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How Workplace Bullying Nearly Ruined Me

By |2018-12-11T04:11:31+00:00April 26th, 2017|human resources, leadership|

From early on in my career, I always got head-hunter calls. When you reach a certain level of expertise, they find you. This was before LinkedIn and Facebook, and they could still find you. At the time, I was not interested in going anywhere. Sure, my boss ignored me most of the time, but I [...]

Why Employee Turnover Is Expensive and What You Can Do About It

By |2018-12-11T04:11:31+00:00March 6th, 2017|business growth, human resources, recruiting|

As we grow our businesses, there comes a time where we need to hire someone to pick up the slack. Oftentimes, these are the entry-level jobs. While entry-level jobs aren’t the highest paying jobs, turnover can make them expensive because you are spending time, money, and resources in hiring and training new employees. What is [...]

Why You Should Customize Your Employment Policies

By |2016-09-01T10:37:40+00:00September 1st, 2016|human resources|

These days, you can buy a boiler plate policies and procedures manual. You can just go to your friendly neighbourhood office supply store or bookstore and buy it. Phew! What a relief! Not really. There are three problems with buying and implementing standardized policies:  Your company culture is unique Your organizational values and objectives are [...]

Are little errors starting to happen?

By |2018-12-11T04:11:31+00:00July 5th, 2016|getting things done, human resources, leadership|

Why do I ask that? It is one of the signs that it is time to get some help. The main signs are: You have turned down work. Quality issues are surfacing like missed deadlines, administrative errors, product returns, and customer complaints. Excessive overtime. When was the last time you took a day or even [...]

Hiring: How to do a Needs Analysis

By |2018-12-11T04:11:32+00:00May 1st, 2016|human resources, recruiting|

Sometimes a job opening arises because someone left an existing position. Sometimes you just have a sense that you are working longer hours and cannot keep up. Or other people on the team are overworked. Here are some of the signs that it is time to look at the quality and the quantity of your [...]

Recruiting Mistakes You Can Avoid

By |2018-12-11T04:11:32+00:00April 25th, 2016|human resources, recruiting|

I am sharing some tips on the recruiting mistakes I have come across in my research the past few months. Some of these are simply no brainers and I am positive there are more items we could add to this list. These are some issues I have had people ask me about and discussed in [...]

My Top Three Candidate Screening Strategies

By |2018-12-11T04:11:32+00:00April 5th, 2016|human resources, recruiting|

Here are three strategies you can implement to improve your candidate base before you meet anyone. Ask for a cover letter and resume I am a stickler for spelling and grammar. I appreciate that society has relaxed its views around it, yet for me, it speaks more to attention to detail than a reliance on texting [...]

Why I Started Checking for Resilience

By |2018-12-11T04:11:32+00:00March 15th, 2016|accountability, business growth, human resources, leadership, recruiting, team building|

I was watching Barbara Corcoran’s TED Talk on Rethinking Failure. One of the key messages that popped out for me was the ability to handle failure. Her message was that her successes always came on the heels of failure. One of the qualities that helps a person recover from failure is resilience. It is the [...]

10 Steps to Climbing the Corporate Ladder

By |2018-12-11T04:11:32+00:00November 5th, 2015|accountability, action plans, business growth, goal setting, human resources|

I put this together for a client group, which resulted in a fantastic booklet with action steps and exercises. Here are the highlights. Step 1: Know where you want to go. Each step in your career takes you in a direction. Are you going where you want to go? Take some time to evaluate where you [...]

Giving Feedback Isn’t As Hard As You Think

By |2018-12-11T04:11:32+00:00October 6th, 2015|human resources, performance management, team building|

To be effective managers, we need to manage our employees and their performance. One of the most powerful ways to guide and coach our team members is by providing feedback. Yet providing feedback seems so hard to do. We often want to avoid pain, either our pain in facing the issue or the possible pain [...]