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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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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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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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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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August 2020: What Do Great Leaders Do Next?

By | Business Consulting, Finance & Accounting, Human Resources

What Do Great Leaders Do Next?

Leaders’ successes typically revolve around the ability to develop and implement brilliant visions.  They help their staff move forward in their careers; they build their organizations; they make their communities better places.  The blur of health and social trauma over the last five months (with no end in sight) gives leaders a very different challenge.

It’s hard to create a brilliant vision with this level of uncertainty; it’s hard to help people advance in their careers when a computer screen is the only connection; it’s hard to find the energy to move forward when the race is a marathon and the footing is muddy.

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July 2020: Our Brave New World- How to keep employees engaged while planning for uncertainty

By | Business Consulting, Finance & Accounting, Human Resources

Most businesses have moved beyond the initial shock of the COVID-19 pandemic and are adjusting to a new reality. Now, organizations need to remain flexible and devise strategies to keep their workforce engaged while planning for uncertainty. With the unpredictable nature of the pandemic, businesses are faced with repetitive attempts at forecasting and budgeting. Projections need to anticipate multiple scenarios to pivot quickly. Another challenge is managing employee burn out, morale, and feelings of being disconnected.

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June 2020: HOW CAN YOUR BUSINESS BENEFIT FROM A FRACTIONAL LEADER?

By | Business Consulting, Finance & Accounting, Human Resources, Strategy, Technology and Operations

HOW CAN YOUR BUSINESS BENEFIT FROM A FRACTIONAL LEADER?

And steps to find the right firm. 

For those not familiar with the concept of fractional leadership, it is an efficient and cost-effective model for businesses to outsource functions when they do not have the expertise in-house or are going through a transition. This form of leadership offers an objective perspective and can guide businesses when faced with challenging decisions. Their role is to become a trusted advisor, lead through change, and offer unbiased advice.

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