HR Maverick

James Barrett

James has worked in the HR field going on 5+ years and currently serves in the role of HR Manager. His areas of expertise are in managing recruiting, onboarding, HR metrics, performance and engagement, employee relations and development. He has earned a masters degree in HR along with the nationally recognized certification of SHRM-CP.

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

Get involved! There’s many webcasts and activities that you can get involved with nationally and locally if you take the time to look. These can provide networking activities and maybe even a chance to gain a mentor.

In-House Recruiter

What’s so great about being an in-house recruiter, you might ask? Well, it’s better than being an outhouse recruiter! Corny jokes aside, an in-house recruiter might be just the thing your organization needs to meet its hiring needs. Continue reading to find out what an in-house recruiter is, their responsibilities, the benefits and drawbacks to in-house recruiting, and more.

I9 Authorized Representative

Even the smallest of errors on an I-9 form can result in costly fines for your company if you don’t comply. This is why choosing a qualified authorized representative to handle I-9 responsibilities is very important. Continue reading to find out what an I-9 authorized representative is, why they’re important and more.

Belonging in the Workplace

Why are airplanes parked outside at airports? Because they don’t belong inside! Corny dad jokes aside, the sense of belonging in the workplace is no laughing matter. Continue reading to learn why it’s important to build a sense of belonging in the workplace, what belonging looks like, and how you can promote it.

Winter Storms

Oh, the weather outside is frightful! How and why should your business care about preparing for winter storms? Below you’ll find the answers to these questions, how to create a weather policy for your company, and several tips you can use to prepare for winter storms.

Involuntary Turnover

What is involuntary turnover, and how does it compare to voluntary turnover? Although involuntary turnover can be difficult to manage, having a thorough understanding of it will help you reduce risk at your company. Continue reading to learn how you can identify various types of involuntary turnover, how to calculate it, and different methods you can use to decrease involuntary turnover.

Company Vision

What impact do you want your company to have on the world and what will it take to get there? This desired future is your company vision. Having a vision guides your company and your employees toward your imagined future. Continue reading to find out why it’s important to have a vision statement, what the characteristics are of a good vision statement and how to create your own!

HR in the Construction Industry

How does HR in the construction industry differ from HR elsewhere? Successful construction companies have HR departments that place a heavy emphasis on safety. HR plays a key role in ensuring the safety of employees, making sure they’re paid according to state and federal law, and ensuring that training and certifications stay up to date and are documented. How can HR increase its effectiveness within the construction industry? Read on to find out.

Virtual Job Fair

Looking to step up your recruiting game? Virtual job fairs can reach more candidates more easily and cheaply than other recruiting options. Continue reading to learn how to find, prepare for, and reap the benefits of virtual job fairs.
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