In 8 days our HIHR Team will be together again in person! We are excited to gather from Europe, Canada, South Carolina, and Pennsylvania to work together to continue to improve our client offerings, increasing our capabilities, and developing our strengths as a team!
We plan to make the most of our time together and will be specifically focused on getting quality time catching-up in person/team-building, growing our knowledge with training in Business Acumen and Talent Development, going through our Group DiSC Report, celebrating our annual awards, enjoying fun meals together and of course some team pictures!
It’s amazing how much you can do as a remote team these days! Still, it can be difficult to replace the ‘water cooler’ chat that happens so organically in an office setting. I would love to hear what other remote teams are doing to connect and collaborate on a deeper level. How do you support opportunities for relationship building, sporadic teamwork and ‘cooler chat’ across your teams?
#remotework #teamwork #celebration #reunion #traininganddevelopment
Author: Erika Butler, CEO
This Saturday, our family moves from one of the most beautiful countries we have seen (Switzerland) and we start a new adventure. We are experiencing the variety of emotions one would expect, but overall, we are happy and excited to dive in!
This next chapter is taking place in Riga, Latvia. With this move, we will continue our large focus on pouring into our HIHR LLC clients, team and community. We have learned that Riga is a place of great entrepreneurship, resources and support. We believe it will be a great time of development and growth for our organization and for us professionally and personally!
I’d love to invite those interested to follow along with us and join our ‘Go Higher!’ Quarterly Connection Newsletter! Here you will find a few pages highlighting company updates, always some HR tips and access to free resources to best support your organization! We send these 4 times a year as a way to keep our clients, partners and collaborators current on company updates, trends and opportunities!
This quarter, we provide our Focus Group Tool Kit including guidelines with recommended questions and a pulse survey to close out the sessions!
You can sign-up and join us by going here: https://lnkd.in/duvinbhi ...or just drop me a note and we will get you added in time for our most recent updates! Thank you and here’s to high hopes of much learning, growth and impact on the road ahead!
Author: Erika Butler, CEO
A recent hot topic has been career transitions. I have closely witnessed several people do this very well and really go for it!
One real-life example is our Higher International Human Resources Team Member, Andy Schneider, SHRM-SCP, M.Div. I'm excited to congratulate him for the major achievement of passing his Sr. HR Certification through SHRM!
I was always impressed with Andy from his commitment to becoming a bi-lingual Spanish speaker, to his inquisitive nature - always caring and asking deep questions…to most recently completing a master’s course in career counseling and of course now obtaining his SHRM-SCP (Society of Human Resource Management - Senior Certified Professional).
I have been fortunate to know Andy for at least 20 years and have always seen him as a bright, caring, and driven person! Most recently I have witnessed Andy study and work extremely hard to pass a 4-hour senior HR certification, demonstrating his gift and body of knowledge in the HR Workcenter!
I have already seen him work as a talented leader, speaker, pastor, mentor, and the list goes on. It is awesome to see him excel in this career path, and I believe the sky is the limit for him! He has been working in the HR space for about 2 years, but I believe he is just getting started with the impact he will continue to make!
We are beyond proud of what Andy has achieved and we are celebrating him today. It is an honor to have Andy on our team for over 6 months and we have no doubt he will be successful in his on-going goals and pursuits. I am excited to witness the many organizations and people that Andy will continue to impact, develop and pour into!
We are committed to building the best team possible to take amazing care of our clients and do everything we can to support and impact organizational goals. We are a dedicated team of people who embody our core values of Quality, Trust and Results. Team members like Andy make this possible!
Thank you again, Andy and a huge congratulations to you!
Author: Erika Butler, CEO
This right here - This is our top ‘why’. There are others - but this absolutely sits at the top.
Thank you, Nancy, for being so vulnerable and providing this encouragement to me and others. It was hard not to get emotional when I saw this!
I know many of us are balancing all the wonderful end-of-school year activities AND our work schedules (not to mention other important areas of life). There is a reason there are actual university level courses focused completely on ‘work-life’ balance (and I was first in line for them!). I know we are not the only ones navigating our paths forward here and doing our best to build a healthy, centered life.
To our amazing HIHR LLC Clients, Partners, and Team….we are doing this together!!!! Because of YOU, we are able to do what we love, be here for you and your teams…and for our families! We have extremely high trust and work closely as a team to make this happen.
We might not get it perfect every day, and there are seasons when things are more manageable than others…but I believe It IS possible. Myself, Nancy and a few others on our team are living this reality. I truly believe it spills over into our work, our families and our community!
What Nancy shared really touched my heart and gives me even more motivation to keep going and growing!!!
I too had the opportunity to volunteer and spend our kids ‘Sports Day’ with them. It was hot, crazy, chaotic, fun and amazing! (I may or may not have been the unqualified soccer/football coach for a team called the Raiders - watch out haha!) My 10-year-old literally sat on my lap when he saw me (almost never happens)…and my 6-year-old daughter would not stop smiling and waving - it was amazing! :)
In addition to this, there are a few key people (though the list is longer) that have absolutely inspired me personally and professionally to pursue this reality. Thank you for trusting us, hiring us, mentoring us, referring us, showing kindness and encouragement AND believing in the future we are building together for work, our families and communities!
Are you part of a on-going Mastermind or Round Table?
I did not understand this concept a couple years back, but have gotten so much out of joining these and hosting them that I am now a fan!
It is incredible to join others with shared passions in deep discussion on growth-minded topics that bring you new ideas, solutions to problems, helpful information, meaningful connections and even amazing new friends!
We are planning out the topics for our Fall sessions! We would love any input on hot topics of interest in the market place (we have some great ideas but thought it would be fun to put it out there to a wider audience).
For anyone that shares a topic you would like to know more about, solve a problem you are facing and would like to discuss further in the HR/People & Culture/Career Development space/etc., we would love to hear it!
What do you think would be most impactful?
To show our sincere appreciation for any recommendations, we are happy to send a free US compensation analysis for any job title requested.
Thanks in advance! :)
#growth #peopleandculture #careerdevelopment #roundtable #mastermind #mastermindgroup #smartpeople #hr #hrconsulting #connections #problemsolving #leadership
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Let’s talk about mistakes! This one was a doozy.
I’ll never forget the judge's unamused, stoic face.
I was being trained as the new HR leader at our site and went to my first unemployment trial with my Trainer. My Trainer made sure I was well-prepped and ready to fairly represent our organization.
What followed next, I did not see coming. We could not have been assigned to a more serious and stoic individual (and dare I say, cranky…must have been having a bad day?) to decide over our case.
It was my turn. He asked for my name. Next, he asked me for my title. I responded firmly and confidently. “Mrs.”. He looked annoyed and asked the question again.
I re-stated my answer, but a bit louder this time, “Mrs.”!
Again, not satisfied with my answer, he asked me a third time. You think by now I would have caught-on, I was not providing the correct answer.
But nope…I looked him square in the eye and raised my voice a bit louder and slowly annunciated, "Mrs. Erika Butler".
At this point, there were some chuckles in the room. I’m sure my trainer was shaking his head and wanted to give me a poke with the right answer!
Next, he said, ‘Your BUSINESS Title!’.
“OHH!” ….and it finally clicked, and we were able to move on. Oops!
Talk about embarrassing! Even the ex-employee was trying to hold back his laughter. What made it worse was the man overseeing our case didn't even crack a smile.
A few days later, I came into the office with a new title that was made up on my office door “Mrs. Erika Butler”. I will never be able to live this down. My friends from this season still joke with me about this. Though I was mortified at the time, now I can’t help but laugh!
I think this is a great example of what it can be like for new-in role leaders. Obviously, this should have been self-explanatory to me, but for some reason it did not initially click. It’s true that you just don’t know what you don’t know.
Going off of this, many times new leaders do not realize how impactful their words and action are to those around them. What they say matters and they are many times the dinner conversation (whether it be, 'my boss gave me some great recognition today!' Or, ‘my manager threw me under the bus today'…etc…etc.). New leaders have a big job taking care of their team. They need all the support, training, development, and guidance they can get!
We all make mistakes and need to give ourselves and our team members permission to be a beginner - permission to trip, fall, learn and grow!
Making this clear to new-in-role leaders helps them feel supported, encouraged, and more able to thrive!
Author: Erika Butler, CEO
It's the 'Aha' moments for me...experiencing them myself and getting so much joy out of observing these moments in others!
Thank you so much to Marco Blankenburgh and the KnowledgeWorkx Team for the top-notch training and resources you provide. The last year has been incredible, learning from you and working with you!
Your body of knowledge and the work you do continues to positively transform the way we work, how we lead and enables amazing cultures/teams!
Since my DiSC Certification Training Q1-Q2 2022, I've been happy to equip 10+ organizations (from non-profit, Fortune 500, ministries, and other businesses) with the DiSC tools, resources, and training! I've enjoyed witnessing the 'Aha' moments, recognition, accountability, and desire to take things to the next level.
The programs have been very well-received. I believe DiSC is making a tangible impact for the teams invested in their continuing growth and communication. I also see it providing more enjoyable and effective collaboration across the board!
I'm thankful for the KnowledgeWorkx Team's partnership in providing great certification training, resources and on-going support! It has been an incredible experience.
#culturematters #culturetransformation #leadership #leadershipcoaching #leadershiptraining #businessconsulting #growthmindset #development
Author: Erika Butler, CEO
Taking partners for the 'hard stuff' has been a difference maker for us! We all have different gifts and strengths. Pulling in others for areas we are not as strong will always strengthen your organization - and make your 'job' easier and more fun!
Understanding the best ways to explain and communicate our services to the market is important. It enables us to find the people that need our help most and find the best fits for our organization. SmartAcre has really helped us with this and we can't thank them enough.
Taking it one step further, they hired our organization to do their employment handbook and they set the golden standard of handbooks. Their masterpiece has all the most important compliance elements of a handbook, but also is a dynamic read. From this foundational document, you can feel their incredible culture and genuine love and appreciation towards their team!
One of our favorite parts of our day-to-day work is collaborating with like-minded organizations who are making a real positive impact in this world, like SmartAcre!