CommonSense Consulting@Work is a practice that utilizes the skills of diverse and seasoned consultants located around the country.  We match our consultants’ skills and experiences to most efficiently and effectively meet our clients’ needs.    



Phone: 763.315.4929  
Cell: 612.298.9095  
Fax: 763.226.2403

About Janice Downing

Janice Downing has over 30 years of experience as a broad human resources professional. As a certified Professional in Human Systems Dynamics (PHSD), she is able to assess an organization’s issues and facilitate change in a systematic, cost-effective manner. She also uses formal Project Management and Business Process Quality Improvement training in her work.

Janice works with organizations large and small and across industry lines conducting investigations that identify the root cause of a problem and determines what needs to be done from the human resources perspective or through a Human Resources or Organizational Assessment. Many times she will also conduct team development initiatives. Janice’s down-to-earth style and straightforward manner make it easy for her to adapt to multiple situations and styles. She also has an innate ability to translate technical human resources theory into ideas and practices that are easy for others to understand and use.


Areas of Expertise

  • Affirmative Action
  • Creative Recruiting and Staffing Practices
  • Diversity Education and Training Services
  • Diversity Recruiting and Retention Programs
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Employee Handbook Development and Updates
  • Employee Relations Support
  • Employee Training
  • Equal Employment Opportunity
  • Executive Coaching
  • HR Manager On-Call Services
  • HR Processes
  • Human Resources Assessments
  • Inclusive Workforce Practices
  • Investigations
  • Job Descriptions
  • Job Design
  • Leadership Skill Development
  • Management Training
  • Performance Management
  • Policy and Procedure Guidance
  • Project Management
  • Recruiting Techniques
  • Team Building
  • Training Facilitation


2007 - Minority Business Award from, The Business Journal

2013 - Class One Supplier of the Year Award from the North Central Minority Supplier Development Council Inc.


  • Business Process Improvement
  • Affirmative Action Planning
  • Human Systems Dynamics Certified
  • Emotional Intelligence (EQ-i) Certified
  • Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI)