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By Alissa Penney, A Better HR Your company is growing. Things are really taking off and you’re ready to add employees to your team to help take your company to the next level. As exciting as that is, there are a lot of complications that come from growing. You already know what to expect in your day to day work duties but how do you communicate those expectations to your new employees? Employee handbooks (or policy manuals) are...
Last week we had the pleasure of hosting our latest meetup with Laurie Ruettimann the popular HR writer/speaker/podcaster. She talked for an hour about how she makes a living in the HR world and dished out some great tips and tactics for any freelancer. Visit her website . One of the attendees called it "one of the best, down to earth Zoom meeting I have ever attended." You can now watch the replay below or skim the full transcript....
By Alissa Penny of A Better HR If you’ve been one of the folks recently placed into a remote working environment due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you’ve likely discovered what other remote workers have known for ages:  working from home is tough. Being an HR professional on top of working remotely probably feels like a recipe for disaster. There are constant distractions (all of your favorite things are there!). Your...
The conversation is shifting from furloughs and layoffs to reopening and returning to work. A friend of mine recently published an insightful post about effective planning for ramping back up. The article made me wonder if companies are prepared to be introspective enough to consider how their crisis response will affect post-COVID employee retention.  Several companies, many of which are here in the Philadelphia area, did an...
Jillian Swanson is the newest featured HR freelancer to join our community. We caught up with her by email to get her take on a few things. 1. What do you consider your top 3 skills as an HR freelancer? Understanding the situation, building the relationship, and providing accurate and precise knowledgeable information. 2. Biggest accomplishment in HR/recruiting? I have been blessed to be a part of so many great situations in...
HR lancers recently conducted its first member survey to crowdsource advice on how to make it through these challenging economic times. More than half of those surveyed (56.4%) say they have lost over 75% of their business. Only 15.4% say they have been unaffected. To help lancers who need more work these responses may prove helpful. We asked; What tips do you have to weather the storm caused by the virus outbreak?...
By Alissa Penney, HR Consultant Out of all the roles that Human Resources professionals play, none is more important than that of Business Partner. Especially in times of crisis. HR traditionally has taken the role of data input or regulation management department. But, if we’re being honest, this mindset has shifted exponentially in the last few decades to place HR at the forefront of risk mitigation and critical decision...
By Chris Russell With layoffs becoming regular daily events in this new Covid-19 labor market, stories are surfacing about people getting the news via text message. On one hand that’s not surprising given the pervasiveness of texting as a communication tool. On the other hand, employers must balance efficiency against the need for compassion and delicacy when delivering difficult news in difficult times. One story involves a...
If you are interested in starting an HR blog for yourself you would be wise to heed the advice of one of our industry's most prolific bloggers. Suzanne Lucas writes the Evil HR Lady blog and has been doing so since 2006. She shares her 14 years of experience on the most recent edition of the HR Lancers Live community hangout.
On the last episode of HR Lancers Live we got together and used the wisdom of the crowd to find out which apps, sites and products we use each day to get our work done. It was a highly informative look at some great tools. These tools are summarized below for easy access. Watch the replay to see what each Lancer said about their favorites. Replay Chris Russell :  https://www.linkedin.com/in/cmrussell/ GoDaddy...
A huge number of employers have been forced to switch to 100% remote work environments. For some this transition is easier that others. Onboarding new hires remote is uncharted territory. We at HR Lancers scoured the socials last week to see what people were saying on how they were coping. Hopefully you find this roundup insightful. Michelle Fivel from the law firm Major, Lindsey & Africa said on LinkedIn : "There is a tremendous...
Last week on HR Lancers Live we talked with HR speaker expert Jennifer McClure about how she got started with speaking on the human resources conference circuit. The replay can now be watched in its entirety on Youtube. A full transcript is below (machine generated).  How to get started speaking in the hr industry (transcript) from Chris Russell