5 Tips for Doing a Reduction in Force (RIF) the Right Way

Low unemployment rates and a scramble to close the skills gap are top-of-mind trends among HR professionals and business leaders. Against such a backdrop, thoughts of reductions in force (RIF) and layoffs are largely ignored. True…in September, there was a brief threat of a federal government shutdown. But that was quickly resolved before it ever… Read More

Disaster Planning: Ask These Critical Questions for Successful Preparedness

How does your organization react when employees are out of work for several days for something as simple as the seasonal flu outbreak? It’s common to deal with these types of absences by shifting workloads within departments or peer-groups. But what if a larger group of employees — or a whole location, branch, or division… Read More

Hurricane Harvey and How to Prepare for Tomorrow’s Disaster Today

Image credit: U.S. Air Force by 1st Lt. Zachary West, via Creative Commons. We all knew Hurricane Harvey was coming. Weather forecasters had been tracking the storm and projecting its path for days. Still, there were some surprises – such as strengthening to a category 4 before making landfall the first time. And some unprecedented… Read More

Why You Need to Train for Competencies, Not Skills

According to industry prognosticators, the future of learning looks something like this: Microlearning. Millennials and Centennial (Gen Z) digital workers. Personalized learning plans. Virtual reality. Artificial intelligence. Multi-cultural, multi-generational, geographically dispersed networked teams. It’s a vision of who is learning and how they’re learning. What’s missing is the what of training in the future. We… Read More

How to (Really) Get to Workplace Satisfaction

It’s no secret that happy employees perform better than their dissatisfied counterparts. They are more loyal. It’s less likely they’ll leave the organization. Keeping employees satisfied can result in higher sales, lower costs, and overall greater profitability. It’s a no-brainer, then, that companies should do all they can to keep workers satisfied, right? Perhaps. With… Read More

5 Simple Steps to Prepare for a Workforce Crisis

It may seem unthinkable, but a crisis can strike at any moment. Are you ready to deal with a flu pandemic? How about a labor strike or sudden civil unrest? Terrorist incidents and even acts of war are, sadly, increasing threats. For these and other types of crises or emergencies, do you have a system in place to keep your business afloat? Read More