Category Archives: Friday (8:45-10:00)

What to do when the Feds knock: What HR Professional needs to know to effectively manage internal investigations

Kevin Techau Head ShotBy: Kevin W. Techau

HR professionals and company leadership teams across all industries and businesses are confronted every day with evidence or allegations of potential wrongdoing at their companies. These scenarios may range from notification of a government investigation into allegations of violations of federal law by the corporation or senior management to a routine internal complaint of violations of the employee code of conduct or other company policy. HR professionals can play a pivotal role in deciding whether and how to conduct an internal investigation.  In many instances the company will be best served by conducting some type of internal investigation into the allegations. However, it is important to understand that if the government knocks, the investigation is likely to be complex, broad and invasive to the business operation and will require different skills than routine investigations. This presentation by a former United States Attorney with front-line experience in leading criminal investigations and internal investigations in the workplace will start with a careful review of the factors involved in the decision of whether to initiate an internal investigation. Tips will be given in selecting the right investigator and suggestions how to minimize business disruption and cost associated with collecting, reviewing and producing information in a government related investigation. Suggestions on how to handle employee interviews, subpoenas, search warrants, press coverage and other topics related to the HR company role in internal investigations will be covered.

Presentation Objectives:

  • Provide an overview of what HR professionals may see regarding evidence or allegations of potential wrongdoing at their companies.
  • Discuss scenarios ranging from notification of a government investigation; allegations of violations of federal law by the corporation or senior management.
  • Provide an overview of how HR professionals can play a pivotal role in deciding whether and how to conduct an internal investigation.
  • Provide an overview of the factors involved in deciding whether to initiate an internal investigation.
  • Provide tips for selecting the right investigator and suggestions on how to minimize business disruption and cost associated with collecting, reviewing and producing information in a government related investigation.
  • Provided tips on how to handle employee interviews, subpoenas, search warrants, press coverage when an internal investigation has started.

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Talent Development Trends in the State of Iowa

Todd McDonald-HeadshotBy: Todd McDonald

The workforce in the state of Iowa is continually changing.  The speed of business, different generations and culture issues all drive the need for a different approach to leading and developing the talent in our organizations, approaches that lead to greater productivity and retention.  This session will share results from the recent ATW/Iowa SHRM 2018-2019 Talent Development survey that was completed in August 2018.

Presentation Objectives:
During this session participant will review the ATW-SHRM Iowa Talent Development survey.  Areas covered will include:

  • Estimated annual direct training expenditures by companies
  • Average training hours per employee
  • Training priorities
  • Top training topics
  • Delivery methods
  • Best practices for talent development

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Creating a Culture of C.R.A.P…Building an Engaged and Loyal Workforce in the New Workplace

Jeff Kortes Head ShotBy: Jeff Kortes

Have you ever wondered what makes some cultures are engines that produce excellent results year after year?  Have you ever seen bosses that people would do almost anything for and wondered what their secret was?   Those bosses and organizations that build a people-centric culture understand that it is the culture they create that drives success…not the opposite.

Jeff’s insight as an HR Leader, “headhunter,” coach, martial artist and US Army veteran made him realize that a culture created by a leader or an organization that had people as the foundation delivered sustained results year after year.

Through real-life stories and interactive participation, Jeff has created a program which helps participants understand how building an engaged and loyal workforce will produce sustained results.

This program is an “idea” program but it is also a “process” program.  Participants will understand the importance of building an engaged and loyal workforce as well as learn actionable steps they can use to start building this type of culture.

Presentation Objectives:

  • Understand reasons that employees love being on the receiving end of C.R.A.P.  (Caring, Respect, Appreciation and Praise) and how to best give your employees C.R.A.P. so they deliver results for the organization in the new workplace.
  • Prepare participants to advocate to senior leadership that in order to sustain results over the long-term in a changed workplace, a culture of C.R.A.P. (Caring, Respect, Appreciation and Praise) is an absolute must.
  • Understand why the C.R.A.P. behaviors are instrumental in building a culture of engagement and employee loyalty with a workforce that has been conditioned that loyalty is dead and where engagement is problematic.
  • Identify gaps where leadership is not leading in a manner that will produce sustained organizational results over time.

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Posted in 2018 Speakers, Friday (8:45-10:00)

Breaking Boundaries for Operating Excellence …The Quest for A High Performance Organization

By: Vince Bovino

This interactive presentation introduces an Operational Excellence initiative. The presentation dives deep into four powerful systems to improve operating performance and profitability on a rapid, significant and sustained basis.  The four systems covered in this talk are:

  1. A Performance Measurement System (including design and implementation)
    1. First tier are the Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)
    2. Second tier are the Line-Sight-Targets (LSTs)
  1. An Incentive Pay System
    1. Key principles for designing an incentive pay system.
  1. A Performance Communication System.
    1. 7 Communication phases are fully explained with examples
  1. A Performance Improvement (PI) Team System
    1. The design of Performance Improvement Teams
    2. An active method for seeking and capturing employee ideas for improvement through multiple channels

The importance of integrating the 4 systems into one initiative will be emphasized.  Case studies and real world examples are used to explain specific concepts that allow for easy implementation.

Presentation Objectives:

  • Learn the fundamentals of how to design and implement a performance measurement system, an incentive pay system, a performance communication system and a performance improvement team system.
  • Learn how to merge a performance measurement system, an incentive pay system, a performance communication system and a performance improvement team system into a single powerful Operational Excellence initiative.
  • Learn why strategic improvement initiatives fail and how to keep that from happening.

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Posted in 2018 Speakers, Friday (8:45-10:00)