HR Maverick

Colleen E. Frislid, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Colleen manages a team of HR consultants that work with a variety of industries, specializing in the fields of human resources, strategic planning, and human capital management. Colleen applies expert knowledge, industry experience, and relentless energy to solving companies’ issues. She is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management as well as women in leadership groups. She is PHR, SPHR, and SHRM-SCP certified. She has an awesome pet cat, Attila and, when she’s not working she loves to travel, enjoy the great outdoors, and volunteer with different local charities.

What words of advice and encouragement would you give to someone just starting out in HR?

HR is a wonderful world full of opportunities and complex scenarios. There are so many different areas that you can focus on and ways to gain experience! Don’t limit yourself or feel like you need to fit in to a box of “what HR is.” It is ever-changing and, can be a powerful role for individuals and organizations.

Recruiter

Do you enjoy finding people with the skills you need? Recruiters are valuable contributors to a successful hiring strategy and can work in many different industries and capacities. To learn more about the work recruiters do and what it takes to be successful, read on!

Dental Insurance Benefit

Are you interested in offering dental insurance benefits to your employees but don’t really know how to get started? Read on for dental insurance benefits basics and tips for selecting a good plan for your company.

Vision Insurance Benefits

Are you interested in offering vision insurance to your employees but don’t know how to get started? Read on for vision insurance benefits basics and tips for selecting a good plan for your company.

PTO Accrual Cap

We all know that paid time off is a very important benefit to offer, but how to structure the policy? PTO accrual caps can create a lot of uncertainty, and there are many factors to consider in the process of determining the right policy for your company. Read on for help.

Disability Training

There are millions of adults in the U.S. living with a disability, many with untapped skills and potential. As an employer, you can build a more diverse and inclusive work environment by training your workforce to be more aware and knowledgeable about individuals with disabilities. Continue reading to learn how.

HR in the Hospitality Industry

The hospitality industry is full of unique challenges that it can be difficult to manage. Navigating the many different roles, the high turnover, tip credit laws, and industry regulations all contribute to a high-stress environment for HR. Read on for more information on tips on how to manage it!

Workforce Automation

Workforce automation creates a major cost and time savings for companies, and there are several areas in which businesses can automate work. If you believe that your business is wasting time on menial tasks, read on to learn about your options for automation and how it can contribute to the bottom line.

Company Goals

Company goal setting is an important part of bringing your vision to life by creating actionable steps toward your company’s mission. If you find yourself wanting things done for your business but haven’t been able to make them happen, then this is the goal-setting article for you.

Black History Month Workplace Celebration

February is Black History Month, a time dedicated to the observance of Black Americans and important events throughout history. Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) is vastly important to workplace culture. To learn more about how to celebrate Black History Month, read on!

Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA)

Have you heard of GINA? The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act is still fairly new in the world of employment law, but the protections afforded to employees under this law are important for your company to be aware of and understand. Read on to learn how you can protect your company and your employees under GINA.

Essential Job Function

Identifying essential job functions for each role in your company is, well, essential. It gives you a strong grasp of each job, teaches candidates what the job entails, provides benchmarks for employee evaluation and protects your company from legal claims. Learn how to accurately assess the difference between essential and nonessential job functions to help your business thrive and create a more inclusive working environment.

Active Shooters in the Workplace

It’s something none of us want to think about, but workplace violence is real, and HR must take the lead in preparing for and mitigating it. Have you prepared your organization for workplace violence? An active shooter in the workplace is a worst-case scenario, but unfortunately, it does happen. Reduce anxiety and negative outcomes by having clear policies and education.

Company Events

Is your company missing out on great opportunities to raise awareness and build excitement around your brand by not hosting corporate events? The many types and reasons to sponsor such events are all outlined here.

St. Patrick’s Day Office Party

Want to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at the office, but aren’t sure where to start? Read on for tips and ideas for how to have a great St. Patrick’s Day office party.

New Year’s Eve Company Party

The end of the holiday season and the beginning of the new year is a great time to pull your people together. Would you like to throw a celebration for New Year’s Eve but aren’t sure what to do? Read on for fun ideas and other considerations.

Job Design

Creating jobs that can be both beneficial to the company while simultaneously motivating your employees can be challenging! That’s where job design comes in. Read on for more information.

Company Valentine’s Day Party

Company parties can be a lot of fun. They can increase employee engagement, provide a break from the stresses of the workday, and contribute to your company culture. Want to put together a fun Valentine’s Day party for your employees? Read on for party ideas and other considerations.

Absence Rate

Do you need more insight into the health of your organization? How do you know if you have a high number of employee absences, and how should you manage it if you do? Read on to learn more about absence rates.

Cost per Hire

How much does it cost you to hire a person, and why is that helpful to track? Cost Per Hire (CPH) is a commonly used metric that helps you understand how you align to similar organizations and how you might improve your recruiting strategy. Read on for more details about why this is an effective metric for determining the productivity of your recruiting process.

Dress Code

Does your company have a dress code? Does it do what you need it to do? There are several options and a great deal of flexibility when determining the best dress code for your organization and the culture you are trying to create. Read on for help!

HR for Small Businesses

HR has a lot of responsibilities, from recruiting and training to employee relations and administration. In a small business, these tasks often fall to one person, which means the responsibility can be overwhelming! Small companies may not see the full value of HR or understand the breadth of skills it requires to be successful. Similarly, how one person sees the role of HR doesn’t necessarily align with how another person views the role. This speaks to the versatility of a small business HR professional. Read on for a summary of important topics for small businesses to consider and the impact that HR can have.

Wage/Salary Compression

Wage compression can create negative impacts to employee morale leading to difficulty recruiting top talent and costly turnover. But what really is wage compression and how can you manage it successfully?
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