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Working with clients across the Unites States, Steve provides guidance and leadership during organizational change, leads efforts in recruiting, and retaining top talent, develops training programs and customized HR solutions and partners with organizations to develop comprehensive HR strategies.

Human Resources Strategies, LLC provides high-quality HR consulting to all of clients with expertise ranging from executive recruitment to employee relations and compensation and benefits. With significant senior leadership experience at both Fortune 500 and privately held companies, Steve Busch, is well poised to support your HR needs.

About Steve

Human Resources Strategies was founded in 2007 by Steve Busch. Steve has over 30 years of experience in HR leadership and a Master’s Degree in Labor and Industrial Relations from Michigan State University. He is passionate about bringing his experience and insights to both clients and the broader community. He is a member of the SHRM National Health Care Working Group and Government Advocacy Team. Additionally, Steve is a board member of the Boulder Colorado Area Human Resources Association and serves a guest lecturer at Michigan State University and Grand Valley State University.


Talent Management

When it comes to talent Steve’s philosophy is simple: Find it. Develop it. Engage it. Keep it.

Find it

Finding top talent is the first challenge growing organizations often face. Steve brings expertise from having hired over 2,000 engineering, accounting, I.T. operations, and C-Suite leaders. Whether your organization is a start-up looking to fill the first few positions or a well-established organization needing a large-scale hiring event Steve is here to help. Steve has developed customized Employee Selection Systems that uses state of the art behavioral assessments, objective interviewing techniques, collaborative employee selection decision making, and a very practical and useful way to check candidate references.

When it comes time for the first day Steve also provides Customized onboarding, New Leader Assimilation Processes that warmly introduce new employees to your organization setting the stage for future development and talent growth.

Develop it

Developing talent is key to helping employees excel in their roles and grow the organization. Steve successfully launched Corporate University vocational education partnerships in Florida and Michigan. He is a recipient of the National Innovation Of The Year Award from the National Community College Organization.

Based on years of experience, Steve is well positioned to bring innovative training in leadership effectiveness, risk management, employee selection and employee law to your organization. Steve’s work with innovative training processes has received recognition from the Department of Energy, White House American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Office, Michigan Governor’s office, Florida Governor’s office and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.

Engage it

Talent engagement is a key indicator of overall company performance. Keeping employees engaged in a changing world is as important as ever. Steve brings expertise in leadership effectiveness to your organization and can train your senior leaders on how to not only develop talent but increase organizational effectiveness through engagement. As a certified Development Dimensions International (DDI) Targeted Selection Interview Techniques Trainer and a Gordon International Leadership Effectiveness Trainer, Steve works one-on-one with companies to grow employee engagement.

Steve’s assessments include Extended DISC Profile, Digital Couch Profile, PXT Select and Knowledge for Leaders Assessment.

Keep it

Even with top talent development programs and engagement, organizations often need employee relations strategies and support to keep talent. Steve has extensive organized labor and union free employee relations experience. Through encouraging accountability, collaboration, trust, respect, and empathy Steve’s approach leads to win-win outcomes for both individuals and groups.

Fractional Human Resources Leadership

In additional to planning and developing organization strategies and best practices in human resources, organizations often have immediate needs and require rapid response HR leadership.

Steve has worked with organizations across North America providing customized engagement including on-site, multi-site and remote HR coverage for immediate needs and/or urgent problem resolution.

While each project is different typical engagements have included:​

  • Interim Human Resources Leadership Assignments
  • Business Start Up Resources
  • Writing and Auditing Company Policies/Employee Handbooks
  • High Risk Employee Misconduct Investigations
  • HR Generalist Advisory Support
  • Comprehensive HR Compliance and Process Assessments

Executive Coaching and Leadership Growth

Steve has deep experience in coaching senior leaders and supporting organizations in growing their current and future leaders. Steve is certified in and teaches the globally recognized Gordon Training International Leadership Effectiveness Training Curriculum. In addition, he regularly uses a wide variety of assessment tools to help leaders gain a deeper understanding of their strengths and gaps. With tools such as Extended Disc Profile, Digital Couch, PXT Select, Hogan Assessment, 180/360 Assessments, and Knowledge for Leaders Assessments, Steve can help elevate your top leaders to the next level.

Safety and Risk Management

Safety and risk management is an often overlooked but vitally important component of a comprehensive human resources program. Steve has decades of experience providing expertise for complicated workers compensation claims involving disabling injuries, vocational rehabilitation, and structure settlement strategies. Working closely with adjusters, attorneys, and rehabilitation counselors Steve helps individual companies overcome complex HR related issues.

Human Resources Strategies helps organizations both before and after safety incidents. Steve works on-site at locations providing full facility OSHA compliance safety audits and works with company leaders to help prevent safety incidents. When accidents do occur, Steve is equally committed to providing serious accident investigation oversight.

Government and Media Affairs

A strong HR strategy does not stop at the front door of an organization. Steve believes it is vitally important to work with government leaders providing education and insight supporting the development of policies that are based in solid human resources research and experience. Steve partners with all levels of government from local city councils to state representatives and governors as well as federal cabinet level officials and the United States White House. 

Steve can also be heard providing his leadership and subject matter expertise to local and national syndicated media outlets including National Public Radio, The Wall Street Journal and many regional business publications.

Employee and Labor Relations

Employee relations is an important aspect of retaining key talent. Through his years of experience, Steve has developed expertise in supporting organizations through employee and labor relations discussions. By supporting organizations through collective bargaining, grievance administration and supervisory training Steve brings to each client a strong background in employee relations and can customize the approach to each individual organization’s needs. Steve has negotiated collective bargaining agreements with UPIU, UAW, Teamsters, USWA, International Association of Bridge and Structural Iron Workers.

Executive Resume, LinkedIn Profile, and Job Search Solutions

In addition to his work with large and small organizations across North America, Steve works one-on-one with individuals searching for new career opportunities. Steve partners with each person he works with to help them identify their strengths and find the next step in their career. He has helped C-Suite Executives, Entrepreneurs, Mid Career Managers and Individual Contributors with writing impactful resumes and eye catching Linkedin Profiles.

Steve provides the same commitment and deep expertise to individuals as he does Fortune 500 companies. He is dedicated to providing a personalized approach for everyone he works focusing first on the client’s goals.

Connecting Employee Benefits Architecture with Maximizing Employee Engagement Strategies

Today, more than ever, compliant, and predictable employee benefits offerings and sound costing models communicated with calm professionalism are essential. Human Resources Strategies, LLC has partnered with The Gremel Group to support organizations needing additional employee benefits support. 

The Gremel Group is our preferred partner in providing medical (including Medicare), dental, disability, long term care, life insurance, Section 125, wellness plans and estate planning offerings. The Gremel Group brings 30 years of experience and an outstanding reputation of excellence in providing a boutique style of group employee benefits solutions, benefit administration systems and business succession planning to leading Michigan companies.