Since the beginning of time, it feels like the ever-so popular “naughty or nice” list comes into play every December during the holidays… the method used to keep our kids (and yes, even some adults) in line to behave in order to get presents Christmas Day. “Were you nice or naughty this year?”, we ask, “because if you were naughty, there’ll be a lump of coal waiting in your stocking above the fireplace this year!” That’s right, naughty children couldn’t get presents like all the nice children unless they changed their habits. Examples of those habits, besides being nice and respectful to people, may have been doing chores around the house or getting a good progress report or grades in school. Either way, it was important as a kid to perform the “nice” routine in order to get the goodies, while being naughty and not doing what is expected leads to nothing but bad news. Is this concept really so different than what we see in today's business environment?
With only a few short weeks left in 2018, it’s time to take a good hard look at what the new year may have in store for your business. While you may already be all set with your goals and plans for production, sales, and growth for 2019, there are other important considerations to take into account as well. For example, it’s essential to keep your business’s HR policies and practices up to date each year too! Here are a few of the hot HR topics coming your way in 2019.
As an HR professional, business owner, or executive that has been designated an HR role, I’m sure at some point you’ve asked yourself the question of whether you should conduct an HR audit Hamlet-style “to be, or not to be” -on more than one occasion! With HR having so many different components that are integral to the success of a company, there’s good reason to ask yourself this question in such a dramatic fashion!
Have you ever had someone ask you what’s your role at your company and you struggle to come up with just one title? You know, you're kind of like, “Oh, I handle operations, finances, and HR... and I dabble in marketing a tad, but my primary role is overseeing accounts payable and receivable”. I know it sounds funny, but I bet it sounds familiar! In fact, for most small business owners or management team members this is 100% the case!
How many times have you asked yourself, "Why do I have to complete these employee evaluations every six months to a year?" Do you feel overwhelmed by the excessive amount of time you spend completing them? Do you get the performance review blues when it's that time of the year? If so, sit back and ask yourself, "Why am I doing these and why are they so important?" Have you found yourself in this situation?
There are very few things that one can honestly say everyone in the world has in common. One great equalizer applies to all of us: no matter who you are, where you’re from, or what you do, you only get 24 hours per day to do it…just like everybody else.
If we’re all in this same boat, how is it that some people seem to accomplish so much more than others, and so much more quickly? What do these folks have that you don’t?! Sometimes, the answer can be as simple as this: they have a plan. They’ve figured out the things they need to do, and then they get them done. If it’s as easy as that, though, why aren’t the rest of us just as successful?
Does the HR Department in your organization exist? (Click here to view The Top 10 HR Mistakes All Employers Make) I mean really exist…or is it merely one of the many hats that you wear from time to time? What if you changed clothes every time you changed hats? Wear a power suit when you are making important “business” decisions, a hard hat and flannel shirt while you are getting your hands dirty on the factory floor, or business casual attire while you are handling your HR functions! Sounds silly, but unfortunately, this is exactly what most Small Business Owners and or HR Managers face every day!
Taking the leap to start up a new business isn’t for the faint of heart. One of the hardest things about starting anything is, well, knowing where to start! You’ve got a great idea for a product or service that you believe in and know you can sell. You’re confident and passionate about what you’re offering, and—most importantly of all—you believe in yourself and your unique ability to build something great. It takes a lot of guts to finally hang out your shingle and announce yourself to the world as a business owner, and it’s a thrilling milestone full of exciting potential for the future.
Well... It's that time of year again- the time that most of us really, really need but really, really hate: business planning and strategizing (actually it’s a little late, but better late than never)! And not the kind of business plan that we hear about so frequently, the one that people train you on how to do so that you can take it to a bank and get some financing. You know, the one that doesn't really include any plans on how to grow!
Although it can seem overwhelming and difficult, we all know that we need to take the time out to sit down and come up with our 2018 strategies for growth and success. Some of us really do rely on keeping all those strategies in our heads throughout the year, and actually hope and believe that we will be successful in delivering and implementing those strategies. Well you know what ends up happening... it's in your head as a list, keeping you up at night, draining your focus and ultimately never coming to fruition. Why does this keep happening to so many of us?