Barb Buckner is a seasoned HR professional with over 20 years experience working in start-ups, family-owned businesses, small/medium-sized corporations and not-for-profit volunteer organizations. As a true strategic partner, she adds value to each organization she has work with from initiatives such as: streamlining and updating processes, increasing manager-employee communication, formalizing hiring & performance management procedures and adding new benefits to help attract and retain top talent.
While Barb didn’t start out her career in Human Resources, she discovered early on that she had a unique affinity for communicating and teaching people – both employees and managers. She has a straight-forward and honest approach to her communication and teaching style that creates a comfort zone with others and quickly earns their attention and respect.
Because her background also includes past roles in accounting, administration, customer service and marketing, she is able to “relate” to others when discussing their positions and explain how each department within a company needs to work together. Her goal when conducting training is to not just deliver the information but to leave participants knowing “why” what they learned was important and with a clear understanding of how to implement ideas immediately.
Keeping the “human” in Human Resources, every member of the team is treated with the same attention and respect regardless of their level in an organization. In today’s market, everyone wants to be heard and be appreciated for new ideas to be developed and shared. Barb believes that in weighing both sides of the table, you find the balance needed to keep communications open and companies progressing forward – that is the true role of a HR Professional.
As a member of the Society of Human Resource Management, Barb stays current on the latest news and legal changes affecting the HR profession. In addition, she also leads monthly webinars for PHR/SPHR/GPHR holders needing HRCI-accredited continuing education hours and contributes topic pieces as a HR blogger for The HR Gazette.