HR Maverick

Milly Christmann

Milly Christmann is a high energy, operationally oriented talent management leader with extensive expertise in human resources, sales management, service and operations. She is recognized for collaborating with leaders to achieve their business goals by unleashing the power of an engaged workforce. By using process improvement, technology and strong, impassioned people skills as well as by attracting, developing and retaining top talent, Ms. Christmann drives change that matters.

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

Be a continuous learner. Ask questions. Thoroughly learn the Business you are supporting. Work on networking every day. Always pay it forward. Most of all, have Grit and show Resilience.

Favoritism

It’s wonderful to have great chemistry with people who report to you. How could anything possibly be bad about that? When can the lines between effective relationship building and carrying it a step too far become blurred? See below for tips on how to avoid the favoritism trap.

OKRs

Would you or your company benefit from higher productivity? Greater inspiration? Read this article to learn more about why Larry Page, the co-founder of Google, said “Good ideas with great execution are how you make magic. That’s where OKRs come in.”

Blacklisting

Merriam Webster defines a blacklist as a list of persons who are disapproved of or are to be punished or boycotted. Does this sound sinister to you? Know the guardrails around blacklisting in the workplace or you could fall victim to it’s legal backlash. To learn more, read on.

Gig Economy

Funny name. Real force. This trend in the labor market has the potential to not only disrupt but redefine the employee-employer relationship. What does this mean to HR professionals? What should you be aware of and do differently about it? To learn more, read this article.

HR in the Retail Industry

You are an HR professional in the retail industry. Maybe you’re a team of one. Do you ever wonder “What should I be focusing on?” “What are my biggest priorities?” “What am I really supposed to be doing here?” Well, wonder no more. To learn the answers to these questions and understand the responsibilities of HR in the retail industry, read the article below.

People Management

It’s mystical, magical and at times maddening! As careers progress, many of us experience people management. Let’s try to break down this illusive skill into bite-sized chunks and see if we can get to the core of it all. This article effectively breaks the skill of people management into four distinct areas of activity.

Skills Inventory

Does your company have the skills to achieve its goals? Are there skill gaps that your recruiting strategy needs to address? These are big questions, but there is a tool that can help you answer them and many others: the skills inventory. Read on to learn more.

Firing an Employee

Have you faced your first termination yet? No one likes this part of HR, but conducting them well (and/or teaching your managers to do so) is an important skill. You need to keep your actions legal, ethical and defensible. It’s often difficult to predict how smoothly the process will go, but even the most experienced professionals confirm that a little planning goes a long way in both mitigating risk and making a difficult event go well for all parties involved.
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