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Systemic Racism: Removing Barriers in HR

Today’s Morning Buzz is brought to you by Brandi Leos, Sr HR Business Partner at the City of Tigard, Oregon (Twitter and LinkedIn). What I’m Watching: I Am Not Your Negro by James Baldwin What I’m Listening To: NYT The Daily Podcast (this one is about police unions) What I’m Planning: A camping trip to … Continued

What I’ve Learned About the Workplace After a Month Social Distancing

By Brandi Leos, City of Tigard (LinkedIn; Twitter) What I’m watching: The Beastie Boys Story on Apple TV What I’m listening to: Ally Love’s Pitbull Ride on Peloton Digital What I’m reading: Our city’s protocol on what to do if an employee has a positive COVID diagnosis (email me for a copy) It’s been about … Continued

Succession Planning – UGH

By Brandi Leos, City of Tigard; find me on Twitter and LinkedIn What I’m Reading: Running is my Therapy by Scott Douglas What I’m Watching: Workout videos on the Peloton Digital App (this thing is awesome and I didn’t have to buy a bike) What I’m Listening To: The NPR Politics Podcast – bite size … Continued

Recruiting with Lightning Speed (for Government)

By Brandi Leos, City of Tigard, Oregon, LinkedIn, Twitter I’ve heard it a thousand times… government is soooo slooooow. This is true in many aspects including finding your next job, next co-worker, or next employee. As the Recruitment Manager for City of Tigard, I have to say that I agree – government is soooo sloooow.  … Continued

Implementing Lean in HR

Brandi Leos, City of Tigard (LinkedIn & Twitter) What I’m listening to – An all-female 90s playlist I created after hearing a new song, Ladies in the 90s What I’m watching – YouTube videos on various home improvement projects Over the past several months, my organization has been providing lean training to managers (including department … Continued

Elected Officials and Hiring Don’t Mix

Brandi Leos, City of Tigard, Oregon (Twitter & LinkedIn) What I’m listening to:  NPR on the way to work What I’m working on:  Launching a new employee recognition program (ask me about Kudos) What I’m looking forward to:  A road trip to see my college daughter I recently participated on a panel about recruitment and … Continued

The Importance of the Candidate Experience

Brandi Leos, City of Tigard, Oregon.  Find me on Twitter and LinkedIn What I’m Watching: The Daily Show with Trevor Noah What I’m Reading: Dare to Lead by Brene Brown What I’m Listening To: NYT The Daily’s summary of the Michael Cohen hearing We all know that the hiring process can be improved.  HR professionals … Continued

Show Me the Data!

By Brandi Leos, Senior HR Business Partner at City of Tigard, Oregon What I’m reading: Becoming by Michelle Obama What I’m listening to:  The Daily podcast What I’m watching: The final season of Fixer Upper My favorite government job before I got into human resources was as a management analyst with a large state agency.  … Continued

Why We’re Ditching Resumes

We’ve been working on a new diversity, equity, and inclusion initiative.  This new initiative has many prongs and one of the pieces I am most involved in is working toward reducing bias in job application screening.  We’ll be training all of our interview panels and eliminating names from job applications.  Why eliminate names from job … Continued

Everyone is a Recruiter… Even You!

I’m going to go out on a limb here and guess that most local government organizations don’t have recruiters. Sure, you might have people responsible for recruiting and even recruitment managers. Most of these people are focused on making sure the organization is in compliance, getting your jobs posted, recommending and placing ads, going to … Continued

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