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Eileen’s Lessons – September 2017

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When my daughter was in middle school, she asked me to help her with her French class homework.   She was writing sentences and wanted me to check them to see if they made sense.  My 2 years of French in Middle School, 4 years in High School, 4 years in College and being an exchange student in France during part of my junior year in high school surely made me a reliable resource.  So, it seems only fitting that I should be able to proof some simple sentences for a French 1 class, yes?  I looked over the sentences and told her I could help with all but one sentence.  I simply didn’t recognize one of her vocabulary words.  I could tell it was a noun, but I was certain that I had never seen the word “ordinateur” in my studies or while living in France.  Also, I looked the word up in my pocket dictionary (© 1978) and it wasn’t there either.

Of course, my daughter thought I was crazy.  She said to me, “Mom, how could you not know the word for computer?” 

That’s ok because Beloit College in Wisconsin released its annual “Mindset List” for the class of 2021.  It turns out  the entering college class of 2021 doesn’t know a time when a “phone” wasn’t a video game and research library.  If you ask them about a dial-up modem, expect a blank stare.  In their lifetimes, Blackberry has gone from being a wild fruit to being a communications device to becoming a wild fruit again.  So, it’s ok that I didn’t know the word for computer, because it is likely that the current generation doesn’t know how to use a dictionary.  Guess what?  None of that matters because they will soon be our employees, are you ready for them?

Need help managing the next generation?  Why not contact The HR Team?

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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