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 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 »

How Do You Know if You Have Strong Employee Relationships?

09/20/14 By Jennifer Brown

Would your employees tell you if they had a potential job offer (even if it was still contingent on a few items and had not been finalized)? It would take an incredibly strong relationship for an employee to feel comfortable doing this…but it can happen! Recently, one of my clients had an employee come to… Read more »