Category Archives: Thursday (4:15-5:30)

Understanding the Sea of Change in Workers Compensation

By: Terri Davis
Terri Davis PhotoWe will be discussing the sweeping changes to the workers compensation statute, Iowa Code Chapter 85, which went into effect on July 1, 2017, and apply to all work injury claims occurring after that date.  Changes in interest rate, permanent partial disability determinations when the employee returns to work, vocational rehabilitation, successive disabilities, and changes in shoulder injury compensability, will be addressed, as well as the numerous other changes that will alter the way employers must approach workers compensation claims going forward.

Objectives of this presentation include:

  • We will discuss and explain the changes, reviewing existing law and how each provision will be affected.
  • We will explore strategies for responding to industrial disability claims under the new law in order to manage and limit industrial disability awards.
  • We will explore and strategize about the impact of the law changes on the types and quantity of cases to be filed, and ways to minimize the number of claims filed with the commission

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Leading Forward: Top Skills HR Will Need to Compete in the Next Decade

By: Celina Peerman
Celia PeermanWhether someone is new to HR or they’ve been in HR for many years, it is helpful to review the many roles and responsibilities they have within the organization. This workshop examines what it takes to be an effective leader today with topics such as building skills and strengthening resiliency to bounce back under the pressure and weight of our responsibilities, modeling the very best examples for employees, and learning some new “words to say” in even the most difficult times. This workshop helps HR staff develop the participative leadership styles required to successfully build diverse teams and work within complex systems.

Objectives of this presentation include:

  • Review current research on HR competencies and skills for next 10 years
  • Evaluate throughs self-assessment next steps for professional improvement to increase performance and retention
  • Apply steps to help other HR Professionals and Business leaders understand the importance of evolving competencies in profession

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Competitive & Effective Compensation Strategies

By: Kevin Paulsen and Nicole Roach
Kevin PaulsenNicole RoachTo ensure the effectiveness of total compensation in an organization, it is critical base, premiums and incentives are delivered in a way that reinforces the organization’s desired strategy and culture. Specific to base and incentives, it is critical that organizations are competitive while rewarding top performance. This session will identify the most effective techniques to help an organization attract, retain and motivate top employees. The latest data will be provided to confirm competitive amounts and trends in the marketplace. Specific approaches and proven techniques with short-term and long-term incentives will be presented that drive improved individual performance and overall profitability.

Objectives of this presentation include:

  • Present examples of the types of compensation programs increasingly used to maintain internal and external equity
  • Indicate methods that better align individual pay and performance
  • Show methods to focus and reward employees for top performance
  • Provide examples of incentives that encourage and reward for both short and long-term results
  • Provide approaches that maintain market-based compensation programs

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Financial Wellness Leadership: A Tale of Ostriches, Wart Hogs & Giraffes

By: Joanne Kuster and Kathy Krogmeier
Joanne KusterKathy KrogmeierBoomers, millennials and employees in between? Regardless of age or salary, money worries and financial stressors impact employees’ productivity….and your bottom line. Dozens of studies verify that financial stress is on the rise and point to the necessity of helping employees build the personal finance skills they need. If leading your team to develop better financial wellness strategies is on your “to-do” list, here’s the session you need to add a great return on investment. Learn what it takes to create cost-efficient programming that really engages employees, helping them take control of their financial future and lower their financial stress. Delve into the interplay between early financial wellness and retirement readiness to see where you can make the most improvements to take employees to the next level. Get energized to develop your team’s tools and resources to launch financial wellness initiatives that move employees from procrastination to action. Joanne and Kathy will share trending program ideas that work, no matter the size of your organization. You will also learn how others measure the success of their workplace initiatives.

Objectives of this presentation include:

  • Increase the ROI of your employee benefits package – what you can do now.
  • How to create effective financial wellness programming that employees want to attend – and will take home to their family.
  • Tips and tools to reach employees in every age group in your workplace – what works and what doesn’t.

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Building a Culture of Happiness

By: Jami Haberl
Jami HaberlThe phrase “healthy workplace” brings many images to mind. Some may associate it with few worksite injuries or happiness at work. While there are no universal standards, a multitude of elements can make a place of employment happy and ultimately healthy. Since most adults spend at least half of their waking hours at work, it’s important that our worksites are the ideal place to make positive health changes. Additionally, many Iowans receive health insurance through work, giving employers motivation to keep employees healthy. Iowa has a vision to become the healthiest state in the nation and worksites play a critical role in helping the state achieve this vision. Join the Iowa Healthiest State Initiative to learn about low-cost and free evidenced-based strategies worksites can do to increase the happiness of your employees, decrease rising healthcare costs and ensure the success of your organization today and into the future.

Objectives of this presentation include:

  • Learn tips for creating culture of happiness at work
  • Understand the benefits of building a culture of happiness

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The Millennial Workforce: Tools For Leaders

By: Rowena Crosbie
Rowena CrosbieRarely a day goes by when we don’t read or hear about how the work ethics, behavior, and attitudes of millennials differ from the generations that preceded them. The fascination with millennials has led to the publication of a staggering number of books, articles, and training programs designed to understand the members of this new largest generation to enter the workforce and provide guidance on how to lead them.

What about when the tables shift and the millennials are called upon to lead? Millennials will be called to lead in organizations where the pace of change is breathtaking. As leaders, they will be faced with challenges they’ve never seen in the past and no leaders that preceded them have dealt with. The ability to acquire leadership skills through experience or from mentors who have “walked in their shoes” will be profoundly insufficient.

Never has leadership been more important. In this interactive presentation, we examine the tools for leading in the modern organization. Whether you are a leader creating the environment for success for the largely millennial workforce, or a millennial leader seeking to acquire tools for leadership success, this presentation offers insight, tools and ideas that leaders across all levels and all industries can immediately apply to tackle real world challenges.

Objectives of this presentation include:

  • Accurately diagnose the five roles leaders must play in the modern organization.
  • Identify three critical tools that leaders must gain mastery of.
  • Examine the most common mistakes leaders make that contribute to an environment that lacks accountability and fosters entitlement.

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