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December 2018
Eileen's Lesson:
It's December, a time for holiday cheer and gift giving. Sometimes we appreciate the gifts we receive more in retrospect than when we do at the time we get them.
A few years ago, my aunt was very excited about a holiday gift she was going to give to my daughter. My aunt had debated between a necklace and a bracelet of a popular teen brand, but then found a watch made by the popular brand on the clearance rack. It was almost a steal and very practical, thought my aunt—jewelry and a time piece in one!

What happened? The watch was returned. Why? In the words of my daughter, “Why do I need a watch to tell time? I always have my cell phone with me to tell me what time it is.”

Fast forward to today. Guess what? She’s about to graduate college and now wears a watch. Why? In her words, “I’ve realized that looking at your cell phone all the time is rude.” As we go through life, we often learn things that encourage us to take a different perspective on our gifts.

Thank you for an amazing 2018.  Whether you’re a friend of the firm, an employee or a client, we appreciate your support and confidence in The HR Team. Happy holidays and may it be a joyful and prosperous 2019 for all of us.

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Eileen's HR Lessons: Locker Room Conversation

Have you ever heard the expression "locker room conversation"? This is covered in Vol 1, Lesson 6. Download the complete eBook at https://www.thehrteam.com/eileens-hr-lessons

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Make Employee Appreciation a Habit All Year Long

Effective leaders understand that their employees want to feel valued and they know that recognizing their efforts can make a big difference in the bottom line. Sincere and consistent employee recognition leads to better employee morale, improved ...

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Industry News You Can Use
How to Deal with Medical Marijuana Issues in the Workplace

Possession and use of medical marijuana continues to be illegal, pursuant to the Controlled Substances Act. This leaves employers asking questions – must we allow the use of medical marijuana in the workplace?

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Meet Our Team:
Karen Warthen, SPHR, SHRM-CP
Consulting Director

Karen joined The HR Team in 2001 and has 20 years of diverse human resources experience in the for-profit and non-profit sectors. As the Consulting Director, Karen is responsible for managing client relations, resource planning, service delivery, project work, quality control, and staff development. In addition, she provides senior level consulting services to our clients. She has provided outsourced services and managed projects for large and small clients in various industries including accounting, law, technology, non-profit, government contracting, industrial/trades, communications, biotechnology, staffing, trade associations, banking/financial services, travel, and research/scientific.

As an HR Professional, Karen has worked with large and small organizations in various stages of their business cycles. She has experience with HR process and policy development and implementation, benefits design and management, compliance, employee relations and performance management, HR strategy development and implementation, recruitment, and compensation.
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