Opportunity

When Opportunity Knocks – Small Business

As a Small Business person you never know when an opportunity arises.  I know we do not want to come off as obnoxious also talking about your business but you never know who can over hear a conversation or one of your friends or associates business connections.   This past week I learned that one of the parents of a child on...

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Do You Want to Grow Your Business? Part 1

If you want to grow your business, I have learned the key ingredient.  I was sent a link to a very interesting article late last week by a friend of my parents, Sam Geist, who became a marketing consultant/speaker after a very successful career in retail based in Canada. According to 85% of executives surveyed by Bain & Company, the primary...

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High Turnover – Welcome White Collar Professions

Lower-skilled, lower-wage jobs historically have had higher turnover rates than white-collar jobs, however, we are seeing higher turnover rates in some traditionally highly-skilled, white-collar jobs in businesses of all sizes.  Today nearly a quarter of working Americans clock in each day in businesses where the average tenure is less than a year. The price of this employee churn is extraordinarily...

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Performance Reviews – Spinal Tap

I found the article linked below in my email this morning.  Their was no way I could not share an article that links Performance Reviews and has a video clip from the movie Spinal Tap, "This one goes to 11!"   No Performance Ratings or is it Just HR Doublespeak   The article reminds me of a company I worked with who wanted to...

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Employee Engagement Leveraging the Frequent Review

I know I always dreaded getting performance reviews and writing performance reviews, as it led to misery in the office, i.e. employee engagement suffered.  The reported number one reason for this misery is the time spent on the process by both the employee and manager.  It does not have to be that way.   A good performance review system promotes transparency in the...

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Small Business Growth – Impact on HR Structure

[caption id="attachment_2484" align="alignright" width="300"] Growth is good![/caption] Rapid growth is great for small businesses and start ups but it can create an overwhelming feeling for the one person doing all of your HR work.  The question of how many internal HR employees you should have on staff is almost universally answered with a decades-long standing rule of thumb: you need one...

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