Great workplaces are no accident; neither is Great HR.

Imagine having your own dedicated HR Pro with real-world experience, working alongside you; backed up by a team of friendly HR Pros with the best tools, technology and remote work strategies. Gone are the days of uncertainty, sensitive employee relations issues and backlogged HR priorities. We will help you reset your culture and unleash its power. Help is here!

We are prepared and ready to help.

As the state of affairs with the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to develop around the world, our entire team is ready and standing by to help business leaders like you. You rely on us every day for your professional HR needs, and we’re going to continue to provide reliable access to the important HR services you count on. I want to personally thank you in advance for reaching out to us. We are here to help.

We wish you well, good health,  and all the success you can hold.






Bernadette Jones, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, OCI/OEI


HR Coffee Chats are an opportunity to connect small and medium-sized employers with expert human resource guidance. Each session will give employers the chance to ask questions and chat with Bernadette Jones, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, human resource professional, over virtual coffee.

HR has not changed, but it has become more complex. Visionova HR continues to offer updated COVID-19 news with the most current guidelines and FAQs available to everyone. Play Video

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  • Discover tips to keep furloughed workers engaged and ready to come back
  • What considerations do we need to take into account for preparing to return to work?
  • Can I require the temperature to be taken of my employees before they start working
  • How to handle “reopening” when risks are still concern for staff?
  • Connect with other employers and share what’s working and what’s not
    and more.

Nothing is more critical than your health and safety, and the need to safeguard those most vulnerable to the coronavirus (COVID-19).

We are taking numerous steps to minimize health risks to our teammates, our clients and our communities, including adopting work from home procedures in our organization. Call us at 510-243-5254 or email:

Our advisors are here for you and ready to discuss your immediate and long-term HR, work-from-home, remote work needs or how to manage stress at work.

Our HR Advisors are ready to assist. You can schedule an appointment to connect via Zoom video conferencing, by phone, or via email.

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We recognize these times can be challenging, and we are here to help—whether it’s providing advice on the current work environment, understanding your workplace needs, or planning for your long-term business goals.

Finally, if your business has been negatively impacted by COVID-19, and needs additional assistance related to your HR needs, please reach out to our HR Advisors at 510-243-5254 or email:

As new developments emerge regarding COVID-19, we will share information with you about how to operate safely and effectively through our website, emails, and live webinars.

Planning for a prolonged and unclear period of time in which organizations may have to operate on contingency measures is another major concern for businesses. Although the local and federal Health agencies are in the midst of containment efforts; the duration of these initiatives may take sometime to bring area outbreaks under control. As a consequence, organizations will need to assess how they will operate under different circumstances and at differing ratios of operational capacity. Crucial responsibilities will have to be identified and many organizations will have to make very hard decisions in order to stay afloat. Call us at 510-243-5254 or email:

Private business, government agencies, and nonprofits organizations are scrambling to implement business continuity planning (BCP) measures for the novel Covid-19.

Events are unfolding at an accelerated pace and organizations large and small have much ground to cover in BCPs. The preservation of operational agility, succession planning and employee morale are just some of the main considerations at play. If you do not have a plan look here for a template put out by FEMA Ready Business

Steps you should take if you do not have a Business Continuity Plan in place:

  • Appoint a designated manager to oversee Covid-19 related business continuity measures. The value of succession planning for key personnel in addition to senior managers, including communications, human resources and operations staff cannot be over emphasized.
  • Organizations are also advised to establish alternate teams for critical operational functions and to keep these teams physically segregated at all times.
  • If possible implement remote working arrangements for a large percentage of the workforce.
  • Personal protection supplies for employees who have to come to work to perform their job duties.
  • Policies suspending business travel to cluster areas of Covid-19
  • Train your workforce on what to do if they encounter someone who is ill, or if a customer-facing employee should fall ill at work.
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Leadership will need to contemplate how to balance their legal responsibility to treat all employees fairly against any measures they may have to take to mitigate the risk of widespread infection at their organizations. In addition, consideration for the mental well-being of personnel needs to be factored in together with practices that safeguard their physical health against illness. Practices implemented by organizations have delved into infection control measures but challenges in preserving employee morale have not been examined with the same intensity. Consider your workforce in all measures discussed. Call us at 510-243-5254 or email:

Covid-19 is proving difficult for business continuity planning, requiring organizations to consider financial and operational threats along with health risks to your employees. Preserving the well-being of personnel plays an essential role in keeping an organization operational during this uncertain time.

Some critical concerns to consider in business continuity planning  would include:

  • How to handle fears that have arisen due to concerns over the Covid-19.
  • Personnel designated to handle BCP need to consider how to manage anxiety in the workplace
  • Organizations who implement work from home arrangements will need to think about how to assist personnel who are not familiar with working remotely, and staying motivated during this time
  • In addition, infrastructure concerns such as bandwidth and capacity issues for remote access of work servers, conferencing lines and other necessities.
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Who We Support

Always a professional and very knowledgeable in all areas of Human Resources. It is such a comfort to have someone to go to whenever you had a question….Her classes/coaching were very informative and very easy to follow.

Susan Gregoire
As a member of the Richmond Art Center Board, I’ve seen firsthand, the tremendous work that Bernadette Jones has done for the Art Center. Her expertise and professionalism have guided the board and staff through very challenging and crucial HR issues…. I would recommend Bernadette highly for HR consulting.
Susan Brand
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The Right Tools. The Right Solution.

Is your Human Resource a little out of shape? Take our quick Fitness Test. Need a little human resource help? Ask our pro’s and view our video to see how we help. Also, learn this helpful trick to getting ahead of potential costly problems.

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Why Visionova HR

Yes, it does matter. Especially when it comes to handling employee relations issues, and compliance. On average, our HR Support Center Pros and local Pros have more than 10 years of real-world experience, answer thousands of HR questions each month, and hold a PHR or SPHR Certification. Our local pros regularly speak at industry conferences, conduct workshops and provide workplace training and development.

No matter what they tell you, Human Resources is always about people. We view our clients as partners and not as transactions. We make HR simple, personal, and approachable. You can focus on running your business, and we will handle HR along the way.

As an HR Consultant, we believe it is not enough to merely know the rules and best practices but, we are in the trenches with you, side by side. We listen, recognize and value you.

We have one goal, to help our clients build, strengthen, and achieve their mission and vision. How? By providing great HR support, tools, and collaboration.

We thought there were just a few areas that we needed help with and shortly thereafter, it became clear that we pretty much needed a major HR overhaul….By giving us the tools and tips on how to better communicate with each other and taking a closer look at outdated policies and practices has changed the way we work and have fun together.

Pat Curcio, Chief Operating Officer, Kenneth Rainin Foundation/Rainin Group, LLC

Organizations wanting to get clear on their people processes – both compliance and the ’softer’ side of human resources infrastructure should consider Bernadette Jones and Visonova… Bernadette always put the client’s needs first. She is thoughtful and professional and knows her stuff.

Vicki Cotter, SPHR, CPCC, ACC, Keep it Simple, LLC

With Visionova’s support, we have developed a plan to improve our practices and update the tools we use…Visionova has helped us to organize and prioritize tasks, and this in turn has motivated us to move on items that previously felt overwhelming and intimidating.

Rebeca Garcia-Gonzalez, Ed D, Deputy Director,, Richmond Art Center
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Services to Suit Your HR Needs

Do you have a dysfunctional workplace? People are the heartbeat of a healthy culture. If your culture is miss-aligned with your mission and values your organization is in trouble. You’ve likely experienced a workplace that’s chaotic and stressful, where employees are not excited to come to work. Either intentional or not culture is the beliefs and values that we encourage, support, or tolerate. It’s not at all what we say, but what we do, how we act, and how we work or don’t work together.

If your workplace has spiraled into a stressful, unproductive space and retention has become a spillway, you’ve just made the case for your “Culture Reset.”

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We support our clients with the safety net of a HR department and peace of mind that their business is compliant with the latest regulations, and prepared for any employee issue big or small. Going it alone may save money in the short term—but one bad hire and a lawsuit can cost your tens of thousands and send your business into free-fall. Our affordable Monthly HR Subscriptions help you mitigate risk while increasing employee engagement.

We have a team of Certified HR Professionals ready to help ensure your business is protected.

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There are a few things that can take your organization-and all your hard work-down fast. Like not having an employee handbook, having an out of date handbook, or having a boiler plate handbook written for some other organization. We create a culture-first employee handbook that sets the stage for a new hire to fit in and not have to figure it out on their own. What about employee claims? Your personalized employee handbook will cover the ever-changing state and federal laws, or not leave room for confusion and possible lawsuits?

We will design a customized culture-first employee handbook that reflects the current HR realities and gives you a solid foundation that covers all the bases-and then some.

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We believe that proactive, customized, training makes the difference between a good workforce and a great one. Our programs feature an extensive range of topics, from customer service training, to coaching first-time supervisors as they take on more significant responsibilities. Helping key leaders ignite a culture of engagement, and manage the performance of their teams. Our HR Pros can keep you in compliance by facilitating California AB-1825 Mandated Supervisor Harassment Prevention Training for your staff and supervisors. Ongoing training programs helps you stay competitive and increase your bottom line.

The only thing worse than training employees and having them leave is not training them and having them stay. – Henry Ford

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Now you can provide your staff with access to an anonymous workplace hotline, professional advice, and other practical solutions to help get ahead of problems that might adversely impact their work performance, health, and well-being. Create a win-win workplace culture through our Employee Assistance Program (EAP), Human Resource Q& A On-Demand and Anonymous Hotline Services.

Employee support services are an affordable “Win-Win HR Solution” to help you compete—and defend your small business in the battle to recruit and keep great talent.

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Streamline your Hiring Process with VisionovaHR and JazzHR. We have teamed up for a powerful, easy-to-use, and affordable recruiting platform. Will conduct the screening for you, conduct your first phone interview and replace the painfully time-consuming tasks of screening applications, sorting emails, scheduling disruptive walk-ins. We have a centralized applicant tracking system that saves time and consistently results in making better hires.

Built for Small Businesses, Simple, affordable and personable so you can focus on growing your business.

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