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Communication

How to Survive Open Enrollment

October 24, 2017

You just met with your Meltzer Rep and signed the renewal for next year’s insurance programs.  What should you do now with your benefit plan changes going into effect in few months? Getting organized is the first step to a successful Open Enrollment. Determine Your Communication Methods Depending on your...

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...

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 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...

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. ...

5 Tips to Best Prepare for a Difficult Conversation

May 17, 2016

As a consultant in the field of Human Resources, I am often approached for guidance on how to conduct a difficult conversation in the workplace.  I’ve had COO’s come to talk through how to share with their CEO (and boss!) that their contributions in staff meetings are negatively impacting...

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...

How to Fall in Love with Job Descriptions…Forever

April 14, 2016

Over the course of my career and consulting with clients, it is not very often I come across professionals that actually like job descriptions. In fact the mere mention of job description development makes most Human Resource professionals cringe and find reason to change the subject. I, on the...

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...

5 Tips to Boost Trust in an Organization

March 17, 2016

Is a Lack of Trust Driving Away Your Success? As a leader, your priorities are vast. However, nothing takes a higher priority than building trust in your team and organization. Without trust, you get high turnover, reduced performance and revenue, and a lot of stress. With trust and a...

HR Challenge: Wanting Change Vs. Willingness to Change

February 23, 2016

Often times when an organization is approaching a new direction that impacts individuals and teams, HR is tasked with the responsibility of change management. Change management can be something as small as a new process or policy change to a larger scale approach such as a new strategy, executive...

How to Best Engage the Quiet Employee

February 18, 2016

You have an exciting work environment…people are running around like crazy, lots of energy and enthusiasm all over the place, and everyone is having a great time…except for one employee who doesn’t “get into that”.  This employee is sitting at the desk, quietly doing his/her work.  And you notice...

How to Set Up a Cost-Efficient Telework Program in Your Business

February 10, 2016

Many of us in the DC metro area experience the stress of dealing with the daily traffic congestion and long commutes in order to get to work on time, and I don’t even need to describe what happens during a snowfall. Due to these stresses we face as well...