S3 E7: HR Party of One: Balancing as a Team of One

Hebba Youssef
Hebba Youssef
March 4, 2024

Too often, HR is expected to bet the jack of all trades for a business. But what do you do when it leaves you feeling like a master of none?

Hebba sits down with Sarah Rose Hattem, a former HR team of one and currently a Senior HR Consultant for Rippling, to discuss the challenges of being a one-person HR department. How, as a one-person department, can you more effectively communicate your value to leaders who may not view you as a primary function of the business? 

Sarah Rose shares why utilizing technology to streamline day-to-day processes is absolutely critical for better time management and reveals the top HR tools she simply couldn’t function without. Then, she dives into some of her most time-tested strategies for better task prioritization before unpacking the nuances balancing the needs of the business with the mission-critical tasks that need to be done. 


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00:01:09 – Sarah Rose Hattem’s HR Journey

00:03:15 – Balancing HR Responsibilties

00:06:47 – Efficient Time Management Tips for HR Teams

00:14:12 – Balancing HR Functions as a Team of One

00:19:37 – Leveraging Technology for a One-Person HR Team

00:26:25 – Elevating HR’s Role in Business

00:36:00 – Balancing Business and People Needs

00:38:47 – Surviving Difficult Days in HR

00:41:01 – How to Connect with Sarah Rose


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Hebba Youssef
Hebba Youssef