The Small Business HR Podcast

Ep. 35

35. Becoming an Effective HR Business Partner w/ Brandon Buttars

In episode 35, we talked with Brandon Buttars to learn about the five principles for becoming an effective and strategic HR business partner.
35 - Brandon Buttars

Brandon Buttars

HR Manager
Vivint

In this episode, we sat down with Brandon Buttars, HR Manager at Vivint, to learn about the five principles for becoming an effective and strategic HR business partner.

During our discussion, we talked about:

  • Why the five principles apply to all HR business partners—whether you work at a company with 10 or 1,000 employees
  • The power of speaking the language of your business leaders
  • Why getting your HR tasks done is great, but getting out of your office and getting to know your leaders and employees—and asking for their feedback—is just as (if not more) important
  • How HR can shake its “no-fun zone” reputation

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I’ve always had a passion for people. I love relationship building. And the most critical resource to a business is its people. It’s where companies spend the most money, but unfortunately, some fail to realize it’s also where they can get the most value. And that’s what inspired me to get into HR.”

Brandon Buttars

What’s kept me in HR? Technology. The tech space runs a bit leaner when it comes to HR, so there’s a lot more opportunity to effectuate change.”

Brandon Buttars

The role of the business partner is so much more than what those who aren’t familiar with the strategic capabilities of HR think it is.”

Brandon Buttars

It doesn’t matter if your company is 10 people or 1,000 people, the five principles of becoming an effective and strategic HR business partner will apply to your work at any and all levels of the organization.”

Brandon Buttars

Get to know your leaders. Get on their calendars. But don’t spend the time talking about yourself. Ask them questions about their leadership style, their motivations. Finally, ask them about the effective ways they’ve worked with HR in the past. And if the answer’s ‘none,’ you have a fresh canvas to paint on because you know how to be effective.”

Brandon Buttars

It makes you dangerous as an HR partner when you can speak the language of your business leaders.”

Brandon Buttars

When it comes to HR, before you ask leaders to do hard things, they have to know that they can trust you. You’ve had to have made deposits into their emotional banks—whether that’s asking about their teams, or getting personal and asking about them and their hobbies. Then when the time comes, and you need to ask them to do something hard, they’re willing to do it because they trust you.”

Brandon Buttars

In our remote work world, HR has to be intentional about joining staff meetings; being social and seen; depositing your emotional capital. You have to be visible in order to normalize that HR is a valued partner in the organization.”

Brandon Buttars

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