How to Host an Enjoyable (and Safe!) Company Holiday Party

11/11/17 By Jennifer Brown

When the idea of a company holiday party comes up, as a business leader you may get visions of the movie Office Christmas Party in your head – what an HR nightmare! Never fear, there are plenty of ways to celebrate the season as a team – without giving your HR and Executive teams heart… Read more »

Designing an Education Assistance Program That Is Right for Your Company

10/28/17 By Jennifer Brown

Over 50% of companies today offer some type of education assistance. And it’s not too hard to see why – employees that participate in their company’s education assistance program are more likely to be promoted and stay long-term (contrary to the fear that employees will jump ship as soon as they complete their courses or… Read more »

The Benefits of an HR Audit

10/14/17 By Jennifer Brown

The word ‘audit’ does not usually elicit feelings of excitement; however, taking time to thoroughly review a process is essential to keep things running smoothly. Conducting a proactive HR audit is a great way to give yourself peace of mind (especially if the EEOC or Department of Labor come knocking!). HR audits can accomplish the… Read more »

How Are You Making Life at Work Better?

09/30/17 By Jennifer Brown

In our last blog, we discussed the benefits of mindfulness in the workplace. Mindfulness can help make life at work more enjoyable and rewarding. According to the 2017 Bersin Report, a major focus in the years ahead will be on human performance – a combination of how we think, feel, experience, and react to the… Read more »

Using Mindfulness to Transform Your Workplace

09/16/17 By Jennifer Brown

Mindfulness. You may have heard this term being thrown around more and more. It is not a new concept; however, with the speed of life today, it is a practice that has come back into vogue. But what is mindfulness and how can you promote it in the workplace? In short, it refers to our… Read more »

Recruitment Roundtables: A Great Way to Improve Process & Stakeholder Relationships

08/19/17 By Jennifer Brown

When consulting with clients on improving their recruiting function, I have found poor communication is one of the top reasons there is a breakdown in the process. Strengthening the relationship between key stakeholders (e.g., recruiters and hiring managers) is critical to having a well-oiled recruiting machine. With a strong recruiter/hiring manager relationship, you will find: •… Read more »

How to Get the Most Out of Your Internship Program

08/05/17 By Jennifer Brown

Designing an internship program that is a win-win for both the organization and the intern is not as challenging as you may think. To design a program that is a true value-add to the company as well as an enriching experience for the intern, a little planning goes a long way. A few important elements… Read more »

Managing Remote Employees

07/22/17 By Jennifer Brown

For many of today’s organizations, hiring remote workers is a great way to grow their talent pool – enabling them to hire the best person for the job, regardless of location. Yet, knowing how to manage an employee you do not see face-to-face every day can be tricky. Understanding these nuances is critical to a… Read more »

Embracing the Spirit of Summer at Work

07/08/17 By Jennifer Brown

Remember the excitement as a child when the summer months rolled around? When that last school bell rang, a sense of adventure and freedom was upon us as we looked forward to warm, sunny days outside riding bikes with friends, staying up late, and embracing the carefree days and nights that the summer months provide… Read more »

Strategies for a Successful Employee Rewards Program

06/24/17 By Jennifer Brown

How we recognize and reward our employees has evolved over the years, yet the key to a successful program has always been to keep it fresh and engaging. When designing a recognition and rewards program, knowing what rewards to offer can sometimes be tricky – How do we know if this reward will be a… Read more »

The Benefits of Peer-to-Peer Recognition

06/10/17 By Jennifer Brown

Great job! You’re Awesome! Way to go! When someone directs praise and recognition your way, it’s hard not to feel a sense of pride and accomplishment. In the workplace, employee recognition is linked to higher levels of happiness, job satisfaction, and productivity. Traditionally, managers are the ones giving out the recognition to their teams for… Read more »

How to Build a Learning Culture

05/13/17 By Jennifer Brown

Today’s employees are hungry for opportunities to build their skills. They actively seek out companies that invest time, energy, and resources into employee learning and development (L&D). In turn, those employers who make this investment see higher job satisfaction, increased loyalty, more creativity, and improved retention. It really is a no-brainer – if you want… Read more »

The Benefits of an Internship Program

04/29/17 By Jennifer Brown

Internship programs can be a real benefit for both company and intern. For example, • Employee productivity levels increase and bandwidth expands when interns are on board. Always good to have more hands on deck! • Employers have a talent pool at their fingertips when job openings arise. Internships are a great way to “test… Read more »