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July 2021: Post-Pandemic Challenges in the New Workplace

By | Business Consulting, Human Resources

Post-Pandemic Challenges in the New Workplace

In 2020, many business leaders successfully transitioned their teams to remote work, pivoting to meet the demands of the pandemic. Managing a virtual workforce presented many challenges in the beginning. Now, fast forward to 2021. The pandemic is starting to recede, and leaders are faced with the next challenge — moving to a post-pandemic work environment. With company culture and continued success being key decision-making factors, it is equally important for leaders to listen to their teams to ensure that engagement, productivity, and retention remain high. With deep considerations to be made when developing the return-to-work model, our team of HR experts shares their top pieces of advice to help you support your business.

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June 2021: Post-Covid Sustainability, Frantic Schedules & Waltzes

By | Business Consulting

Post-Covid Sustainability, Frantic Schedules & Waltzes

When I was much younger, I attended a formal wedding and waltzed with a guy who was an amazing dancer.  We didn’t just do the “ONE, two, three” waltz; we used the whole dance floor with circles that I had only seen in movies.  I did my best to keep up, but I finally had to ask to slow down because I was dizzy.  He then confessed, “I don’t know how to slow down.”

I think that describes where we are now.  We went from working really hard pre-Covid into a higher gear, and it hasn’t slowed down as we head into whatever a post-Covid (we hope) world brings.  I’ve noticed that I can send an email anytime between 6 am and 11 pm and get a quick response. I move almost seamlessly from one video conference to another and am happy about the efficiency.  During my drive to an in-person meeting last week, I thought about all the things I could have been working on if I hadn’t had to be in the car. Anything that requires a block of time to complete (like this short article) has to be done on the weekend.  I don’t think I’m alone.

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May 2021: Risk Management

By | Business Consulting

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the landscape of how we work. This change has exposed vulnerabilities and created real potential threats to everyone.

Risk management is the process of identifying, assessing, and controlling threats, like COVID-19 pandemic-related changes. Potential threats can originate from financial uncertainty, supply chain disruptions, legal liabilities, strategic management errors, accidents, and natural disasters. The pandemic exposed unprecedented risks. This article covers how to protect your business against disruptions due to the compromised supply chain, pervasive uncertainty, new data security risks, and the accompanying liquidity/financial risks.

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April 2021: Understanding the Employee Handbook

By | Business Consulting, Human Resources

What is the Employee Handbook, and why is it important?  By: Kevin Grey

The employee handbook is often an overlooked tool. Many view it as a dull document that only serves to fulfill human resource requirements. However, when used correctly, it has a great ability to help support the company culture to set your organization up for success.

An employee handbook, also known as an employee manual or guide, is a book given to employees by the employer. This book contains job-related information that covers the company’s core values, mission/vision statement, code of conduct, general information on holidays, promotions, company perks, and policies (**policies not required by law), as well as other information modeled after employment laws. The purpose of the employee handbook is to provide a consistent set of policies and procedures. It can also protect the employer from lawsuits because it spells out the at-will employment relationship and employee rights.  It is also a supportive tool to communicate the company culture.

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March 2021: Nonprofit Governance- Getting to Great

By | Board Development, Business Consulting, Nonprofit

Click Here: Nonprofit Governance Getting to Great

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Katherine Whitney works closely with nonprofit organizations in Board governance, strategic planning, organizational development, and Executive Director/CEO searches. Warren Whitney is grateful for the opportunity to support you and your organization. If you have any questions or seek further clarification, please call us at 804.282.9566 or email Katherine Whitney at kwhitney@warrenwhitney.com or Stephanie Ford at sford@warrenwhitney.com .

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January 2021: Four Succession Planning Steps

By | Business Consulting, Human Resources, Succession Planning

Four Succession Planning Steps for 2021

Generally, businesses have two sources of irreplaceable knowledge – people and database(s). If either is lost, years of insight can be erased in an instant, forcing companies to learn a hard lesson. While organizations recognize the need to implement data backups, fewer see the critical nature of developing a succession plan. The key to successful succession plans is not waiting for signs a transition is needed, but proactively developing a plan and options. This will ensure knowledge is shared from person to person long before any departure and that your company is prepared for the future.

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December 2020: Lessons Learned from 2020 for a Prosperous 2021

By | Business Consulting

LESSONS LEARNED FROM 2020 FOR A PROSPEROUS 2021

As we near the end of 2020 and reflect on the challenges and obstacles faced, the lessons we learned will carry us well beyond this year. Flexibility, transition, and transparency are words that accurately describe how organizations had to adapt to our changed world. As we seek to recover, reset, and eventually resume a normal life in 2021, Warren Whitney’s team of professionals took stock of the lessons they learned. Here are some key takeaways from our team of experts to support financial stability, a healthy business model, and a motivated workforce for years to come.

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November 2020: Remote Onboarding

By | Business Consulting, Human Resources

Contributor: Katherine Whitney

Remote Onboarding – An Intentional Plan with Individual Attention

At a time when so many companies are just trying to avoid furloughs and layoffs, why do we need to think about remote onboarding?  Some companies are still hiring, and some that had layoffs are now refilling those positions.  We’ve also learned that companies can fill some positions very successfully with remote workers, so in the future, some key positions may become potentials for remote workers.

While your basic checklist for onboarding may remain unchanged, an intentional onboarding plan and individual attention will improve the chances for success.  Here are a few things to think about regarding remote onboarding.

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October 2020: Tips for Business Leaders to Respond to COVID

By | Business Consulting, Finance & Accounting, Human Resources

Top tips for business leaders to respond to COVID – Best practices to embrace for success

The pandemic has tested all organizations and their ability to adapt to a world of virus risk and social distancing. Adapting the work environment to stay viable has meant embracing remote work, redesigning office space, and virtually connecting. The impact of COVID-19 on employee morale, expenses, and budgets has business leaders reevaluating the contours for our next phase of normalcy.

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