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Harassment in the Workplace

Harassment in the Workplace

This morning, NBC announced that Matt Lauer was terminated for misconduct, the latest in a string of harassment complaints across several high-profile industries.  It’s left employers wondering how deep the problem is and how to create a workplace where people feel safe and are treated professionally, while at the same time, respecting personal lives and,… Continue Reading

3 Ways to Build Employee Engagement

3 Ways to Build Employee Engagement

Looking for ways to build employee engagement and productivity? Without spending a dime? Here’s some food for thought on how you can improve your bottom line and your perception as an employer of choice. Catch them when they fall Constructive failure can, and often does, enable great leaps forward in an organization.  Rather than reverting to… Continue Reading

When it’s time to part company…

When it’s time to part company…

  No one looks forward to firing someone. It’s one of the hardest things we do as people managers. We don’t like to do it because the conversation is confronting, we don’t know how the person will react and, hopefully, it’s not something we do all the time so we don’t get a lot of… Continue Reading

There is No Such Thing as Work-Life Balance

There is No Such Thing as Work-Life Balance

Whether you started work 20 years ago or graduated this summer, you feel it. Whether you are single or have a partner, have kids, pets or plants, there is a growing perception that there is no such thing as real ‘down time’ anymore. We bring our tech with us to the beach and our kids… Continue Reading

Building Engagement from the Inside

Building Engagement from the Inside

Gallup recently released an article that ranked employee engagement by state and even where it’s at its highest, it’s at 37%. In many states, it’s much lower and overall, it’s 33%. So what’s everyone else doing?  Half of all surveyed employees said that they were ‘not engaged’ and active disengagement was as high as 21% in… Continue Reading

Cultural Growing Pains

Cultural Growing Pains

How do you protect your small company culture as you grow? It’s a great question. Now that you’ve hit operational running speed, how do you incorporate the badly needed business processes that will allow you to scale without sacrificing the “startup vibe” that has become your company identity and employer brand? Culture starts at the top.… Continue Reading

Why Traditional Outplacement Doesn’t Always work

Why Traditional Outplacement Doesn’t Always work

If you find that you’re struggling in your job search, even after having received outplacement support, you’re not alone.  In fact, in the US, you would be hard-pressed to find an outplacement firm ready to publish success metrics on job placement of their participants.  Here are a few insights into why you might be struggling and… Continue Reading

Manage Change?

Manage Change?

Before you embark on a change project, consider the answers to these key questions.  They will help you focus on what you need to have in place to achieve ongoing sustainable change for your organization. Is it ‘do-able’? This is not about whether the system can be created, tested and implemented.  It’s about whether people… Continue Reading

5 Simple Tips for Great Hiring

5 Simple Tips for Great Hiring

Looking to hire the best people for your organization? It’s not as hard as you might think, but there are some key activities that will help you attract and select the best talent for your company. Make it a priority.  Your people are your business. Treat recruitment, hiring and on boarding as a business priority rather… Continue Reading

Training Mix and Remix

Training Mix and Remix

How much do you spend on training your employees?  Is it in a classroom or on-the-job? What do you develop internally versus outsource?  How much control do you want over delivery?  Is it an app? e-Learning? Or, are you still handing out binders? Sick of the mix and remix?  You’re not alone.  Most employees still perceive… Continue Reading