BHSHRM MEMBERSHIP SURVEY
31 results as of 11/9/2011
Is our Newsletter helpful to you?:
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Please provide comments related to the Newsletter.:
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I believe the newsletter is too long because it includes the board meeting minutes.
Can board meeting minutes be placed on BHSHRM website instead of in the newsletter?
Switch up the feature from compensation to other HR topics. Include a state council corner with
information about what's going on at that level.
It keeps me informed if I cannot attend a meeting.
I would like a highlight listing at the beginning of the email so I can look at what is of most interest to
me.
Great format! I would like to see the Board meetings from earlier the same month so we are reading
about current events.
Good layout; well put together.
I appreciate the news updates.
Enjoy the "Helpful Hints" for HR, meeting notice & what the program will be about that month, &
Board Notes
I enjoy the content and presentation
It may be nice to have a link to our newsletter on the website emailed out instead of the PDF doc.
I think it provides just enough information but is not overwhelming.
Please provide comments and/or suggestions you have for information you would like to see in upcoming
newsletters?:
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The news on legal issues are the best.
I enjoy reading the minutes of the meetings.
If we had a highlight listing at the front of the document I would see what I really need to respond to
right away. Meetings etc and then go thru and review other information as I desire. Just a suggestion. It
is a helpful newsletter with a fair amount of SHRM information.
I like the newsletter the way it is.
When emails to the group go out to the group soliciting information, resources etc., it would be really
nice to see the answers that were received.
*What about having a "sample" question in the Newsletter taken from the study guides for the National
Certification with the answer given on another page?
*Would there be enough general questions from HR people that would benefit everyone? Example:
What posters are my company mandated to display and where do I get them? What are the most
frequently needed phone numbers for HR people to have at their fingertips? What are the South Dakota
Labor Laws regarding employing someone under 18; or 16 years of age? Pros and Cons of having a
Company Policy.
*Anything that would assist HR in doing their jobs and/or add to their personal growth and development
that is short, easy to read and to the point!
Possibly hot topics in HR ( such as healthcare reform, NLRB rulings, etc.) and some links to good
websites for information.
Possibly hot topics in HR ( such as healthcare reform, NLRB rulings, etc.) and some links to good
websites for information.
What changes would make the BHSHRM Chapter more effective?:
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change the meeting date to earlier in the month.
I think it is good. I have really enjoyed being a member. Great people.
Not sure. Having been on the Board I realize it is not easy to get programs to serve all levels of our
membership. Sometimes the subject matter seems too elementary.
Maybe a couple of socials throughout the year in order to get to know the members. It is hard to get to
know one another during the monthly meetings.
Nothing to suggest. Meeting times are complicated for me but that will always happen at various times.
None
I think everyone tries very hard to have the meetings timely, efficiently and smoothly! Kudos to all
involved.
We need to find ways to reach out to the members who are affiliated with BHSHRM but do not attend
any meetings.
More participation from general membership in events, board positions, doing presentations, program
ideas, etc.
How often do you visit our website?:
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What would you like to see added to our website? (list recommendation/s)?:
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A link to post open HR related positions.
A link to the national website
A link to community resources such as temp agencies, education agencies, recruiting sites
links to information from speakers at the monthly meetings.
I would like the newsletters to be viewed on the website - not emailed out as a PDF. The archived
newsletters would also be accessible.
Links to good HR research and information sites besides SHRM
What topics would you like to see covered in our membership meetings?:
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Legal Issues
EEOC - FLSA - etc.
Leadership Training
Veteran's Issues
Mental Health topics/resources
motivational speakers
Updates of new regulations are always appreciated. Maybe some interactive activities like HR questions
and the table as a group answers. Humor is good, too.
I think the chair of the speakers does a remarkable job coming up with programs for a year. I have been
doing Brown Bag Learning Lunch for city management for 10 years 5xs per year and it's not an easy
task. You may want to consider some more programs that are more community based and impact the
community, like a presentation from Main St Square, Homestake Sanford Lab (that one is REALLY
interesting), Black Hills Vision, maybe some things that they don't always see or hear about like the 911
Emergency Communications Center (Leslie Colombe does a really nice job with this) and other topics
because what's happening in the community affects the businesses and entities to which BHSHRM
members belong. Keith L'Esperance City of Rapid City
I think a focus on more "strategic" type topics and/or legal are beneficial.
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Great job on getting many of our meetings eligible for certification and a number of strategic credits
which is extremely helpful.
Topics that would offer strategic credits would be great.
Hiring and Firing
Employee disciplinary actions
Maybe some recruitment information or some more help with legal changes other than the two JacksonLewis meetings.
John Wanande, Special Assistant Attorney General Diversion Unit.... does a very interesting and
relevant presentation on prescription drugs. His number is 394-2258 Ext. 116 or his cell is 381-4879
Conflict Resolution
I think leadership does a good job of providing information that is available. I especially enjoy when the
topic is more informational and fewer sales driven by vendors.
I think having one meeting a year that is devoted to "fun" development, like the year at the Quality Inn
where we had the massage therapist, etc., and would go over well.
Legal Briefings.
NLRB Rulings Updates, We used to have topic tables one time a year and people could choose to sit at
the table they had an interest in and one person lead the discussion. I think this could work again.
Healthcare reform updates
Does the cost of our monthly membership meetings deter you from attending...please comment.:
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No
I haven't attended a meeting in quite a while. The ones I have attended I thought were quite expensive
for the quality of the meal. Better meal selections would be nice. The Caesar Chicken salad is quite
awful. There should be another default meal to chose from...even a chef salad would be better.
Not the cost but the time it is scheduled does
Yes. The cost is too high for lunch especially since these expenses are not covered by my business.
However, I like that I have a choice not to eat the lunch.
The cost itself doesn't deter me, as much as the food. I would be willing to pay if the food was higher
quality. The last couple of times I ate there, I felt the food was comparable to a microwave meal that I
wouldn't pay $5 for, let alone $12. The presentations are great, and I think I'll just start rsvping without
the meal. I think that will be a good solution.
No. The cost of annual membership is so low - it evens out.
No. The meals and programs presentations are well worth it.
No
While it is a little pricey for lunch, I don't think you're going to find anything for less for the facility,
food and location. I know the chapter has tried to search around in the past and always came back to
RPHI.
yes. I only attend if the TOPIC is extremely important to my function. I would attend all if the cost was
less. I am not reimbursed by my company for the expense.
My company reimburses me for the meeting so it is not an issue. $15 does seem high for the meal
though.
I do enjoy going to the meetings and having lunch (to network), however, the cost of the lunch is pretty
expensive! I know the option is out there to get to the meeting after the meal but it defeats the purpose of
visiting while eating!
It helps that an individual can attend without paying for lunch.
Not really but sometimes I do not eat due to expense and I can eat afterwards.
No
The cost is a little high; however, it does not deter me from coming. My boss does reimburse for the
meetings; therefore, I am able to attend.
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Yes, especially depending on the meal offered. $15 is pretty steep for a salad.
no - my schedule generally prevents me from attending.
Yes, the price is quite high for those who aren't getting reimbursed by their company
cost is fine
The cost is reasonable.
I would prefer to pay $10.00 for the lunch, but having the convenience of the Holiday Inn requires a fee!
No I attend all meeting that my schedule allows
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No
Are you satisfied with the date and/or time of our membership meetings?:
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Are you satisfied with the location of the monthly membership meetings?:
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Are you satisfied with the agenda presented at the monthly membership meetings?:
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Are you satisfied with the delivery of the material at the monthly membership meetings?:
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Please provide comments/suggestions on the date, time, location, agenda, and delivery of the monthly
membership meetings.:
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meetings earlier in the month would be better. Time, location, agenda and delivery are fine the way they
are.
Morning meetings would work better for me
I like the downtown location with easy parking which makes time away from the office less.
I don't have many comments because I'm not a regular attendee (should make more of an effort) so I
don't feel like I have any right to make a lot of comment when not there very often. As an occasional hit
and runner and not consistent attendee, I think you do a good job.
Lunch meetings once a month work well for me, and the Holiday Inn is a nice central location.
Just a highlight list at the beginning of the newsletter for the meeting notice and response.
I am satisfied with all the above.
I love the fact that most meetings provide CEU credits for recertification.
It may be nice to meet in the evening and give members a chance to network.
Would you like more opportunities to be involved with membership meetings, committees, board and/or
events?:
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No, Yes
Please provide comments/suggestions related to the opportunities to be involved.:
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I find the group to be open to anyone being involved that wants to be. An individual just needs to take
the initiative.
Would you be willing to present at an upcoming membership meeting? If so, please provide contact
information.:
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I do think a lot of the members could present something. Lessons learned would be nice. Just an open
forum about do's and don'ts.
Peggy Palmer 737-9158 [email protected]
Keith L'Esperance - City of Rapid City - [email protected] - 394-6620
Yes I would be willing to present if someone has a suggested topic that has not been covered but would
be beneficial. Bev Morris - [email protected]
Please provide any information that you have about the founding of and early years of BHSHRM.:
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Alan Solano from BMS would be a good resource.
In the President's "box" there is a written history which goes from the personnel and training group to
SHRM to the 20th anniversary. There were photos and other memorabilia. You best source would be
Cathy Druckery, Jim Books(Sioux Falls) and maybe Connie Pfeifle.
I wasn't involved until late 2002, so I don't have much information on the early years.
Please provide additional comments or suggestions.:
 Great organization with wonderful members. Also great leadership.
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