December 20, 2019
Save the date! We are excited to announce the dates and keynote speakers for the 2020 HR Florida Conference & Expo! So, be sure to mark your calendars now. We hope to see you next year! So, be sure to mark your calendars now for Aug 30 - Sep 2, 2020

The Official Magazine of
The HR Florida State Council
Summer Edition
Representing key decision-makers in HR positions throughout the state. The HR Florida Review is published three times a year and mailed to more than 15,000 HR professionals.

Join SHRM’s A-Team!

As discussed at the Volunteer Leaders’ Business Meeting (VLBM) earlier this month, SHRM is actively working to expand the reach of its workplace advocacy. Working together, we can confidently speak to policymakers on issues that impact our workplaces every day.

SHRM is holding a contest to see which state can enlist the largest number of A-Team members between now and the end of the year. The top three states that recruit the greatest percentage of A-Team members in 2019 will receive a visit from a member of the SHRM Government Affairs team in 2020 for their state council’s legislative conference.

Please take a momet to sign up for the A-Team here. SHRM’s Member Advocacy team will be sending out periodic emails with your state’s position in the standings and we are looking forward to a competitive race that will conclude at year’s end.

At VLBM, SHRM also shared its newest event: Advocacy@Work, a two-day immersive training and practical experience for attendees to learn how to use their voice to change workplace public policy at the national, state, and local levels. This event will not only provide members insight into workplace public policy, but also how to use persuasive storytelling to impact change in their organizations.

The cost to SHRM members before January 24th is $850, but the first 250 A-Team members are eligible for a $250 stipend to be used toward travel costs. We encourage each chapter to send their legislative director or an alternate. Invest in yourself, invest in your local members, register now for Advocacy@Work.

If you have any questions regarding the A-Team or Advocacy@Work, please reach out to Bailey Yeager at

Membership Discount don’t miss out!!!

Anyone that joins SHRM or renews their SHRM membership by December 31st 2019 will receive $20 discount with code STATE20. 

This code can be used even if your renewal is not until next year. This is the last membership discount that SHRM will be offering. Professional Membership rates increase next year so don’t miss out on your last opportunity to save!!! 

For each new member that joins SHRM and uses the STATE20 code, the chapter that supports their zip code will receive $5 PLUS an additional $2.50 if that new member also joins their local chapter. Please reach out to state council Director of Membership Janelle Doharty with any questions at

Open Office: The Latest Management Fad to Fail
By Liz Gutierrez
Like most ideas, it began with the best of intentions: to eliminate the physical walls that divided the workforce; to free employees from cage-like cubicles, ridding them of the perception of corporate solitary confinement; and, ultimately, to promote cross-functional collaboration.

Five Key Focuses for an HR Department of One
By Leigh Medina, SHRM-SCP, PHR
Running the human resources function of a business as a department of one can be challenging, let alone do so effectively. Attention gets pulled in many directions, and it can be tough to determine what to prioritize and how to tackle the tasks at hand.


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Participation is FREE, but the opportunities for enhancing employee satisfaction and retention are priceless!

If your company is named among the 100 top-rated workplaces, you will get statewide recognition in the August 2020 issue of Florida Trend, the state's most influential business publication. You will also receive a free benchmark report just for participating!

Register by January 24, 2020 at 

Florida Trend's Best Companies To Work For In Florida program is endorsed by HR Florida.

Reminders from your Registrar, John Kinloch, SHRM-CP, PHR!

Council Event Registrations
Please register for each council event separately and at least one week prior to the event.
Council breakfast meeting attendance is used to confirm your eligibility for expense reimbursement. Please list any food allergies/special dietary needs when registering.
If you are registered and unable to attend, please notify us ASAP.

HR Florida Conference Registration
The HR Florida Conference chapter bulk purchases have a customized promotional code for chapters to resell/distribute.

Owner/Purchaser must go the HR Florida website and individually register for the conference to complete the transaction.

Any problems with registering for an event or logging into the HR Florida website can be directed to

Community Impact Award

We heard you! So many of you asked for an extension on the Community Impact Award deadline, because your chapters do great things in December. The new deadline is January 15, 2020.

Complete the online Community Impact Award application at:

Supporting the communities in which we live and work is important to HR Florida. This award recognizes one Chapter for outstanding achievements with outreach and impact within the community they serve. The winning Chapter will be chosen based on demonstrated achievements in activities as such as: volunteer hours/impact, donations of goods and financial donations.

Benefits of Winning: Recognition at the 1st Quarter Council Meeting in 2020, Detailed coverage in the HR Florida Review magazine; An honorarium of $750 to the Chapter selected; Monetary donation up to $2,500 to a charitable organization (selected by the Chapter) which the Chapter supported during the year; Award Logo to display on Chapter’s website.


Monthly District Spotlight: Featuring District 6
By Jehane Myers, PHR, SHRM-CP
District 6 includes South Brevard SHRM, St. Lucie County HRA, and Treasure Coast HRA. All three chapters have exciting news to share with our HR Florida colleagues!


Write for the HR Florida Review!
One of America’s most prestigious professional journals! Purpose: Educate HR professionals with expertise and first-hand insight that will aid in their careers and professional development.
Style: Advice and feature articles ranging from 500 - 2,000 words. Find out more here.
Next submission deadline: January 3rd 2020
Send submissions in word format to:

Tell Us Your Story! Submit a Blog for "HR Mouth of the South"
Blog Purpose: Share timely news and information.
Style: Conversational/informal; very flexible communication vehicle.
Submissions: Ongoing; send content to
How can you contribute? Share interesting stories that are related to current events or your initiatives (e.g., the Student Games, A recap of your events!). See more examples here:

Call for Newswire News!
Purpose: Share upcoming events, announcements, and recent news relevant to HR professionals and Chapter members.
Style: Brief, direct, summarized information (pictures appreciated).
Submission deadline: First Wednesday of every month.
Send submissions in word format to:
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Community Impact Award
New deadline for applications. Please complete the online Community Impact Award application.

SHRM Affiliate Program for Excellence (SHAPE) submission deadline:
Section 1 of the SHAPE year-end report is required of all chapters to remain in "good standing." Section 2 is optional however, all items in Section 1 and 2 must be completed to qualify for an Excel Award and later, a Pinnacle Award.

2020 HR Florida Legislative Conference
Location: Tallahassee. FLorida

Excel Award Application Deadline
If you have completed Sections I and II of the 2019 Chapter SHAPE report, you have the option to apply for an Excel Award. Applications are now being accepted for Excel Awards.

2020 HR Florida Conference & Expo!
Location: Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Orlando, Florida
Dates: August 30 - September 2
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