Employee Performance Issues: Strategies for this Difficult Discussion

04/30/16 By Jennifer Brown

Employee performance issues. We all dread them and may try to avoid them. The issue becomes the elephant in the room. When you are faced with performance issues with a team member, do you approach it head on or do you avoid having ‘the talk’? Unfortunately, when we avoid or delay these types of conversations,… Read more »

The Downsizing Meeting: Compassion and Respect is Key

04/16/16 By Jennifer Brown

Terminating an employee can be one of the most stressful parts of a manager’s job – especially, when the termination is related to a reduction in force (RIF). This news can sometimes come as a shock to the affected employee, making delivering the news all the more challenging. Although from a legal perspective you want… Read more »

6 Things to Consider When Preparing for a Reduction in Force (RIF)

04/02/16 By Jennifer Brown

Terminations can occur for a variety of reasons including Reductions in Force. Letting employees go due to declining business performance or changing business priorities is tough and can often feel like it came out of left field for the employee. This can be an emotional time for both parties, yet as the employer it is… Read more »

How Do You Show Employee Appreciation?

03/19/16 By Jennifer Brown

Showing employee appreciation doesn’t always have to come in the form of a big, fat bonus check (although that usually is well-received!). Simple gestures such as saying ‘thank you’, a thoughtful hand-written note, or recognizing someone’s hard work in front of a group can really make someone’s day. Employee appreciation should be a daily event… Read more »

Gamification: Is Your Company up for the Challenge?

03/05/16 By Jennifer Brown

Gamification is a growing trend among organizations looking to improve engagement, productivity, learning, and recruitment. The companies who use gamification in one area or another often find these virtual games are well received with younger generations who have grown up on gaming consoles such as Xbox or Wii (or even the Candy Crush or Words… Read more »

Employee Engagement: A Hot Topic in 2016

02/20/16 By Jennifer Brown

In 2016, organizations around the world will be focusing on employee engagement like never before. The reason? The war for talent is more competitive than ever and the level of transparency for most organizations has increased significantly thanks to social media. With the touch of a screen, customers can provide feedback on a company’s product,… Read more »

The Next Generation of Performance Management is Coming!

02/06/16 By Jennifer Brown

Does the phrase “It’s time for the annual review” elicit feelings of excitement for you? If you answered “no”, you’re not alone. Managers and employees alike often find the process time-consuming, ineffective, and complex. Today’s workforce is focused on building skills for their career (not just their current job), frequent communication and feedback (thanks to… Read more »

New Hire Onboarding: Is Automation Right for Your Company?

01/23/16 By Jennifer Brown

Making a great first impression with your new hire on her first day of work goes a long way. It instills a feeling that she made the right decision to join your organization and that you “have it all together”. So, you can imagine what type of impression a disorganized, cumbersome process leaves with the… Read more »

Positive Energy: The Secret to Successful Leadership

01/09/16 By Jennifer Brown

When something goes wrong at work – a client complaint, an employee relations issue, a new business deal falls through – how do you react? Similarly, how do you react when something goes well – do you celebrate or simply move on to the next task at hand without acknowledging the success? Have you ever… Read more »

Planning a Safe (and Fun!) Company Holiday Party

12/11/15 By Jennifer Brown

We’ve all heard the horror story – The employee who had a little too much to drink at the company holiday party and (fill in the blank). How can a company provide a festive gathering, yet protect the organization from social media embarrassment or worse yet, a lawsuit? Here are a few recommendations to employ… Read more »

How to Engage Employees

11/14/15 By Jennifer Brown

Employee engagement involves employees making collective and individual efforts toward attaining organizational goals. Employees are not just focused on their own needs, but those of the organization as a whole. Sounds like an employer’s dream, right?  So how do you create a culture where employee engagement is automatic? Here are a few suggestions to consider:… Read more »

How to Find the Candidates You Want With LinkedIn

10/31/15 By Jennifer Brown

Although numerous online job boards and recruiting resources exist today, LinkedIn still dominates the recruiting world in terms of networking and identifying new opportunities. However, any system as robust as LinkedIn with millions of users can be a bit overwhelming – giving you that “trying to find a needle in a haystack” feeling. Understanding how… Read more »

Is a PTO Bank Right for You?

10/17/15 By Jennifer Brown

In a recent study conducted by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), 42% of employers offered a Paid Time Off (PTO) plan versus separate vacation and sick policies. Before jumping on the PTO bandwagon, make sure to consider the following pros and cons of PTO banks to ensure this system is right for your… Read more »