HR Maverick

Ryan Archibald

Ryan was featured on an episode of our HR Mavericks podcast!

Ryan Archibald

Ryan is an HR Director with four years of experience and three masters degrees. One accomplishment he is proud of is the design and launch of a learning and development program for 800+ employees.

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

Your impact on an employee’s experience cannot be over stated. Learn what you can and ask questions about everything HR- whether from your boss or one of your colleagues.

Phone Interview

The candidate is preparing for the phone interview and you need to as well. It may seem like an easy task to conduct a phone interview, but your preparation will determine if it is successful. Read on to learn the advantages and disadvantages of a phone interview, the process of a phone interview and tips to elevate your phone interview.

Micromanager

If you’re asking yourself why your boss is excessively involved in everything you do, you may be dealing with a micromanager. Read on to learn about the impact micromanagers have on their employees, how to identify micromanagers and what to do after a manager is identified as a micromanager.

Workplace Bullying

Regardless if it is “only a joke,” workplace bullying should no longer exist in any company. The impact it will have on your company is not worth the time or money. Read on to learn more about workplace bullying and how to combat it.

Management Styles

No one enjoys a workplace full of miscommunications and conflict—or a manager who doesn’t allow you to contribute your best work. Understanding management styles will set you up for success personally as an HR representative and help you prevent miscommunication and conflict in the workplace. It’s a big topic, but here are some basic insights about management styles and how they can help you succeed.

Direct Reports

Growth in your company is exciting! Nevertheless, with growth comes the question of organizing your talent effectively, including who will get direct reports. Read on to learn more about direct reports, who will have direct reports and best methods to manage direct reports.

Performance Review

Performance reviews are an opportunity to celebrate the employee and identify what opportunities are next for them. This data then helps the organization measure the efficacy of their talent and make better decisions. Read on to learn more on why performance reviews are important and the types of performance reviews that exist. In addition, discover what you as HR can do to help ensure effective reviews, how to conduct a performance review and what questions to ask during the performance review.

Four-Day Work Week

A four-day work week may seem like a dream. However, there are aspects you need to consider before implementing it at your organization. Read on to learn more about advantages, disadvantages, experiences of companies who have offered a four-day work week, and tips to help you determine if a four-day work week will benefit your company.

Lunch and Learns

A lunch break is considered ‘sacred time’ for many employees. It begs the question if a company should hold lunch and learns in the first place. Keep reading to learn more about the advantages and disadvantages of lunch and learns, and how to set up a lunch and learn to ensure a fun, relaxing atmosphere.

Cross Training

You’ve heard about cross-training, but should you implement or recommend it, and why or why not? Cross-training increases employee flexibility and allows you to adapt to unexpected changes. Read on to learn about benefits, drawbacks, and how to get started cross-training employees.

Nepotism

“He only got the job because he is related to the owner.” Nepotism can destroy the motivation and morale of any team. In this section, we will discuss nepotism, its impact in the workplace, examples of nepotism, how HR can respond to nepotism and nepotism policies you can implement in your workplace.

Contrast Effect

It hides in plain sight and you won’t see the impact until after the fact. The contrast effect is a seemingly normal mindset with regards to recruiting, performance management and leadership development. Nevertheless, the impacts of this bias can result in poor data and poor decision-making. Read on to learn the definition of contrast effect, examples of this bias, and how to prevent it in recruiting for your organization.

Job Hopping

Don’t reject that candidate just yet! Historically, job hopping has been looked down upon, but as the job market changes, opinions are changing, too. Read on to widen your vision and see job-hopping candidates in a new light.

STAR Method

When you interview a candidate, do you get the information you need to make a good decision? Using structured interviews can help keep you on track and avoid the candidate giving you their life story when all you want is to fill a certain role.

The STAR Interview Method allows you to stay on schedule with your candidates, easily identify the candidates’ past behavior, and see their potential to fulfill job expectations. This article covers what is the STAR Interview method, why you should use it, how to conduct the STAR interview, and examples of interview questions.

Panel Interview

It can seem like you are walking into a courtroom as a candidate walking into a panel interview. As the HR representative for your company it is easy to ensure a candidate feels comfortable and engages in conversation about their background and goals. This article covers what is a panel interview, should you conduct a panel interview, advantages, how to conduct one
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