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Do your business practices need a mentality shift?

Do your business practices need a mentality shift?

The mentality of the business community, like much of America these days, tends to see everything in a black and white context. They want to shy away from those elements of their lives that are gray or unclear, which seems to make them uncomfortable or of the belief they must always pin things down, so they know how to proceed when circumstances force them to act…

Avoid firefights with careful strategic planning

Avoid firefights with careful strategic planning

When people talk about strategic planning, many images come to mind. Most imply careful thinking about what is intended to be accomplished. In the world of business, it is typically a process organizations follow to put actions in motion to achieve their mission or...
Communication an essential, often overlooked, workplace element | by Ardon Schambers

Communication an essential, often overlooked, workplace element | by Ardon Schambers

One would think hiring workers needed by employers would be a rather simple activity. You have a job, it requires certain skills or knowledge, and you will pay a rate to have the work done. We all know this is a simplistic picture for the most part; it just doesn’t work out so easily. The missing component in the process is communication. It happens at all steps of the process, and we usually just take it for granted and don’t give too much thought about what that communication looks like.

It may in fact be the most essential element in the workplace. …

Employee records are more than a walk in the park | By Ardon L. Schambers

It seems like employee record keeping is all about common sense, so what can you write that people need to hear or would find interesting?

It’s like watering the grass when it’s dry: Everyone knows that. Well, keeping the lawn alive has become much more complex over the years, with fertilizers for different times of the year, seed for full sun or full shade, knowing which types of leaves need to be raked up right away, using weed and crab grass preventives, and don’t forget about mole and grub eradication.

Employee record keeping has become more complex, too.

Employee attraction, retention and engagement, Part 2 | By Gail Hammontree and Jane McGrath

Employee attraction, retention and engagement, Part 2 | By Gail Hammontree and Jane McGrath

In our last article we explained the ARE acronym: Attraction, Retention and Engagement — critical elements in managing employees. We explained the importance of paying attention to your employment brand, which is all things that influence how employees and potential employees feel about working in your organization. Being aware of these matters is important for getting the right people in the door with the necessary skills to do what you need done. This has become much more critical as competition for employees heats up.