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 »

How to Live Your Corporate Culture

02/28/15 By Jennifer Brown

Defining, communicating, and living your corporate culture is a key element in the ‘war for talent’ these days. Organizational culture can be a significant factor when a candidate is deciding between job offers as well as when an internal employee is contemplating whether to stay or leave. Employees want to work for a company that… Read more »

How to Make the Most of an Employee Survey

02/21/15 By Jennifer Brown

When designed and administered successfully, a survey can yield a wealth of knowledge about your employees’ perceptions of the organization. After all, perception is reality. With that said, don’t just have a survey to have a survey. Take your time. Ask yourself, ‘What do I want the survey to achieve?’, ‘How can this survey benefit… Read more »

How Open Communication Can Benefit Your Organization

02/14/15 By Jennifer Brown

Lack of communication with your team on relevant business matters can lead to feelings of uncertainty, gossip, lack of teamwork, and poor performance. As a business leader, you have the ability to create and nurture an environment where employees feel valued, are able to share ideas, and feel ‘in the know’. A few strategies you… Read more »

How to Survive a 401(k) Plan Audit

02/07/15 By Jennifer Brown

This morning started off like any other morning. Until you opened the letter from the Department of Labor (or IRS) and found out that your company’s 401(k) plan had been selected for an audit. First step, take a deep breath – you will get through this! An audit can elicit feelings of anxiety (Why me?… Read more »

How to Avoid Key HR Mistakes that Get Employers in Trouble

01/31/15 By Jennifer Brown

Whether you are a start-up or an established organization, there are certain employment laws that you must follow and best practices that (if implemented) will prevent you from facing major problems. Implementing these strategies will allow you to focus on your business – not cleaning up issues or worse yet, your defense in court! Here… Read more »

Workplace Regulations…Make Sure You’re in the Know!

01/24/15 By Jennifer Brown

State, Federal and Local regulations — this topic may not elicit feelings of excitement for you; however, staying current with these laws as they pertain to the workplace can save you from time-consuming, stressful and profit-draining problems. Changes to some of the regulations that have been in the news recently include: Minimum Wage Increase Effective… Read more »

Facilitating Knowledge Transfer between the Generations

01/17/15 By Jennifer Brown

You’ve probably heard it before. Millennials require constant praise. Generation X is too independent. Baby Boomers are workaholics. Traditionalists are “lifers”. Although there is some documented truth behind these stereotypes, at the end of the day, everyone wants to succeed for both their personal aspirations and the company’s benefit. To remain successful, organizations should be… Read more »

Implementing HR Software Solutions…Successfully!

01/10/15 By Jennifer Brown

Applicant tracking, performance management, and compensation and benefits tracking systems are all fantastic software solutions that HR can use for daily information warehousing as well as long-term strategic initiatives. Having the right HR software solution for your company makes all the difference. However, implementation can be a time consuming and daunting task. Make sure you… Read more »

How to Build a Wellness Program

01/03/15 By Jennifer Brown

Wellness programs can be robust or simple depending on the organization’s resources to support the program. Either way, providing some level of support helps build a culture of health and increased productivity while showing your employees that you care about them on a personal level. When building a wellness program, here are a few ideas… Read more »

New Year Resolutions for the Workplace

12/27/14 By Jennifer Brown

At work, making resolutions for the New Year can be invigorating and restore the passion that we long to have in our work. Setting a goal for something new (or to discontinue something old) is a great way to get on the right track for success. Here are a few examples of workplace New Year… Read more »

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 »