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Erin Daruszka
Erin Daruszka is a thought leader, improvisor, certified Senior HR professional, people manager, cat lover and client experience advocate based in Oakland, CA.

Erin has a BA in Communication from Slippery Rock University and a MA in Communication from Northern Illinois University. She has over 15 years of HR experience working with and for small businesses.

Entries by Erin Daruszka

Putting Your Best Foot Forward to Attract the Right Job Candidates

(0) Comments | Posted August 3, 2015 | 3:40 AM

Much like a doctor or an attorney, being the resident HR professional in my peer group lends itself to lots of questions. One of the questions I receive over and over from friends who are business owners or people managers is, "How do I attract a better pool of potential...

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The ABCs of Recruiting: Always Be Considerate

(0) Comments | Posted January 13, 2015 | 9:18 PM

As I look back at the opportunities with which I have been presented in my life and career, I see that much of it is a result of being considerate. Genuinely helping someone else by making an introduction or providing advice has led to numerous opportunities, none more than during...

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3 Misconceptions About Your Company's HR Professionals

(0) Comments | Posted October 30, 2014 | 4:10 PM

There are numerous misconceptions about the human resources function. Many employees do not fully understand the obligations, influence and benefits of HR professionals. I know this firsthand, because throughout my career, I have been in situations where I had to make unpopular choices for the greater good. Here are three...

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Keep CALM and Manage On

(2) Comments | Posted August 20, 2014 | 1:07 PM

Recently after a difficult customer interaction a co-worker asked me, "How do you remain so calm?" I was hard pressed to answer that question. But when I thought about it, my response was twofold. Philosophically, I believe in not getting worked up over things out of my control. The second...

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Why You Need HR

(0) Comments | Posted July 23, 2014 | 11:50 AM

As a consultant, I have conversations with small businesses daily. These businesses have made a decision to outsource HR to a PEO - a professional employer organization. But even before they outsource, I receive questions from acquaintances starting a business that are not at a point to outsource. Human Resources...

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Pay Up or Lose Out

(0) Comments | Posted July 1, 2014 | 3:18 PM

Fair compensation and gender salary gaps are much-talked-about topics. For employers, paying employees fairly is a tough topic to handle. How do employers treat employees fairly, while still creating a culture of pay for performance? There are many reasons why an employer may not pay employees in the same role...

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Top 5 Tips for Helping Lead a Productive and Happy Team

(0) Comments | Posted April 28, 2014 | 4:13 PM

Let me start with a personal experience. In a former job, I worked for someone one might call a "micromanager." This person was very nice, but would ask why I came in at 8:03 a.m. (instead of 8). Mind you, I was not an hourly, non-exempt employee. I didn't work...

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Want a Job? Then Do Not Do This

(6) Comments | Posted March 24, 2014 | 12:14 PM

Sure, after you've done a job interview, you want to know whether or not you got the job. But have you ever wondered what your interviewer thought of you? I started my HR career in recruiting. Naturally, I always wondered whether I was an excellent interviewer (the answer is --...

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Who Are You Putting In Charge of Your Career?

(0) Comments | Posted February 20, 2014 | 12:45 PM

I am a firm believer in shaping your own destiny. Had I not taken charge of my own career years ago, I know I would not be in the role I am in today. Back then, my managers seemed to see only some of my capabilities. As a result, I...

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Hiring: Get it Right the First Time

(0) Comments | Posted January 29, 2014 | 4:29 PM

My clients often tell me they do not have any time to waste in the hiring process. The "right" hires are integral to growing their businesses, and to retaining key employees, who depend on capable colleagues who possess not only the right skills and experience, but also are the right...

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Help! I Have No Idea How Benefits Work!

(0) Comments | Posted January 8, 2014 | 5:14 PM

For years, I have been working with companies and their benefits plans. Two things are certain: I am grateful that I have a good grasp on how health plans work, and most plans are not easy to understand. U.S. health privacy laws make it difficult for people to intervene on...

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'Tis the Season for Bad Behavior

(0) Comments | Posted December 12, 2013 | 4:34 PM

It never fails: this time of year tends to be busy for HR professionals. Performance reviews, year-end bonuses, and the ever-present holiday party. While great for celebrating a year of hard work, company holiday parties can also lead to employees lowering their inhibitions (via cocktails) and exhibiting poor behavior. I...

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Are You Burning Out Your Employees?

(0) Comments | Posted December 1, 2013 | 2:36 PM

According to the October TriNet SMBeat only 62% of employees used their paid time off from September 2012 - October 2013. That means 38% of employees NEVER took a day off in an entire year. Employees may think they are doing the company a favor by remaining on the job,...

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Can I Bring Cosmo to Work Today?

(0) Comments | Posted November 15, 2013 | 6:51 PM

Do you like animals? I do -- and while shaking hands with a client at a recent meeting, his dog came lunging at us and knocked my watch off. I have spent years volunteering at an animal shelter, so I knew the dog's lunge was not aggressive. Nonetheless, the client...

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Everything I Need For My Job, I Learned From Improv

(0) Comments | Posted October 30, 2013 | 6:08 PM

When I moved to California a few years ago I purchased a Groupon for improv classes, little did I know that fateful Tuesday was when my life changed (for the better).

I have two degrees in Communication and consider myself a good communicator as well as listener, but improv...

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