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This week HR Lancers founder Chris Russell, took part in the #WorkTrends twitter chat put on by Meghan Biro’s Talent Culture community. Chris Was actually a guest on their podcast which you can listen to here . The twitter chat had a lot of great comments about the role of freelancing in HR and we wanted to summarize some of what was said. The Twitter chat consisted of the following questions; Q1: Why are more...
FULL TRANSCRIPT OF THE MOST RECENT HR LANCERS HANGOUT Chris Russell: All right, let's get to Katie. I'll give you a quick intro Katie with your bio here. So Katie Ausburger is one of the founding partners of Future Work Design. She had planned to be a school teacher. She found her way into HR and has been working to some of the most marginalized identities in her HR practice for the last 15 plus years. Katie has a masters in...
Creating a return to work policy can be tricky under normal circumstances. Throw everything that COVID impacts into the mix and things move right past tricky into “maybe I should outsource this” territory. If this feels like something you’re relating to right now, read on! Outsourcing might be right for you, but you may be able to tackle this head on with a little help. Things to take into consideration Local and...
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.