People spend more than one-third of their life at work. Imagine it is a happy place people want to be. What is it like?

Research shows that people are happiest at work when they are appreciated for who they are, know what is expected, and given a fair opportunity to succeed.

We are committed to building happy places people where people want to work because we believe improving the workplace will change the world.

How

Strong HR policies: Make it clear what’s expected, that doing the right thing is a priority for everyone, and that you’ve invested in ensuring it happens.

Inclusive practices: Welcome all your employees for who they are and enable them to thrive.

Employee relations processes: Demonstrate your commitment to listening to your employees’ experiences, investigating misconduct, managing conflict and providing a safe, fair workplace.

Why

Increased productivity: Studies find that people seek out companies with a good atmosphere and are more productive when they are there.

Greater employee retention: Workers create exit strategies for places with a bad atmosphere and are even willing to move to a role paying less or with a lower title if the atmosphere is better.

Stronger risk management: Workers will experience less bullying, harassment and discrimination and trust you enough to raise the issues to be addressed when they do.

What we offer

HR Concierge

Advice and support customized for your needs, including on-call advising services as well as employee-facing services such as employee concern intake or hotline and annual open enrollment; evaluating and building sustainable HR practices; provide outsourced HR services

Employee Relations

Establish policies and procedures for receiving and assessing employee concerns; advise on anti-harassment training and procedures, employment terminations and other misconduct; outsourced employee relations services

Compliance Strategies

Create and update policies and processes; conduct risk management analysis and internal audit of HR practices

Investigations

Conduct investigations into harassment, discrimination, and other misconduct; advise on remedial actions; partner on stakeholder communications and other HR crisis management

Equitable Workplaces

Create diversity and inclusion programs to drive sustained cultural change; develop strategies to minimize bias, discrimination, and harassment

Conflict Resolution

Provide culturally competent mediation services; design mediation programs; conduct anti-bias and bystander intervention training

Meet Paula

More About Paula

Paula is the Founder and Principal Consultant at PJ Zimmerman Advisors and is inspired by making sure business leaders aren’t navigating their people challenges alone.

For more than 18 years, Paula has been the first call for business leaders with immediate, uncertain, or complex needs in their Human Resources work. She prides herself in getting to know her clients, empathizing with their needs, and providing reliable counsel in the most challenging HR matters, including policy and process improvement, employee relations matters, misconduct investigations and mediations, diversity and inclusion programs, culture and compliance training seminars, and HR crisis management.

Paula began her career working in AmLaw 200 firms before transitioning to lead national compliance, benefits, operations and employee relations teams for a large, national nonprofit with employees and offices in over 40 states across the United States.

Paula is energized by her work because she believes that we can improve the world by improving the workplace. In addition to consulting, she counsels individuals in transition working to achieve their next level of gainful employment as a volunteer with HomeFront in Trenton, NJ. She is also a former board member of The Career Wardrobe in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania which provides training, clothing and other employment assistance for women in transition entering the workforce. In addition to being an HR Consultant, Paula enjoys iphoneography, traveling, and knitting. She is currently learning to hand-knot pearls, seeking new and better office supplies and shuttling between sporting events with an iced coffee, her husband and two sons.

Professional Certifications

  • BA, Bucknell University
  • JD, The George Washington University Law School

Education

  • Senior Professional in Human Resources by the Human Resources Certification Institute (SPHR)
  • Society for Human Resources Management –Senior Certified Professional by the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM-SCP)
  • Mediator, University of Massachusetts Amherst Social Justice Mediation Program

How We Work

MISSION: Creating happy places people want to work.

VISION: Imagine a world full of people who want to go to work because they are treated fairly and appreciated for who they are. These people will transform their businesses, communities, and families. We can improve the world by improving the workplace—one organization at a time.

VALUES:

  • Be Authentic: We say and do what we believe
  • Cultivate Empathy: Our work impacts lives and we engage with compassion and respect
  • Deliver Insightful Expertise: We listen and learn to provide focused advice and partnership
  • Be Truthful: We are honest with our clients and encourage candid feedback to build strong relationships
  • Build Community: We care for and invest in our client and community relationships
  • Act Boldly: We tackle big challenges, dare greatly, mind the bumps, and keep going
  • Be Joyful: We love what we do and we let it show

In support of our commitment to the community, a portion of our earnings will be donated to non-profit organizations supporting individuals in transition working to achieve their next level of gainful employment and enabling them and their families to flourish.

cONTACT US

Contact us here, or email at paula@pjzimmermanadvisors.com.

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