7 06, 2017

Workplace Conflict: What to do When Working with Someone is Killing You

By | 2017-06-07T10:19:32+00:00 June 7th, 2017|Human Resources|

Years ago the owner of a company I worked with stopped his car, turned around, and headed back home on a Monday Morning. On the drive back home he thought about why he didn’t want to go to work. It was because of one negative employee. Even he, the owner, experienced workplace conflict. He had [...]

17 03, 2017

Hacking Past a Boomer Block: A Hack for Young Business Professionals

By | 2017-03-17T09:23:26+00:00 March 17th, 2017|Human Resources|

I’m an old guy, a boomer. Generally I abhor categorizing people by the year they were born. However, I love alliteration, hence Boomer block. So shoot me. To categorize and stereotype people born in the same era isn’t much different than saying all people born in Indiana are the same, or all Asians act alike, [...]

22 12, 2016

Your Best Employee Retention Plan

By | 2017-01-23T09:48:23+00:00 December 22nd, 2016|Human Resources, Leadership Values|

If you’re reading this, you already know employee retention may be the most important and challenging key to the success and survival of your business. If you’re in a leadership or human resources position, it might be the most critical piece to your growth and career. A lot rides on employee retention. And it’s not [...]

2 11, 2016

Why Your Company Should Focus on Sensitivity Training

By | 2016-11-02T09:06:15+00:00 November 2nd, 2016|Human Resources|

Why do organizations offer diversity training? What do they hope to accomplish? What’s the difference between diversity training and sensitivity training? Let’s begin here. There are two primary reasons for diversity training: Preventing lawsuits Promoting inclusion Does Diversity Training Work? Does diversity training work? Will it prevent lawsuits and improve inclusion? According to a study by [...]

21 09, 2016

Does Your Hiring Interview Fit Your Needs?

By | 2016-09-21T09:31:51+00:00 September 21st, 2016|Human Resources|

I’m going to assume you have an interview questionnaire that you use as a guide while conducting hiring interviews. If you don’t, you should, because even if you don’t think you need one, eventually someone will. Others in your organization will assist with interviews, and they’re not you. But I stray. I want you to [...]

22 06, 2016

3 Brick Walls for HR to Climb

By | 2016-06-22T09:30:49+00:00 June 22nd, 2016|Human Resources|

Every business, every department, and every individual occasionally hits a brick wall. Sometimes it’s due to company policy and culture, other times it’s outside the workplace, such as the economy or new technology, regardless,  when we come to a brick wall we have two choices—give up while blankly staring at the bricks or find a [...]

25 05, 2016

Confessions of an Extrovert or How to Manage Extroverts

By | 2016-05-25T09:33:16+00:00 May 25th, 2016|Human Resources|

I’m an extrovert. If there was anything such as an extra-extrovert, that’s me. I have my good points, and I know I have my challenges. I can be a handful. If you know me and think I’m overbearing, annoying, and outrageous, you should have seen me 30 years ago. The thing is, I’m not difficult [...]

28 04, 2016

How to Set Team Goals in 15 minutes

By | 2016-04-28T13:51:23+00:00 April 28th, 2016|Human Resources, Leadership Values|

Last month I spent 15 minutes each with two production departments. The department managers and I had previously discussed improving teamwork by developing team goals. We wanted the team to be integral in creating the goals. Knowing Rome wasn’t built in a day, we decided to start small. Our first goal for both departments was [...]

30 03, 2016

How to Conduct an Exit Interview

By | 2016-03-30T09:45:00+00:00 March 30th, 2016|Human Resources|

An exit interview is a valuable tool, which when properly conducted, can be used to improve an organization. Exit interviews can uncover cultural disconnects, leadership errors, and training inadequacies. They can be used to identify equipment that needs repaired, replaced, or updated. Exit interviews may identify trends that adversely affect performance and production. And exit [...]