Mar 122012
 
Are We There Yet?

How often as parents we have heard those words – and how often have we said, “Stop asking!  We’ll be there when we get there!” It seems like we have reverted to childhood as businesses and citizens we are still asking, “Are we there yet?”  And, all too often the response is the same as we told our children – we’ll be there when we get there.  All this is telling us is that those in charge may not know where we are or how to get to where we need to be.  We don’t like to think of parents, or business owners, or leaders of being “lost” or unsure.  We want them to be our all knowing, all capable [...]

Aug 012011
 
Back To School – Already?!

When you think of the phrase, “back to school” it can bring up several images – it could bring up memories of when you were a youngster, enjoying the summer and all of a sudden faced with the reality that school would be starting up again very shortly. It could also bring up the parent’s checklist of making sure all the required shots and immunizations are in place, enrollment forms completed, paper and pencils purchased, new shoes bought, etc. As a business owner it could mean one of two things and that is what I am going to go over.  What are those two things? Back to school could mean looking at your current programs to see if you have [...]

Dec 222009
 
If You Don't Own a Circus... You Shouldn't Be Hiring Clowns!

A Layman’s Journey to Effortless Human Resources, author Lola Kakes As a business owner, you want to expand your company by building a solid team, not a three-ring circus. There’s a reason human resources work is often compared to running a daycare center. Managing employees can cause headaches for a company of any size, but especially for a small company where one person is doing the hiring, managing and firing. Written as a layman’s guide to human resources, this book provides the tools you need to operate your company professionally and legally before your organization grows large enough to hire an entire HR department. You’ll find essential tools that include checklists, tips, sample forms and letters, charts of important legal [...]

Oct 212008
 
From Employed to Engaged

Mary Weather is one of your key employees. The customers ask for her by name and she is one of your best team leaders. Today she comes into your office and tells you that she has accepted an exciting opportunity. You are taken aback. What happened, you ask yourself? Of course, you’ll have an exit interview, but it’s too late to save Mary, Turnover is costly: At least one and a half times an entry level employee’s salary – much higher for management level staff. Affects other employees – someone will have extra work until the new person is hired Delays the company in meeting its goals Upsetting for the customers – they don’t like to “train” new people The [...]