Managing human resources


Introduction to a new series

In life and at work, people are the most important resources. Often, we have such a strong focus on the “almighty dollar,” our egos or our own specific goals that we forget the value and resource-full-ness right in front of us: family, friends, co-workers, customers, you and me.

How about starting each day by recognizing each person you work with as an amazing resource and gift to you? Don’t forget, you are the same to them. And then take a few seconds to envision all the people you will see today, recognizing them as special resource-potential folks with whom you can exchange unique messages and contributions.

In this series, my intentions are that:

• We become aware that we are always managing human resources at work and at home.

• We explore the topics with new and old insights and ideas.

• I’ll use “The Big Book of HR” by Barbara Mitchell and Cornelia Gamlen to initiate some of the content of the topics.

• We explore interactions among you, the readers, the authors of the book and me through emails, phone conversations and even group gatherings.

• The series will evolve into creating ideas of how parents and businesses can prepare and support youth of our community as they seek summer jobs.

Topics of this series will include, but are not limited to:

Work force planning: Being strategic, proactive and forward looking. With whom are we working? Who else might we need to help out? Who will be our team in the future?

Recruiting: Looking within and without. How and where can we find the “right” team members? How can we afford to do this?

Interviewing: How do we select the right candidates? How can we best prepare ourselves and the candidate for the interview?

Joining the team: Welcoming, orientation and support.          

Retention: Developing long-term employees, customers and partnerships (at work and at home). Time, truth and trust.

Engagement: Ways to create exciting and meaningful communication, involvement and ownership. Being personal and professional. Pros and cons of being married to your work.

Individual and team development: A resource center and support system. Training, coaching and educational opportunities at low or no cost. Being accountable regarding learning, growth and improvement.

Coaching: A missing skill and opportunity. Teams of two. Using team members’ personal and professional skills and interests.

Critical conversations: Strategic issues uncovered and revealed lead to greater enjoyment and satisfaction for everyone involved. Trust and vulnerability increase loyalty, profits and morale.

Conflict to collaboration: In battles and conflicts, great opportunities exist to learn how to achieve your dreams and goals.

Leaving: When, why and how.

Please share your questions, thoughts and ideas with me. Let’s make this series exciting, interactive and collaborative!

Check out “The Big Book of HR” — comprehensive and specific.

Bernie Linnartz, of Empowerment Experts, is a consultant, coach and facilitator of individuals, staff teams, families and organizations. Comments, questions and suggested topics are welcome. Office (575) 751-3777; cell (575) 770-4712 or email