HR Maverick

Malea Booker

Malea Booker is a progressive HR leader who loves playing in the gray, finding outside the box solutions to help organizations solve problems utilizing their greatest asset – their people. Malea has over 15 years of broad HR experience but finds talent optimization on the top of her – “Favorite HR things” to-do list. Malea believes that strong HR departments are the foundation upon which the most successful companies are built.

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

SAY YES! There are so many pieces of the HR puzzle. Learn as much as possible as early on as you can and then pay attention to the projects, tasks, initiatives, etc that light you up so much that you don’t even notice you’re working! At that point, dig in to those areas as much as possible and become a subject matter expert in the areas that bring you the most satisfaction.

Employment Contract

An employment contract, more commonly referred to as an offer letter is a legally binding agreement which can be created verbally or in writing. During all stages of interaction with a candidate or employee, you may be verbally implying pieces of an employment contract. Continue reading to ensure your processes and actual employment contracts keep your company out of legal trouble.

People Strategy

You have the HR framework—the department, the employees, the policies, the procedures, and the systems. Heck, you even have an HR newsletter. So, it may seem like you have all your bases covered. And you do—well, some. You have a great foundation, but now you need walls, a roof, doors, plumbing, etc., which is where a People Strategy comes into play.

People Operations

You may have heard about “People Operations” and wonder what it means. Is it the same as Human Resources? Does it apply to you? If your organization is ready to evolve from a traditional Human Resources compliance focus to a people-experience focus, you are ready to use the People Operations model.
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