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Employee Engagement

How to Plan a Company Holiday Party for Your Diverse Team

November 25, 2016

Around the holidays employers can run into a few bumps when planning a company holiday party… Years ago my colleague Jane, a devout Jehovah’s Witness, had a small handful of observances that we, as courteous colleagues, tried to be mindful of at work. Oddly, the most challenging and humorous of...

Creating a Culture of Gratitude: A Simple Practice With Great Impact

November 18, 2016

During the first year of marriage, my wife and I decided to make a gratitude jar; well more accurately, my wife decided that we would make a gratitude jar. For those of you like me, that had never heard of this, it is a simple concept. Every time something...

The Cost of Punishing Overachievers

October 28, 2016

We all accept that good leadership requires a balanced, equilateral approach to our team members. Of course, we should never have a favorite employee; HOWEVER as human leaders, every one of us has had that one superstar team member that we rely on greatly and yes, even like a...

Is Your Business Facing Serious People Problems?

July 18, 2016

Human Resources experts see obvious value in creating organizational cultures that attract and retain exceptional people, yet we find it’s not always easy to convince other business leaders to focus on culture. In fact, lots of times, when we talk about spending time or resources on improving culture, leaders...

A Review of the Top Incentive Plan Design Trends for Small Business in 2016 – 2017

July 5, 2016

One of the main factors that contributes to the United States being a world super power is in large part due to its economy. While in recent years the US economy has suffered major setbacks and the deterioration of many industries due to offshoring and certain product lines becoming...

The Best Way to Effectively Lead as a Manager: Get Out of Your Comfort Zone

June 27, 2016

Managing people is no easy task. It requires a good attitude, people skills and the ability to build trust throughout an organization. Managers are tasked with the dichotomous responsibility of managing and leading. They must both negotiate the organization’s bottom line while fostering a healthy sustainable workforce.  Key to...

The Multi-Generational Workforce: A Top Problem for CEO’s

June 8, 2016

One of the hottest topics right now I’m seeing with many of my clients is how to manage multi-generations in the workplace. It is the first time the workplace has seen so many generational “forces” all at once. Today’s workforce includes the Pre-Boomers (Born 1925-1945), also known as The...

Don’t Let Metro’s SafeTrack Plan Create Employee Engagement Problems Too!

June 7, 2016

Metro’s SafeTrack program began this weekend and I heard a loud groan resonate throughout the entire DC Metro area when the schedule was announced. While everyone is complaining about Metro’s SafeTrack plan to accelerate track maintenance and squeeze three years’ worth of work into one year, we have to...

M&A Integration: Communication as a Best Practice to Mitigate Attrition

May 25, 2016

Regardless of the nature of the transaction, during a merger or acquisition, all employees find themselves surrounded by change, impacting everything from organizational culture to the snacks in the kitchen.   From here it is an exercise in simple logic – with change, comes uncertainly – with uncertainty, comes attrition. ...

A Review of the Top Nonprofit Career Development Trends Today

May 20, 2016

Globally, the workforce is getting older while also getting younger, creating the perfect conditions for leadership challenges. And that means, no matter where an employee works around the globe today, they probably work for an organization struggling to retain its talent. According to Deloitte’s Human Capital Trends 2016 report, 28%...

How to Avoid Problems When an Employee Leaves Your Team

May 10, 2016

What we Learned from Live! with Kelly & Michael… On Tuesday, April 26, 2016, the television show, Live! with Kelly & Michael’s audience welcomed Kelly Ripa’s return to daytime television with a standing ovation. Kelly returned to the show after taking a few days off to celebrate her wedding anniversary...

How to Avoid Problems When You’ve Been Promoted Among Your Peers

May 2, 2016

A previous colleague reached out to me last week asking for advice. She had recently been promoted and now was in charge of her former peers and friends. She had worked at this company for several years and because of that, had built strong friendships with her team—both inside...

Politics in the Workplace: A Review of Our Most FAQ’s Around Election Time

April 26, 2016

  As a consulting firm, we are asked frequently to review company policies and procedures for many of our clients. Around election time, one item that consistently comes up is time off for voting and the do’s and don’ts of how to handle politics in the workplace. Which unfortunately, both of these...

Is Unlimited Paid Time Off (PTO) Right for Your Business?

April 15, 2016

The idea of employees having an unlimited amount of paid time off (PTO) is a more complicated proposition than it sounds. There’s already a great article on our site that discusses the pros and cons of unlimited PTO plans, and this particular article focuses specifically on the suitability of...

Review Your Company Culture: The Top 5 Things That Matter

March 24, 2016

Culture develops in every organization. Employers can intentionally guide the environment with visible, well-developed values. Integral to creating a cohesive and collaborative environment in the face of change and conflict, particularly with mergers and acquisitions is an honest assessment of the current climate. Whether organizations are looking to enhance...