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March Learning Lab

HR 101/Department of 1

Categories: TAHRA Webinar Meeting

Presented by Kristi Spaethe, SHRM-CP, PHR

This session is designed to prepare and assist multiple groups and levels of professionals, from the newly appointed HR professional with no HR background, to the Business Owner who wears “all the hats”, to the HR professional who finds themselves in a Department of 1 role with limited previous experience in that scope. There are many aspects to Human Resources and the look and feel of those aspects can be greatly affected by the organizational view of what HR should look like. There are also tips, tricks and best practices for newly appointed professionals, whether seasoned or emerging, that can help ease the transition.

Our agenda includes:

  • Overview and History of Human Resources
  • Breakdown of Individual functions
  • Best Practices for Transitioning and Building your Network
  • Overview and Q&A in the following functions: Benefits, Employee Relations, Recruiting, Retirement Plans, and Leadership and Culture

Learning objectives:

  • Understand the basic components of Human Resources
  • Ability to apply the functional overviews to the attendee’s organization
  • Ability to bring back structural best practices to the attendee’s organization
  • Develop new practices on transitioning to new roles
  • Develop new practices on building a network to support the HR Department of 1
  • Gain a more comprehensive understanding of Benefits, Employee Relations, Recruiting, Retirement Plans, and Leadership and Culture

The presentation is a mix of lecture, facilitated discussion, panel Q&A, with handouts and take-home templates.

Kristi Spaethe is President and Principle Consultant of The People Perspective, LLC, an HR Consulting firm helping organizations realize their Best Practices in Human Resources. With 15 years’ experience in “all things HR”, Kristi’s past experience includes companies such as QuikTrip, Solvay, NORDAM and SBS Industries.

Kristi earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with a Human Resources Development option and also holds the PHR and SHRM-CP certifications.

Kristi has served in various roles with the Tulsa Area Human Resources Association, including President, since 2014. She is also the current Vice President of Membership for the Oklahoma Human Resources State Council and the OKHR State Direct-Elect in 2021. Additionally, Kristi serves on the Bixby Metro Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and is a mentor and subject matter expert with SCORE Tulsa. Kristi also gives back to the community by giving her time to non-profit organizations such as Women in Recovery, where she serves as a mentor and uses her expertise to assist the participants in being workforce ready.

Kristi received the President’s Award from the Tulsa Area Human Resources Association in 2016 and the Richard R. Messer Excellence in Human Resources award in 2019. She also received the Oklahoma Human Resources Award of Excellence in 2020.