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11 HR Influencers You Need to Follow

In the HR profession, it pays to keep good company. Whether you need to “phone a friend” about a workplace curveball or just want to exchange tips and tricks, maintaining a strong professional network can make all the difference in your career.

Don’t know who to connect with first? We’ll help you get started. Below we’ve highlighted some of our favorite HR influencers, their areas of expertise, and where you can find them online.

A Day in the Life of an HR Professional: Jovanny Chonillo

What does an HR person actually do all day? Every HR professional knows there’s no such thing as a “typical” day at work. In ourDay in the Lifeseries, we speak with pros from a variety of cities and industries to get a snapshot of their work lives.

If I Weren’t in HR, I Would Be...

We all know that when it comes to choosing a career, it’s almost never a straight line. Over the years, many of us let go of our childhood ambitions of being a baseball star-ballerina-doctor. Many of us dabble in a few different college majors, only to wind up in a role we never imagined. HR in particular is a field many “fell” into.

Brewing Up a Career: Managing HR in the Beer Industry

Fort Point Beer Company is a San Francisco-based craft brewery offering five year-round beers and a rotating selection of seasonal and specialty beers. Now boasting a full-scale brewery, distribution center, and tap room, Fort Point has grown tremendously since it was founded in 2014. Fort Point’s director of HR and finance, Rafi Bortnick, joined the company when it only had 25 employees. Now, his hands are full keeping up with almost 150 employees, all while balancing his HR and finance responsibilities.

The HR Guide to Employee Jury Duty Leave

Whether you view jury duty as an honorable civic duty or an inconvenience, odds are you’ll find a summons in your mailbox at some point. But sometimes a “speedy trial” isn’t so speedy. If selected as a juror, your obligation could last anywhere from a few days to a few months, which means missing work.

How Work Helped Me Stay Positive After a Breast Cancer Diagnosis


In this HR for Humans story, Quiana Davidson—Senior Payroll Operations Specialist at Namely—shares how she navigated a breast cancer diagnosis while continuing her work at Namely.

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Ask HR: Halloween Costumes at Work and More

Boo! The workplace is full of questionable (and spooky) situations. That’s what this month’s Ask HR mailbag is all about.

Meet Namely: Jim Kohl

Jim Kohl, Namely’s senior managed services manager, discovered his passion for payroll in an unlikely place: at a comedy club. After getting in a few laughs, Jim spent a decade working for a payroll solutions provider before finding his way to Namely. And that “barley” touches the surface. Aside from his love of comedy and payroll, Jim is a beer enthusiast and artist, having designed over 90 beer labels for four different breweries.

Why a Culture of Acceptance Matters

In this HR for Humans story, David Braun—a Product Advisor at Namely—shares how working in a culture of acceptance has made all the difference. For more stories at the intersection of work and life, follow @namely_hr. You can also submit your stories here.

HR Deserves More Than a 'Seat at the Table'

We’ve all heard about how HR needs a “seat at the table.” Given that people represent any company’s most valuable asset, that sounds reasonable, right?