HRM Sessions – Work Place Trauma

In the wake of the mass shooting at Michigan State University’s campus, my guests Patti Yerke and Dr. Greg Maxson help me unpack how tragic events affect us at work and how to lead through these difficult (and all too frequent) situations.  

Tune in to learn:

1) how trauma presents in the workplace, 

2) how it can affect you and your team, and 

3) how to effectively support and lead in times of disruption and crisis.

Patti shares additional resources, templates, handouts and articles below to help you become more trauma-informed.  Be sure to check these out as you begin putting your own plans in place!



Trauma Response Template (Customizable)

Trauma Resource Sheet

Leadership Training Series

Hello, and welcome to what I hope will be some of the best leadership training you have ever received! You’re about to embark on a journey of self-discovery in terms of your own tendencies, styles, what works and what’s not working.  I’m going to guide you through content that allows you to connect what you do naturally to what is going to be effective in any given situation. We’ll talk about how to bring employees into the workplace, develop their skills and issue-spot along the way.  Communication techniques are woven throughout each one of the training modules, coaching you on how to be effective in what you say to get the results you’re going after. I’ll also dive into critical conversations, teaching you how to say hard things, especially if it’s disciplinary in nature.  We’ll round out the training program by learning to assess risk, so that you have the skills necessary to make good decisions in your position.   Let’s get started!

Nailing the Job Description

In this course, we’re going to cover several aspects of job descriptions:

  • Why do you need them?
  • How are they supposed to be used beyond just describing the job when it comes time to hire for the job?

This course provides you an invaluable questionnaire that you can use not only build a job description but also serve as a template you can use in employee evaluation. Finally, it gives you tips on how to maintain the forms and stay compliant with regulations such as the Americans with Disabilities Act.


Reference Checks


Reference checking feels like a lost art.  There is misinformation and fear circulating around the risks of providing a bad reference and a belief that no one will tell you the truth.  This free course is aimed at dispelling these myths and arming you with valuable information about who to call, what to ask, how to improve the validity of the responses.  When the shoe is on the other foot and you are asked to provide a reference, we walk you through how to do that too!

Preventing Sexual & Discriminatory Harassment In the Workplace

Getting started and making changes.

Thank you for your purchase. You’ve made a wise decision to take action now and arm yourself with the knowledge you need to create/maintain a safe work environment.

I’m Jodi Schafer, owner of Human Resource Management Services in Michigan. Together, we’re going to dive deep into the subject of sexual and discriminatory harassment. We’ve designed this training to be completely customizable, allowing you to include your company-specific policies and procedures while we provide you a framework for increasing basic understanding of this issue.


Here’s what we’ll learn:


Module 1: History and definitions of harassment including sexual and discriminatory harassment.

  • History and definition of harassment
  • What protections exist against harassment
  • Appropriate behavior in the workplace
  • Company policy regarding anti-hostile work environment, harassment, and discrimination in the workplace
  • Company policies prohibiting harassment and discrimination in the workplace


Module 2: Comparing and contrasting harassment with inappropriate behavior.

  • Inappropriate Behavior
  • Toxic/Negative Workplace
  • Company Policies
  • Employer’s Responsibility
  • Company Complaint Procedure
  • Retaliation


Module 3: Leadership’s role in policymaking and nurturing a safe environment.


  • Who can be found liable?
  • Managers’ and Supervisors’ Responsibilities
  • The Claim Process
  • Investigating Claims
  • Questionable Claims
  • Acts of Retaliation