Everyone says the economy will be turning around by the end of the 4th quarter 2009, with the employment outlook ticking upwards the first part of 2010. As a business owner, we can only imagine what the journey over the next couple of months will … [Read more...] about Are You Ready for a TRIP?
Human Resource management is the process a company uses to ensure the effective and efficient use of their "people" talents to accomplish organizational goals. If these resources are managed properly and effective, the organization would most likely … [Read more...] about Human Resource Management at Work
Taming the COBRA "Lion" The old adage, "March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb" is proving to be too very true for companies across the country. Why? Well, effective March 1st, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) … [Read more...] about COBRA Alert – New Rules & Changes from ARRA Stimulus Package
There are many types of teams - there are sport teams, debate teams, dance teams, teams of horses, and there are of course, business teams. There are even more types of teams, which you could probably list if you wanted. Teams can be good, bad, … [Read more...] about Building a Team – How to ACE it
The economic crisis of 2008/2009 has many companies looking at ways to save money and get through the hard times. What this normally means is that they look to lay off people, cut back benefits (which make good employees look at other … [Read more...] about Engagement, Performance, Retention – Where do Your Employees Fit?
A 2006 study conducted by Cornell University associate professor Christopher Collins, Ph.D., in effect showed that small businesses could grow if they are more effective in managing their employees. As a small business owner and a Human Resource … [Read more...] about The Importance of Employee Management
No, we don't have $700 Billion earmarked for small businesses. We can't go hand out to our legislatures for financial assistance. We don't make the 6:00 pm news as a "business in trouble". We are small businesses who have to provide our own … [Read more...] about Small Business Economic Bailout Plan
A few years ago the news was all about Enron and how the "books were cooked". Today we are going through an economic downturn with a major issue in sub-funded home loans. Many home owners will not only lose their homes, but will be faced with … [Read more...] about Have I Got a Deal for You… — Business Ethics and Conduct
In my July company newsletter, the Employer's Advantage, I highlighted stress and how to deal with it in the workplace. There can't be anything more stressful in today's marketplace than coping with an economic downturn. Gas prices are sky high, … [Read more...] about Dealing with Reality in an Economic Downturn
Many HR professionals and training/business coaches tell their clients that they need to check references on all new hires. The problem is that due to the fear of lawsuits, companies are told they should be cautious in giving references. Because of … [Read more...] about Checking and Giving References – Both Sides of the Coin