Services and Solutions


Whether you are looking for a dependable HR Professional to handle your every human resources need or simply want support for a difficult issue, Blacksmith HR brings experience and commitment to each client and every challenge.

The goal at Blacksmith HR is to provide focused and effective solutions, helping clients through bringing expertise in the full spectrum of HR needs including:

  • Executive Level Advice and Counsel
  • New Manager Mentoring Program
  • Training and Development
  • Strategic Planning
  • Compliance
  • Human Resources Administration
  • Benefits Administration
  • Risk Management
  • HRIS Vetting and Implementation
  • Server Storage Protocol

Executive Level Advice and Counsel

Measure twice, cut once. This axiom is just as relevant to employment actions as it is to carpentry.  Get a seasoned, experienced perspective for difficult or potentially litigious problems. Either in person or as a reassuring phone call, it can give peace of mind to call a professional familiar with challenging personnel related issues.

New Manager Mentoring Program

The success rate of new managers can be dramatically increased by making a front-end investment in preparing them for the challenges and teaching them the skills of effective engagement and giving them a reliable resource to turn to when necessary. Both internally promoted and externally acquired managers are much more likely to reach and exceed their goals with some basic training and ongoing support in the principles of engaging, motivating, and managing people.

Training and Development

Proactive investment in staff training and development is one of the essential differences between successful companies and those that are on the glide path towards irrelevance. Let Blacksmith HR bring the following skill sets to your staff:

  • Effective Engagement
  • Successful Recruiting
  • Applicant Tracking and Screening
  • Interviewing
  • On-boarding
  • Sexual Harassment Awareness and Avoidance
  • Supervisor Development
  • Generational Differences
  • Violence in the Workplace
  • How to Manage in a Union Environment
  • Motivation in the Workplace
  • Retention
  • Team Building

 Strategic Planning

The success of your company tomorrow depends on providing the right road-map today. Blacksmith HR has helped organizations plan and provide successful transitions for all levels of staff whether it be recruiting and placing new talent, recognizing the potential of current employees and helping them move successfully into new roles within the organization or, when necessary, bringing the employment relationship to an end through a process that is well planned, professional, and minimizes negative outcomes.


Requirements for employers today are intimidating to say the least. Let Blacksmith HR help pilot your company into safer waters by providing the necessary training, tracking, and reporting to keep the alphabet soup of government agencies from knocking on your door.

Human Resources Administration

In today’s highly regulated environment, organizations ignore HR Administration at their peril. Policies that have become outdated are worse than ineffective, they are liabilities. Let Blacksmith HR bring your HR processes into the 21st century by reviewing and revising:

  • Company Handbook
  • Job Descriptions
  • Policies and Procedures Manual (SOP, Standard Operating Procedures Manual)
  • Performance Appraisal Program Development and Implementation
  • Record Retention
  • Total Compensation Plan
  • Terminations
  • Exit Interviews and Analysis
  • Progressive Discipline Program Implementation
  • Coaching and Counseling
  • Employee Files
  • Employment Verification
  • HR File Maintenance
  • Local, State, and Federal Posting Regulations
  • I-9 Audits
  • FMLA Administration
  • Exempt versus Nonexempt Employment Status Evaluation
  • Standardization and Compliance
  • Personnel Audits
  • New Hire Packets
  • Affirmative Action Plans and Programs
  • Turnover Reporting
  • EEO-1 (Equal Employment Opportunity) Reporting
  • Communication Center

Benefits Administration

A competitive benefits package can accomplish multiple goals including attracting top talent, retaining staff, and providing incentives. Blacksmith HR’s approach to benefits is to leverage maximum return for every dollar spent. Even with the skyrocketing price of healthcare, employers can still offer competitive, cost effective coverage. With extensive experience in benefits administration, Blacksmith HR can facilitate the entire process including benefit plan structure, open enrollment, plan orientation and communication, broker and third party vetting, individual tracking and COBRA administration.

Risk Management

Employee safety programs can mean the difference between an industry beating safety record and L&I knocking on your door. Blacksmith HR can put you on the winning side of that equation with a proven track record of creating comprehensive safety programs including:

  • Effective and legally compliant Safety Committees
  • Accident Prevention Plans
  • Right-To-Know Centers and Safety Data Sheets (formally Material Safety Data Sheets)
  • OSHA 300 and 300a Tracking and Reporting
  • Accident Response Protocols
  • Proactive L&I Claims Management
  • Return to Work Policy Administration

HRIS Vetting and Implementation

Truly innovative and cost effective options now exist for employers of all sizes to virtualize the vast majority of their Human Resources Administration. Cloud based programs allow for users at all levels to instantly gain access to relevant information on a 24/7 basis. The paperless office has arrived. Blacksmith HR will research viable options, virtualize processes including document capture, and provide training on whichever system best fits the needs and budget of the organization.

Server Storage Protocol

Having a poorly defined or implemented file storage protocol for use on company servers results in an untold amount of wasted time, energy and resources, and creates unnecessary aggravation as staff search for files, use outdated copies and save gigabytes of worthless data in seemly random folders. Cleaning up your server and creating a logical file storage protocol is one of the most low cost, high yield projects you can do. Blacksmith HR can facilitate the process of creating a company specific server storage protocol that has the necessary buy-in to become not only sustainable but second nature.