First Friday Update: April 2022

APRIL 1, 2022

HR Modernization

Below is the most current DHR internal reporting structure, with updated positions related to HR Modernization. This structure will continue to evolve and change as we identify additional needs required to modernize the HR model statewide.

The updated positions will offer specialized knowledge in each area to drive critical procedural and process decisions. The additional bandwidth provided to our team will also allow for more support and subject matter expertise for agency HR staff.

As a reminder, the positions of Civil Rights/ADA Manager, Employee Support Services Manager, Investigations Manager, Occupational Health Manager, and Recruitment Manager will remain open for recruitment until Sunday, April 3, at 11:59 PM MDT.

We encourage you to visit the HR Modernization webpage for a project timeline, regular updates, FAQs, and to submit questions and suggestions you may have about the process.

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Legislative Wrap-Up

The 2022 legislative season officially ended on March 31! DHR is the process of reviewing and analyzing legislation that came out of this year’s session. We will provide an overview during the Statewide HR call on Thursday, April 7, as well as a legislative wrap up in the May “First Friday” Newsletter.

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Feeling Stressed by Change?

Watch this short video to learn how a growth mindset can help you manage stress during seasons of change.

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April HR Shout-Outs!

Lupe Arteaga
IDPR HR Specialist, SHRM-CP

Lupe Arteaga, HR Specialist at Idaho Parks and Recreation, completed a Society of Human Resources Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) credential in February 2022. The SHRM-CP exam evaluates HR professionals in six areas: people, organization, workplace, interpersonal, business, and leadership. SHRM credential holders are recognized experts and leaders in the HR field with the necessary capabilities in both aspects of HR practice—competencies and knowledge. Congratulations, Lupe!

Please let DHR know if someone on your HR team has recently earned a professional certification or anything else noteworthy. We would love to include additional shout-outs in future First Friday updates!

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Feathered Friends

Lisa Herriot, new DFM Analyst, and Janelle McDonald, DHR HR Specialist, Sr. ran into Big Bird while at a meeting at Idaho Public Television!

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We want to hear from you!

DHR will continue to send monthly updates, and we would appreciate your input! Please let us know information you would be most interested in receiving each month. Email your suggestions to