What are Some of the Challenges Facing HR?

Working in Human Resources can be a daunting, albeit rewarding task. HR Professionals are the “First Responders” of the Administrative and Operations world. The minute something goes sideways with an employee, everyone goes rushing off to find HR.

Was your paycheck wrong? Contact HR.

Did Xavier say something inappropriate to Nancy? Report it to HR.

Are there 3 birthdays in March? Reach out to HR.

Is your Graphic Artist pregnant? Better let HR know.

Is the company in a difficult financial position and about to lay off 20% of the workforce? That sounds like a situation for —you guessed it— HR!

Human resources can be a dynamic job, but it is also challenging and people often have mixed feelings on our role within the company. HR is oftentimes the messenger of news both good and bad (please don’t blame the messenger). We are the policy enforcers, the culture creators, the disciplinarians, and the support arms. We carry confidential information like our best guarded childhood secret, and developing friendships at work can be difficult.

Imagine having lunch with Sally on Thursday and then being the one who has to fire her on Friday. That doesn’t work. We are often siloed and set apart, even in the best organizations.

How Does NAE Support HR Personnel?

Nevada Association of Employers is here to support Human resource professionals and personnel, which is how we know these things (and even have firsthand experience with the challenges and rewards that come with the job). We provide legal counsel and human resource support to our members via a myriad of services. Our human resource hotline is well utilized. Members call (and email) with questions for both common and not so common situations, and we help guide, advise, and even solve those problems.

Another service we provide that our members (and sometimes the human resource community at large) appreciate is our HR Therapy meetups. We organize monthly or bi-monthly get togethers to reach our Las Vegas and Reno communities to socialize, bond, and vent about all things human resources. Sometimes it’s a mastermind vibe, and other times you might think you are in the complaint department at Macy’s. Either way, it’s a safe place for those of us in the human resource field to come and find support.

The term “HR Therapy” was coined back in 2017 at one of the first meetings. At the time, we called it the “HR Professional Meetup.” After an hour or so of experience share, one of our members said “Wow, this was like a therapy session!” HR Therapy was born.

During 2020, we recognized the need for extra support, so we moved the meetings online, and brought in speakers to talk about what was going on in the world, from decorating your home office to self-care for human resources.

At a recent HR Therapy meeting (a lunch), one of our members shared that she is struggling to find, train, and keep employees. We were able to share some experiences and ideas with her, so she had some direction. She wrote to us later and said, “Thank you for the amazing HR Therapy lunch. I learned a lot and felt like I gained some knowledge that I can apply in my current position.”

How Can You Benefit from Attending an HR Therapy Meetup?

Having an opportunity to share experiences with others in your field is fun, interesting, educational, and sometimes even cathartic. Our meetings were established to support human resource professionals at all stages of their careers, from newbies in their first HR role to veterans with decades of experience. So, there is a wealth of advice and information passed around.

We also have some HR contiguous members attend, who provide us with knowledge in spaces we touch, like insurance benefits, payroll, or accounting. HR Therapy is our way of providing our human resources community with knowledge, support and camaraderie. Overall, it’s an excellent networking opportunity for local human resource professionals, no matter what stage they’re at in their careers.

We will be hosting two HR Therapy meetups during the month of August in both Las Vegas and Reno! Click the links below for more details and sign up soon as space is limited!

hr therapy

Las Vegas:

  • Date: Friday, August 2, 2024
  • Time: 8:30 am – 9:30 am
  • Location: Mr. Mama’s; 5693 S. Jones Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89118
  • Cost: FREE!







reno hr therapy


  • Date: Friday, August 23, 2024
  • Time: 8:30 am – 9:30 am
  • Location:Josef’s Vienna Bakery & Cafe; 933 W. Moana Lane, Reno NV 89509
  • Cost: FREE!