Led by founding principal, Randy Stedman, Workplace Practices Group is a consulting firm dedicated to better workplaces through great workplace practices.
"Over the long haul," says Randy, "successful organizations tightly align their human resources and labor relations policies with strategic business plans in a way that builds and ignites a high-octane workforce. Great companies find ways to release the extraordinary energy of their people; great workplace practices are a good place to start."
Randy's perspective reflects his professional background as a CHRO, lawyer, and executive committee member in five large organizations, spanning a 40-year career centered on workplace practices. Randy received his J.D. from Vanderbilt University School of Law, where he was Associate Editor of the Vanderbilt Law Review and led Vanderbilt to the National Moot Court finals for the first time ever. Randy took his M.S. and B.A. degrees from California State University, Hayward, graduating at the top of his class in graduate school and as a third-year, Magna Cum Laude, undergraduate.
Randy began his career in the executive search industry doing retained search for information technology positions, and then he built in internal executive search practices within a highly sucessful banking software company and a large regional bank, where he rose to SVP Human Resources before going to law school. After law school, Randy practiced labor and employment law with a large Portland firm before joining a regional retail client as its VP Human Resources & Legal Affairs. Randy subsequently held similar executive-level positions with a business process outsourcing company serving state, county, and local government clients nationwide and a large Washington public utility. Most recently, Randy served as Executive Director, Labor Relations & Human Resources for a large public transit organization where he successfully negotiated some of the largest labor contract concessions every obtained by a governmental employer in Oregon, saving $50 million over the term of one three-year contract. As a result, Randy received the 2015 Oregon ORPELRA and 2016 NPELRA "Pacesetter Award" in recogonition of innovative leadership results in public sector labor relations.
Active in the community, Randy has served on the Oregon State Bar Committee for the Unlawful Practice of Law and has been a Board member of WAPELRA and NWEEO and is an active member of ORPLRA. He has served on the Board of Advisors for MEP at Work and the Board of Trustees for the Oregon National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Randy and his wife, Bobbi, Chief Administrative & Equity Officer for the Port of Portland, live in Oregon City, Oregon, with their cat, Simone Churchill.
*Workplace Practices Group LLC limits its services to consulting activities. Although members of the Oregon State Bar Association, we are not engaged in the private practice of law. When outside legal representation is required, we are pleased to provide referrals to labor and employment attorneys appropriate to client circumstances.