I’m a small business; why should I outsource?

May 3, 2017 by & filed under Knowledge.

  “I thought about outsourcing, but isn’t that just for big companies?” If I had a dollar for every time I heard that, I would be retired! Historically, big companies have always outsourced, motivated mainly by cost savings. They outsourced functions that had been previously performed in-house to be more cost-effective and improve their bottom

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Ten Years Later: Do We Still Hate HR?

April 19, 2017 by & filed under Knowledge.

  Ten years ago, an article was written that caused quite a stir in the human resources community. The article was entitled “Why We Hate HR”, written by Keith Hammond in Fast Company Magazine. Sure enough, there was quite a backlash in the HR community. Everyone was condemning what was in the article. But I

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Blend Finance and HR for Best Results

March 9, 2017 by & filed under Knowledge.

  In most businesses we find the HR department does not have as close of a relationship with the finance function as it should. And that is unfortunate! Given that the “people cost” of a business is usually about 30% of revenue, it would make sense for finance and HR professionals to talk more closely;

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Debt: Dangerous Risk or Path to Growth?

February 6, 2017 by & filed under Knowledge.

  Does the D-word make you feel that nervous knot in your stomach? You’re not alone—the idea of going into debt looms as a scary prospect for most of us. But most small business owners need to take on some debt in order to grow their businesses. Too much debt is never good, but thoughtfully

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Should You Do a Market-based Salary Survey?

February 1, 2017 by & filed under Knowledge.

  Do you know what your competitors are paying their employees? Why should you care? A few years ago, a manufacturing client hired me to do a market salary survey for them. Their market share was decreasing and they were losing out on bids, so they decided to revamp their entire compensation program. I did

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5 Finance Trends to Leverage in Your Business in 2017

January 24, 2017 by & filed under Knowledge.

  Last week we talked about the top 5 people trends to know about for 2017. This week, we’re bringing you 5 more trends- this time from me, Patty! Finance and accounting are certainly less “trendy” topics. But change and innovation happens in these areas, too. Successful companies are going to be at the forefront

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5 HR Trends to Know in 2017

January 18, 2017 by & filed under Knowledge.

  We so often get hung up on industry trends. A business center will always know the hottest ideas and trends in their specific industry. But we tend to not say as much on people trends. People are our most important asset, and that means we should know what’s going on in the people industry

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Rid Your Workplace of the Walking Dead!

April 28, 2016 by & filed under Uncategorized.

Who are the walking dead? Many readers have likely heard of, and perhaps are fans of, the post-apocalyptic zombie world on AMC’s The Walking Dead. However, did you know the walking dead are already here? In fact they are in your workforce right now! “But wait,” you say, “there are no flesh-eating corpses walking around

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Why Manage Performance?

January 23, 2016 by & filed under Knowledge.

  Performance management can be one of the most challenging areas for supervisors, managers, and organization leaders. It is also one of the most critical elements to the success of any organization. To maximize success, organizations must motivate employees toward a common goal. Performance management can be used for this purpose.

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Strategic Planning – It’s All About the Process

November 24, 2015 by & filed under Knowledge.

Many times companies have asked us if we could come in and lead them through a one or two day strategic planning exercise. We choose not to accept those engagements. We have learned over time that the process is the most important element of a strong strategic plan. It is the time spent together working

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