VBSR partners with Hickok & Boardman on leadership Webinar series

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VBSR partners with Hickok & Boardman on leadership Webinar series

Wed, 05/13/2020 - 11:32am -- tim

Series will cover topics such as building resiliency, employee compensation, managing performance, and organizational restructuring during COVID-19

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR) in partnership with Hickok & Boardman HR Intelligence is pleased to offer a 5-part leadership development seminar series to assist leaders at all levels of Vermont companies and organizations.

VBSR is a business association with over 700 members who work to foster a business ethic that sets a high standard within the business community for protecting the natural, human, and economic environments of our citizens.

“We are excited to partner with VBSR to offer this leadership webinar series as we continue to navigate the COVID-19 experience” said Karin Tierney, Director of Strategic HR Services for Hickok & Boardman HR Intelligence. “Working together and sharing our experiences is how we will determine the new best practices to provide dynamic and exceptional leadership during this uniquely challenging time.”

The series will feature Karin Tierney and Maribeth Spellman as presenters. Spellman is Director of Workforce Engagement for Hickok & Boardman HR Intelligence and formerly Commissioner of the Department of Human Resources for the State of Vermont, where she was responsible for providing the full range of HR services to a workforce of over 8,000 employees. Tierney brings over 20 years in Human Resources as a specialist, generalist and strategic business partner, having worked in higher education, state government, and manufacturing.

“VBSR’s COVID-19 webinar series has attracted over 1,500 registrants.” said Roxanne Vought, VBSR’s Executive Director. “We look forward to partnering with Hickok & Boardman as we provide our members with a comprehensive, people-first approach to leadership development during this time.

VBSR Members and Non-Members can register for one webinar or the whole 5-part webinar series at:


Webinar Series Schedule:

Leadership in a Time of Uncertainty and Change – Building Resilience

Tuesday, May 19, 2020
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

COVID-19 has had an unprecedented impact on our organizations. As we move beyond the initial crisis, leaders report feeling overwhelmed, burnt out, and unsure about how to navigate the next phase and the changing nature of work. In this webinar, we will explore how leveraging emotional intelligence, building resilience, and using principles of change management will help you personally and professionally to lead calmly and effectively during times of crisis, change, and uncertainty.

Best Practices for Effectively Communicating with Employees
in Times of Change and Uncertainty

Tuesday, June 9, 2020
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Effective and meaningful employee communication is not the same in times of crisis, change, and uncertainty. The COVID-19 global health crisis has affected how most organizations get work done through their employees. Organizations have had to rethink and redefine their internal processes, work arrangement policies, travel policies and guidelines, supply chain, and communications plans. We will explore how effective leaders are making adjustments to when and how they communicate with their employees to show appreciation, ask for assistance, deliver tough news, and steer the business through stormy waters.

This workshop has been approved for 1.25 credits by HRCI and SHRM.

Managing Performance for Remote Employees

Tuesday, June 23, 2020
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

COVID-19 is forcing everyone to be more flexible. Employees are stretching to fill new roles while working remotely, some for which they’ve never been trained. Leaders are having to constantly adapt to shifting priorities, navigate new health and family concerns, and manage new remote work arrangements. Most performance review processes are no longer adequate or useful. Join us to explore how to effectively support and evaluate the performance of your remote employees.

Reviewing Employee Compensation Programs During COVID-19

Tuesday, July 14, 2020
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

What is the right thing to do about employee compensation during this global public health crisis? Every organization is going to be a little different. In this webinar we will discuss options for how to use incentive pay for front-line and essential employees, or “hot jobs.” We will explore how to be gentle when reducing pay or using furloughs to generate cost savings, when it can’t be avoided. We will also review pay compression, pay equity, and the value of periodically benchmarking your positions against credible market data.

Organizational Restructuring During COVID-19

Tuesday, July 28, 2020
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Organizations are shifting and adjusting as we navigate through this global public health crisis. As our new work paradigm becomes clear and more consistent, business leaders are faced with difficult decisions when positions and employees are no longer needed. While the talent market has changed since before COVID-19, your Employer Brand is still key to attracting, engaging, and retaining the best talent. How you treat employees as they leave your organization is as important as how you onboard new employees. It tells a very important story about employee experience. Join us to discuss how to lead with compassion if you have to lay-off or furlough employees.

As COVID-19 develops, VBSR will continue to share resources and best practices from its membership, and offer webinars supporting its members and the community at large. Learn more at https://vbsr.org/vbsr-resources/planning-preparing-for-covid-19/

VBSR is a statewide, non-profit business association with a mission to advance a business ethic that values people and planet as much as profit. Through economic development, education, public influence, and networking, VBSR strives to help 700 members set a high standard for protecting the natural, human, and economic environments of the state's residents, while remaining profitable. Learn more or join the cause at www.vbsr.org.