Before you dole out a holiday bonus or send your assistant to fetch more knick-knacks, slogan-wear or fruit baskets, think about what will be more meaningful to your employees.
When you aren’t incorporating individualized training into your professional development program, you are failing your employees. Your employees may stagnate, they won’t have specified goals, and disengagement will go up.
The stars were out at the San Francisco Bay Area’s 2016 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For awards Nov. 9 at Hotel Kabuki.
Companies, faced with shortages of skilled workers, get increasingly creative
Businesses today aren’t just competing to grab the attention of consumers; they’re also fighting to win the best possible talent. Perks, benefits, and practices like parental leave become weapons in the fight. With more young workers freelancing or becoming self-employed — and 60 percent of those who seek in-house positions leaving within three years — […]
In today’s environment of high-velocity change, a business’s technology, product innovation or unique distribution are only fleeting advantages. In fact, the only sustainable competitive advantage is an organization’s talent and how reliably they perform. Andrew Carnegie came to America from his native Scotland when he was a small boy, did a variety of odd jobs, […]
In today’s work culture where paternity leave, free snacks and on-site daycare have become more common, formulating the right package of perks and benefits for your employees can be difficult. While research indicates 57 percent of people place benefits and office perks at the top of their list when considering a new role, research has also […]
The service industry accounts for four of the top 10 largest employment sectors in the U.S. Salespeople, cashiers, and food service and preparation workers take the top three slots, and customer service representatives rank sixth. Combined, they comprise nearly 14 million workers, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics’ data published in March. Service workers are […]
Employee engagement, success and connectedness to their jobs directly affects a business’s ability to grow. In fact Gallup reports that employee engagement is consistently an important predictor of company performance. This means that whether you are looking to grow locally, scale internationally or further your business offerings with a new product line, having the right […]
The greatest generals in history knew that wars could not be won without the loyalty of their troops. Likewise, you cannot and will not win in business without the loyalty, respect and determination of your team. Loyalty is not gained by simply barking orders. Respect is not the result of instilling a sense of fear […]
Whether you are a Fortune 500 executive, business owner, front line manager, or human resources professional, you know this much is true. You can’t run a thriving company without top notch employees. The fact is, success resides in the hard work, creativity and dedication of your workforce—those bright, enthusiastic, engaged employees who work every day […]
When it comes to a “race to the top,” competitions like Best & Brightest produced by the National Association for Business Resources, are among the very best ways to actively spur on organizations in some of America’s key cities and regions. Here’s the big takeaway: Best and Brightest, whether it’s the Atlanta, Chicago, Houston or West […]
My son is eight years old. Like a lot of kids his age, he’s into baseball and plays in the kids’ Little League every spring. Watching a bunch of little kids playing baseball can be very entertaining.
When you hire a worker, should you hire him or her as an employee or an independent contractor? This choice is not simply a matter of title. The Internal Revenue Service and other regulators have created a legal framework specifying the differences between the two types of worker.
Businesses have relied upon the ability to hire employees at a guaranteed annual salary without paying attention to the number of hours worked. A recent rule change may end that practice by raising the salary threshold to exempt employees from overtime. We have spoken to many business owners that support the goals of the change, […]
Everyone knows a great leader when they see one. Yet, if you ask 10 people to describe the characteristics of a strong leader, you’ll probably get 10 different answers. Leadership is a unique blend of our innate abilities and the life experiences that allow us to hone and develop these skills. True leadership is an evolutionary […]
When it comes to performance review tools, one in particular, known as “360 degree feedback” is considered invaluable by some and ridiculed by others. While each organization is unique and as such requires a tailored and personalized performance management system, it is undoubtedly worth taking into account the possible detrimental impacts of certain tactics and […]
As companies increasingly focus on providing more enjoyable work environments and improving employee engagement, technology is playing a key role in championing those efforts. This is becoming especially important for attracting top millennial talent.
Business owners who consciously invest in their business by doing what it takes to create an upbeat and happy work environment are on to a good thing.
Take your business or organization to the next level, start delivering extreme value and you will watch the satisfaction rating of your clients and employees blossom and grow.
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