HR Maverick

Shalie Reich

Shalie has over 4 years of experience working in a variety of HR positions and organizations including: working as an HR department “of one”, working with a start-up based in Europe, to working in a fully established robust USA based HR department. Shalie has experience in multiple states and countries with all aspects of the HR spectrum. She has a passion to share her knowledge and experience to benefit the HR profession!

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

Approach every day head on! It’s okay to feel like you are wearing multiple hats daily, or even hourly, that’s what we in HR do best! You will find yourself feeling like a therapist and a CEO all in a single days work. It’s okay to feel a bit like you’re drinking from a fire hydrant when you first get started, but I promise, you’ll find your bearings and nothing will be more rewarding!

Recruiting Manager

It cannot be that complicated right? A recruiting manager is just the person hired to manage recruiting, so why are recruiting managers so hard to find? How do you know if you need one, or better yet, how do you become one? Read on to learn more about the intricate role of the recruiting manager.

Candidate Withdrawal

You’ve done the required due diligence, evaluated qualified candidates, interviewed and shortlisted your best when suddenly a candidate withdraws! How can you stop this from happening? What do you say to this candidate? Read on for these answers and more when it comes to the dreaded candidate withdrawal.

Backfill

Your top performer has given their notice that they will be leaving to pursue their degree full time, and you’re now in full-on panic mode. Who will be able to produce numbers like that? Where do you even begin to look for candidates for this role? How do you keep business running smoothly in the meantime? Read on for these answers and more on backfilling positions.

Job Requisition (Req)

A manager comes to you and says they need to hire a new employee. Where do you start? The hiring manager can walk you through the need for the position, but is that enough to justify the role? Job requisition to the rescue! Read on to find out the differences between a job requisition, job description, and job posting, and how this item can assist your HR department on so many levels.

Hiring Manager Checklist

When HR passes the baton to the hiring manager to conduct interviews, assist with onboarding or conduct orientation, it can be overwhelming for both the manager and HR. The solution: a comprehensive hiring manager checklist! Keep reading to see how this checklist can benefit your organization and ensure you’re creating a smooth transition for all employees.

Team Introductions

Introductions can be overwhelming for both the employee and the employer. What do I say when they ask about my hobby, what if I forget my own name — questions like these will be running through the employee’s head while the employer is thinking, how do I keep this from derailing while still maintaining the fun side? Does anyone even care about this at all? Keep reading to address these pain points and more when it comes to team introductions in the workplace.

Employee Relations Manager

Have you ever wanted to take your HR skills and hone in on one area that really peaks your interest? Read on to find out about the value of employee relations managers and tips on how to get there.

Indeed Recruiting

Recruiting is one of the most time-consuming tasks in the HR world, and that can leave some recruiters feeling overwhelmed. How do you find qualified candidates? Let’s take a look at how Indeed recruiting can help with some common recruiting stressors and what this platform can do.

Corporate Culture

Maybe your current organization does not put much emphasis on culture or you may wonder if you even have a culture at all. Read on to see the value of a strong, positive culture and how to create that right now, no matter the current stage of your organization.

Cover Letters

The controversial cover letter! Is this additional work really worth it? Should you skip applying for jobs that require one? As an organization, should you ask for one or avoid it all together? Read on to decide!

Religious Discrimination

Discrimination in any form will haunt you as an HR professional. It’s even more terrifying when it comes to something like religion that is not black and white. Keep reading to see how to protect your organization against religious discrimination and ensure your employees are able to enjoy their religious freedoms.

Easter Company Party

Hosting religious holidays in the workplace can feel like a way to derail any inclusion initiatives your organization may have started. Is there a way to celebrate Easter and keep it appropriate and comfortable for all employees? Read on to see how this particular holiday can be celebrated in the workplace to include all of your employees in the fun!

Company Veteran’s Day Celebration

Celebrating Veterans today can seem difficult to do without unintentionally sparking painful memories for or triggering an employee’s PTSD. How can you celebrate veterans appropriately? Can you continually celebrate them throughout the year as they deserve? Read on to learn more.

Mental Illness in the Workplace

Awareness of mental illness in the workplace is growing more than ever, but are you prepared to have these conversations with your employees? Are you able to spot the signs, stand by and professionally encourage your employees who are struggling? Let’s dive into this discussion together.

Workplace Fundraising Events

Are you looking for a way to bring excitement, teamwork, and meaning to your employees? Consider a fundraising event at your company or involving the community. Workplace fundraising events can be time-consuming, but the reward is well worth the work. Read on for tips to ensure your event runs smoothly.

Earthquakes

Natural disasters are inevitable. Not being prepared for these disasters can open your company up to physical, structural, and organizational destruction. Read on to learn earthquake preparation that could save your organization from loss during a major disaster.

Emergency Preparedness in the Workplace

Preparing for an emergency may seem like an unrealistic expectation; it’s like preparing for a surprise. How do you prepare for something you cannot see coming? How do you protect your employees and your company from a devastating emergency? Continue reading to see how to prepare your organization for emergencies that may come your way.

HR in the Restaurant Industry

Do you love the fast pace of the restaurant industry but find yourself wondering where HR fits in? Can Human Resources be beneficial in this industry, or is it just better left to the managers? Read on to learn more about HR in the restaurant industry.

Company Independence Day Celebration

It’s almost Independence Day, and your organization could use a little boost, so it’s time to plan a celebration. Now comes the hard part: coming up with creative ideas and implementing them company-wide. Read on to see how to throw a great company Independence Day celebration.

Promotions

Giving employee promotions is one of the best parts of your job, and turning down an employee promotion can be one of the worst. How do you appropriately turn down one employee while fostering positivity about advancing another? Read on to learn this and more when it comes to promotions.

Culture Audit

Are you missing something when it comes to reaching your employees and can’t figure out what it is? You’ve implemented employee engagement programs, you’ve given them more time off, it feels like you’ve tried everything, but still something seems off? It’s time for a company culture audit! Read on to see if this is the tool you’re looking for!

Work-Life Balance

The modern day “office” is ever changing. With today’s climate, employers have been forced to adapt quickly, but have we lost work-life balance in the process? Have you found yourself trying to maintain this balance in your own role? What about trying to help your employees? How do we help others if we can’t quite get a handle on it ourselves? Let’s dive into this balancing act to achieve this balance for yourself and help your employees do the same.

Paternity Leave

As employees experience the changes of starting a family, it’s important to help them understand how paternity leave works, which requires a fundamental understanding by the HR professional first. Here we look at what paternity leave is, why it’s important for an organization to offer different types of policies, how to find the best policy and specific HR responsibilities about paternity leave.

Ban the Box

Have you ever reviewed a job application, seen that the applicant had a criminal history, and hastily placed that application on the “reject” pile? We all have knee-jerk reactions, but the Ban the Box movement asks us to assess candidates on their qualifications rather than their histories. Removing that bias in the initial steps of candidacy may find you some great employees you would otherwise not consider. Read on to find out about the “Ban the Box” movement and if it applies to your organization.

HR in the Auto Industry

The auto industry is a unique environment. It has an entire world inside itself with its own language, customs and routines. From the outside looking in, this can seem overwhelming, but let’s look at it together and see if we can make sense of this world. Let’s pick apart a few things that may help this specific industry seem less daunting: why great HR is so important, different responsibilities of an HR professional in the auto industry versus other industries and unique challenges to HR in the auto industry. Here we go!

Employment History

We all have a “past.” When we are applying for jobs, that “past,” with reference to our employment history, is put on display! HR professionals review employment history every time we look at a resume. Reviewing employment histories may be second nature to us, but let’s look together at the importance of these histories, how to get a complete history, how to evaluate them and how to spot potential red flags. At the end, we will not only be able to review these histories in our sleep, but we can confidently evaluate them to better understand our candidates.

Career Gap

More often than not in today’s culture, we as HR professionals are running across career gaps that could span from months to years. It can be hard to put aside our bias about the candidate before evaluating them further. What on earth have they been doing for three years without a job? Did they get fired and cannot find something else? Are they just globetrotting? It is our job to ask ourselves: How do we find out about a gap without crossing a line? Based on the rest of the application, is it worth finding out at all? Keep reading for some additional career gap knowledge, tips and ways to evaluate the career gaps without bias.

Employee Relations Case Management

An employee relations case can go sideways quickly if not handled appropriately. It can spiral into more employee relations cases, unnecessary terminations and even lawsuits. While we are handling these cases we might be asking ourselves: Did we follow up with all the necessary employees? Did we document everything and file accordingly? How do we know if we’ve done all we can? Keep reading to find some employee relations case management tips and tools to help you through the process.
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