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    GMHRA Meeting & Educational Topic

    Date: August 11, 2017, 8:00am – 10:00am
    MREMS Conference Room
    55 Collins Drive, Middlebury, VT 05753
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    Friday, August 11, 2017


    April Tuck, Labor Relations Consultant; Downs Rachlin Martin


    MREMS Conference Room


    8:00am - 10:30am


    The Secret Rules of Your Workplace


    Meeting Agenda

    8:00 - 8:30am

    Networking and Breakfast

    8:30 - 9:00am

    Business Meeting

    9:00 - 10:30am

    Presentation; 25 WebEx seats available

    As HR and management professionals, we strive to ensure that our employees understand the policies, procedures, and processes of the workplace. There may be, however, an aspect of work that we assume everyone understands – the secret rules. Each workplace has them. While many may be shared across organizations, there are other rules that are some that are company-specific and may be related to socio-economic class. How much thought have we given to identifying and communicating those secret rules? Do we understand and appreciate the differences between the generationally impoverished, working, and professional classes in terms of the secret rules each uses? As a key linchpin to our organizations’ and employees’ success, it is important that we learn how to recognize and appreciate the differences between these secret rules. The Secret Rules program will provide participants with ways to uncover the rules we take for granted as well as how to best orient and support staff members in learning and living with them.


    April’s career has spanned a variety of specialties from speech language pathology to operations management to human resources to labor relations. As a result, she has a unique perspective with regard to how organizations function and the underlying communications and values inform their potential and success. From serving as a coach to management and bargaining units, helping to identify and address strategic opportunities to mentoring organizational leaders in resolving both employment and union issues, April partners with clients to develop and implement approaches that promote organizational success. Because of her significant management and operations experience, she focuses on the pragmatic needs of the organization that will advance its mission.He was appointed to the Governor’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities (GCEPD) in 2016, is Chair of the GCEPD Marketing Sub-committee, and is an alumnus of Castleton State College.

    Presenter Information
    April Tuck, Labor Relations Consultant

    Downs Rachlin Martin

    Our meeting will be at MREMS – Middlebury Volunteer Ambulance Association conference room.

    When going south on South Street, take the left onto Collins Drive just before you pass the hospital building. When on Collins Drive, you will see the MREMS building on your left. Enter through the main entrance, and you will find the conference room on your left after passing through a short hallway.

    GoToMeeting Information
    If you can’t make it in person, we are offering attendance using GoToMeeting and have 25 reserved seats available. Please email asap to reserve your spot!  (Please do not respond to this invite).

    Green Mountain Human Resources Association is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP.

    We hope to see you there!