HR Mavericks

HR Maverick

Kayla Farber

Kayla Farber

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Kayla is the Chief Innovation Officer at Hero Culture, where the passion is to create company cultures of retention using the power of personality.

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HR Encyclopedia articles written by Kayla Farber:

Instagram Recruiting

Recruiting quality candidates is an evergreen challenge for HR professionals everywhere, and one of the newest opportunities comes with social media. If you're considering dabbling in social media recruiting, keep reading to learn about Instagram's potential and how to get started with it.

Company Labor Day Celebration

As your head is spinning with the millions of things on your plate, it becomes so easy to keep it simple: give them a half day, have a meal catered, or maybe even have the managers BBQ for their team (if they can be bothered that is). If this day is specifically geared towards the celebration of Laborers, how can you ensure your workers' labor does not get glossed over by "just another" potluck?

Workplace Injury

When the unthinkable happens, do you have a plan in place? Some injuries in the workplace cannot be avoided and when they occur, they can impact peace and morale. Can something so potentially disruptive have the least amount of impact? Yes! Having a well-thought-out plan in place is the perfect place to start.

Masking Emotions in the Workplace

We’ve all heard the saying, “You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make them drink.” In the case of emotional masking, the horse insists that they just had a drink at home, and in fact, they couldn’t drink another drop. The issue is that dehydration is still harmful, even when ignored. So how can the Human Resource “cowboys” show the “horses” that it’s safe and totally okay to need water?

ADHD in the Workplace

"We're all a little ADHD right?" "I'm so ADHD sometimes!" We've all heard statements like these before. Though usually said in good humor, damaging statements like these downplay one's struggles, no matter how good the intention. All while pointing a glaring spotlight on some widely accepted (and incredibly inaccurate) stereotypes surrounding this invisible disability. But what is ADHD really and what does it look like in your workplace?

Employee/Employer Flexibility

How can we nurture employee flexibility and implement workplace flexibility without bending over backward (pun intended)? It’s no secret that the importance of structured work hours and a physical office is waning as the emphasis has shifted to getting the work done… even if it’s done at home on the couch outside the hours of 9 to 5.

Work-Life Coordinator

The term “work-life balance” is a buzzword. With the increasing complexity surrounding office, remote and hybrid work, work-life balance seems like a disorienting pipe dream! That is, unless you have a work-life coordinator (WLC) at the helm. With a WLC at your company, employee pain points are addressed as they gain access to programs that improve their quality of life, but they aren’t the only ones who benefit.

Benefits Manager

Benefits play a major role in attracting and retaining talented workers—maybe just as important as compensation. You can't afford to sit on the sidelines when it comes to selecting and negotiating a comprehensive benefits package. So what does a Benefits Manager do, exactly, and why are they increasingly important?

Employee Incentives

Employee incentives inspire, encourage, and motivate. However, incentives aren’t one size fits all. What makes a comprehensive incentive program versus one that blows up in our face? And how can we tell the difference?

Learning Curve

The idea of a learning curve isn’t new. Organizations can capitalize on this information and reap the benefits of more accurate projections, less staff stress, and an increased production rate.

Induction

The value of a first impression is hard to argue. Companies find that strong induction processes improve new employee retention by 82%. With only 12% of employees reporting a strong induction program at their company, this may be the improvement you’ve been looking for.

Hiring Gen Z

They are Gen Z, Zoomers, the “digital natives.” Called by many names, their adaptability, motivation, global awareness and fresh perspective is increasingly valuable for employers but… where are they? Let’s take a look at how we can meet this generation where they are and become the workplace they’re searching for.

Unboxing Experience

You’ve been watching the mail eagerly for a solid week, checking the mailbox more than once a day. Whether you’re awaiting the arrival of a new piece of tech, supplies for a beloved hobby, or the newest book in your favorite series, we’re all familiar with the unique excitement that comes along with the unboxing experience. Now imagine how engaging it would be if you emulated that same experience as your new hire “unboxes” your company. Here’s how.

Safety Training

Safety training: what’s required, what isn’t, and what isn’t required but really seems like it should be? The good news is that bridging the gap between your staff and a safe work environment is simple: a proper safety plan with safety training as the framework. To take a closer look, let’s see what makes a safety training effective versus safety training that doubles as paid naptime.

Biweekly Pay

With pay frequency, everyone has something to say. The company says “less,” the employees say “more,” and the state laws have a few words to say as well. As 36.5 % of U.S. private businesses pay their employees every two weeks, biweekly pay is a great middle ground. Let’s find out if that’s the best fit for your business.

Minimum Wage

With the admirable aim to prevent the exploitation of workers, minimum wage laws are an ever-evolving and an ever-important area of legal compliance. But for those with no experience, where does one even begin? Here’s what you need to know.

Grandfathering

While there are many choices to ponder when it comes to selecting or changing benefits, grandfathering doesn't tend to come to mind (despite its importance). What are grandfathered benefits and should you consider it in your business?

Employee Social Media Takeover

The social media content scramble is a real struggle. Where do you go for carefully curated content? What is an impactful way to shift your audience demographic or increase your reach? A social media takeover may be the solution you need!

Freelancers

Freelancer, gig-worker, independent contractor... Why are more and more businesses hiring third-party workers in addition to or in lieu of hiring full-time workers? Get a grasp on the pros and cons of your worker-status options to see if it’s in your organization’s best interest to engage freelancers.

Remote Onboarding

It’s no secret that remote work is exploding. With more and more done digitally, onboarding is no exception. This raises the question, “Can remote onboarding really be done effectively, and if so, how?” Here are the virtual onboarding pros, cons and best practices you should know.

Crossboarding

When a vacant position will not be filled with a new employee, that work still needs to get done. The process of distributing those responsibilities is called crossboarding, and we're here to share best practices for it.

Video Job Description

When it comes to catching and holding attention, there’s no debate: video is king. If your goal is to get an open position in front of the right people, leave plain text in the past and reach further in the most engaging way with a video job description. Here’s where to start.

Candidate Journey

If you're lost in an unfamiliar city, what do you do? You probably ask for directions, all the while wishing you had some kind of guide. We should look at our candidates' journey in the same way. If you're prepared, you can hand the candidate a carefully mapped out route so they arrive at their destination and even enjoy the journey.

Applicant Auto-Rejection

The value of a quality gatekeeper is non-disputable. They let all the right people in and keep the, uh, less-right people out. When this principle is automated and applied to the application process, it can save you hundreds of hours and headaches. Here’s how to make sure your auto-rejections are just as effective and empathetic as a human gatekeeper.

Onboarding Portal

Onboarding is one of those things that can be an absolute nightmare or a total cakewalk. So how can we get more “cake” for onboarding? You can start with a comprehensive onboarding portal, the virtual cookbook of simplified onboarding.

Candidate Disposition

The hiring journey can be as lengthy as it is confusing. To tighten up your company’s hiring process, having a candidate dispositioning process gives structure and definitive steps. When it comes time to reject an applicant, are you doing so consistently or is there room for a discriminatory gray area? Here are actionable steps to ensure you’re fully prepared.

Gamification in the Workplace

How great would it be if work was like reading a good book or playing a video game when time flies? Let's look at gamification strategies that aim to do just that.

Culture Acclimation

If you’ve ever had to pop your ears on a flight, you’ve experienced altitude acclimation: how your body adjusts to drastic changes to its environment. When we apply this concept to new employees adjusting to workplace culture, we can influence this process for the better. Here’s what you need to know to help your new hires avoid cultural “altitude sickness.”

Role-Specific Training

Creating a training program to serve all employees regardless of role is like throwing glitter at fly paper. Some will stick, some will be swept up and the rest you’ll be cleaning up for months. If you want to avoid finding glitter in strange places the rest of your career, role-specific is the perfect place to start.

Batch Interview

When there’s a position that needs to be filled, the whole company feels that gap. When there’s multiple positions that need to be filled, that gap can be a massive pain point throughout your organization. With so many interviews and so little time, having a batch interview process in place is an absolute necessity.

Meticulous Interviewing

The goal of any interview is to find the most qualified candidate in the most efficient way possible. How is meticulous interviewing any different? Here's how meticulous interviewing is the marriage of efficiency and effectiveness.

Initial Goal Setting

In order to get where you need to go, you need to know where you’re going. Every person in your organization needs to know where the company is going. Here’s how to align your employee’s goals with those of your business.

Company Personality

What is your favorite person like? Traits such as a good sense of humor, honesty, and reliability likely come to mind. Now, what happens when we apply those human characteristics to your brand? Take a look at what a company personality is and how to build one that evokes that same kind of “favorite person” feelings.

On-Call Compensation

When a company has a need for last minute help, they may look to on-call employees. What happens when the employer requires waiting employees to limit their freedom while on-call? Here’s how to make sure your on-call employees are adequately compensated.

Candidate Persona

Some applicants look perfect on paper, but end up not working out for one reason or another. Why? The act of hiring the best fit is more complex and abstract than an application or resume has the capacity to convey. Using a candidate persona as a tool to make the abstract parts of this process measurable can help make a hiring decision more well-rounded and comprehensive.

Knockout Question

One, two, three strikes you're out! We're not talking about a ballgame; we're talking about interview questions that can knock a candidate out of the running. Read on for knockout questions made simple: what they are, how to build them and when to ask them.

Mentorship Program

For forward-thinking companies, having a mentorship program in place is a no-brainer with benefits ranging from preventing burnout to reducing turnover. Building an impactful program from the ground up can feel quite daunting, but fear not! Here’s how to build a mentorship program one step at a time.

Group Incentive Plan

Your company has goals. Those goals hinge on employees. Employee motivation hinges on you. So… where do you start? Here’s the group incentive plan breakdown you’ve been looking for.

Reasonable Accommodation

“That darned office chair really messes with my slipped disk,” your employee says while rubbing his back. Did you catch it? This is a request for reasonable accommodation. Learn how to recognize a request and navigate all the in-betweens in this article.

Reboarding

How do you onboard someone who left your company and has now returned? Reboarding is the answer in this scenario, but is also useful in others. Here's how to add reboarding to your HR tool belt.

Time to Productivity

Unlocking the secrets to getting new employees productive faster can be a game-changer for any HR professional looking to maximize their team's potential. Here’s how to calculate and utilize this revolutionary metric.

Workplace Emergency Response Training

A workplace emergency can occur at any time. Can your team take steps to ensure theirs and others’ safety? Learn practical insights on how to implement workplace emergency response training here to gain peace of mind knowing your staff is prepared to handle emergencies in your workplace.

Employee-Generated Content

Discover the power of employee-generated content in creating an authentic and engaging employer brand that attracts and retains top talent.

Skill-Based Pay

Looking for a change that drives growth and motivates employees? Skill-based pay may be the answer. In this article, get valuable insights and tips for evaluating and possibly implementing this compensation approach.

Ambassador Program

Discover the secret weapon to boost your brand and increase sales: ambassador programs. Learn how to recruit the right ambassadors, design an effective program, and measure its success.

Aging Survey Data

Aging survey data can be an invaluable tool to keep compensation strategies competitive. Learn how it can aid in making informed decisions and keeping you ahead of the competition.

Transparency in the Workplace

Unlock your organization's potential through the power of transparency in the workplace! Discover expert insights and practical tips for fostering a culture of trust, accountability and innovation in this 5 minute read.

Time Management Training

It’s not uncommon to feel overwhelmed with work or like there aren't enough hours in the day. Your employees are feeling this too! Discover how time management training can help your organization work more efficiently, reduce stress and unleash its full potential.

Reskilling

How can you eliminate skill gaps and bolster your team’s productivity? Reskilling! Here are some simple steps to get your reskilling program off the ground and making an impact.

Next-Day Direct Deposit

Boost efficiency, streamline operations and keep your employees happy with next-day direct deposit. Find out why HR professionals can't afford to overlook this game-changing payment solution in this quick read.

Employee Relocation

Relocation can be a stressful experience. Ensure smooth moves and faster transitions for your employees to their new locations with these tips.

Company Reputation

Is your company's reputation at risk? Read on to learn six crucial steps to build and maintain a positive reputation in today's fast-paced marketing environment.

Job Security

Don't let job insecurity be the downfall of your workplace. Discover how to prioritize job security in just 5 minutes and create a workplace that promotes employee satisfaction and retention.

Career Pathing

If you want to retain top talent, keep employees engaged, and ensure your company's long-term success, you need to invest in career pathing. Take a few minutes to read about it and learn how to create a program that works for your organization.

Arbitration

Unfortunately, conflict is inevitable. Arbitration can resolve workplace disputes fairly and quickly. Read on to consider how it can help your organization.

Labor Strike

Do you know how to balance the best interests of your company and your employees? When labor strikes strike, the responsibility falls on you to walk that tightrope. Learn preventative measures and tangible action steps to take in the face of work stoppage.

Graphic Rating Scale

Graphic rating scales can simplify the performance evaluation process, are easy to use, and can provide objective and reliable data. Read on to learn about different forms of this tool and how to implement them effectively.

Overhiring

Overhiring may seem like a quick fix, but it can lead to devastating consequences. Read on to discover the four key ways to prevent overhiring in periods of hyper-growth and ensure the success of your company by building a lean, motivated team.

Accountability in the Workplace

Missed deadlines. Poor-quality work. Finger-pointing. How do you create a healthier culture? Discover the secrets to fostering accountability in the workplace and transform your team into a powerhouse with these expert tips and insights.

Workplace Violence

Ensure the safety and wellbeing of your employees by not overlooking the critical issue of workplace violence. Navigate incidents, prevent violence and protect your organization with these invaluable insights.

Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. The best employers utilize the momentum of this month-long event to create a happier, healthier workplace. Discover the transformative impact and practical strategies in this article.

Medicare Tax

What do you know about Medicare tax… really? Take a simplified dive into the complex world of Medicare tax where blind spots will be uncovered and you’ll find yourself equipped with proactive action steps and newfound know-how.

Earned Wage Access (EWA)

Unlock the potential of Earned Wage Access (EWA) to support your employees' financial wellbeing. See how EWA gives them control over their earnings, relieves financial stress, and drives enhanced satisfaction, retention, and productivity.

Change Leadership

Big changes are coming! What is your organization’s approach? Learn how to overcome resistance, inspire your team and drive positive transformation that will propel your organization to new heights of success by becoming a change leader. Here’s how.

Crisis Management

Don't risk being caught unprepared; arm yourself with essential knowledge that could mean the difference between success and failure in the face of crisis.

Return to Office (RTO)

Reopening the doors to the physical workplace can be intimidating. Factoring in each employee and their needs can make it darn near overwhelming. Take a simplified look at how to return to the office in this quick read.

National Origin Discrimination

Is national origin discrimination blatantly easy to spot as is commonly believed? Read on to unveil its hidden face and thwart its impact on workplace equality with these practical strategies.

Restructuring

Sometimes the baby needs to be thrown out with the bathwater. Restructuring can be an invaluable tool for overcoming deeply rooted problems in your organization. Here’s how to restructure smoothly and effectively.

E-Learning

You blinked and technology has changed yet again. How do we learn best, and what programs cater to exactly that? Read on to discover E-learning and how can it be used to help train your employees 5x faster!

Global Mobility Specialist

There are few things more stressful than moving to another country, and your relocating employees feel it. Having a Global Mobility Specialist in your court can make all of the difference. In this read, learn the ins and outs of what a GMS is and how they can make a literal world of difference.

Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA)

Do I have to keep these background checks? How long is a “reasonable amount of time?” What does “permissible purpose” mean? Here are the answers to all your Fair Credit Reporting Act questions!

Microlearning

Revolutionary learning technique or passing fad? Here are the most important information about microlearning and how to utilize it in your training program.