Break All the Rules :

What the Worlds Greatest Managers Do Differently - 99 edition


May Book Review 2013 The greatest managers in the world seem to have little in common. They differ in sex, age, and race. They employ vastly different styles and focus on different goals. Yet despite their differences, great managers share one common trait: They do not hesitate to break virtually every rule held sacred by conventional wisdom. They do not believe that, with enough training, a person can achieve anything he sets his mind to. They do not try to help people overcome their weaknesses. They consistently disregard the golden rule. And, yes, they even play favorites.


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May Meeting Sponsor


Thank you to our sponsor!



 Jackson Lewis

SKCHRA 2013 Meal Deal Cards

Don't Miss this Opportunity to Save!

  Money savings

Your pocketbook or your employer will appreciate your cost conscious decision to purchase a 2013 Meal Deal Card. Besides saving money the Meal Deal Card reduces the number of expense reports you have to prepare and reimbursement checks your employer has to process. Those members who have used the Meal Deal Card love the convenience!


If you are a SHRM* member who has designated the South King County Human Resources Association as your primary chapter, you may purchase a convenient Meal Deal Card at any SKCHRA chapter meeting or through our website's meeting registration page. Cards may be used for attendance atany 2013SKCHRA chapter meeting of your choice. If you are unable to attend a meeting, you may have someone else from your organization use your card or you may also use your card for a guest. Plus, your Meal Deal card is good toward $5.00 off any SKCHRA social event! The following Meal Deal packages are available with savings of 10% or more:




2013 Meal Deal - 5 Meals    






2013 Meal Deal Card 


Meal Deal card holders must still register during the pre-registration period for any meeting they plan to attend. This helps to insure adequate seating, food and hand-outs are available for everyone.


*Our chapter is a "100%" chapter meaning our entire membership belongs to SHRM and there is no additional fee to designate us as your home chapter.

Please ask any Board member if you wish information about joining SHRM.

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