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3 01, 2017

Veterans: Ensuring Transition Success

By |2017-03-13T16:15:33-05:00January 3rd, 2017|

Forty-six percent of all new-hires (including leadership positions) fail within 18 months. Add a career change to the new job, and the transition is even more difficult. Studies also show that mistakes early-on are difficult to overcome. As a result, veterans transitioning into new careers often have trouble moving to the civilian sector.  Many veterans are simply unprepared to make a [...]

3 01, 2017

Employee Engagement

By |2019-04-20T23:10:02-05:00January 3rd, 2017|

Employee Engagement Increasingly, organizations are facing pressure to cut expenses (Nolan 2011). Task standardization is often looked to as a method for gaining “economy of scale” and reducing costs. However, task standardization also limits the contributions made by a diverse workforce and the freedom that employees are demanding. The result is a “catch-22” where employee engagement is minimized in [...]

31 12, 2016

Sharing Culture: Stories Symbols & Rituals

By |2019-04-20T23:22:04-05:00December 31st, 2016|

Employees must support their organization in their thoughts and actions if the business is to be successful. Your company probably values diversity, teamwork, honesty, and dedication. Yet, employees may be exclusionary, abrasive, prone to pilfering, or un-engaged. Your corporate values are probably engraved on plaques near the leader’s office, but may not be embraced by your employees. Yet, imagine [...]

31 12, 2016

Planning for Success or Putting Out Fires

By |2019-05-05T01:10:22-05:00December 31st, 2016|

Planning for Success or Putting Out Fires?How many hats are you wearing? Most small businesses employ fewer than 10 employees. Often, small business owners (SBO) are forced to address tax, legal, and other concerns. Many of these issues may be new to the SBO. Due to the newness and complexity of these topics, it takes significantly more time to address them than is [...]

3 05, 2016

Organizational Culture

By |2019-05-20T06:49:08-05:00May 3rd, 2016|

Organizational Culture Organizational culture flows from your mission statement, organizational vision, and organizational values, Culture is a core component of an organization, as are the structure, strategies, and business plans, but culture is often overlooked. At best, a culture developed in an unplanned, reactionary, manner is vague and provides little to the organization. In the worst-case scenarios, a poor [...]

29 04, 2016

Healthy Work Environments

By |2017-04-10T06:47:01-05:00April 29th, 2016|

Imagine going to work in an atmosphere where the core values and culture require civil, positive behavior from members of the organization. Consider what it is like to work for a company where this is the norm. Imagine working in an environment where civility and concern for others are what team members demand of themselves [...]

28 04, 2016

Organizational Culture Impacts Employee Engagement, Turnover, and Productivity

By |2019-04-20T22:58:39-05:00April 28th, 2016|

A strong relationship exists between culture, employee engagement, employee productivity, and employee turnover. A strong cultural identity that flows naturally from well defined, effectively articulated, and actionable mission statement/values statement is necessary for the smooth, profitable operation of a business. Organizational strategies, processes, and relationships must also be aligned with the culture and values. If there is misalignment, there [...]