Remote and hybrid work have blurred the lines between work and home. And while many people have benefited from a more flexible work schedule, still others struggle to turn off their workplace technology at the end of the work day (or ever). HR professionals—we’re looking at you. Taking care of people is not only a full-time job, it could be
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Welcome to Eddy’s HR Encyclopedia! We’ve worked with a whole community of HR professionals to make this resource for you. We hope learning more about HR will help you achieve your personal goals and ultimately make the lives of your employees better too.
In this section, you’ll be able to see every entry we’ve written (so far) organized in alphabetical order. If you can’t find an entry that you’re looking for, be sure to let us know so we can start working on it! We write new entries every week and would love to answer your specific questions.
Growing an organization is exciting, but the stakes are high. New hires can make or break an organization. From day one they bring something new to the table — not only the relevant expertise you hired them for, but their attitude, ambitions and work ethic too. If you want to attract and hire the right people, you’ll need to do a lot more than post your job openings online and hope for the best.
In this section, you’ll learn everything you need to know about finding and locking down the perfect hire — from writing a research-based job description to extending an offer that will seal the deal. We’ll also help you think more broadly about your recruitment strategy, including taking on broader initiatives like starting an internship program or improving your employment brand.
You’ve searched for qualified candidates, completed the interview process and finally sealed the deal with the best fit for your open role. Although congratulations are in order, your work isn’t done yet! It’s time to prepare the candidate you selected for success in your company. You’ll play a big role in getting them comfortable in their day-to-day responsibilities and assuring them that they made the right choice in joining your organization.
In this section, you’ll learn everything you need to know about creating an unforgettable onboarding experience — one that is more than just a half-day orientation! We’ll walk you through all the paperwork, planning, and followup that goes into setting new hires up for success.
Being successful in HR today means focusing on the “human” half of the job more than the “resources” half. People are much more than just an asset — they’re the lifeblood of your organization. They’re your coworkers and friends. How you manage employees in your organization will have a real effect on how hard they’ll work and how long they’ll decide to stay.
In this section, you’ll get a closer look at what it takes to keep employees happy, healthy and engaged at work. We’ll also talk about how to help them reach their full potential and what to do if someone is clearly not a good fit.
The people you hire today will not be the people you’re working with next year. People are always changing one way or another, and successful organizations understand that they can play a role in helping people change for the better. Focusing on employee development will do a lot more than just teach your people new skills – it will improve retention, productivity, and prepare future leaders.
In this section, you’ll learn all about the many ways to help your employees grow into their full potential, both through formal and informal development programs.
Every employee comes to your organization with their own unique needs and challenges related to mental, emotional and physical health. The work environment you help build as an HR professional will have a significant impact on their wellbeing.
Research shows that healthy employees are more productive. But this section isn’t about making your organization more money. We’ll walk you through everything you know to fulfill one of HR’s most fulfilling responsibilities: helping employees feel whole.
Workplace culture has become quite a popular buzzword within the workplace recently and especially within HR departments. Questions such as, “What is workplace culture referring to?”, “Why is it so important?”, and “How can we improve it?” have surfaced among thousands of conversations between HR professionals. In order to clear the confusion and support others in this predicament, HR Maverick members have taken the time to define these concepts and give experienced ideas on how to navigate this new responsibility.
In this section, you’ll learn all about what workplace culture is, how it affects your employees, and what you can do – starting now – to improve it.
Who knew that when you became an HR professional your job description would include “party planner”? Some are natural party planners while others are not so much. Either way, if you’re working for a small to medium-sized business, you won’t be able to avoid the task of throwing occasional parties and celebrations. So we might as well make it fun, right? Compared to the other responsibilities HR is given, this one is our favorite and it doesn’t need to be a hassle.
In this section, you’ll learn all about what company events are, how they affect your employees, and how to plan an event or celebration (with ideas!) from start to finish.
Expectations for compensation are changing. The best talent is no longer interested in just high salaries and nice offices. Your compensation strategy needs to send a message about where you stand on things like work-life balance, employee health and flexibility too. It’s important that what you offer employees makes them feel valued and motivated to do great work.
In this section you’ll learn how to form a high-level compensation strategy as well as deal with the nuts and bolts of running payroll, creating a pay system, and more. We’ll introduce you to compensation approaches you’ve maybe never thought of before, and help you pick ones that are right for your organization.
Accidents, births, and military assignments will undoubtedly affect one or more of the employees you manage throughout your career. This can be complicated terrain, especially if it’s unexpected. Not only will it disrupt the normal flow of everyone’s schedules and assignments, but there are also government laws regarding these leaves that must be followed.
In this section, you’ll learn all about how to handle different types of leaves and what you can do to make the transition as smooth and seamless as possible, while also staying compliant with government regulations. You’ll also learn how to create your own policy for these situations in order to ensure there are no unexpected surprises for you or the employee.
People will leave your organization for all sorts of reasons. Sometimes you’ll be breathing a sigh of relief when they’re out the door. Other times you’ll be wishing you had done more to keep them around. Hopefully, whatever the context, you’re offboarding them with care and are genuinely supportive of their next adventure.
In this section, you’ll learn all about how the employer-employee relationship can end, and pick up on best practices for handling what can be emotionally charged departures.
HR responsibilities and challenges can vary greatly between industries. Although that does allow for some diversity and change of scenery, these varying tasks often get placed on one individual and can lead to some stressful situations. Your community of HR professionals are here to help with some of the most complex issues HR managers deal with on a daily basis.
In this section, you’ll learn all about the opportunities and challenges HR departments face in a plethora of industries – from nonprofit organizations to auto industries – as well as how to handle each one with confidence.
The world of work is changing. People have different expectations now around when, where and how they do work, and advances in technology are making them a reality. If organizations want to attract, engage, and retain the best talent possible, they’ll need to stay one step ahead of the biggest shifts.
In this section, you’ll learn about the forces that are changing the way we work, what they mean for HR, and how to adapt your programs and policies to meet them head-on.
Paperwork is no fun. Official employment forms especially can be confusing to complete, and you’re often legally required to hold on to them for years. But not everything you have your employees fill out needs to be government-issued. Things like new hire questionnaires and regular survey check-ins are an important aspect of the most engaging workplaces.
In this section, you’ll get a close look at each and every document you might want to collect from your employees. We’ll teach you how to get them filled out and what to do with them when they’re complete.
Do you have too much on your plate? Administrative tasks can quickly overwhelm HR departments, sucking up valuable time they could otherwise be using to define long-term strategies. If you’re so wrapped up in urgent day-to-day tasks you won’t be able to focus on what’s really going on with your employees.
In this section, you’ll learn about a variety of tools you can use to simplify headache-inducing tasks and rise above the day-to-day grind. We’ll give you recommendations on specific software to check out, and guidance on how to pick from a variety of available solutions.
Advice and Encouragement from other HR Professionals
With so much to learn, getting started in HR can be intimidating! But we know you can do this. And so does the rest of the community. We asked some of our HR partners to share their best words of advice and encouragement. Check out what they had to say:
Natasha K. A. Wiebusch
New Year’s resolutions can get a bad rap. And if anyone knows about unwarranted bad raps, it’s HR professionals.We get it. New Year’s resolutions often set people up for failure. Or worse, they make us feel bad about ourselves not following through on what we said we’d do.But resolutions, at their core, are goals. And goals—when they’re specific, measurable, achievable,
It’s the week before Christmas, and while some people are scrambling to finish their shopping, others are waiting in hours-long lines to get tested for COVID-19. Omicron, the most recent COVID variant to spread across the world, has upended holiday plans and back-to-workplace plans alike. Lined up for Covid Testing in NYC. These are set up along various parts of
Disaster struck middle America this past weekend. Tornadoes swept through six states—Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, Mississippi, and Tennessee—and left devastation in their wake. Many lives were sadly lost—and survivors are left picking through the pieces of their homes just days before the holiday season. What’s worse, some of the loss of human life could have been avoided. Stories are surfacing
A few clicks around the internet will reveal what seemingly everyone is talking about this week—the CEO who acted, let’s say, callously while laying his employees off via Zoom. https://t.co/bmtdxpWtto CEO Vishal Garg announced the mortgage company is laying off about 9% of its workforce on a Zoom webinar, abruptly informing the more than 900 employees on the call they
‘Tis the season to give. And what better way to show your gratitude to the HR professional in your life (even if you, reader, are said HR professional) than with a holiday gift. Need help finding the gift that says “thanks for all your hard work this year”? From books to Bose headphones, we’ve got you covered with 20 gift ideas.
Employee reward and recognition programs help boost engagement all year long—but said rewards and words of recognition especially shine during the holiday season when giving thanks is top of mind for employees. Showing your gratitude to employees not only makes them feel appreciated, it also positively impacts your company’s bottom line. Indeed, an employee who has been recognized is 63%
Like many HR professionals, you probably entered the field to help people. But what you soon realized is that your desire to help, or even your knowledge of how to do so, wouldn’t be enough to make it.For many, achieving the next rung on the career ladder means first spending oodles of money on industry certifications, access to networking groups,
Each year on Veterans Day, we honor those who have served our country in the various branches of the military. This year, we wanted to turn our appreciation into action—and better understand why veterans make great employees and what HR professionals can do to hire veterans at their organizations. As such, we’ve taken a closer look at the benefits of