Regardless of company size, age or industry, having a succession plan in place is a necessary strategy and a critical part of doing business. In fact, even for small start-up organizations where top leadership positions include “Chief Bottle Washer” or “Vice President of Sweeping”, knowing who will be ready to step in and continue the … Continue reading The Critical Importance of Succession Planning
One thing every one of us has in common, regardless of rank or position, is the fact that at one time or another we’ve all been the new guy: the new hire that comes in green, a bit nervous, but excited nonetheless to start a new career. For many new hires, the first day is … Continue reading Welcome to the Team! How to Onboard New Employees From the Very First Day
You’ve recently landed a job with a fantastic company and you’re eager to get started and excited to show off your creativity, talents and work ethic. Just one problem: the corporate culture of the new company is miles away from where you were with your last job and you have no idea how to adapt. … Continue reading Hey New Guy: How To Fit Into an Established Corporate Culture
The best employers recognize that even the most dedicated employees need a break every now and then. Regardless of industry or organizational size, vacation and holidays are a fact of life. But good leaders have learned how to balance giving their team time to relax with keeping them engaged during their absence. Let’s not be … Continue reading Keeping Your Team Engaged (When They’re On Summer Vacation)
For many companies, the summer months are less than productive as employees go on vacation or in some cases the entire organization shuts down or operates at half capacity. So how do you keep your team engaged during the warm weather? Aside from staying consistent with team meetings (despite absence), and maintaining ongoing projects, here … Continue reading Summer Time Shake Up: Maintaining Team Productivity During The Warm Weather
In years past, when it came to recruiting, most organizations simply didn’t hire in the summer. Traditionally, companies sought out new talent a couple of times a year. January through March were popular recruiting periods as a new year and new budgets were in place. During September through November people were coming off holiday. Today, … Continue reading How to Effectively Recruit During the Lazy, Hazy Days of Summer
These days, I’m seeing more and more companies out there with fabulous benefits – Cadillac versions of amazing benefits. That’s great, but unfortunately, many of them are not taking into consideration all the other aspects of workplace wellness. Or, they put fantastic benefit plans in place, but they don’t communicate them properly and as a … Continue reading Workplace Wellness: It’s Not Just About the Benefits
No one likes to be told they’re not doing a great job, but this is reality. Everyone can improve and constructive feedback is a necessary tool for getting the information you need to make meaningful improvements. Effective performance discussions can help us understand what needs to change and why. They can be a productive and … Continue reading Constructive Criticism: 3 Ways To Use Performance Management Feedback To Improve
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Psychometric testing is essentially a series of tests that examine an individual’s personality traits and aptitudes for certain tasks. The tests help people better understand themselves and identify the traits and aptitudes that may best fit with other people and with current and future career options. Psychometric testing has value both for personal use and … Continue reading What is Psychometric Testing?