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COHR recognized as "2013 Super Star!"

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MIX IT UP!  Renew your COHR Membership by October 31st for chance to win a Kitchen Aid Mixer!

What a year it's been for our membership's learning and professional growth!  Attendance has been strong at our monthly gatherings which always include a tasty meal and plenty of HR people connecting.

Trending HR topics highlighted at gatherings have included:

  *   "Strengthening the Organization through HR"
  *   Attorney led "Employment and Labor Law Updates"
  *   Hands-on and Interactive "Unemployment Mock Trail"
  *   Panel Discussion "What CEO's want from their HR Partners"
  *   Attorney led "ADA/FLMA/WC Leave"
  *   "Corporate Branding: Employee Image"
 And there is more to come!

To continue your COHR membership into 2018, click here to LOGIN to your COHR Membership Account (you will need your username and password). Once you are logged in, click on "Member Dues" on the left side toolbar under "Member Area".  Follow the process to renew your membership.  (Note:  If you accidentally click on the wrong link, scroll to the bottom of the website and click on "Member Area" at the bottom toolbar.)

Those renewing memberships (member renewal and fee received) by October 31st will be entered into a special drawing for a Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer!

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23rd Annual South Carolina SHRM State Conference

September 20-22, 2017

Myrtle Beach Marriott Resort & Spa at Grande Dunes, 8400 Costa Verde Drive, Myrtle Beach

What a great opportunity to attend the annual state SHRM conference right in our backyard!!  Mark your calendars; registration is open!

The SC SHRM State Council is pleased to announce, Elissa O’Brien, SHRM-SCP, Vice President of Membership for the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) as a speaker at this year’s State Conference.  As a management team member and leader of SHRM, Elissa is very passionate about the organization’s members and the HR profession. You will not want to miss the opportunity to hear about current initiatives directly from the headquarters of SHRM.

There will be a SC SHRM Academy which is a pre-conference workshop held on Wednesday, September 20, 2017.

Margaret Morford, CEO for The HR Edge, Inc. will be conducting the workshop on leadership.  Her clients have included Sara Lee Foods, Nissan North America, Nationwide Insurance, and Homeland Security to name a few.  It has been stated that, “She empowers you to not only improve your management style and others around you, but to transform it into leadership.”

The conference has been proven to be both a great educational and networking event as it is the largest Human Resource Conference in the state of South Carolina.  The past state conferences have been approved for both SHRM Professional Development Credits (PDCs) and HRCI credits and this year’s conference will be submitted for approval as well.

For additional details or to register, please visit

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What a great year 2017 has been and it is getting even better!  I am pleased to announce that we have recently filled two COHR Board vacancies.  Please welcome Jeff Mullins as your VP of Certification and Patty Leibrick as your Secretary!

If you are interested in participating in the growth and education of your HR Community and would like to join the COHR Board (as a board member or committee member), please contact me at or 843-668-4041.

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Everyone Communicates.  Few Connect.

Date/Time: Tuesday, September 5, 2017, 8:30 - 10:30 am
Location: Pine Lakes, 5603 Granddaddy Drive, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

Register here. (Note to Members - you have to login from the home page before you register)

Everyone Communicates. Few Connect.

Why is it so hard to get the message across to some people? You're communicating clearly aren't you? It must be them! In this interactive session, participants will have fun identifying communication barriers and walk out with an implementation plan to communicate more effectively.

About our Presenter:

Wynn Godbold is on a mission to improve the leadership and communication skills of the front line workforce along the Grand Strand. She believes that pouring into this workforce will ultimately change the culture of our community from a place of disconnection, discord, and disorderliness to a community which exemplifies the highest level of customer service: intentionally adding value to others. To accomplish this mission, Wynn and the people of Bee Sharp Professional Training offer free leadership and communication sessions to local businesses. Wynn is a certified member of the John Maxwell Leadership Team so all sessions draw from Maxwell's book The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership.

If you register and are unable to attend the event, please notify us at least 24 hours prior to the start of the event ( or contact a COHR board member).  Failure to attend or notify, may result in a charge for the full amount of your ticket.

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A great big welcome to new members Jennifer Calhoun, Coastal Carolina University, Brandon McClellan, 3V Sigma USA Inc., Michelle Schmalfeldt, Ally Management, Inc., and Michael Guthrie, Clark's Feed Mills!



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Check out these photos from our last monthly COHR meeting, where we had tons of fun learning about what to wear, and what not to wear based on our bodies.






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The Wellness Effect
How Financial Wellness Benefits Everyone
Presenters: Anne Thibeault and Vishal Jain, Prudential 

View live: September 13, 2 p.m. ET / 11 a.m. PT (available for on-demand viewing through December 2017) 

Program length: 60 minutes

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For any organization, people are the engine of prosperity. To drive growth, they must be engaged and energized. Instead, many of them are distracted. And it’s no wonder why:

  • Nearly two-thirds of American workers live paycheck to paycheck.
  • 44 percent say they worry about their finances while they are at work.
  • More than half of U.S. households have less than $10,000 saved for retirement.
When workers have access to individual guidance and solutions from a trusted partner and worry less about money, they’re less stressed and less distracted on the job. This "wellness effect" means they’re more engaged both at work and at home.

In this program, Prudential thought leaders Anne Thibeault and Vishal Jain will provide insights about how companies can:

  • Discover the true financial wellness needs of their employee base.
  • Design a plan that meets these challenges head on.
  • Inspire employees to take action to get on the path to financial wellness.
  • Experience the power of The Wellness Effect, and reap its benefits, including higher productivity, improved employee satisfaction and lower turnover.

Learn about our speaker About the Presenters: Anne Thibeault is vice president of product management at Prudential. She is responsible for the roll-out and successful deployment of the Financial Wellness program and solutions across the retirement business. Prior to joining Financial Wellness, she was vice president of sales and strategic relationships experience at Prudential Retirement, and was responsible for developing critical success factors to achieve sustainable, top-quartile sales performance and results. She has also served as chief of staff to the president of Prudential Retirement, managed an operations team in the defined benefits group and served as a project manager for the bank and brokerage retail teams. Thiebeault is a member of the Advisory Board for High School, Inc., a college preparatory high school in Hartford, Conn., that prepares inner-city students for careers in insurance and financial services.

Vishal Jain is Group Insurance's vice president of Strategy, Planning, and Business Insights at Prudential. He works with  leaders throughout the organization to develop business strategies, coordinate and manage the business planning process, and convert marketplace data into actionable insights and competitive advantage for current and future business. Jain previously work with Prudential's Strategic Initiatives Group, where he helped lead the company's cross-business thought leadership and strategic review efforts since 2008. Earlier in his career, he was an engagement manager at McKinsey & Company, where he supported retirement providers, asset managers and insurers on strategy and marketing issues.

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Recertification Credit

Viewing this webcast in its entirety qualifies for a recertification credit hour that may be counted toward SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP recertification from SHRM and recertification from the HR Certification Institute (general credit).

Webcast Sponsor

This webcast is sponsored by Prudential



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Wanted: Workers Who Can Adapt to Change

Your business will suffer if your employees aren’t flexible.


Maybe it has been so incremental that you haven’t really noticed, but it’s likely that your business isn’t the same as it was just a few short years ago. Technology, which has played a huge role in shaping the world of work, is just one factor contributing to this change. The dynamic nature of 21st century organizations is another: They acquire other companies, expand to other parts of the world, shrink product offerings, outsource projects and so on. Through it all, though, the demand on the employees remains the same: They must adapt.

Adaptability involves an individual’s ability and willingness to respond to change. The U.S. Army and other organizations have been studying adaptive performance for at least a decade because of the high value—and increasing importance—of the practice.


How can HR professionals select employees who will perform well in an environment that requires continuous learning?


For one thing, they can focus more on a job candidate’s interpersonal skills and character traits, like integrity and reliability, and less on his or her technical abilities, since the demand for those is likely to change over time. For example, consider an entry-level incumbent who may not have all the skills required for a project but who demonstrates a strong desire to learn and is deeply motivated by the organization’s mission. You can likely fill that skills gaps with technical training. 


But even when you accept as a given that you’ll need to provide training, how can you make sure it is effective?


Start with the hiring process. While you probably won’t eliminate the need for technical experience altogether, identify candidates who are adaptive—and likely to respond well to training—and factor that information into your decision-making process.

Research has identified the following three characteristics that can help predict whether an individual will effectively respond to change:


High cognitive ability. People with elevated cognitive capacity tend to be better equipped to deal with mentally demanding situations, in part due to their ability to learn new tasks or technologies more quickly. (The 2016 Future of Jobs report) from the World Economic Forum concluded that aspects of cognitive ability, such as complex problem-solving and critical thinking, will make up half of the top 10 skills workers will need in 2020.)


Conscientiousness. When things get tough, the tough keep going. Highly conscientious employees are more likely to struggle through uncertainty to complete a task.


Openness to experience. People who score favorably on personality tests for this trait are more willing to revise their initial approaches based on new experiences and information.


You can measure each of these three characteristics in multiple ways, including through off-the-shelf assessments. If your organization or the position you’re hiring for is dynamic, keep these attributes in mind during the selection process. In addition to predicting adaptability, this information will help you to better predict a person’s work performance across jobs and industries. As exponential changes continue to shape the new world of work, you’ll need employees who will adapt along with it.   


Shonna Waters is vice president of research at SHRM.


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