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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.

People Management

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.

Employee Development

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.

Employee Wellness

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

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. 

Event Planning

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.

Absence Management

 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.  

Future of Work

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.

Employee Forms

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.

HR Tools

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.

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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:

Sheena Blauvelt

Sheena Blauvelt

Get involved in your SHRM chapter and other HR organizations to connect with others in the same profession. Be willing to try new things. And think outside the box, HR is the heart of an organization and can have a major impact – for the better or worse!
Brandon Fluckiger

Brandon Fluckiger

Build a strong network with your local HR community. There are plenty of opportunities to get more exposure and experience in HR, you just have to find them!
Natasha Wiebusch

Natasha K. A. Wiebusch

Remember it’s about the people.
Katie Bahr

Katie Bahr

Find your personal meaning. Every job has hard moments, but find what makes it rewarding to you.
Chase Cragun

Chase Cragun

Build your own brand. Everybody brings different strengths, insights, and attitudes towards HR. Make sure you know who you are and what you want to convey to others about yourself.
Trenton Mason

Trenton Mason

Opportunities will come to everyone and its often not what you planned for. Take them, ride them, learn and grow from them!
Lexi Rankin

Lexi Rankin

Network so you can learn as much as possible! Networking will help you learn more about the HR field and you can learn what area of HR interests you the most. Plus, you never know what doors it could open.
Beth Campagno

Beth Campagno

Congratulations on choosing a career in one of the most critical functions of any organization. Be a strategic partner to the business and always maintain the highest integrity in your profession.
Thien Nguyen

Thien Nguyen

You are a business professional FIRST AND FOREMOST (not an HR professional). Align your work to the business’ strategy and justify your decisions with data. You will have a “seat at the table” and be the dynamic HR business partner every company NEEDS!
Amanda Davis

Amanda Davis

HR is the best job in the world! You get to show off your intelligence, tenacity, courage, and skills in all the moments that matter because someone trusts you.
Wendy Kelly

Wendy Kelly

HR is an amazing career, there are so many facets to choose from, find what you love and/or are passionate about. Lastly, find a mentor, we are here to help.​
Nick Staley

Nick Staley

Be a sponge. Soak up as much information as you can. Put yourself out there and network!

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