HR Notes

Giving Tuesday

December 2020

‘Tis the season of giving.

It is better to give than to receive.

No one has ever become poor by giving.

We must give more in order to get more.

For it is in giving that we receive.

These are just a few wise phrases we use when talking about giving to others. This Giving Tuesday, Open Door HR Consulting LLC is proud to announce our new giving program. As part of the fulfillment of our mission to support non-profit organizations, Open Door will give 10% of all invoices to a non profit organization.

When our client is a non-profit organization, they will receive 10% back on all invoices as an in-kind donation. All for-profit businesses may select one of Open Door HR Consulting's partner organizations to receive a donation in their honor. Open Door HR Consulting is proud to partner with Trusted Mentors, Indiana Youth Group, and Friends of Indianapolis Animal Care Services Foundation.

Trusted Mentors connects trained, volunteer mentors with at risk adults to help more people stay housed and out of prison.

Indiana Youth Group creates safer spaces to foster community and provides programming that empowers LGBTQ+ youth and magnifies their voices.

Friends of Indianapolis Animal Care Services Foundation supports the welfare of our animal residents by providing funding to promote adoptions, support shelter volunteers and fosters, assist with medical costs and make the stay at the Indianapolis Animal Care Services shelter more comfortable for the precious animal residents.

How are you celebrating Giving Tuesday?

Opening the Door

October 2020

To say this has been a difficult year would be an understatement. All our plans have flown out the window and the careers of so many of my colleagues and friends have been halted or significantly slowed. I am part of the professional devastation that COVID created, yet I can’t help but feel supported and lucky to still be working.

I’ve endeavored to be a positive influence during these difficult times and have been mindful of my self-care. Check on your friends who are HR Professionals; we need some good vibes and kind words as the emotions and stresses of this year have weighed heavily on us. Furloughs and layoffs are emotionally wrenching to deliver. If you’re on the receiving end of this news, I’m not minimizing that this is life altering for you and your families. However, the folks I work with are generous, warm, and caring. “I’m so sorry you have to make these calls. I know this has been a difficult decision for you.” I heard this from countless team members as I had to deliver the bad, but not unexpected, news. Ugh!

After the initial round of furloughs in March, I completed the paperwork to reduce myself. It doesn’t make much business sense to have a full-time Human Resources Director in the building when there aren’t many employees left and you are on a hiring freeze. I know that. As much as it hurts financially and psychologically, I knew this was the right decision for our business.

When I think back to March, I expected furloughs would last about a month. Here we are seven months later in nearly the same place. There are so many unknowns. As I continued to earn a fraction of what I earned at the beginning of the year I grew sad. I love what I do, where I do it, and with whom I get to do it. I thought, “I have to start looking for another job in another industry after recently joining this team that I thoroughly respect and appreciate.” Luckily, I have the support of an amazing partner and spouse. He knows how much I enjoy my work and ensured me that we would be okay.

As I began to reflect on my career, I started thinking how I might do more of what I love while keeping my current job. One of the most rewarding roles I’ve had was with a local non-profit organization. I know my value and what I can offer. After several conversations with friends and family who also happen to be small business owners, I decided to do it. I am starting a Human Resources consulting firm providing services to small businesses and small non-profit organizations. I am opening the door to new possibilities! Come in, let’s chat.