President's Message

Dear SCPMA Members,

As we navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the workplace, I wanted to take a few moments to connect with all of you. It has been a very different year for all of us. None of us could have imagined a year ago, that we would be in the middle of one of the greatest global emergencies we have experienced to date. Although there is a lot of uncertainties, I want to assure you that the goal of SCPMA continues to be a resource for today’s public sector HR Influencers. Unfortunately, we have not been able connect the way our members are accustomed to, however, rest assured your leadership is currently in the process of revitalizing our programs and initiatives. Yes, the annual conference was cancelled due to COVID-19. We were all saddened about this, because believe me when I tell you we planned a conference that would be remembered through the annals of times. However, don’t fret, we will be hosting our annual conference in 2021 and then back to the greatest place on Earth in 2022. (We hope!)

Please stay tuned for information regarding our virtual annual meeting we will be hosting the third week of May. We will also be sending out additional information regarding our virtual training and webinars. We are here for you!

In closing, I have seen a lot of information being sent out by Influencers inspiring their teams through these difficult times, however, the one below from Chris McCann, Chief Executive Officer of 1-800-FLOWERS.COM. really moved me, and as a leader, I wanted to share it with all of you:

During this time of anxiety and uncertainty, I wanted to reach out to say we are thinking of you. As we navigate the current health crisis together, I also wanted to let you know that our company continues to prioritize the safety and well-being of our team members, their families and our customers.

We value the role we play in helping you express, connect and celebrate with the important people in your life. In this unprecedented moment, being connected with each other is more important than ever. While we may be practicing social distancing, staying healthy means not falling into an unhealthy pattern of social isolation. Taking care of our emotional well-being, prioritizing self-care and staying engaged with the important people in your life are among the most critical things we can do right now.

Whether you are telecommuting, taking care of children home from school, enduring quarantine, or simply being cautious, here are just a few ways you might consider connecting with friends, family, co-workers and others in the days and weeks ahead:

• Video chat versus texting - seeing your face will bring a big smile

• Send a complimentary e-card - “Just saying ‘hi’”

• Make a list of 10 people you’ve been meaning to call – and do it

• Call a neighbor or distant relative, just to see how they are doing

• Write a hand-written letter to an old friend

Now is a time to think of each other, to connect with each other and to care for each other. We just want you to know that we care about you and your continued well-being, and that all of us at 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, Inc. are thinking of you.

I believe this a message we can all relate to and share within our organizations. Please stay connected to the workforce and more than anything, take care of YOU.

Be Safe. Be Healthy. Be YOU,

Stacey Lewis

President, SCPMA-HR

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