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Title VII Review: Sex Discrimination – Where Does Sexual Orientation Fall, In or Out?

April 19, 2017

Most of my clients’ view Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as Sex Discrimination as adverse action taken against an employee on the basis of his/her sex, male or female.  Pretty straight forward….right? Well, as of April 4, 2017, the legal waters have just gotten very...

How to Best Approach Reducing the Gender Wage Gap at Your Organization

April 4, 2017

What Organizations Can Do to Reduce the Gender Pay Gap During a recent interview about gender pay equity on Freakonomics with Harvard economics professor Claudia Goldin, she noted that the reasons for the existence of the gender pay gap in the United States are varied and complex. For organizations...

How to Know When to Hire HR for the First Time

March 21, 2017

As an outsourced HR consultant, I regularly work with small businesses in need of support in Human Resources. Often these businesses are either in a start-up mode or have a small footprint and need part-time, efficient support to move their businesses forward. That work can sometimes be tactical, and...

Do You Know the Real Cost or Value of Your Employees?

March 16, 2017

One KPI You Should Be Tracking! Now that the first quarter is almost over, it is time to focus on how the strategic goals set for 2017 are tracking to last year’s results. Organizations spend an immense amount of time and resources tracking revenue and retention of clients, as...

Risk Still Exists With FLSA Status Even After Injunction

January 3, 2017

Mitigate Risk with an FLSA Audit December 1st has come and gone, and like many others, you may be relieved that businesses did not have to comply with the Department of Labor’s Final Rule on FLSA White Collar Exemptions because of the Injunction issued on November 22nd by a...

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...

How to Know if Your Business Needs Strategic HR

November 9, 2016

“Strategic HR”. It’s a buzzword in the HR industry that has been around for some time and I anticipate it will be around for a while longer. This concept of strategic HR is floated frequently and it’s quite possible that like many other business owners, you find yourself asking...

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...

The Best Approach to Variable Pay

July 27, 2016

I have to be honest about something. The past couple of weeks of my life can easily be characterized as blissful, upbeat and downright thrilling! To the naked eye, one might think the levity in my step is due to summer’s dynamic and awe-inspiring energy or the fact my...

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...

Pros Vs. Cons of an Active Shooter Policy

June 24, 2016

We have all seen those straight out of the movies scenarios on the news when tragedy strikes at work. An active shooter comes in and wreaks havoc on anyone and everyone. The haunting images of people running for their lives or the aftermath usually stick with me for days...

The Best Tools for Onboarding New Employees

June 17, 2016

Onboarding a new hire is a very exciting time! The energy a new team member brings can add a fun, fresh dynamic to the team along with the exciting possibilities of what this new meeting of the minds could achieve.  There is so much to do to bring your...

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...