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    Management Decisions - Receiving Your Pension...Maybe
by Mark Stratis and Tim Muma - May, 2015
Some people may not even know what a pension is anymore, but for others, they're still potentially a part of the benefits offered by an employer. With some changes in philosophy, employers are searching for alternatives to get these long-term payments off the books. Mark Stratis, senior financial planner for Szarka Financial, discusses why pensions are disappearing. Mark also fills Tim Muma in on what options are taking the pl...
 
    Management Decisions - The Importance of Treating Ex-Employees Well
by Kevin Mason and Tim Muma - May, 2015
Whether employees leave on their own or you have to let someone go, there can be a far-reaching impact on your organization based on how you handle the process. Kevin Mason, business development manager for Genesis HR Solutions, has experience in this area as both an employee and from a management perspective. Kevin explains to Tim Muma the ways in which business are affected by former employees, from the way in which they're...
 
    Management Decisions - HubSpot Culture: The Impact of Unlimited Paid Vacation Time
by Mike Volpe and Tim Muma - May, 2015
While far from mainstream, the consideration by employers to offer unlimited paid vacation is picking up some steam with a variety of large and small organizations giving it a shot - and getting positive results. Mike Volpe, chief marketing officer for HubSpot, talks about the keys to a successful policy, and the numerous benefits his company has seen with unlimited paid vacation. Mike explains to Tim Muma how trusting employe...
 
    Moving Up the Ladder - Expert Negotiating Tips
by Jeffrey Loewenstein and Tim Muma - May, 2015
Negotiating can be a terribly uneasy and stressful activity, especially when a sale is on the line, you're looking to land a new job, or you're trying to get a raise. Jeffrey Loewenstein, Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior at the University of Illinois, brings LJNRadio his experienced perspective on the keys to successful negotiations. Jeffrey is a recognized expert in negotiating strategy, and he gives Tim Muma de...
 
  Hiring Managers: How to Deal with Unresonable Expectations
by Alexandra Levit - May, 2015
Until you can hire a cyborg, you’ll have to settle for flawed humans. The 2014 Job Preparedness Indicator study conducted by the Career Advisory Board confirmed previous reports that a skills gap exists at all levels of U.S. employment. Only 7 percent of hiring managers said that “nearly all” or “most” job seekers have the right combination of skills and traits that their companies need to fill open positions. This belief...
 
  5 Ways To Create A Spring Spark In Your Business
by Valerie Sokolosky - Apr, 2015
I love the descriptive words for spring! Refresh. Renew. Re-energize. Recently our team was talking about how ready we are to tell Old Man Winter to take a hike. And ask Spring Sunshine to show herself soon. I echoed their sentiment that when spring comes, most of us are more than ready to re-energize and do something exciting, something new. Let’s look at 5 things you can do to create a spring spark into your busin...
 
  5 Ways to Increase Your Team’s Well Being in the New Year
by Alexandra Levit - Apr, 2015
In 2015, go where no manager has gone before. It’s the beginning of a new year, and you want your team members to be as happy and productive as possible. A little while ago, we talked about some easy wellness ideas you can implement. Here are other novel ways you might switch things up for the better. Nix Email After 11PM People who work all day generally need to sleep at night. If you want healthy and happy employees...
 
  Executive Presence Includes Being in Control
by Valerie Sokolosky - Apr, 2015
Here’s interesting information to consider on those days when you feel like you haven’t been as productive as you had hoped. Taken from Mark Batterson’s book, Draw the Circle. “It may feel like you are sitting still right now, but you are not. You are on a planet that is rotating on its axis at 1,000 miles per hour. Like clockwork, it makes one full revolution every twenty-four hours. And if that isn’t amazing enough, pl...
 
  The Opportunity Cost of Unfilled Jobs
by Sandra M. Smith - Mar, 2015
Opportunity cost of an unfilled job for your firm is painful and could be costing you more money than you realize. For roles that are billed out or bringing in revenue, the impact is even more direct to the bottom line. Further, just imagine what else managers could be accomplishing if they were not burdened with the increased stress of supervising teams and individuals filling in for the open position? Are they being forced...
 
  Are You Classifying Your Employees Correctly?
by Alexandra Levit - Feb, 2015
My organization, the Career Advisory Board, which was established in 2010 by DeVry University, recently completed a research study with MBO Partners on the future of independent work. We were interested in this topic because we had seen statistics that by 2020, nearly half the American workforce will consist of contract workers. Although organizations are employing increasing numbers of freelance workers, many are not prop...
 
  Have You Audited Your Culture Lately?
by Alexandra Levit - Feb, 2015
In a recent session at SilkRoad Connections, Ulthera’s Stacie Madden placed the onus for cultural assessment on HR representatives. Fortunately, auditing your culture does not have to be an overly complex or expensive proposition. The Organizational Culture Assessment Instrument is a valid method to examine organizational culture and the desire for change. University of Michigan business school professors Robert Quinn a...
 
  Three Simple Ways to Show Gratitude
by Valerie Sokolosky - Feb, 2015
Bill (name is changed) held his semi-annual leadership conference last month, hosting the event for several hundred people in his division. I watched him show his gratitude in several ways. At dinner he gave an eloquent toast recognizing his team for their hard work. He mentioned being grateful to lead the team and be a part of an organization that believes growth of people is reflected in growth of the business. He talked wit...
 
  Why You Must Adapt or Watch Your Business Die
by Alexandra Levit - Feb, 2015
Just how important is adaptability to business or career success? According to a 2013 study by DeVry University’s Career Advisory Board, 93 percent of hiring managers say that senior-level job seekers need to demonstrate the ability to adapt in order to cope with the ever-changing workplace. This type of senior leader—one who has learned how to roll with the punches—is essential to guiding 21st century businesses. Gallup’s...
 
  Build Your Team & Boost Productivity
by Beverly Jones - Nov, 2014
Celebrations can enhance your workplace culture and help team members become more productive. Sharing appreciation for success and good fortune can support the well-being of individuals, foster a sense of community and promote the health of your whole organization. Creating a celebration can be a wonderful way to acknowledge achievements and encourage people to do even better. Positive reinforcement is a powerful motivator...
 
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