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    Workplace Politics: Connecting the Dots Between Ego, Motivation, and Emotional Intelligence to Navigate Workplace Politics

    Date: June 27, 2023, 8:00am – 9:00am
    Jerame Johnson
    SHRM Member $10 Non-Member $15
    Event Type:
    Chapter Meeting
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    Workplace Politics: Connecting the Dots Between Ego, Motivation, and Emotional Intelligence to Navigate Workplace Politics


    Melissa Koontz, SHRM-SCP is a Vice President of Employee Benefits at HUB in Spokane. With over a decade of working with Human Resources teams, C-Suite Executives, and Elected Officials on their benefits programs, Melissa has first-hand experience working closely with company teams and stakeholders to align long-term organizational strategies, budgets, compliance, technology, and administrative processes and was awarded the 2018 Benefits Adviser Rising Stars Award for her work lobbying alongside her K-12 clients for policy change. With a background in sales/marketing and degrees in Accounting and HR from Gonzaga University, Melissa applies her skills to helping HR teams achieve their goals, thus further serving the employers that she consults on. 

    Melissa is active in the community serving on the Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery, Gonzaga University HR Advisory, INSHRM, and State of Reform Boards. Melissa is the Co-Organizer for the Spokane Disrupt HR chapter and an alumnus of Leadership Spokane. 

    Melissa has spoken to various organizations on a variety of HR and benefits topics including Washington Association of School Business Officials, Washington State Medical Association, State of Reform, WASHRM, SIHRMA, INSHRM and NHRMA.



    Program Information:

    In Human Resources, we often shy away from workplace politics because we fear getting lost in the middle of them. Whether you participate or not, workplace politics exist and those who participate advance their agendas, right or wrong. From watercooler gossip to sabotage between leadership members, these politics exist at every level of your organization. Toxic workplace politics are what is stopping your company from creating a solid succession plan, knowledge transfer, and what’s causing your young new talent to leave after you’ve poured countless resources into training them. In this session, we’ll explore mastering your own ego, motivations, and emotional intelligence to appeal to those around you to advance your ideas, your career, and your organization.


    Session Topics:

    • Understand the role of workplace politics in organizational culture and progression.
    • Understand ego, motivation, and emotional intelligence and the role of each in workplace politics.
    • Methods to combat toxic workplace politics.

    1.0 General HRCI Credit - PENDING!

    1.0 SHRM Credit - PENDING!