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HR Working as a Strategic Partner

Question: What are some effective ways for HR to become a strategic partner in an organization? Answer: Traditionally, Human Resources have served two major roles.  The first is administration. This is primarily centered on processing, recordkeeping, maintaining employee files, etc.  The second is business partner, which mainly supports and helps to maintain the company’s business […]


Corporate Social Responsibility

Question: My new VP is focused on Corporate Social Responsibility and I’m not really sure what that means.  Can you explain what that means and how HR has a role? Answer: Corporate Social Responsibility is a broad term for self-regulating oneself in terms of ethical responsibility and compliance. The term can refer to both internal and […]


The Importance of Training

Question: With the high number of baby boomers preparing to retire and millennials entering the workplace, the need for experienced leaders is going to be essential and training programs will be crucial to achieving this. By investing in good, training programs that are appealing to employees, companies can get ahead of the game during the […]




Who’s Using Your EAP

Question: We just implemented an Employee Assistance Program. What do I need to know about EAP use in order to better share this new resource with employees? Answer: Although depression is a primary reason employees call their Employee Assistance Program (EAP), many other services are available. In addition to personal and family counseling, most programs […]



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HR Audit

What is a Human Resources Audit? A Human Resources Audit is a comprehensive method (or means) to review current human resources policies, procedures, documentation and systems to identify needs for improvement and enhancement of the HR function as well as to assess compliance with ever-changing rules and regulations. An Audit involves systematically reviewing all aspects of […]



 August 17, 2016 –  Is your business prepared to meet the new FLSA requirements? Watch Channel 12’s interview with Robin Throckmorton, MA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP to learn more.     August 5, 2016 – Are you struggling with communication with your employees? Don’t fall into the generation gap! The latest issue of West Chester and Liberty Lifestyle magazine […]


Community Outreach

strategic HR, inc. supports our community in a variety of ways. strategic HR, inc. provides facilitation and programs to many associations and non-profit organizations on topics related to human resources (HR) as well as job search and career transition. These local groups have included the Greater Cincinnati HR Association, Butler Warren Society for Human Resources […]


What’s the difference between “Training” and “Development”?

Question: What’s the vast difference between “Training” and “Development”? Answer: Asked at a recent HR Roundtable in Cincinnati, Ohio, Susan Otto, owner of, LLC, provided some insight via a small group discussion. Here are the results of the overall discussion as captured that day by facilitator Steve Browne: Training                                                         Development Short-term focus/Task Oriented                     Long-term focus/Skills […]


What is an HR Scorecard and how is it implemented?

Question: What is a HR scorecard, and how is it implemented? Answer: The HR scorecard is a method for Human Resources to position itself as a strategic planning partner with line managers and executives within an organization. A detailed and excellent book on this topic is The HR Scorecard, by Becker, Huselid, and Ulrich. This […]


Is This a Solution to Help You Become More Strategic?

by Robin Throckmorton, MA, SPHR “Business changes come as waves gathering shape, gaining energy and momentum, then crash across the companies that find themselves in their path. Those companies that anticipate and respond quickly to these waves of change can often rise with the tide; those that don’t are often crushed on impact.”  – Michael […]


Diapers to Dentures: Who Is Managing Who?

by Robin Throckmorton, MA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP Once upon a time, you would only see older workers managing the younger workers – NOT anymore! And boy is this creating tension in the workplace. Since the publication of our book, Bridging the Generation Gap, Linda and I continue to receive calls from publications and organizations asking “How can […]


The Dos and Don’ts of Creating Training Materials

by Susan Otto,, LLC No matter what jobs, positions, or responsibilities we have, sooner or later we are usually asked to train someone on how to “do it.”  And, if we are asked often enough, or if the procedures are complicated, now might be the time to document the material we use to train. […]


Succession Planning – Your Operational Necessity

by Robin Throckmorton, MA, SPHR and Patti Dunham, MBA, MA, SPHR What will drive your organization to finally take succession planning serious? Will it be: A sudden resignation  A traumatic or terminal illness of a key employee, or  A catastrophic event impacting many key employees… Do you still think your organization is untouchable? Too small to […]


Working in the Executive Project World

by Terry Spriestersbach, Project Leader/Search Consultant with Amotec, Inc. As the economy attempts to recover from its doldrums, companies are starting to address many of the initiatives they had in process before things went flat. Projects that were set aside both out of necessity as a cost saving measure and because of declining business orders […]


Brain Fitness – The Competitive Advantage

by Guest Columnist, Pat Faust Our workforce is aging. “The curve of early retirement is flattened out, and people are staying on the job longer,” says Neal Cutler, PhD, Executive Director of the Center on Aging of the Motion Picture and Television Fund in Woodland Hills, California. A 2005 survey from Merrill Lynch found that […]