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.).

Essential Job Function

Are you worried that you might accidentally be discriminating against employees in protected classes, or against those with special needs? 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.
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