How HR Can Facilitate Uncomfortable Conversations in the Workforce

Can we all agree that 2020 was one for the books? Not only did organizations have to pivot systems at a moment’s notice, but we had to address issues from the COVID-19 pandemic to racial reckoning. As companies were being called out left and right for their lack of inauthenticity in their responses, we realized that companies are now being held to a standard of practicing what they preach publicly and privately. It is a known fact that customers, employees, and shareholders crave AUTHENTICITY.  At Jumpstart:HR, we understand how difficult addressing uncomfortable topics can be. We have experts that are known to help facilitate uncomfortable conversations in the workplace. We want to see your workplace culture thrive and be an open space. Hear more about how HR and organizational leaders can have uncomfortable conversations in a healthily from our CEO, Joey Price on the Employee Cycle Podcast. 

Here are there keys to difficult conversations at work:

  • Do not just relegate difficult conversations to a social media post, make sure that your systems and company culture reflect what you say you stand for.
  • Make sure you evaluate, understand, and empathize the issue. If you are unable to do any of those, bring in a consulting or advising expert to lead the discussions. 
  • Build trust in your organization to ensure that conversations happen and employees are comfortable participating in the uncomfortable conversations. 

What else would you add to this critical conversation? Drop a note in the comment section below.

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Jumpstart:HR Announces American Workforce Engagement Survey : March 2021 Results

[Baltimore, MD]: On March 1, 2021, Jumpstart: HR announced their American Workforce Engagement Survey. This six-minute survey asks questions such as “Do professionals understand the importance of their role to the success of the organization?” and “Do leaders in the organization communicate a vision that motivates employees?” The objective of the monthly survey is to engage employees in meaningful conversations surrounding workplace culture and inspire people to be excited about work.

“The responses to the American Workforce Engagement Survey have been overwhelmingly positive,” says Joey Price, CEO of Jumpstart:HR. “I am excited to help bring change to the American workplace and promote healthy workplace culture” 

In our March 2021 survey, 38% of participants agreed that they find personal meaning and fulfillment at work, while 50% highly agree that they seek ways to improve their performance at work. Findings show that 22% of participants do not see themselves staying at their organization for the next two years and less than 7% do not understand their role in the success of the organization. 

Surveys are available at the start of each month and will close at 12:00 PM EST on the 20th of each month. Benefits of participating in the survey include:

  • Being a part of donating to a national non-profit organization (for each survey completed, Jumpstart:HR will donate $1 to an NPO of participants choice, upwards to $500)
  • FREE professional development course at the end of the month (valued at $150)
  • Being a part of an industry-changing project that changes the way Americans perceive work 

We encourage you to share the survey with your network. For more information and to take the survey, visit


Jumpstart:HR Announces Partnership with the National HBCU Speech and Debate Association

[Baltimore, Maryland]: Jumpstart:HR today announces a new partnership with the National HBCU Speech and Debate Association. The goal of this partnership is to partner HBCU Debate students with mentors and jobs in HR.  

“Hiring Managers across the country know that some of the most in-demand skills at work are critical thinking and communication. Students who participate in the Association dedicate themselves to rigorously developing these skills and deserve opportunity and exposure at the professional level,” says Joey Price, CEO at Jumpstart:HR, LLC. 

“The students who graduate from a speech and debate background actually have power…power is the ability to influence, motivate and inspire. These students have that ability because they have been honing that ability and learning that ability. They can utilize all of those skills so when they create a vision, people can buy into that vision.” says Dr. Christopher “Coach” Medina, Executive Director of the National HBCU Debate Association. 

The 2021 National Speech and Debate Championship will be happening virtually on Saturday, February 27 and Sunday, February 28. Joey Price will be addressing the participants during the awards ceremony.

The benefits of this new partnership include:

  • Connecting HBCU debate students to mentorship and job opportunities within the HR space
  • Bringing awareness to the HR and DEI community about the competition
  • Creating future job/internship opportunities for competition participant

About Jumpstart:HR: Jumpstart:HR is a strategic and reliable HR consulting company that helps small businesses in project leadership such as scrum mastery, project development, and people management.

About The National HBCU Speech and Debate Association: The National HBCU Speech and Debate Association is dedicated to developing and fostering significant educational opportunities and benefits for HBCU students.


How HR Help Employees Prevent and Plan for Coronavirus

A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans.

It was  first encountered in Wuhan in 2019 and affected more than 80,000 people across the globe causing over 2,700 deaths.

Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death.

HR leaders should safeguard against the spread of the illness, without causing panic.

To avoid the spread of misinformation, HR should endeavor to ensure that employees aren’t sharing false information or gossiping about others. HR should ensure that employees rely on facts, not hearsay.

HR departments should emphasize preventative steps for guarding the workplace against all viruses.

  1. HR should have a plan ready to deploy. That plan should be created in partnership with other departments, including risk management, finance and IT.
  2. Beside provisioning free masks and sanitizers, the cleaning schedule of the office can be increased.
  3. Senior management has to walk the talk to ensure they mask up wherever appropriate to.
  4. Temperature taking could be incorporated so that everyone in the office would have a peace of mind and not be paranoid that their co-workers may be infected. Such information should be openly available so that employees have complete trust in the information provided.
  5. Lunch could be catered so as to minimize employee’s exposure to crowded areas like the food center.
  6. Evaluate unnecessary domestic travel.
  7. Review basic health and safety protocols.
  8. Update your human resources policy.
  9. Keep employees updated.

In general, human resources departments should strive to contain the spread of communicable diseases such as the coronavirus by emphasizing employee hygiene, monitoring the spread of infection, and considering more serious emergency protocols if necessary.


What is Risk Management

Risk Management

Risk management is a process that allows individual risk events and overall risk to be understood and managed proactively, optimizing success by minimizing threats and maximizing opportunities.

Every business and organization faces the risk of unexpected, harmful events that can cost the company money or cause it to permanently close. Risk management allows organizations to attempt to prepare for the unexpected by minimizing risks and extra costs before they happen.

The importance of risk management are as follows :

  • a risk management plan for an organization can save money and protect their future.
  • This ability to understand and control risk will allow organizations to feel more confident about their business decisions.
  • Creates a safe and secure work environment for all staff and customers.
  • Increases the stability of business operations while also decreasing legal liability.
  • Provides protection from events that are detrimental to both the company and the environment.
  • Protects all involved people and assets from potential harm.
  • Helps establish the organization’s insurance needs in order to save on unnecessary premiums.

Below are 5 risk management steps for effective risk management process :


Step 1: Identify the Risk. You and your team uncover, recognize and describe risks that might affect your project or its outcomes. There are a number of techniques you can use to find project risks. During this step you start to prepare your Project Risk Register.


Step 2: Analyze the risk. Once risks are identified you determine the likelihood and consequence of each risk. You develop an understanding of the nature of the risk and its potential to affect project goals and objectives. This information is also input to your Project Risk Register.


Step 3: Evaluate or Rank the Risk. You evaluate or rank the risk by determining the risk magnitude, which is the combination of likelihood and consequence. You make decisions about whether the risk is acceptable or whether it is serious enough to warrant treatment. These risk rankings are also added to your Project Risk Register.


Step 4: Treat the Risk. This is also referred to as Risk Response Planning. During this step you assess your highest ranked risks and set out a plan to treat or modify these risks to achieve acceptable risk levels. How can you minimize the probability of the negative risks as well as enhancing the opportunities? You create risk mitigation strategies, preventive plans and contingency plans in this step. And you add the risk treatment measures for the highest ranking or most serious risks to your Project Risk Register.


Step 5: Monitor and Review the risk. This is the step where you take your Project Risk Register and use it to monitor, track and review risks.


Risk is about uncertainty. If you put a framework around that uncertainty, then you effectively de-risk your project. And that means you can move much more confidently to achieve your project goals.

Note : Jumpstart : HR is one of the experts in  HR industry that handles risk management effectively and efficiently.

The Benefits of Using A HR Consultant

HR consultants must be proficient in IT, accounting, sales, marketing, finance and, of course, human resource management as to fully understand issues and inefficiencies in human resources and how to remedy them.

Most HR consultants are educated and experienced HR generalists or specialists, as this type of HR career involves possessing a deep understanding of everything from organizational management to labor laws to equal opportunity employment and beyond.

HR are responsible for a number of functions within a business including: management ,recruitment, training and development and compliance.

Performance Management

A HR consultant will advise you on how to put a comprehensive performance management plan in place and show you how to use it to its maximum potential.

By ensuring that every employee is contributing towards the goals of the business you will ensure your business grows whilst motivating employees to perform to their best ability.

Effective Recruitment

HR consultants can help in the area of recruitment by providing advice to business owners on the optimum recruitment strategies as well as assisting in hiring decisions and reducing your “cost-per-hire” by ensuring you recruit the best candidate.

Employee Development and Training

A HR consultant can be of great assistance to help maintain employee motivation levels, enhance staff performance, identify the right training to develop the correct skills and ensure your employees are adding value to your company while retaining them at the same time.


Having a HR consultant, you can have peace of mind that you are running the business as you should be and won’t face the risk of any trouble in the future. HR professionals can also provide you with the reassurance and advice you need.

All businesses, regardless of size, need HR expertise, by using a HR consultant, business owners can leave HR in capable hands while dedicating time to other essential areas of the company.

Please do contact us at  as we would be delighted to discuss this topic with you further to see how we could support you in whatever area of your business we can.

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