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Employee Relations Human Resources

Nashville, Tennessee, United States
June 25, 2019

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Michelle Eades, MHR

Nashville, TN. *****


Human Resources Professional

Highly effective Human Resources leader with comprehensive human resources experience in talent acquisition, on-boarding, off-boarding, worker’s compensation case management, workers compensation claim analysis, safety/OSHA compliance, FMLA, FLSA and ADA compliance and training for front line managers. Proven skills in conflict resolution and labor law compliance including title IIV investigations and employee relations issues with union and non-union employee groups. Strategic partner, planner and high performer.

Key Competencies

Strategic Partner Mediator Employee Engagement

Workers Compensation Analysis Talent Management Leadership & Mentoring

Negotiator Employee Relations Crisis Management

Training and Development Harassment/EEO Compliance OSHA Compliance

Professional Experience

Senior Human Resources Business Partners Dec. 2016 - Present

Gannett Co., Inc.

Gannett is a leading international media and marketing solutions company with over 15,000 full and part time employees and $3 billion in operating revenue.

Partner with senior leaders in the news division in multiple states to proactively address business issues related to employee engagement, staff development, recruitment and compliance of company polices and state and federal laws. Provide advice and counsel on multiple initiatives, maximizing all HR programs and recommend solutions to complex employee relations and HR issues. Partner with other HR functions to drive and leverage all HR programs including performance management, employee development, succession planning and employee relations.

Project lead on the development and implementation of companywide mentor program. 62% retention rate with 83% of loss due to reduction in force or voluntary resignations.

Principal Human Resources Business Partner

Gannett Co., Inc. May 2012– 2016

Provide strategic human resources support to our management staff, including senior level leaders in production, circulation and sales divisions at the primary location and satellite offices in the middle Tennessee area. Supported over 350 employees at multiple locations.

Selected to be an interviewer in the Newsroom of the Future Project. This was a companywide initiative designed to align our newsroom employees’ skill sets with the necessary digital skills to ensure success as Gannett transitioned to a digital product. I conducted over 96 interviews at 4 sites.


Human Resources Business Partner

Gannett Co., Inc. Nov. 2010 – April 2012

Advise front line managers and employees on day to day Human Resources related issues in the Finance, Production and IT divisions.

Successfully recruited and on-boarded over 300 part time employees in our Production Department’s highest turnover position.

Key participant in Gannett Publishing Services HR Special Projects Team. Projects completed included: update of all job descriptions, redeveloped employee on-boarding for circulation sales and marketing teams and development of SharePoint site for managers at remote locations.

Co-Chair for the Purpose Committee. This group promoted a strong employee culture and employee development. As co-chair, I was a strategic leader in the development and execution of over 8 employee focused events to promote a unified cross departmental interaction and community service. The main community services project was Gannett’s annual Make A Difference Day project. I assisted in the organization of this project which included working with multiple outside partners such as Hands on Nashville, Second Harvest Food bank and Nashville Next.

Managed on site employee funded fitness center. Increased membership by 10% and maintained budget of $20,000 per year.

Human Resources Consultant

The Tennessean July 2003 – Oct. 2010

The Tennessean is a daily newspaper with approximately 770 employees owned and operated by Gannett.

Ensure compliance of company policy and state/federal regulations. Chairperson of United Way Campaign and other similar activities focused on employee engagement.

Utilized the DDI Targeted Selection interviewing process to select the best suited applicants for sales positions. Facilitated Employee Onboarding process for new hires. Worked with management team to develop employee job descriptions, expectations and development plans.

Managed more than 1000 worker’s compensation claims and over 50 Benefits Review Conferences for worker’s compensation claims with 95% favorable closure rate.

Collaborated with our workers compensation carrier to develop and implement an accident and investigation program specifically for our management team to reduce the number of repeat accidents. The result was a 20% reduction in losses.

Oversaw OSHA compliance and OSHA recordkeeping for multiple locations within the state of Tennessee.

Assisted in multiple downsizing and re-organizations projects for various divisions.

Human Resources Administrator

The Tennessean July 2001 to June 2003

The primary focus of this position was compliance and record keeping which included:

Workers Compensation, safety compliance, facilitated all OSHA related training and record keeping.

I assisted in recruitment and tracked key employment turnover statistics.

Maintained HR metrics for company and distributed to directors and Publisher.

The Tennessean June 2003-Jan. 1989


Clerical positions on city desk and in editor’s office.

HR related software/Systems

Dayforce Success Factors Lawson iapplicants

Kronos Taleo Wetfeet Careerbuilder

Education and Affiliations

Lipscomb University, MHR August 2011

Master of Human Resources

with an emphasis on Conflict Resolution

Trevecca Nazarene University B.A. May 2001

Management and Human Resources

Volunteer State Community College A.S. May 1998

Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM)

MBA Women International – Nashville Chapter

Other Achievements

Volunteer coordinator with SHRM’s after work continued education workshop committee

Selected as a participant in Gannett’s Leadership Development program

Two-time recipient (2012 and 2008) of the United Way’s Oscar Award for best campaign for a company with more than 500 employees

Participant in The Tennessean’s internal management development program 2007 -2008

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