With a one-person HR team, administrative duties often take priority over strategic initiatives, like employee experience, workforce planning, or company culture.
Human resources is at the heart of any organization. Taking care of your people is the key to a successful business, and that means HR professionals need to communicate, connect, and collaborate.
The HR West conference, presented by the Northern California HR Association, was held March 7-9 in Oakland, CA. As an SPHR, this was my fifth HR West. I consider this conference an academic Disneyland for HR professionals. Of course, there’s the recertification credits that draw us away from the office in the first place. But HR West is always an excellent opportunity to network and share ideas with other HR professionals, reunite with former colleagues, recruit for new talent, and peruse vendors that support the employee lifecycle. Without further ado, here are some of my favorite moments from three days of great people and great strategies.
In the bustling work environment of an early-stage startup, HR is sometimes a bit of an ad hoc operation: finance covers payroll, operations stores employee data somewhere, and office managers—gotta love ‘em—handle the rest. But once staffing reaches a certain critical mass, a dedicated human resources professional isn't just a want anymore. It’s a need.