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.

Ghosting

Do you believe in ghosts? Well, you should. They are active in the job market, wreaking havoc, causing frustration, damaging employer branding, or simply being hurtful. Join me to explore more about ghosting in the labor market and how to combat this phenomenon.

Vice President of Human Resources

Many HR professionals aspire to become HR vice presidents. Is there a clear understanding of what that role does, or how and when an organization needs it? For a peek into the role of HRVP, read on.

Microagressions

“You know he didn’t mean anything by it. Just blow it off. You know how he is.” Slights hurt whether they are unintended or not. The real problems arise when those slights—typically unintentional—become frequent and go unaddressed. One paper cut won’t bother you, but over time ,a body full of them is quite a different story. Learn to spot, avoid and address microaggressions.

Culture Committee

Culture is a big deal, but who “owns” it in a company? Can culture truly change or be “fixed”? Just how does culture change? If you’ve ever wondered about or struggled with issues around organizational culture, your company may benefit from a culture committee. Read on to learn more.

Age Discrimination

“Over the hill” plastered on black balloons alongside a matching cake in a company break room for a colleague’s 60th birthday. The new software training is optional, but only younger workers are signing up for it. Your recruiter consistently offers you younger workers to interview for a senior-level management position and you notice your company tends to promote younger workers at a rate that far exceeds that of older workers. Should you be concerned? Could these be signs of age discrimination? Read on to learn more.

Revenue per Employee

Do you ever wonder if your organization is utilizing your employees efficiently? Are you unsure if or how to measure it? Let’s explore the Revenue Per Employee metric and how your organization can apply it to increase the bottom line.

Stress Management

You are frustrated and angry, and anxiety has settled its thorny grip on you. You want to scream, cry, run, hide, run back and scream more. Stress can be our toughest adversary, and knowing how to manage it is mission-critical for your health. As an HR leader, it’s also about the health of your employees. Let’s take a deeper dive into stress management.

Metaverse

Welcome to the metaverse. Does that sound like an iteration of the Matrix film series? There are similarities to be sure but where the film similarities end, the long-lasting business implications are just beginning. Grab your passport and join in on this tour of the metaverse.

Intern

Do you want to be an employer of choice? Do you need helping hands to get projects off the ground? Do you want to manage labor costs? If you’ve answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, you may find your answers in an internship program. Read more to learn how.

HR Consulting

Of course we all (think we) know what a consultant does, but what on earth does an HR consultant do? How do we know if we need one or if we want to become an HR consultant ourselves? This article will shine some light on these questions.

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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