2 Common Management Pitfalls That Are Hurting Your Business from an HR Perspective

June 21, 2017 by & filed under Employee Management.

  Do your new managers and supervisors have strong communication skills? Are they well-equipped to deal with conflict in a way that leaves employees feeling supported instead of disrespected? If not, you’re missing an important opportunity to boost employee morale and engagement to help your business thrive. Last month I shared the 3 big legal


How To Pay Yourself More Than Leftover Crumbs

June 7, 2017 by & filed under Knowledge.

Do you ever feel like you’re so busy in your business, but after everything is said and done, there’s no money left to pay yourself? That’s exactly how Renaldo felt. As the owner of a small service business, he was known by everyone around him as a success. He was always busy with jobs. His


Are Newly Promoted Supervisors Leaving You Open to a Lawsuit?

May 17, 2017 by & filed under Knowledge.

  Are you certain your new managers and supervisors fully understand the laws that govern your business and the people relations within it? If not, you’re leaving yourself wide open to a lawsuit and more importantly, you’re not allowing your business to thrive in the way that it could. In general, new managers and supervisors


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


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


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;


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


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


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