Category Archives: Human Resources

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 …

Year-End Impacts of the Affordable Care Act

It’s here! Q4 of 2015 is upon us, and for the very first time, companies with 50 or more employees are facing the administrative realities of the Affordable Care Act. Many companies are also addressing unexpected projects associated with the Affordable Care Act such as benefit plan overhauls, HRIS/technology upgrades, reorganization of staff and additional …

Redefining Monday

I was heading into work on a Friday morning and caught the end of a local public radio show that was examining how we look at our workweek versus the weekend. As an HR professional for a company that provides HR outsourcing solutions, I was instantly hooked. I couldn’t stop thinking about this show and …

Can Your HR Department be Replaced by a 1-800 Number?

In the quest to cut costs, some businesses are asking themselves: should we reduce our HR staff and call a dedicated 1-800 HR number when we need help? The idea of reducing costs can be very appealing. Consider the decision comprehensively before opting to go this route and give particular consideration to the litigious environment …

Top Blogs of 2014

As 2014 draws to a close, we’re taking a look at some of our most popular blogs from the past year. Whether you’ve read them before or are seeing them for the first time, we hope that vcfo has provided you with knowledgeable, informative content, and we look forward to continuing to share our financial, …

Reduce HR Risks Through Employment Compliance

Are you paying attention to the increasing number of employment laws you must follow and the potential for litigation if you fail to comply? Often, employers are their own worst enemies when it comes to legal compliance in the employment arena. Unfortunately, we live in a world that grows increasingly more litigious, and employment-related lawsuits …

Top 10 Early Career Lessons

I’ve always loved the lessons from, “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten,” which is a book of short essays written by Robert Fulghum. In the book, Fulghum simplifies how the world can be improved if we just use the rules we learned as children. The corollary for my business career has …

Ranking Your Employees: Use a Little More Science, a Little Less Art

There has been a lot of debate over the years about the process of ranking employees as part of an organization’s performance assessment process. Some people swear it’s the only way to run a truly competitive business, while others view it as punitive and destructive to culture and morale. I’m here to tell you that …

Leadership: Getting Others to Follow

Several years ago while working as VP of Human Resources for an oil service company, I was trying to figure out two things: 1. How can I be more effective in leading the organization’s 3,000 employees? 2. And how can I gain the skills necessary to advance my career even further? I discovered there were …

The Power of Strong Internal Communications

By design, companies often focus their attention on external factors – clients, market standing and competitors – in an effort to generate new business or increase profitability. While it’s often overlooked, a similar effort should be placed on a company’s internal community: the employees. As a consulting CFO, I have seen how internal communications can …