MidAtlantic Employers’ Association Launches as newest Certified Partner of The Predictive Index

MEA utilizing The Predictive Index to help clients maximize workforce productivity Philadelphia, PA – April 6, 2016 – Human capital management consultant, MidAtlantic Employers’ Association (MEA) today announced their PI Certified Partner status. This will extend MEA’s HR and Human Capital services to include services based on the science-based methodologies of The Predictive Index (PI). MEA will work with clients to fully integrate the use of PI’s workforce assessments and management trainings into their organizations. Helping employers for over 100 years in the Mid-Atlantic region to meet their workforce needs, the partnership of MEA with PI is a natural fit to MEA’s mission to support a wide range of workforce needs.  MEA will use PI to help employers accurately define the true competencies needed in specific positions and help them greatly improve their success in hiring top talent, building teams and leaders, managing change, influencing productivity and ultimately driving growth to achieve their business objectives. Their team of experienced, professional consultants partner with clients to better motivate, lead and utilize their people to the best of their ability. “We are excited to be part of The Predictive Index family, whose solutions help with a critical unmet need of many employers – applying the power of ‘people data’ to support their business strategies so they can compete effectively in business and in the war for talent.” said Kevin Robins, CEO of MEA. The PI assessment system is simple and accurate. Products like the PI Behavioral Assessment and PI Learning Indicator can provide actionable insights, information, and context in a matter of minutes.  Holly DePalma, MEA’s licensed PI Associate, has been...

MidAtlantic Employers’ Association Announces Release of National Policies and Benefits Survey

PPOs and High Deductible Plans continue to be the most popular Employers Reduce Medical Coverage for Part-Time Employees HR Policies Reflect Technology and Demographic Trends June 25, 2015, King of Prussia, PA – MidAtlantic Employers’ Association (MEA) announced the results from the 2015/16 National and Regional Policies and Benefits Survey containing information from 1,906 participating organizations across the United States including the MidAtlantic region. The survey is conducted every two years by the Employer Associations of America (EAA) which consists of 34 regional employer associations that serve 48,000 employers. 88% of the respondents have an employment size of 500 or less employees with 48.6% in the Manufacturing industry and 47.3% in combined Services Industries making it one of the most comprehensive sources of data on policies and benefit practices of small to mid-sized employers. Kevin Robins, CEO of MEA, commented, “Today, employers face many challenges in hiring and retaining talent. In order to stay competitive, employers need current and accurate data on wages and workplace policies and benefits so they can make informed decisions that have a significant impact on expenses and employees. Employers are also facing a tightening job market and demographic shift in the workforce as Baby Boomers move towards retirement and Millennials, who currently comprise over 25% of the workforce, have a stronger voice and often have different attitudes around flexibility, technology and other workplace policies. MEA Members have the confidence that they will have access to the data necessary to make good decisions for both their business and their employees.” Below are highlights from the Survey: Health and Welfare Benefits Costs: Benefits cost on average...

MEA Approved as a SHRM Preferred Provider

MEA has been approved to join the SHRM Preferred Provider network. Many of our workshops are approved for Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM. Find SHRM-Approved Workshops on MEA Training Calendar View our online Training & Events Calendar Under “Category,” choose “SHRM credits” Click “Apply.” Upcoming SHRM-Approved Workshops June 10 – Basics of Federal Employment Laws June 11 – Successful Communication June 12 – Communicating with Diplomacy June 18 – Finance for Non-Financial Managers June 19 – Team Development June 23 – Conflict Management June 23 – Managing People through Motivation June 25 – Critical Conversations: Having the “Hard to Have” Discussions June 25 – Supervision Basics June 26 – Effective Employee Relations, Recognition and Performance Management July 7 – Accountability: Stop the Blame Game! July 8 – Leading Problem Solving & Decision Making July 9 – Succession Planning July 14 – Handling Difficult People July 15 – Leadership Advantage Level 1 – Cohort July 16 – Coaching Skills for Managers and...

Earn HRCI Credits By Being an MEA Member

Getting and Maintaining PHR , SPHR or GPHR Certification is Now Easier & Better Than Ever! MEA and HRCI have partnered to offer MEA Members the following benefits when obtaining or renewing their HRCI certifications: Earn up to twelve (12) Recertification Credits per renewal cycle.* Three credits per full year of MEA membership (to a maximum of nine [9] credit hours) under the membership category and an additional three [3] Business credits one [1] per year for SPHR) under the continuing education category. If your HRCI credential does not require Business credit (PHR, GPHR or CA), the credit type will default to HR General credit. Availability of a Recertification HRCI Concierge to quickly resolve questions and issues $50 discount off the PHR, SPHR or GPHR exam fee MEA is committed to supporting our Members’ career development and ongoing education. Don’t miss this great opportunity! For more information on HR certification exams, recertification credits, and HR training, call 800-662-6238. Get Your PHR, SPHR or GPHR certification MEA Members receive $50 off the PHR, SPHR or GPHR exam fee! Maintain Your PHR, SPHR or GPHR certification Earn up to twelve (12) Recertification Credits per renewal cycle.* Three credits per full year of MEA membership (to a maximum of nine [9] credit hours) under the membership category and an additional three [3] Business credits (one [1] per year for SPHR) under the continuing education category. If your HRCI credential does not require Business credit (PHR, GPHR or CA), the credit type will default to HR General credit. *Note: if your application is audited, you may be required to contact us for proof...

Survey Reveals Area Employers Optimistic about 2015; Hiring and Training Continue to be Priorities

83% of employers in the Northeast region expect to see an increase in sales/revenue in 2015 as compared to 74% who anticipated an increase in 2014 Noted national and regional economist Joel Naroff of Naroff Economic Advisors joined MidAtlantic Employers’ Association to announce results of the survey January 16, King of Prussia, Pa. – Results from a national and regional business trends survey show 83% of employers in this region believe their organizations will see an increase in sales/revenue in 2015 as compared to 2014. This is an increase from 74% surveyed at the same time last year. Nationally, 75% of employers share this view. Moreover, 94% of the national participants expect the overall economic outlook for 2015 to be the same or better than 2014. These results are from the 2014 National Business Trends Survey, conducted by the Employer Associations of America and include regional results among members of the MidAtlantic Employers’ Association (MEA). This survey included responses from approximately 1,360 mid-sized employers (less than 1,000 employees), including 254 total employers from the Northeast Region. “Overall, employers in our region continue to be optimistic about their growth and new hiring for 2015 with more than 57% planning to increase staffing levels while 36% plan on maintaining their staff levels by filling any open positions,” according to Kevin Robins, CEO of MEA, a member-based association that provides HR, training and development and recruiting services to mid-sized employers in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. Of those hiring, 75% said they will be hiring to fill newly created jobs while 70% will be replacing staff due to turnover. On Friday, January...

Employer Panels for Norristown High School Juniors and Seniors

April 24, 2014 Norristown, PA – Six local employers, all Members of the MidAtlantic Employers’ Association, (MEA), were included in two Employer Panels where they shared their human resources knowledge, tips and advice to twenty-five juniors and seniors of Norristown High School.  Employer panels, and other employer-focused events, are part of an initiative by the Montgomery County Workforce Investment Board to partner with MEA to connect employers directly to current and future job seekers. The intent is to give them face to face connections with Human Resource professionals and hiring managers to receive “real world” advice in preparation to successfully interview and get hired. Facilitated by Clara Console, MEA’s Managing Director of Training & Strategic Programs, the panelists communicated what it takes to be hired at their respective companies. They heard from each company representative what makes people “stand out” during resume reviews and interviews. Students received a taste of the “good, the bad and the ugly” of resumes, interviewing and what it’s like to be a successful and engaged employee.  Just as important was the acknowledgement that making a great first impression is a huge deciding factor. Manufacturers, especially, recommended doing some “pre-work” in order to pass pre-employment assessments of their basic skills including how to read a ruler and work out simple math problems. Researching and preparing for interviews, dressing for success and having good eye contact and sturdy handshakes were some of the tips offered to the students.  These are the behaviors that make them “stand” out for employers. Sending personal thank you notes and following up were also suggested. Several students approached the employers for...

SAVE THE DATE: 2014 HR and Employment Law Conference – 11/19

MEA’s 2014 HR and Employment Law Conference will be held on Wednesday, November 19th, at the Crowne Plaza Valley Forge Hotel, in King of Prussia, PA. Last year’s event was a great success with 150 attendees, great presenters, and tons of relevant HR-related topics!  Please stay tuned for additional details and registration...

New school, meet old school: Teaching interaction without screens

MEA’s partnership with the Downingtown STEM Academy, helping prepare high school students for the workplace, featured in Inquirer article: The warning signs surfaced on the way to a science seminar. A group of Downingtown S.T.E.M. Academy students attending a conference at West Chester University had stellar grades, specialized curriculum, and technology know-how. Their biggest challenge turned out being how to interact with the school district superintendent who came with them. “They didn’t have the natural reflex to just put out a hand, shake, and smile… Continue...

Downingtown STEM Academy Students Learn How to Be Successful Employees

+ Workshops Will Help Deliver Work-Ready Interns for Area Employers. KING OF PRUSSIA AND DOWNINGTOWN, PA (September 30, 2013) – MidAtlantic Employers’ Association today announced a new initiative with Downingtown STEM Academy to help prepare students as future employees with the “real life” skills needed to succeed in the workplace. “Employers are urging high schools and colleges to prepare students – their future employees – not only with technical skills but also with soft skills to jump right in and be successful,” said Kevin Robins, Chief Executive Officer of MidAtlantic Employers’ Association. “We are excited to be part of such an important effort to help get students ready for real-world job experiences.” Beginning October 23 and running through January 2014, MidAtlantic Employers’ Association will facilitate training workshops for freshmen, sophomores, and juniors attending Downingtown STEM Academy. MEA business trainers will lead non-technical skills workshops focusing on communication, time management, and overcoming obstacles, among others. “The goal is to progressively teach specific, practical skills at each grade level,” said Susan Boardman, STEM Academy Internships and Partnerships Leader. “By senior year, students will be prepared to participate in a career exploration in local companies.” MEA’s business-experienced facilitators will engage and interact with students to make the workshops student-centered, applying effective training techniques to make the knowledge stick. The MEA Training Workshops for Students of Downingtown STEM Academy include: Time Management for Freshmen: How to Juggle It All – This workshop teaches time management skills to help freshmen juggle myriad responsibilities, such as classes, homework, extracurricular activities, family, and after-school jobs. Success Strategies for Sophomores: Overcome the Obstacles! – This workshop covers...

Get Skills to Work Initiative

On May 9, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and the Manufacturing Institute sent the below email to all NAM members informing then about the Get Skills to Work Initiative and encouraging their participation: We hear over and over that manufacturers cannot find the right people for their open positions. Applicants often times do not show up on time and lack both basic and technical skills. We have a solution: our nation’s veterans. Vets have demonstrated an ability to work in teams and perform under pressure. Many servicemen and women learned skills in welding, machining, maintenance, and logistics while in uniform. The NAM and the Manufacturing Institute are partnering on a program called Get Skills to Work to encourage transitioning military personnel and recent veterans to look at careers in manufacturing. We have partnered with the Pentagon, LinkedIn and others to offer direct hire opportunities for vets with the skills to step right onto the shop floor. And, we are designing training options in regions around the country for vets to develop manufacturing skills. If you are interested in learning more about these activities, partnering with us on Get Skills to Work, or hiring a veteran, please click here and we’ll (NAM) follow up with you on how you can get...

Best Places to Work 2013

Is your company the best place to work in Greater Philadelphia? Nominate now to be considered for the 2013 Best Places to Work awards. We think this is such an important award and consistent with our goal to help our Members develop and maintain an engaged workforce.  We hope that all of you consider submitting a nomination for your company. It is nice to win, but more importantly, by nominating your company, you send a message to your employees that you care about them and want to recognize them as a vital part of your business.  The deadline for nomination is May 17, 2013.   Click Here for Details...

Multi-Generations at Work

MEA’s 5th Annual Law Conference was packed with relevant content and great speakers.  MEA’s own Marian Vallotton put generation gaps in the spotlight by instigating a spirited debate between the Millennials (a.k.a. “Gen Y”) and the Boomers in the audience.  She even opened the floor for both sides to voice their frustrations about the other generations.  The Boomers and Xers went first, and didn’t hold back, voicing remarks such as, “gnats have longer attention spans,” and “what happened to paying your dues?”  The outnumbered Millennials fired back with “we’re not your tech support,” and “you’re boring!” While this back and forth did illustrate the sometimes rocky relationship between the two groups, it also allowed Marian to make a very important point – HR has an absolutely critical role in managing these generation gaps within their organization, because the Millennials are here to stay. During her presentation, Marian asked all of the attendees to text in their answers to the following poll questions.  The response was great, and we even heard that someone sent their first text message ever!  Here were the results… Instant Poll #1: What was the generational makeup of the audience?  SURVEY SAYS… It was clear that both Boomers & Xers were in full attendance at our 2012 conference. Typically those who attend MEA events sit at the top of their organizations, representing middle and upper management. The predominance of Xers and Boomers in our audience on November 1st,  is a strong indicator that these generations are ever present and still hold the power seats.  Yet, seated alongside their more mature peers was a sprinkling of Gen...

Owner/CEO Event: Families in Business

Families in Business: The Families behind JD Power & Troemner Tuesday, November 13th at the Union League of Philadelphia 5 to 6pm – Registration & Cocktails, 6 to 7:15 – Presentation, 7:15 to 8 – Cocktails & Networking Dave Power founded J.D. Power and Associates with his wife in 1968 at their kitchen table and grew it into one of the most prestigious marketing information companies in the world. Jamey, his son, joined the family business in 1990 after successful stints with Foote, Cone and Belding and General Motors. At J.D. Power, he was responsible for international operations which grew to 20% of the overall business. In 2005, the family sold the business to The McGraw-Hill Companies and they remained involved for several years. They now pursue various business, philanthropic and community activities. In 1972, Wil Abele began working at Troemner Inc., a company founded in 1848 that is a global leader in the manufacture of laboratory equipment and precision weights and calibration testing services. In 1990, he became President when he purchased Troemner from his boss and mentor. His son, Ed, joined the business in 2001 after working for VWR Corporation, Troemner’s largest customer. He became COO in 2008 and is now CEO with the guidance and mentoring of Wil. They have also brought Wil’s son-in-law, Robert Scheu, into the business which employs over 150 and has business around the world. Please join MEA for this unique opportunity to hear from two generations (and a son-in-law) of true family business successes as they share their stories of growing their businesses, bringing family into the business, ownership and management...

Congratulations to 2012 “Best Places to Work” Winners!

MEA is pleased to announce that 4 of our members have been recognized as “Best Places to Work” in the Philadephia Business Journal competition. MEA is proud to sponsor the Philadelphia Business Journal’s “Best Places to Work” award as it embodies our goal to help our members develop and maintain an engaged workforce. Here are this year’s...