Beyond the Calendar: How Appreciating Employees Year Round Fosters Employee Engagement

Psst…don’t forget, this Friday, March 1st is Employee Appreciation Day!  Do we really need a holiday to appreciate our employees? No, but – much like Thanksgiving, Father’s Day, and Mother’s Day – sometimes we need the reminder to pause, reflect, and express our gratitude to our team by explicitly recognizing the value that they bring […]

What benefits options do your employees value?

Throughout the year, we talk to different employees in different companies about what matters most to them in a benefits program. What do they want to see and what would make types of benefits would make them leave their current employer? In most of our conversations, these are the most common responses:

The Thing About Employee Appreciation Day

Friday, March 4 was designated National Employee Appreciation Day.  Did this catch you by surprise? Did you scramble to get your social media post up? Don’t fret! The thing about Employee Appreciation Day is that, as leaders, we know it’s important to show our gratitude throughout the year. However, we do 100% support the sentiment […]

Employee Engagement Surveys

Employee surveys focus on employee satisfaction, it’s assumed happy employees will be more productive and you’ll experience higher retention rates. However, a more telling determinant of productivity and performance is employee engagement. Employees can enjoy their work and be satisfied without being necessarily engaged. Engaged employees are more than just satisfied with their jobs; they […]

Should You Rethink the Annual Performance Review

According to management research firm CEB, 42 percent of employees consider annual reviews ineffective, mainly due to the feedback coming at the end of the year when it has almost no relevance.   The primary purpose of annual reviews is to hold employees up to, typically, a quantitative standard, rather than to assess granular performance and […]

Thanking Your Employees is MORE Important Than Ever

Let’s face it – we’re happier when we’re grateful.   Showing your gratitude to employees year-round is important, even more important this year.  Employees are experiencing increased levels of stress and anxiety, anything from health concerns to childcare challenges to continuing to do a great job in a rapidly changing work environment. During this years’ crisis, it […]

Successfully position your business for the gig economy – Focus on these 4 factors

America was well on its way to establishing a gig economy and the pandemic is expected to throw it into overdrive.  The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported in 2017 that 55 million people in the U.S. are gig workers—those that do not have an implicit or explicit contract for long-term employment.  This includes independent […]

Is your business prepared for an emergency?

In just over a year time span, Dayton and Cincinnati Ohio have been hit with devastation. From Tornado’s to Mass Shootings, September 6th was the one-year anniversary of the 5/3 mass shooting and only a month earlier the mass shooting in the Oregon District took place. This is not an easy topic to discuss and […]

Workplace Wellness Programs: 5 Keys to Successful Programs

Thinking about adding a Workplace Wellness Program? They are a great option for energizing your team, reducing costs, and building a more positive and healthy work environment. Workplace wellness programs come in all shapes and sizes. They can be as simple as routine check-ins and small contests and competitions and they can include onsite fitness […]

Progressive Discipline: A changing trend in HR

How do you discipline your employees? Like most organizations, our firm believes it is essential to continue learning, growing, testing, and understanding trends within human resources that can ultimately benefit our clients. Human Resources encounters a variety of frequent changes through employment law, state requirements, and overall employer behaviors. To keep a handle on modifications; […]