May 8, 2020 @ 8:00 am – 9:30 am

In recent months, the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has negatively impacted businesses all over the world.
Sales and revenue are falling short.
Many businesses have faced layoffs or furloughs for the first time.
Your best employee might be struggling to work remotely full time.
Your team’s morale is at an all-time low, and it’s your job as their manager to lift their spirits and get them back on track.
This is no easy task. It can be hard to see the positive when everything seems to be falling apart. But every company goes through rough patches and growing pains, and it’s during these times that a team most needs a strong leader to help them weather the storm.
Some organizations emerge from a crisis stronger and more ready to thrive than they were before the crisis arrived. The big differentiator that separates them from companies that falter is people – how their leaders empathize, engage, motivate, and capitalize on their talents and knowledge in the face of adversity.
In this session, we will explore strategies to help us embrace our current situation, look at lessons learned from the COVID-19 crisis, and discuss how we can prepare for the  future of work as leaders. At a time when so many of us are striving to make it day-by-day and haven’t yet established a ‘new normal’; leaders need to ‘set the stage’ for the next chapter of leadership and business within their organization.
Sheri Bender, SHRM-SCP, SPHR holds a master’s degree in Adult Education/Human Resource Development from James Madison University. She has over 25 years of practical human resource and training experience in various industries. She currently owns Pulse HR Solutions, LLC focused on leadership development training, HR Audits, and policy and procedure development. She is an active member of the HR Virginia State Council and has served in various roles in local SHRM Chapters. She lives in Harrisonburg with her husband and two children.
Due to current COVID-19 policies, we will meet on-line with Sheri.  Click here to register.  An email will be sent to you with the link to join the webinar.
Business Smarts sessions are held on the 2nd Friday of every month with networking opportunities and guest presentations on a variety of topics.
The series is sponsored by your Shenandoah Valley Small Business Development Center and the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce.