Latinx Heritage Month is Coming – What Are You Reading?

Confession time: My intern and right-hand gal, Shweta, and I were reviewing our content and social media calendar recently h to see what holidays and celebrations are coming up that employers might benefit from HR tidbits about. We saw National Hispanic (now Latinx?!?) Heritage month starts in September and thought great – we can celebrate …

Annual AZ SHRM Conference Recap

Arizona SHRM successfully concluded its first-ever virtual conference last week. The theme was, “Human Factors in Technology” and what a perfect topic as we embrace working remotely in some fashion more and more the future as well as consider what the future of AI holds for us. What could have been a boring, humdrum, “Zoombie” …

The 19th Amendment and Celebrating the Right to Vote

This blog comes from guest writer, and Copper Quail Consulting (CQC) HR Intern, Shweta Deokule, MBA! Shweta holds an MBA and several HR certifications. She and Tara Bethell, CQC Founder, recently attended an event featuring Harriet Dominique who serves as a Senior Vice President of Corporate Responsibility and Community Affairs at USAA as a lead …

Why Don’t Recruiters Reach Out To Me?

Recently, I’ve been back in recruiting mode to help a new company and while I love connecting with interesting people, there are so many things applicants do that drive me crazy. This experience solidified my thought that I could never be a full-time recruiter. It also inspired me to share a few tips and ideas …

Use Your Darn PTO and Feel Better!

Are you falling prey to the movement right now to not take PTO (paid time off) because you can’t go anywhere exotic this summer? Or you don’t want to “just stay home”? Well, stop that! You’re doing yourself, your family/friends, and your work a disservice. And if you are still finding barriers, I will offer …

4 Ways To Increase Engagement Now

Employee engagement, the emotional connection, excitement and readiness employees should feel each day to tackle their work, can be influenced greatly by the relationship (or lack thereof) they have with their supervisor. If a supervisor, or company leaders in general, feel that engagement is down, there are several ways to gather data and put new …

Do Referral Programs Promote Racism?

“Refer your friends and family to earn a bonus!” We’ve all heard about these programs and I know I’ve used this as a recruitment tool. Does this create Homogeneous Hiring? Does it perpetuate Systemic Racism? It certainly can, but like most things…it depends. I am still a huge fan of having a robust employee referral …

Save the Date – July 27th

Tara Bethell, Founder & CEO, Copper Quail Consulting, will be the featured guest on The Nonprofit Show, presented by the American Nonprofit Academy on Monday, July 27th, 9:30am, via Zoom. We will be discussing employees and PTSD symptoms due to COVID-19. This event is free. Register at: https://americannonprofitacademy.com/thenonprofitshow/

Keep Your Skills Sharp

What are you doing with your newfound time since you’re not commuting to work as often as you used to? Why not use that time to sharpen your skills & support your community?! With the newfound time many folks have from less commuting, traveling, or going out, it is the perfect opportunity to volunteer in your …

Staff Appreciation – Don’t Blow It

If you missed the AzODN Recognition and Appreciation Zoom Program, you missed a good one! We talked about successful and failed attempts in giving and receiving recognition and appreciation and the lasting impact (positive and negative) those experiences had on us. Here is a list of resources to help get you started (or you can …

Measure, Don’t Monitor, WFH Staff

Ten years ago, when an employee asked to work from home, the answer was often something like, “Well, if we do that for you, we’ll have to do it for everyone.” As an HR gal, I get that it’s important to consider all sides of an option to see what precedent it sets. I understand …

Appreciation & Recognition Zoom Event

June 30 – Appreciation & Recognition Join Lori Howard, Liz Kinsfather and Tara Bethell for a facilitated conversation on Appreciation and Recognition – The Differences, The Whys and The Hows. Not only are these ladies AzODN members, they are SMEs in their respective areas. Lori is a seasoned OD and HR consultant who hails from …

The Time is Now – Update Handbooks

I love to help clients create and launch employee handbooks. Seeing all their ideas, mission language, and benefits they provide come together with their specific policies and procedures is often a labor of love. A way to show employees they care and want to do right by them in a whole host of ways. The …

Free Consulting Offer

For Arizona Minority, Women, and LGBTQ-owned Businesses I have long been a people-person and will talk to anyone (playground, grocery store, on the sidewalk) and try to learn about them. This can be to the chagrin of my parents (when I was little talking to strangers), my husband, or my friends (who feel like I’m …

Turning to Yoga (Again and Again)

My yoga journey began in 2002 as a way to lose weight for my wedding. I had no idea that completing that VHS (!) tape workout every day for three months would have such an impact on my life. I lost weight doing yoga, but more than that, I gained confidence in my body and myself. Anytime I took …

Increasing Belonging at Work

Diversity… inclusion… equity… We hear these words a lot and rightfully so. Research shows time and again that diverse workplaces lead to innovation, creativity, loyalty and much more. However, for too long, organizations have invested time, money and energy into DEI programs that result in little to no lasting change. How are we botching this …

Focus On These 3 Employee Programs

Not sure where to spend your finite employee dollars? I believe there are three buckets you should invest in and these can all be started by HR staff (caveat: you need directors/owners buy-in early!) and they are wellness, appreciation, and training-outside-the-box.   Wellness, Not a Check-the-Box Program Employees are whole beings and they need holistic support …

3 Quick Tips On Resume Writing

I was recently asked for tips (probably because it is graduation season) on making a resume stand out. Here are my top three tips all resume writers should utilize when writing or updating their resume. 1. Use Key Words Job applicants should know the keywords for the industry they are applying in (do your research!). …

I Botched the Interview. Now What?

It is important to first identify how or why the interview went bad before crafting a recovery strategy. It is always best practice to send a follow up thank you email and/or snail mail card (depending on when they plan to make a decision) after the interview and this can be a great place to start …

Can I Bring Notes to a Job Interview?

The short answer: absolutely. In fact, I would go so far as to say you should bring a few notes. This shows preparation to those that are conducting the interview! I am a fan of bringing an old school padfolio to every interview I do whether it is for a new job, a new client, a new …

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Brainstorming Tools for Remote Teams

Are your virtual team meetings in a rut of listening while everyone reports out? What if you could bring purpose, collaboration, and energy back into team meetings? Take a time-out from the same old Zoom meeting to use something new to ideate, brainstorm, retro review, reprioritize work flows and more! Online Collaborative Whiteboard Platforms I …

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Spice Up Your All-Hands Meetings

Are your All-Hands Meetings feeling humdrum? There are several ways you can pump some life into them. I am a firm believer that these meetings can be informative and fun – thus, making staff want to attend and actually retain the information shared.  Before The Meeting Lock your meeting dates/times down on calendars at the …

Boosting Morale in a Virtual Team

With the majority of teams moving to remote work quickly and a bit haphazardly, I wanted to share a few things I’ve found through research and tried with colleagues to increase morale in this new virtual environment. Before diving into the tips, it is important to recognize low morale in the team environment. Identifying Low …

Is it OK To Leave a Job Off a Resume?

I recently received this question and wanted to share a few thoughts. My overall experience is that no, you should not leave jobs off your resume because it often creates more questions than it eliminates. However, like so many things in life and work, this question is not black and white. Reasons to List the …

Do Cover Letters Still Matter?

Cover letters still matter in this day and age for three reasons: they provide another quick layer to weed out candidates, they paint the picture for the screener on why the candidate is applying, and they help connect the work they’ve done to the work they would like to do for the new company in …