What Employees Want In A Manager

12/20/14 By Jennifer Brown

One reason employees may start testing the waters for new opportunities could be the relationship they have with their direct manager. Managers play a pivotal role in keeping employees productive, motivated, and happy. The company and position could be just what the employee is looking for; however, if their relationship with their manager is not… Read more »

What Are the Benefits of Mentoring?

12/13/14 By Jennifer Brown

Although a formal mentoring program would be the preferred route, having an informal mentoring relationship with an employee can reap the same benefits and compliment your company’s existing talent management strategy. Mentoring benefits your organization I’m sure you’ve heard this before – A company’s people are its most valuable asset. Well, it’s true. The collective… Read more »

How to Retain Your Best Employees

12/06/14 By Jennifer Brown

The conversation every manager dreads – your top performer just tendered his resignation and has accepted another position. Why did he decide to leave? What could have been done to keep him? There are several reasons an employee may start to look outside of their organization for new opportunities. He may not feel challenged, appreciated… Read more »

How Do I Keep My Team Motivated?

11/29/14 By Jennifer Brown

Over time, employees may lose their motivation. When this happens, the company suffers – productivity and creativity decline and absenteeism and turnover increase. How can you keep their motivation going? Below are a few strategies you can implement to keep your team moving in the right direction. How do you keep your team motivated? Click… Read more »

How to Use Social Media to Recruit

11/22/14 By Jennifer Brown

When social media is utilized appropriately, a company can effectively market their brand – attracting clientele and future talent. Recruitment is one area within HR that social media can be very powerful. Below are a few strategies you can use to start building your recruitment brand and attracting the right candidates for your current and… Read more »

How to Develop an Employee Referral Program

11/15/14 By Jennifer Brown

Employee referral programs can be one of the most successful and cost effective recruitment tools a company can employ. When designed and executed correctly, an employee referral program can produce top quality hires, while minimizing the cost and time associated with a normal candidate search. Overall, a win-win for everyone. Why are employee referrals so… Read more »

How to Write a Job Description

11/08/14 By Jennifer Brown

A job description is a crucial resource. It outlines the knowledge, skills, abilities and other talents needed to succeed. Many view the job description as only a recruitment tool; however, it is truly a valuable management tool used for performance management, succession planning, training, and compensation planning – not to mention an important document should… Read more »

How to Interview with Confidence

11/01/14 By Jennifer Brown

Creating the right mix of interview questions and knowing what to listen for in a candidate’s responses can set you up for a successful interview and hiring decision. To take it a step further, preparing in advance and creating the right atmosphere will strengthen your chances of hiring the best talent even more. Utilize the… Read more »

Smart Hiring: Asking the Right Questions

10/25/14 By Jennifer Brown

Great hires make their manager, team and company look great. Of course on the flip side, not-so-great hires do just the opposite. Getting it right the first time saves money, time and frustration. As a hiring manager, there are a few strategies you can implement before the interview to ensure you are making well-informed hiring… Read more »

How Do I Set Goals for My Team

10/18/14 By Jennifer Brown

Once you have met with your employee to review his performance over this past year, it is important to focus on improvement and continued skill development. Clearly put – it’s time to set some goals. Begin with the end in mind – what are your company’s AND employee’s objectives when it comes to the upcoming… Read more »

How Do I Conduct a Performance Review?

10/11/14 By Jennifer Brown

Providing feedback face-to-face can elicit feelings of anxiety for both the manager and employee – especially if the feedback relates to underperformance. At the end of day, you want the employee to leave the meeting feeling excited and motivated about her abilities and opportunities for growth as well as view you as a trusted resource…. Read more »

How Do You Write Effective Performance Reviews?

10/04/14 By Jennifer Brown

As we head into the end of the year, many companies are in the midst of or gearing up for their annual performance review process. A well-written and thoughtful performance review can do wonders in terms of motivating an employee to succeed within their current role and grow professionally. Ultimately, when your employees are successful,… Read more »

How Do You Resolve Employee Performance Issues?

09/27/14 By Jennifer Brown

If you have employees working with you, it is inevitable that performance issues will occur. The question is “how do you handle the issue”? Time and again, I have seen leaders ignore the problem – but typically it doesn’t go away. Finally, one day the leader gets so frustrated with the employee that he fires… Read more »