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Eileen’s Lessons June 2017

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When my children were younger, I was aware of a classroom behavioral issue in their religious school. How did I find out?   I had just walked into the school to pick up one of my children and a parent was badgering an administrator in the hopes of finding out what was going on.  I could see that the administrator was uncomfortable and had told the parent several times that she couldn’t discuss the matter. 

As an HR person, I understand the need for privacy and to not discuss private matters.  So when the parent left, I approached her and let her know what I observed and offered her a tool to use for the next time.  That was to simply say “just as it would not be appropriate for me to discuss anything about your child with another parent, it would not be appropriate for me to discuss any actions related to this child with you.”  Wow.  It was powerful for her.

In my years in HR, I have been asked about private and/or sensitive information too many times to count.   Case in point, this past weekend, a friend who had previously asked me about something that was sensitive, again asked me about the same matter.  She suspected that I knew more details, but quite frankly, it wasn’t something that would have been appropriate for me to discuss.  When she first asked a few weeks ago, I said: “It would not be appropriate for me to discuss.”

But this past weekend she asked again, I said: “I’m sorry, the information you are asking from me isn’t mine to tell.” 

Many times, managers, employees and just everyday people simply “want to know” things, but they don’t always easily accept or understand that it’s ok to not know everything.  Quite frankly, having full knowledge isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, just ask any HR person.

Until next month.

Eileen Levitt

As Founder and President of The HR Team, Eileen Levitt attains great personal satisfaction in helping small, mid-size, and emerging companies focus on what they do best; directing business growth and profitability.

Testimonials

  • Eileen is a seasoned HR professional. We contacted her to help us project timelines and costs associated with the human resources aspect of a prospective WorkingWonders flagship destination. She not only provided the basic information in a timely manner; she presented an array of options and ideas for further consideration, and shared best practices for creating win-win scenarios for the company and its team members. Her newsletter is one of the best I've seen – it always contains informative and interesting information.

    - BethAnn Lederer, LEED AP, Entrepreneur Green Products and Consulting for Healthy Homes and Schools - Proponent for Iconic Green Department Store

  • Eileen is a well-rounded professional with excellent business acumen. This expertise is valuable to a business owner because she will understand their challenges and marry the right HR services and HR talent for the appropriate results. She treats her customers with care and has talented, qualified staff to meet the varied needs of any business situation. She conducts her business with integrity and professionalism at all times.

    - Tina Corner, President, Intellectual Innovations

  • Eileen has been, and continues be, a very valuable resource for our company and many of our clients. As an employee benefits specialist, many questions come up that require an expert in HR. Over the 25 years that I have owned and operated Jolles Insurance, we have worked with many HR people. There is nobody we trust more than Eileen and The HR Team.

    - Brian Jolles, Jolles Insurance

  • I have worked with Eileen for almost 10 years and have always been impressed with the quality of her, her staff and the stability of The HR Team. Eileen always has the right person or persons to handle any task and they are always professional quality partners. Eileen and I have collaborated on many clients, associations and non-profit community service groups and always gives 110% with every endeavor. Eileen’s unique ability to network and help others is fantastic. I wish I had more colleagues, partners and friends like Eileen. I truly admire her work ethic and her abilities

    - Ed Greenbaum, Senior Vice President of Business Development, Aon 

  • We have used Eileen's company, the HR Team, since May of 2005 when we had a need for someone to take of care of our Benefit Administrative needs. Everyone that represents Eileen's company has been competent, reliable, personable, detail oriented and most importantly a great communicator. Obviously, consultants have other customers also, but we have never had a problem with conflict because of their ability to communicate schedules and any problems with us ahead of time. To be an effective consultant, I think you need to be able to handle "chaos". Everyone at the HR Team thrives in this area.

    - Paul McGee, Director, Human Resources

  • Eileen and her team provided us great service when needed in the HR field. Eileen offered clear and sound advice on complex issues my company faced. We could not have resolved personnel issues with the ease that we did, if it were not for the solutions offered by Eileen and her professional staff. I am confident that Eileen will provide the same level of excellent service to all that need it.

    - Rohit H. Patel, Owner, Intelect Corporation, Entrepreneur of the Year/Technology Fast 50

  • Eileen is an experienced HR executive and strategist. Her advice and insight, and that of her team, have been invaluable to Community Analytics. In particular, I appreciate her candor and forthright communication of recommendations. Her team has helped us develop a world-class approach to managing human capital.

    - Myra Norton, Vice President, Operations, Pegged Software 

  • Eileen has proven to be an invaluable resource over the years with regard to HR-related issues and solutions. All independent 3rd party service provider references provided by Eileen have been outstanding! 

    - Christopher P. Parr, CFP®, President, Parr Financial Solutions, Inc.

  • Eileen and the HR Team is an incredible "team" of highly trained and experienced professionals. I have known Eileen for over 5 years and have enjoyed and mutually benefited from our relationship. I highly recommend The HR Team to business owners, non-profit executives and other organizations that are looking for honest, practical, and smart advice on human capital issues. 

    - Rob Cohen, Managing Partner, AllianceBenefits, LLC

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