Category Archives: Human Resources

Coping with COVID – Employer Considerations

As employers come to grips with the disruption wrought by the Coronavirus, three closely related concerns rise to the top – employee safety, communications, and compliance. Financial viability is right there too, but smart employers prioritize people and understand that financial viability isn’t achievable in the long term if these prerequisites are not effectively met. …

Preparing Your Business to Weather the Virus

This post was co-authored by Jerry Pinataro, Senior HR Consultant, and Regina Walters, Consulting CFO. As COVID-19 spreads within the U.S. borders, companies are taking immediate action to protect their employees and sustain business operations as much as possible. Being proactive and planful is the best policy and so much is unknown with a virus …

How to Evaluate and Optimize Your HR Function

This post was co-authored by Senior HR Consultants Teresa Foltz and Kelly Wells. At the point of launch, most companies and the leaders that run them can understandably focus only on the barest of essentials while they gain footing. This is an inherently healthy focus, but it can also lead to risky rationalizations that what …

When to Implement a Human Resources Information System (HRIS)

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When businesses are in their early stages, owners and leaders have to make many decisions on what they can and cannot invest in to move their business forward. For their HR functions, their focus is often on covering only what has to be covered, such as payroll processing or basic onboarding and compliance. Depending on …

Why Organizations Need and Benefit from HR Mentoring

The Benefits of HR Mentoring

Finding and hiring great talent is a near-constant priority for leaders of growing companies. And while attracting the right people to one’s business is crucial, it’s equally important to have a strategy in place to retain and grow employees in a way that maximizes their contributions as well as their satisfaction and professional development. Leaders, …

5 Characteristics of Great Finance, HR, and Recruiting Consultants

The characteristics embodied and exemplified by great finance, HR, and recruiting consultants are, in large part, the same characteristics demonstrated by great consultants of any type. For CEOs and other business leaders who determine it may be necessary or valuable to bring in external consulting expertise to their organization, it’s important to consider these characteristics …

Adopting a Strategic HR Focus at Year-end

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Like most organizational functions, Human Resources entails a variety of deadlines and milestones for initiatives and actions throughout the year. Naturally, the year-end period is no different. But for some leaders, a focus on checking tactical HR items off the list during this time can mean insufficient attention paid to charting the broader strategic direction …

What Every CEO and Board Should Know About Their Human Resources Department and Strategic HR

Everything a CEO and Board Should Know About HR Department

The strategic role of Human Resources and the understanding of same is mission critical to a CEO and the Board.  Over the years, HR has changed from a “personnel/paper pushing” department to a department that can add value which translates to company savings that can drop to the bottom line.  Allowing HR to have a …

Five HR Pitfalls to Avoid After a Merger or Acquisition

Five HR Pitfalls to Avoid After a Merger or Acquisition

Five HR Pitfalls to Avoid After a Merger or Acquisition In a previous post, we examined the important topic of The Roles HR Can Play During Merger and Acquisition. When effectively leveraged, HR instills confidence and calm in leaders and employees that all bases are covered in this time of transition. But HR’s role doesn’t …

The Rise and Impact of Paid-Sick-Leave Laws

The Rise and Impact of Paid-Sick-Leave Laws

By Teresa Foltz and Kelly Wells Originally published August 5, 2019. Paid-sick-leave mandates for private employers continue to gain momentum across the United States. While there is presently no such mandate at the federal level, eleven states and even more individual cities (as of the date this post was published) have enacted some form of …