How Do I Determine If a Candidate Has the Skills for a Job?

09/13/14 By Jennifer Brown

Have you ever thought you had the perfect candidate…but then later after he started working for your company, you found out he didn’t have some the skills required for the job? Ugh! Assessments can help prevent this. They help to show you whether or not the candidate has the key skills that are required for… Read more »

Are Companies that Value Employees More Successful?

09/06/14 By Jennifer Brown

Are companies that value employees more successful via CBS News.   Did you know: • According to a Gallup study, only 3 out of 10 workers are engaged — meaning committed to or enthusiastic about their work. • Gallup estimates that actively-disengaged employees cost U.S. business up to $550 billion a year in lost productivity…. Read more »

How to Develop a Successful Strategic Planning Session

08/30/14 By Jennifer Brown

When was the last time you invited your employees to participate in a planning session for your company? Your employees will have some of the best ideas about what needs to be done to be successful. In addition, spending a planning day with your employees will help to ensure they buy-in, understand, and focus on… Read more »

How to Develop Benefit Strategies to Attract and Retain Employees

08/23/14 By Jennifer Brown

Are you having trouble attracting and retaining talent? It could be that your benefits package is lacking. To be competitive with other employers, you have to offer some type of benefits. Start by identifying and working with a trusted benefits broker who can share some current research with you on the standard benefits offered by… Read more »

Development Strategies for Busy Leaders

08/16/14 By Jennifer Brown

When was the last time you focused on your professional development? If you can’t remember or it’s been a year or two, you many want to make some time. Often we get so caught up in running and managing our companies, fulfilling our day-to-day responsibilities, or helping our employees with their development; that we forget… Read more »

Preventing HR Problems: The Importance of Business Insurance

08/09/14 By Jennifer Brown

When you own a business, there are many liability issues that can arise. Mistakes happen; on-the-job injuries occur; employees, clients, and vendors may become dissatisfied; and poor decisions are made. Sometimes, you can do everything right and still be hit with a lawsuit, penalty, or claim! Consequently, it is critical that you have adequate insurance… Read more »

Protect Your Business With an Employee Resignation Letter

08/02/14 By Jennifer Brown

Are you getting a resignation letter from your employees when they resign? If not, you should start immediately! These letters can prove very helpful appealing unemployment and wrongful termination claims. Therefore, be sure “getting the resignation letter” is a step on your employee exit checklist. When you get the letter, put it in the employee’s… Read more »

Ensure that Your Form I-9 Process is in Compliance As Required by Law

07/26/14 By Jennifer Brown

Are you completing the Form I-9 for your employees? And if you are completing it, are you doing it correctly? There are many specific rules associated with this form and process — and these rules can cause significant problems for employers if they aren’t followed. For example, if you fail to properly complete, retain, and/or… Read more »

Do You Know How to Write a Job Posting that Will Attract the Right Candidates?

07/19/14 By Jennifer Brown

Job postings are an advertisement and like any other advertisement their purpose is to get someone interested and to take action. Job postings should 1.) spur a candidate’s interest, 2.) help the candidate determine if they are a good fit in terms of the position’s responsibilities and qualifications as well as your company’s culture and… Read more »

What Does Human Resources Support Cost?

07/12/14 By Jennifer Brown

One of the first questions I often get from potential clients is how much does Human Resources (HR) support cost? This is a tough question because HR support can take many forms. For example, you could hire an employee, consultant, or administrative services outsourcing (ASO)/ professional employer organization (PEO). Therefore, it’s important to first start… Read more »

Having Fun with Your Employees Results in a Successful Business

07/05/14 By Jennifer Brown

When was the last time you did something fun with your employees? If you can’t remember, then that’s a sure sign it’s been too long! While it’s easy to get caught up in the day to day work that needs to be done; it’s absolutely critical to spend time with your employees doing “non-work” activities…. Read more »

Are You a Compassionate Boss?

06/28/14 By Jennifer Brown

What type of boss are you? When times get tough for your employees, do you provide them with support? Or, are you more concerned with when they are going to return to work and if they have the leave who will cover their absence? Life storms (e.g., severe sickness, death, family struggles) are inevitable and… Read more »

VIDEO: Making Internships Work for Your Business and Intern

06/21/14 By Jennifer Brown

Last Sunday, Marissa Levin, CEO of Successful Culture and Chairman of Information Experts, and I discussed the value of internships to a business as well as some landmines to avoid during a segment on the Washington Business Report. You can click here for the video. The following is an excerpt from that segment: Making Internships… Read more »