Hear from a few of our members about how and why they use ERA:
I really do love attending and participating in the roundtables because it offers the opportunity to hear and share new solutions to issues that we all share in the HR world. The opportunity to share some laughs and stories that remind me that I am not alone in the issues that I face as an HR professional. I also find great benefits from hearing the perspective from the professional guests, i.e. attorneys, guest leaders of HR, etc.
Lori Pettit, SHRM-CP
Panacea Products Corp.
“Employers Resource Association was extremely helpful (with our Employee Engagement Survey). Carol and Brandi were really patient with the process and all my many questions!!”
Cindy Nichols, Vice President
Participating in the monthly HR Roundtable is one of the many great benefits of membership with ERA! Through referrals and feedback from the group, I was able to reduce the mark-up charged by temporary staffing agencies. This more than paid for the cost of the roundtable. I love the informal discussion and small group size because it allows for more meaningful and timely discussion, and to build trust among the participants. We support each other, we share information, and we laugh!
A2 Z field Services
“ERA was outstanding to work with (on Leadership Training). Dawn worked closely with us to modify programs to fit our culture. Very dynamic and engaging - participants LOVED her and her examples.”
Tracy Moser, HR Director
Hobart Brothers Company
I joined the HR Roundtable because I was looking to connect with other HR professionals in a casual but constructive environment. I have received a lot more from the roundtable than I expected. The group moderator, Jeff, allows us to talk about what we want to talk about. It is nice because our conversations will sometimes start with a benefits or pay issue and then go to an employee termination or a policy issue. We never know where the conversation will go but it is always very interesting to hear from others in the field. It is also good to hear from Jeff since he is an expert in the field and he can shed light on the legal changes and what they may mean for our companies. It is nice to hear from other HR people who work in other industries because we all have the same fundamental issues. I get a lot out of the conversations and I look forward to them.
Human Resources Supervisor
Greater Cincinnati Behavioral Health Services
“Our attendees (at the Leadership Skills for Group Leaders class) said that Gary was the best trainer they ever had. He pushed them beyond the material in a good way to apply the concepts.”
Tina Seibert, HR Manager
I participate in the ERA Roundtable for several reasons: comradery in the HR field, to stay on top of industry issues, to find real-life help to problems I encounter, and to spend time with others that truly understand the day-to-day struggles of what really happens behind the HR curtain.
“I will hire ERA again for future (HR) Audits. They are very knowledgeable, friendly and have great follow through. They have been a tremendous asset during our transition.”
Betty Bollas, Director of Human Resources
Girl Scouts of Western Ohio
"The roundtable meetings are the most professionally therapeutic time you will spend each month. In addition to valuable networking opportunities, the sharing of ideas, topical legal updates, common challenges and solutions is promoted in a safe, open environment.
I love that as HR Professionals we come together and accept the fact we don't have all the answers. Through the HR roundtable we gain support from other HR professionals that have encountered similar situations and can provide ideas or solutions. It also keeps us on our toes for up-coming or recent changes in legislation.
“Working on the Benefits Benchmarking Study, ERA was great from the very first meeting. Jeff was very personable yet extremely professional - - and responded in a timely manner to any and all questions, issues, etc. … I look forward to another collaboration. Thanks!”
Jaylynn Gray, Communication Specialist
“ERA is a great resource (for Handbook and Process Reviews). I consider Barb and the staff part of my A-Team!”
Barb Ebright, HR Manager
Make-A-Wish Foundation, OH, KY, IN
“Your company did a great job communicating training expectations to me. Ralph’s (Coaching Skills for Managers) class went extremely well. Well worth the money.”
Jennifer Thompson, Human Resource Specialist
Ohio Shared Information Services
ERA's monthly HR Roundtable is a meeting I look forward to each month, and one which I hate to miss. Of all the regular meetings I attend, the HR Roundtable is the most productive, most informative. First of all, when the name "ERA" is attached to something, I know it will be quality, that information I receive will be accurate, and timely. Second, Monique Kahkonen is an able, well-qualified, knowledgeable facilitator who not only leads us to what is legal and practical, but what is realistic. Her sense of humor is a bonus. Third, the group that assembles is a group that I value, and whose needs reflect my own. This ERA Roundtable has gotten the "Tom's Most Practical 2 Hours of the Month" award for several years running.
Waibel Energy Systems
I joined the Roundtable to have the ability to discuss issues that arise hoping that I would be able to gauge our company's response in comparison to that of other companies. It is an opportunity to discuss issues with people who are or might have dealt with similar situations and to hopefully get some insight into how they are handling them. The roundtable is invaluable for information on the latest laws, rules and trends happening that affect the HR world. I have been able to take the discussions and glean from them useful information that I can then implement within our company when needed. It is reassuring that other individuals and companies are experiencing some of the same issues we are....lets me know that even though there are issues, it is on a broader scope and not necessarily something that we are doing wrong. Jeff is wonderful in leading the discussions and directing the information. He is a great resource for information and knows exactly who I need to talk to if he cannot provide the answers to my questions.
HR / Office Manager, Pivotek
"I enjoy the networking and bouncing HR happenings off the group to get a feel of what others are out there doing that our facility may be able to utilize."
Kutol Products Company
“The Compensation (Market Review and Analysis) Report from Monique at ERA absolutely exceeded our expectations. The data was clear, detailed and easy to apply to our organization.”
Kate Ringo, Associate Manager Human Resources and Payroll
Agile Pursuits Franchising
“Working on our Affirmative Action Plan, ERA was very knowledgeable and efficient. We really appreciated Lori coming on site to review the plan with us!!”
Stacy Toki, Director of Human Resources
BMI Federal Credit Union
Hearing from other managers' experiences on different personnel issues gives me a better a understanding of how to handle the same issues if they arise at my work place.
Pratt Industries, Inc. – Springfield Corrugator
"ERA is amazing to work with! Carol makes completing our Affirmative Action Plan each year a seamless experience.”
Aimee Turchick, Senior Human Resources Generalist
Devicor Medical Products
"I have found great value in the HR Beat mini-surveys, the templates in HR Central, and being able to reach an expert almost immediately via the Hotline. As a one-person HR department, I find your help to be very valuable. I am loving ERA!"
Renée B. Jordan
Columbus Oncology and Hematology Associates
An Ohio Oncology & Hematology, LLC Practice
ERA Roundtables are a great way to meet with local peers to discuss relevant HR topics and build a network of individuals to seek input when you have questions or need feedback. It's a great way to get to know others in our role, and to see and hear about the challenges and successes facing each of us in our market. The ERA facilitators do a great job of keeping the group informed of new/changing laws and new topics for the group to discuss, lighthearted topics to keep things fun, as well as a being a sounding board when any members have questions or concerns. It's like talking to the HR Hotline in person!
Attending ERA's HR Roundtables are so valuable because I am able to learn from other HR professionals who share resources and best practices, while also learning which HR strategies have worked at companies similar to mine. Whether I was just starting in the HR field to now being a seasoned veteran, I always have at least one takeaway from each roundtable.
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