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    August Chapter Meeting - Mental Illness in the Workplace

    Date: August 10, 2017, 11:30am – 1:00pm
    Sherri Rials:
    Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces
    705 S. Telshor Blvd.
    Las Cruces, NM
    SNMSHRM Members: $20; Non-Members/Guests: $25; NMSU Student SHRM Members $15
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    Mental Illness in the Workplace

    Presented by Linda Strauss, SHRM-SCP, SPHR
    This presentation has been pre-approved for 1 SHRM PDC and 1 HRCI credit hour.

    What do you do when you suspect performance and behavior issues may be due to mental illness, or when an employee discloses they have a mental illness? Employers must navigate ADA and other compliance issues, concern for the individual, as well as concern for any affected employees, customers, and stakeholders, all while making sure the work gets done.

    In this presentation, we will:

    • Dispel the stigma of mental illness, an often-treatable medical condition that afflicts 1 of 4 adults (who often get labeled as a "difficult" or “crazy" employee.)

    • Understand the challenges managers face when dealing with employees that have, or whom they suspect have, a mental illness, and learn how to help them navigate through this difficult issue with compliance and comfort.

    • Get answers to questions many employers don’t know how to ask, or don’t even know to ask when addressing these issues.

    • Learn about the many resources available to employers and employees, as well as when the EAP isn’t enough.

    Linda Strauss is a Human Resources (HR) professional with over 20 years of experience. As a consultant, Ms. Strauss provides clients with the training, strategic HR programs, coaching, infrastructure, and knowledge necessary to manage employment issues with comfort, confidence and compliance. Ms. Strauss also provides services such as leadership development, coaching, and career advisement to professionals in all industries and levels, preparing them for success in their next steps. In addition, Ms. Strauss delivers keynote speeches and soft skills training including interpersonal and communications skills, and emotional intelligence training, designed to enhance success and engagement in work and life.

    Her clients include the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Wells Fargo, TempurSealy, as well as other corporate, non-profit, governmental, and individual clients such as PNM, Rodey Law and the NM Municipal League.         

    Ms. Strauss is a Society for HR Management Certified Senior Professional (SHRM-SCP), a Senior Professional of Human Resources (SPHR), and a Certified Mediator of Workplace Conflict. In addition, she is a certified trainer of the workshop, Becoming the Totally Responsible Person (TRP®), and is certified in Mental Health First Aid. She is an instructor for the University of New Mexico’s Anderson School of Business Management where she teaches management, communication, and HR classes to working professionals.

    Over her career in corporate HR, Ms. Strauss has specialized in every aspect of HR including training, employee relations, performance management, recruitment, policies and procedures, compliance, benefits, and compensation for corporations in Miami, New York City, and Santa Fe.

    Ms. Strauss is a long time member and active leader within the Society for HR Management (SHRM). Since 2006 she has held leadership positions within New Mexico SHRM. She is currently the Director of Awards and Recognition for SHRM New Mexico State Council, and also served as the Director of Workforce Readiness. Ms. Strauss is the recipient of the first SHRM NM Legislative Leadership All-Star award, created to recognize her for her leadership and initiative in the promotion of legislative issues impacting HR and businesses. She served as President of the SHRM affiliate chapter of Northern New Mexico, (NNMHRA) based in Santa Fe, and was the recipient of the chapter’s Volunteer of the Year Award. She has also served in the Vice President roles of Programs, Professional Development, Membership, as well as President-Elect and Past President.

    To register for this meeting,  simply CLICK HERE to complete a registration form.  You must register the Friday the event. You may pay at the door (cash or check) or through our PayPal site below.  No credit card payments will be taken at the door.

    Our reservations must be provided by noon on the Monday before the meeting. If you have made a reservation and cancel after this time, you will be charged for lunch. No shows will also be billed for lunch.  Registrations are nontransferrable/nonfundable.

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