Category Archives: Human Resources Consulting

The Role HR Can Play During a Merger & Acquisition

A natural anxiety evolves when an organization goes through personnel and cultural changes as a result of a merger or acquisition. These changes have a direct impact on employees and their families, and if not managed appropriately, can be disruptive to the organization. Senior level HR advisors can play a critical role in the management …

Showing the Strategic Value of HR – Part 2

4 key steps to creating a value-added HR organization As a long-time HR consulting firm, when the vcfo team goes in to help HR departments with a project or issue, what we often find is a team that is stuck in the proverbial HR “weeds.”Team members are often focused on HR for the sake of …

Why a Strategic, Not Reactive, Recruiting Approach Works for Us and Can Benefit You in 2017

In life and in work, strategic planning and preparation can go a long way. As a provider of recruitment services for a variety of client types, my team and I serve a range of diverse placement needs throughout the year at vcfo. While last-minute recruiting is sometimes necessary, we urge clients to develop a flexible …

How the FLSA Ruling Will Impact Your Business

In a previously published blog, we discussed that by December 1, 2016, all businesses must comply with the changes made to the overtime regulations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). According to the rules, an estimated 4.2 million currently exempt employees will now be eligible for overtime pay. With just two months left to go …

Recruiting Millennials

As members of another generation, whether you’re a Baby Boomer or part of Generation X or Y, communicating with the Millennial Generation can oftentimes require methods or tools you don’t normally use. Born between 1982 and 2004, you need different communication tools to connect effectively with this generation. As professionals outside of this generation, we …

What Overtime Exemptions Mean for Your Business

In 2014, President Obama directed the Department of Labor to update the regulations governing exemptions of executive, administrative and professional (EAP) employees from the minimum wage and overtime pay protection of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)1. President Obama and Secretary Perez announced on May 18, 2016, the Department of Labor’s final rule updating overtime …

Showing the Strategic Value of HR – Part 1

From “necessary evil” to business partner: seeing the value-add in HR Quick question: Is your human resources (HR) department considered overhead or a valuable business partner? If you answered overhead, then we need to talk. Is HR really overhead? The short answer to “is HR overhead?” is “yes” because HR is not a profit center. …

Big Data, HR Analysis and HR Metrics

The HR and business data disconnect—and what to do about it In HR, as in practically every realm of business, there are a lot of interesting discussions happening about how to use analytics and big data to improve decision making and business outcomes. Yes, the possibilities are exciting but they are often limited by business …

Leadership and Creating a Winning Organization

Polls over the years in organizations as well as government show that the majority of people do not particularly trust those who lead. Last year, a Forbes article provided data telling us that there are very low levels of employee engagement in the US and worldwide. Executive tenure has been dropping for years (although the …

The HR Evolution and Revolution

The word “revolution” comes to us from the root Latin word “revolutio”, which means to spin or turn around. It later took on the meaning of rejecting the status quo in favor of a radically and transformatively different direction or approach. I believe that American industry and the Human Resources profession in particular needs a …