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    February 2020 HRMA Monthly Lunch Meeting: Supporting Caregivers in the Workforce

    February 13, 2020
    11:15 AM - 1:15 PM
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    Worcester Technical High School
    1 Skyline Drive
    Worcester, MA 01605

    Registration 11:15 am

    Breakfast & Program 11:45 am - 1:15 pm

    Supporting Caregivers in the Workforce

    Presented by Sarabeth Persiani

    Compassion AND Compliance – An HR Perspective on Working Family Caregivers

    As companies endeavor to integrate Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML) law into existing benefit portfolios,
    there’s a larger conversation to be had, one that involves clear understanding as to why current legislation is
    vital to the health and success of companies in the years ahead.
    That is—how to create a supportive workplace culture for purposes of productivity, engagement and retention.

    Objectives & Outcomes
    1. Understand unique challenges facing working family caregivers
    2. Recognize signs that your employees may need additional caregiving support
    3. Anticipate concerns of family caregivers based on where they are in their journey of caregiving
    4. Appreciate the asset that working family caregivers are in the workplace
    5. Review resources that are available and how they potentially map to existing D&I programs/portfolios

    This interactive session provides Human Resources professionals with an overview of the emotional journey
    employees experience as family caregivers, allowing insights for how to assist both the individual and the
    organization. Attendees can expect greater understanding and patience for this subset of the employee base,
    as well as increased confidence and compassion communicating corporate policies.

    “This Program has been approved for 1.25 HR (General) PDC's for the SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP® and 1.25 (General) recertification credit hours toward aPHR™, aPHRi™, PHR®, PHRca®, SPHR®, GPHR®, PHRi™ and SPHRi™recertification through HR Certification Institute® (HRCI®). “


    Sarahbeth Persiani is a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and Learning and Development Consultant
    focused on working with companies to retain and develop their talent. Prior to establishing her
    consulting practice, We Are Sharing the Sun, she worked in both corporate
    university and academic settings in a range of roles to support adult
    learning and talent development.
    Pulling from lessons learned during an intense five-year period of juggling
    family, career and elder caregiving responsibilities, she’s now a champion for those doing the same. Using
    established programs and best practices, Sarahbeth helps managers and HR professionals recognize and
    understand the complex challenges that caregivers face. On the flip side, she coaches employees to
    communicate authentically and effectively about their situations.
    Clients appreciate her natural enthusiasm, pragmatic approach and benefit from content-rich engagements.
    A lifelong learner, Sarahbeth received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth,
    an MBA from Northeastern University and holds key industry certifications.
    We Are Sharing the Sun- The mission of We Are Sharing the Sun is to educate companies about the reality and complexities of
    family caregiving. We offer seminars and support for employees, their managers, and working professionals who anticipate taking
    on a caregiving role in the future. Our programs augment company’s existing wellness offerings and as a result employees feel more
    engaged, empowered and understood.

    Meeting Sponsor

    “HRMA of Central Massachusetts is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the
    SHRM-CPsm or SHRM-SCPsm. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit”

    “The use of this official seal confirms that this Activity has met HR Certification Institute’s® (HRCI®) criteria for recertification credit pre-approval.”


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