This week, we’re chatting with Professional Photographer Ryan Gautier of Tampa about the importance of having professional employee headshots. Whether you’re a small business of 5, or a large corporation, your individual representations can represent your overall company image – positively or negatively!

5 Reasons You and Your Employees Need Professional Headshots: 

1.  A Consistent and Professional Company Image – Your marketing demonstrates synergy across your brand, so why doesn’t your personnel? We love diversity, but unified, professional images of employees will positively boost your company’s overall image.

2.  Professionalism Demonstrated Outside of the Workplace – We can’t always control what decisions our employees make outside of the office, or what their social media posts may convey. But, what we can do is give them a professional image to be proud of. Boost your social media profile’s professionalism with great headshots for LinkedIn, Google+, Facebook, Twitter and more.

3.  First Impressions – Are you a candidate looking for a job? A professional trying to land clients on LinkedIn? An accountant, lawyer or physician running an ad in the weekly newspaper? Whatever your recent need for a headshot is, know that your picture is often your only opportunity to make a first impression. How do you wish to be portrayed?

4.  More and More “Face Time” – More businesses are beginning to work remotely via phone and internet, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll lose “face time.”From Windows Messenger and SKYPE to Go-To Meeting Products and LinkedIn, more and more companies prefer to have their customer service teams’ smiles front and center for a more personal approach in connecting with clients or prospects – What type of image do you want your customers to see?

5.  Set the Bar – Are you going to be hiring personnel soon? Consistent company images “set the bar,” letting potential employees know that you mean business and operate in a professional setting.

For best practices, business resources, HR advice and more, tune back in to HR Shield’s blog each week. For more information on professional headshots, contact Professional Photographer Ryan Gautier by visiting

The mass shooting that occurred overnight at a Colorado movie theatre presents numerous questions, many of which will go unanswered until further investigation. Could this have been prevented? Were there any warning signs? Could people have exited the building more quickly, leading them to safety?

When tragedy strikes, there is little to no time to think.  This presents a challenge to both employers and employees when trying to gain control of utter chaos. Not only are you responsible for yourself, but there is an obligation to protect your employees and patrons as well.

We remind all business owners and managers that while there is truly no way to prepare for an event so devastating, being aware of your surroundings and best safety practices is crucial if an emergency should strike.

If an emergency strikes while you are at the worksite:

  • Immediately dial 911. Even if you are unsure of the extent of the emergency, call for help and let emergency responders know of the situation.  A few minutes will make a big difference in how quickly help can arrive.
  • Know ALL possible exits in the building. This should be reviewed with ALL employees and repeated each time a new person is hired. If you are a retail operation, exits should be clearly marked and illuminated for patrons.
  • Do not waste time. Do not waste time gathering your belongings or trying to determine the severity of the situation. Exit the building as quickly as possible.
  • If exits are blocked, return to your workplace. If exits are blocked, return to your workplace and hang an article of clothing or something similar out of the nearest window. If there is a fire, shut your door, and seal it off as best as possible to avoid smoke inhalation.  The article of clothing will inform emergency personnel you are inside.
  • Shelter-in-Place for Workplace Violence/Shooting.  If your place of employment is under attack and an exit is not near, HIDE in the safest area. Shelter-in-place refers to finding the smallest area and taking refuge there. If there is a window nearby, you can also hang an article of clothing out the window, to let outsiders know you are trapped inside. Avoid overcrowding by selecting numerous hiding areas for each employee/person. DO NOT confront the perpetrator.
  • Know who to report to. Once you are outside of the building, and have reached safety, check in. Let your supervisor know you are okay. Every workplace should have a “check-in” protocol with certain employees or managers designated to take headcounts. This will help emergency personnel determine if there is anyone left in the building, and who.
  • DO NOT pull fire alarm, if the threat is outside of the workplace.  If your office or place of employment receives a threat via phone, letter, or email, do not pull the fire alarm. The fire alarm will disable all elevators, which may be crucial to exiting the building more quickly. Calmly inform everyone that they need to exit the building immediately.

Proactively creating an emergency plan specific to your place of employment will let all employees know of the aforementioned best safety practices. More importantly, delegating responsibilities amongst employees, outlining the chain of command, and determining the safety check-in points outside of your building (all found within a company's emergency plan) will prove itself valuable in the event of an emergency.

The responsibility of creating a formal emergency plan often falls within the HR department. For companies without HR staff, it is the business owner’s responsibility. For additional questions or concerns surrounding workplace safety and your company's emergency plan, please contact us.  HR Shield is skilled at aiding companies in creating custom emergency plans and can help promote overall workplace safety within your organization.

HR Shield sends its greatest condolences to victims and their families affected by last night’s Colorado shooting, and we are hoping for the quick recovery of all those injured.

Are you looking for Human Resources Administration support in the St. Petersburg, Clearwater or Tampa Bay area? Well, why look any further --HR Shield is right here in Tampa Bay.

As a Tampa Bay area business owner, you need to invest every ounce of physical, mental and emotional energy you have into staying ahead of the competition and growing your bottom line. Even with an HR Manager on staff, human resources administration is a big responsibility for any one person. The expert team at Tampa’s HR Shield provides the perfect alternative to outsourced HR services.

Whether you’re focused on reducing employee turnover, need assistance with background checks, completing 1099s, or even in need of a few job interview tips to make sure you’re hiring top Tampa talent, we have an HR Shield membership plan that’s the perfect fit for you.

Top 10 Reasons to Keep Your HR Support Nearby, with HR Shield:

  1. Immediate access to a licensed HR Professional – One you can meet, and rely on!
  2. Plenty of referrals in the Tampa Bay community—just ask!
  3. Current HR forms and templates to maintain a compliant HR department
  4. Member discounts on Tampa Bay labor attorney services.
  5. Employee benefits plan support.
  6. Updated information on Florida and Tampa Bay labor market conditions and issues.
  7. Free discount RX Card providing up to 80% savings on prescriptions
  8. Discounted background and drug screening
  9. Live video chats for training, seminars, performance reviews and exit interviews
  10. Support local business!

Streamline your human resources administration with HR management best practices from HR Shield. Call (877) 636-9525 to meet your HR Advisor, or contact us for more information.

In many organizations, human resources professionals are known for processing information, whether that be handling an organizations’ job applications, interview forms, benefits enrollment packages, new hire data,  company policies, or even social calendars and event administration.

But, great human resources professionals within an organization add tremendous value to the organization and its employees. They are capable of transforming organizations for the better when they are able to focus on outcomes and results that champion organization competitiveness.

Outsourcing human resources services can be expensive, and sometimes with a skilled staff on hand, it’s not necessary. But regardless of company size, responsibilities, and years of experience, every HR professional will need support at some point in time. The value of a simple support system, or even just a second opinion from a valued HR partner, can ensure that HR administration remains streamlined.

The value of human resources support includes, but is not limited to:

  • Email & phone support from HR professionals
  • 24/7 access to forms you may not have on hand at the office
  • Handbook reviews
  • Support with new employee interviews, performance reviews and exit interviews
  • Unemployment Claims support
  • Video seminars
  • Onsite seminars
  • Background checks
  • Drug Testing
  • Training tools

While outsourcing specialized HR services may be expensive, utilizing HR support is not, and can be as low as $0.14 per employee per day. The goal is to compliment the talent you currently have on hand, and gain access to HR management best practices. Expert HR advice can quickly prove itself necessary if your organization is ever faced with a costly lawsuit. Even quick and simple reassurances while selecting the best hiring option or contract for a new employee can save you money in the long run.

With a valued team of HR support on board, there’s no guessing and there’s no time wasted trying to navigate through the increasingly complex landscape of HR administration. Help is just a phone call away.

Who says human resources administration has to be overwhelming?  Let’s sit back, relax, and talk HR. Welcome to the blog of HR Shield.

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HR Shield is a service provided by FIRM Consulting Group, giving businesses owners immediate access to licensed HR professionals. We mentor, advise, give insight, and provide experience based support regarding human resource related issues.

As a business owner, you need to invest every ounce of physical, mental and emotional energy you have into staying ahead of the competition and growing your bottom line. Even with an HR Manager on staff, human resources administration can cripple an organization. The expert team at HR Shield provides the perfect alternative to outsourced HR services.

Whether you’re a valued customer of HR Shield, or just a curious reader, we invite you to join us each week, as we talk about hiring, firing, workplace safety, compliance, employee training, discrimination, turnovers, interviewing tips and more—everything a small business and HR professional needs to know about!

Need help with specific employee situations? Looking for someone to manage unemployment claims or mediation hearings? When you need one-on-one support, a quick call to our team of licensed experts is all it takes. Visit our new Web site at or call 813-251-3181 for more information.