How to Engage Your Audience

06/13/15 By Jennifer Brown

When preparing for a meeting, you probably spend a lot of time ensuring that you are presenting the right content in an organized way. However, equally important is the ability to engage your audience. The last thing you want is for your message to be lost because your attendees are zoning out. Here are a… Read more »

How to Write a Job Posting that Attracts Candidates

05/30/15 By Jennifer Brown

Gone are the days of simply posting the job description to attract talent. Today, employers need to be creative and focused on the specific candidate pool they wish to attract – especially when it comes to millennials. Here are a few strategies to use when crafting your next posting: Employers need to be creative &… Read more »

How to Implement a PTO Donation Policy

05/16/15 By Jennifer Brown

Tragedy happens to all of us – whether it is a death in the family, personal illness, natural disaster, or other circumstance out of our control. When eligible, employees can elect Family and Medical Leave or short/long-term disability; however, an employee may not be eligible for these types of leave or simply needs a few… Read more »

How Do I Build a Collaborative Team

05/09/15 By Jennifer Brown

Are your employees working together or just alongside one another? Encouraging collaboration among your team can be beneficial to your employees as well as your bottom-line. In order to have successful collaboration, you must have the right people and skill-sets in place. Here are two strategies to help you as a leader foster collaboration with… Read more »

How to Plan a Company-wide Retreat

05/02/15 By Jennifer Brown

Hosting a company-wide retreat can be a great way to promote collaboration between your various departments. With the day-to-day nature of business, employees can feel isolated from the rest of the organization (even in small companies) as they focus on department or function-specific goals and objectives. They may want, but do not have the opportunity,… Read more »

How Do I Reduce Employee Turnover?

04/25/15 By Jennifer Brown

Employee turnover is a challenge for many organizations and can be quite costly. According to HR.BLR, depending on the level of the employee, turnover can cost a company anywhere from 50 to 200 percent of an employee’s annual pay. These costs include separation, employee replacement, and training costs as well as lost productivity. The first… Read more »

College Recruiting: How to Leverage College Career Fairs

04/18/15 By Jennifer Brown

There is no better time to snag the talent of tomorrow, than today. With the college recruiting season in full swing, many universities are hosting onsite career fairs. Whether you are looking for an intern or an entry level candidate, college recruiting can have a positive impact on your business by promoting your brand and… Read more »

Before the Interview: How to Build a Solid Recruitment Strategy

04/11/15 By Jennifer Brown

Formulating a recruitment strategy is one of the most important activities you can do to help grow your business. Marketing your brand, promoting your open positions, and offering an enjoyable experience for all will put you light years ahead of your competition – and sure beats stabbing in the dark or scrambling at the last… Read more »

Setting Performance Expectations with Your New Hire

04/04/15 By Jennifer Brown

To avoid performance issues, it is best to set clear expectations of what success looks like during a new hire’s first week on the job. This is best accomplished with at least several one-on-one meetings with the new hire and her manager. When performance expectations are clear from the starting line, the employee has a… Read more »

How to Welcome Your New Hire

03/28/15 By Jennifer Brown

If you do your best to woo a candidate to join your team only to throw him to the wolves on his first day, you are potentially setting the relationship up to fail. The last thing you want is for your new hire to leave work on day 1 thinking ‘What have I done?’. No… Read more »

How to Keep A Wellness Program Thriving

03/21/15 By Jennifer Brown

A challenge for any wellness program is keeping the excitement and energy around the program alive and well. The beginning of the New Year is always a great time to kick off a wellness initiative since many of us tend to set personal health goals at that time of year. However, as the year goes… Read more »

How to Evaluate Your Performance Review

03/14/15 By Jennifer Brown

Performance reviews can be a successful tool linked to improved performance and high morale. In addition, they can strengthen the employee-manager relationship…when done well. If you are conducting performance reviews just for the sake of it or only to create documentation for staffing decisions, then you might as well scrap your review process. Without the… Read more »

How to Communicate Change Effectively

03/07/15 By Jennifer Brown

There is not a secret recipe for communicating change. However, when you prepare effectively, it can be easier (or at least less painful) than you might think. When you have change to communicate with your employees, you must do so carefully to help transition the organization to the desired future state. Here are a few… Read more »