Seasons Greetings

  December 1, 2016

We wish all of our clients, readers and colleagues a wonderful Holiday season! In lieu of sending individual gifts and greetings, we are making a donation to several charities in our community. We hope that you too can extend the spirit of gratitude. Happy Holidays to Early Learning Partnership of Northwest Indiana, Frontline Foundations, Humane Society … Continued

Stop Waiting for Your Manager to Give You What You Need

  October 1, 2016

“71% of Employees feel managers don’t spend enough time explaining goals and plans.” PDP Solutions When you don’t understand your company’s strategy, you’re missing information you need to succeed: Knowing where your company is going Understanding how your job fits into the strategy Getting clear on your important priorities and challenges Seeing how you can … Continued

Are Your Job Descriptions Working Hard Enough?

  September 4, 2016

“When they understand their role in the business, 91% of Employees will work toward its success.” Bill Quirke The bad news is this plummets to 23% when employees don’t feel a connection. Poor—or nonexistent—job descriptions can be a missed opportunity or contribute to the problem. Not a “Necessary Evil” Job descriptions perform key functions: Supporting … Continued

Do Your Employees Know What You Want?

  August 1, 2016

“90% of Performance Reviews are painful and ineffective.” Society for Human Resource Management Before you say, “It’s different here,” think about how you let people know what you expect. Performance Reviews that Underperform Too many companies rely on annual performance reviews to do the whole job. These can fall short for a few reasons. Often … Continued

Three Things You Can Do to Make Your Employees Happier

  July 1, 2016

“67% Say – Respectful treatment of employees at all levels is the #1 contributor to employee satisfaction.” SHRM.org A 2016 survey from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) discovered that respect beat out compensation, benefits, job security and trust between employees and senior management/opportunities to use your skills and abilities at work. Here’s the … Continued

Managing Work and Family: It’s a Delicate Balance

  May 1, 2016

“46% of working men and women reported that their job demands interfered with their family life”   Employees are spending more time at work today than ever before. This is having a devastating effect on families and communities. Work interferes with family more often than the other way around.1 We spend most of our day … Continued

The F Word for Bad Bosses

  April 1, 2016

Effective Feedback can lead to happier employees “50% Who don’t feel valued by their boss plan to look for another job in the next year” (Source: OfficeVibe) Let’s talk about feedback. You don’t need to be a “bad boss” to shudder at the thought of giving negative feedback to an employee. Take a moment and … Continued

The Agility Shift

  February 1, 2016

Statistic: Organizations that display agility generate 30% higher profits than non-agile companies. www.pamela-meyer.com  The Agility Shift  After attending the October 2015 Chicago SHRM full-day conference, I spent some time reflecting about one of the topics in particular, “agility”. One of my favorite speakers, Dr. Pamela Meyer, spoke about the importance of organizations and leaders becoming more … Continued

10 years!

  January 1, 2016

HELLO LOYAL READERS AND NEW SUBSCRIBERS, 10 years! With gratitude, a humble heart and a decade of incredible clients—our business has been completely transformed. 2016 is not only welcoming our 10th year of business, but the relaunch of our monthly newsletter. We hope to inspire you and give you content that will allow you and … Continued