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About Tim Sackett

I’m a 20 year HR/Recruiting Talent Pro with a Master’s in HR and SPHR certification, currently residing in Lansing, MI. Currently the President at HRU Technical Resources – a $40M IT and Engineering contract staffing firm and RPO. Prior to joining HRU, I was the Director of Employment at Sparrow Health System, Regional HR and Staffing Director with Applebee’s Intl., Retail Health Recruiting Manager and Regional HR Mgr. with ShopKo Stores and Pamida respectively. I’ve split my career half between recruiting and half between HR generalist roles – also split half between the HR vendor community and Corporate America – So, I think I get it from both sides of the desk.

Being ‘Nice’ in HR is Killing Your Credibility

HR is usually put in one of two buckets:

Eliminate this One Form to Become More Strategic in HR

If you Google “address change form”, and search images, you’ll come up with over a half a million address change forms online. This one form, singlehandedly, has become the poster child for bad HR! Think about this for a minute.

The Secret to being Happy at Work

We've all been sold a really harmful lie, by a lot of people.  That lie is:  To be truly happy at work, you must do what you love (or some variation of the same theme). It's complete garbage that is usually told to you by an ultra-rich people who can do anything they want!  Someone who really doesn't have to earn a living because they have a spouse earning a living for them, or someone who just flat out got lucky. Right place, right time and does something they actually love for a job.  I know, I know, "Tim, you create your own luck!", said by the same idiot whose wife is a brain surgeon and allows her deadbeat husband to be a "writer" at home. Still most of us define our happiness like this:

Why we love hating on HR!

I’ve been in HR and Talent Acquisition for 22 years. The first job I had was working for a staffing firm recruiting technical professionals, so I thought it was completely normal being hated.  I grew up thinking being hated in HR was just what it was. We were that one function in the company that wasn’t liked because of what we had to do, namely terminating people.

Less Firefighting = Better HR

My very first real HR job was working out of Omaha, NE for a regional retailer.  I handled 14 states, 125 locations and about 7,000 employees in my role.  I had another guy just like me who had the other half of the company who helped train me. What I discovered was this guy never got out of the office. In fact, he rarely got up from his desk as his email and phone were a constant distraction, as you can imagine with the scope of our responsibility!