Friends and former colleagues provide HR expertise to small businesses.
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Tiers two through five build on that, focusing on safety (job descriptions and workplace policies); employee engagement (performance reviews and career development); culture and training; and strategies for growth (succession plans, diversity, and inclusion).
“The biggest issue right now is having a respectful and safe workplace, and training managers and employees,” Jenkins reminds. “The #MeToo movement is not going away, so owners need to lead by example, which leads to employee engagement and trust.”
Carrick agrees. “I’ve always maintained that if you’re not happy at work, you’re not happy, period, and Madison right now is brutal in terms of turnover.”
Just five months in, they’re doing project work for a handful of clients, particularly around handbooks and harassment policies, and networking as much as possible. They’ve connected with the Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corp. (WWBIC) and the Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE), and they have solicited other professional advice and resources.
The women funded Mindful HR themselves, and Carrick expects the company will cross into the black later this year. In the meantime, they’re working out of their homes to keep overhead low. Three years from now they hope to have an office where they can offer HR training and give back to the community as a small businesses resource.
As friends and business partners, they have no regrets. “We both share the same values, but we’re very different from each other,” Carrick admits. “If you want to go into business with someone, you have to share the same values.”
Jenkins concurs. “And trust. We trust each other and have each other’s best interests in mind.”
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