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LASHRM Networking Groups

    The La Crosse Area Society for Human Resource Management (LASHRM) has created networking groups to better serve our members by providing additional opportunities to connect with fellow chapter members outside of monthly meetings to network and share information.  By extension, we also believe this will help the greater La Crosse area community in providing professional networking opportunities.

    Below you will find general information to help with the formation and ongoing meetings of these networking groups.

    Networking Group Types

    At this point there are five types of networking groups, listed below.

    • Strategic/Executive Group:  This group is designed for those who are the top HR person in larger organizations in which the HR department serves a large number of people. Membership in this group will be limited based on title/role and size of organization.  This networking group will focus on the delivery of strategic HR initiatives and on the challenges that members of this group face in their roles. Group members of the Strategic/Executive group may serve as mentors for individuals in the Solo Practitioner group.
    • Solo Practitioner: Serves HR professionals who are the single HR provider, or who may manage a small team, for their respective small- to mid-sized organizations and who, by nature of their role, are required to oversee a broad range of HR functions.
    • 3 - Functional Groups: Serves HR practitioners whose work is focused on one, or a small number of, HR functions.  There are several functional networking groups, each serving an HR function or discipline.  The initial groups being launched include:
      • Benefits/Compensation/Payroll
      • Training/Development
      • Recruitment and Selection

    Group Structure

    Each group will have a coordinator whose role is to:

    • Secure meeting location, time, and number of seats
    • Serve as point of communications for the group
    • Facilitate the meetings
      • Have relevant topics ready for discussion, if needed
      • Support adherence to the ground rules
      • Keep the group on topic, avoiding a level of detail that may be best discussed outside of the group

    Group Size

    Group size will be limited to 15-20 members, depending on seat availability at the location, to allow for rich information sharing and networking.  Additional groups will be created to accommodate new members while maintaining the benefits of groups that are no larger than 20 members.

    Meeting Schedule

    The meeting structure of each group will be determined by the needs of each networking group.  Some general guidelines for meetings are below:

    • Meetings will be held once per month or once per quarter, as needed, and encouraged to last 1 ½ hours.
    • Meetings will be held regularly, with meeting dates/times set at least six months in advance to allow for members to make plans for participation.
    • Meeting over the summer is optional, and is to be determined by each group to best meet the needs of members.
    • Meetings will be hosted by a group member who may provide coffee/beverages or food.

    Meeting Ground Rules

    The following guidelines will support each networking group in being of service to group members:

    Meeting Agenda: One of the purposes of the networking groups is to provide responsive and real time support for members.  Because of this, there will be no agenda for the meetings, unless the group agrees to an agenda.  Rather, the requests/topics that members come with will be discussed.  The coordinator will have relevant topics ready in the event that the full meeting time is not filled with request/topics that members bring up.

    Confidentiality: LASHRM’s networking groups have been designed to provide members with peer support and knowledge sharing.  To best support this purpose of the group, it is important that each member agree to keep all information shared in the meetings private and confidential.

    Non-solicitation: To support the value of these groups to all members, it is important that no solicitation occur during, or in relation to, the networking groups.

    Attendance: The LASHRM networking groups are a great opportunity for the HR professionals in our community to benefit from rich networking and information sharing.  The regular, trusted attendance of members will support the best outcomes possible for each group.  Because of this, it is important that meeting attendance is a priority for members.  If a participant misses more than three meetings in a 12-month period, they will be asked to reconfirm their interest in being a part of the group.  If meeting absence continues, the member’s “seat” will be replaced with someone who is able to attend regularly.

    The La Crosse Area Society for Human Resource Management (LASHRM) has created networking groups to better serve our members by providing additional opportunities to connect with fellow chapter members outside of monthly meetings to network and share information.  By extension, we also believe this will help the greater La Crosse area community in providing professional networking opportunities.  This guide provides general information to help with the formation and ongoing meetings of these networking groups.