HR Maverick

Tammi Burnett

Tammi has 8+ years of progressive HR experience in a variety of industries and settings, including nonprofit and higher education. She believes that doing HR well means being a true partner and collaborator with every part of an organization, and by saying “yes” to creative problem solving wherever and whenever possible (and legal). Her favorite work includes diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB); the how and why of hiring and retaining great people; helping to sustain an organizational culture of trust, empathy, and candor; and anything else that prompts employees to say they love where they work. In her free time, you can find her wandering outdoors, studying clinical herbalism, tinkering in the kitchen, dismantling the patriarchy and white supremacy, and hanging out with her cat, Emily Dickinson.

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

Listen more than you talk, and learn from a wide variety of people (other HR pros, finance/accounting folks, data folks, workplace psych peeps, etc.).

Workplace Policies

Anyone who works in HR has heard the question “Hey, do we have a policy about XYZ?” But what even is a policy? Read on to learn more about workplace policies, how to write them, and how to use them.

LGBTQ+ Inclusion

According to a 2021 Gallup poll, over 18 million U.S. adults identify as part of the LGBTQ+ community. Read on to learn how to make your workplace inclusive of LGBTQ+ employees.

Human Resources Generalist

You know those amazing Swiss army knives that have a tool for every situation? That’s an HR generalist. Generalists are the backbone of human resources. Read on to learn what skills you need, what duties you perform, and how to pursue becoming an HR generalist.

Essential Job Function

Identifying essential job functions for each role in your company is, well, essential. It gives you a strong grasp of each job, teaches candidates what the job entails, provides benchmarks for employee evaluation and protects your company from legal claims. Learn how to accurately assess the difference between essential and nonessential job functions to help your business thrive and create a more inclusive working environment.

Temporary Employee

Many workplaces rely on temporary employees for gap coverage or additional labor. For those of us in HR, there are some important considerations when dealing with temporary workers. Read on to learn more.

Timesheets

Timesheets are vital employment records for all non-exempt workers and are required by federal law. The legal burden of accurate pay and recordkeeping sits with employers, so read on to ensure that your company is following the right guidelines with respect to employee timekeeping.

HR in the Nonprofit Industry

HR is similar across industries, but nonprofit HR has its own unique benefits and challenges. This article discusses those challenges and offers advice and solutions a nonprofit HR person might encounter. Read on to learn more!
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