Our Grand Rapids Business Journal Articles
As organizations grow, they bring on various functions to deal with issues that crop up.
Actually what happens is they formally recognize someone to manage “stuff” that keeps re-occurring and has to be “handled.” The level of expertise usually starts out low and grows over time as the problems get more complex.read more
What exactly are we talking about when we discuss change?
Of course, it can be the way we do things, or how things others do impact our actions. Sometimes, things outside of our control come into play. It may be the weather or the impact of conditions labeled as global warming. Impact also comes through actions of institutions such as schools, governments and religious organizations. We certainly can’t overlook change driven by inventions.read more
Aug 2015 - Everyone knows a company must have job descriptions to have an organized human resources function. Unfortunately, the thinking often stops at this point, while the action of creating a binder of job descriptions swings into high gear. Even if a collection...read more
July 2015 - Anyone who has worked in human resources for any period knows staffing issues come in all sorts of shapes and forms. Getting people in the door is often a function of the economy, supply-and-demand of labor, pay scales, recruiting strategies, culture, etc....read more
June 2015 What is the value of a CEO? Almost everyone believes they are paid what they deserve unless they think they are under paid. In 40 years of compensation work, I never recall anyone saying they were paid too much. Some people will admit they are paid well, but...read more
May 2015 Do words matter? Last month the topic of this column was about labels and how they affect our perception. Certain words evoke reactions and preconceived notions, even if it is not a label pinned to a person or group. I recently encountered a strong reaction...read more
April 2015- Too often HR is viewed as a luxury the organization cannot afford in bad economic times, is only needed after a severe questioning of the organization’s practices (i.e., it got sued), or when the issues outgrow the president’s assistant. Sometimes the...read more