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Avoid Being Labeled the “HR Police” w/ Heather Skillman

In episode 37, we sat down with Heather Skillman to talk about how she navigates office issues without being seen as the HR police.
Episode 37
In this episode, we sat down with Heather Skillman, HR Strategist and Owner of The Skillman Enterprise. We wanted to know how Heather navigates office issues without being seen as the HR police. During our discussion, we talked about:
  • How The Skillman Enterprise seeks to help small businesses with their retention needs, while breaking the mold of the typical HR norms
  • The value that getting up from your desk to develop relationships with employees brings to a company
  • Why learning about the business can help HR professionals open up their eyes to different things
  • How being curious and asking questions helps companies find the real issues and come up with solutions
Heather Skillman
Heather Skillman
Heather Skillman is the founder and principal owner of The Skillman Enterprise which includes an HR consulting division called SkillmanHR4U. Heather is a senior-level Human Resources professional with 20 years of experience, providing strategic and tactical direction for the Human Resources function. Heather excels in three key areas; Communication, Research, and Engagement. Heather offers a proven track record of helping leaders be successful in their roles by advising on employee issues, employee development, succession planning, and hiring and retaining talent as well as training on managing legal compliance. Heather began her Human Resources career working as a recruiter for two agencies. She moved into a generalist role working for a design manufacturing and engineering company specializing in medical devices. She focused on recruiting top talent, training leaders and employees on FDA, ISO and WA state law compliance. She moved into a high Tech start up as a Senior Recruiter, Healthcare as a Sr Generalist and then into Aerospace as a SR HR Business partner. She excelled at training new managers, employee engagement, career planning, succession planning, hiring and interviewing techniques, salary placement, promotion processes, complex investigations, and in helping managers avoid union grievances. In addition to her Human Resources leadership role in various industries, Heather has a unique combination of strategic Operations and Human Resources experience and works particularly well with engineers and in manufacturing environments. She spent 20 years working in Human Resources in both union and non-union environments with experience in a variety of industries. Heather has expertise in all functional areas of Human Resources. She has an outstanding track record for developing solid and trusting relationships with leaders helping them be successful and effective in aligning their employees team performance with company objectives. The Skillman Enterprise and SkillmanHR4U Consulting serves the day to day HR support in the WA sate area for small business owners as well as virtual strategic engagement and coaching for mid size companies across the United states. Heathers goal is to help make workplaces engaging so employees leave work feeling less stressed and energized to focus on the good things in their personal life.
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