How to Implement a Powerful Medical Marijuana Policy in 5 Easy Steps Without an HR Team

February 07, 2019 / by Cheryl Perez posted in Human Resources, Employers, Removing the Stress of It All, Internal & External Human Capital, Determining Opportunities & Threats

Are you losing sleep or worried about what the medical marijuana legalization in your State means to you and your business?

I remember the first time I heard that it was going to be legal in Ohio.

That night I tossed and turned worrying about my business, trying to figure out if my liability would increase? I already have some workforce development needs!

Would I have employees walking around high all the time?

If someone is high at work or under the influence would I be able to terminate or discipline them?

When everything first came out there were many times that I just wanted to ignore the whole thing, but I said to myself…

Wait it out Cheryl… let's see what we really need to do in order to continue business as usual.

Over the past few months, we've been working diligently to understand the rules and figure out the best way communicate to our managers and our employees what the expectations will be once everyone can potentially get a prescription.

The truth is creating the right policies and procedures will keep my business running and functioning well with employees who are capable and safe.

Because of our trial and error, we now have the perfect toolkit formula that can be implemented by small businesses in 6 simple steps.

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Have You Been Naughty or Nice? Your Performance Review Tells All!

December 18, 2018 / by Mike Kaminski posted in Human Resources, Employers, Business Planning, Internal & External Human Capital

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?

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Retention Woes: Why Employees Leave

November 20, 2018 / by Kellee Perez posted in Employers, Internal & External Human Capital

We’ve all experienced having to let someone go and/or having an employee leaving us for one reason or another over the years; it’s just the nature of the beast. What I want to focus on in this article are those instances in which our organizations seem to feel like a revolving door (employees leaving shortly after they’ve been hired), or even when they’ve been with you a while but you just can’t seem to get quality employees to stick and stay with you for the long haul...especially when your business is positioned for growth but lack of qualified staff is preventing that from happening. Often, we want to attribute this inability to retain to any and everything but ourselves, but well... that doesn’t help us solve our problem now, does it? Especially considering “in the wake of consistent economic growth employees have seized available opportunities resulting in a surge of voluntary turnover that’s challenging employers- and it is here to stay for the foreseeable future.” (Work Institute 2018) It’s estimated that “42 million employees will voluntarily quit their jobs in 2018. This means that 28.6%, or more that one in four employees will leave their jobs this year to go work somewhere else.” This rate will rise to 33% (or one in three employees) by 2020! (Work Institute 2018)

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10 Workplace Rules for Etiquette

November 13, 2018 / by Rico Perez posted in Internal & External Human Capital, Determining Opportunities & Threats

Workplace etiquette as defined by dictionary.com (Random House 2018): 

The code of ethical behavior regarding professional practice or action among the members of a profession in their dealings with each other. In layman’s terms, acting like you were born with, or taught common sense! For those of you still unsure, here are 10 very important workplace rules for etiquette:

10.) Don’t come to work sick.  If you have a communicable illness, you shouldn’t be at the office! Stay home!

 9.)  At all costs avoid being late. If you happen to have a delay, COMMUNICATE with your supervisor ahead of time. For every minute you think you’ll be late, give two minutes warning. (Mathews 2017)

 8.) Pay attention in meetings.  If you are in a training or a meeting please pay attention to the speaker. Put your phones away, and don’t have side conversations with your neighbor!

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Hands Off! Dealing with Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

October 16, 2018 / by TeNita Bryant posted in Lawsuits, Compliance, Human Resources, Internal & External Human Capital

The definition of Sexual Harassment has evolved over the years. It is a form of sex discrimination that has its roots in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This federal law made it illegal for employers to qualify or disqualify a person, within an employment setting, based on their sex. This could be either male or female; discrimination is not gender specific. Sexual Harassment is taking sex discrimination a step further. It is making unwanted advances toward a person with the expectation of specific behaviors. It can mean:

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Freedom of Speech… Just Watch What You Say!

October 02, 2018 / by Rico Perez posted in Human Resources, Internal & External Human Capital, Determining Opportunities & Threats

In 2018 it is of the utmost importance to “watch what you say” when dealing with your management team, co-workers, and customers!  Most things can be misconstrued… the obvious, such as improper touching or grabbing (#me-too), discrimination, or the more common mistake of saying something that is inappropriate!

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What We Have Here is a Failure to Communicate

September 25, 2018 / by Drew Mosley posted in HR Consulting, Removing the Stress of It All, Internal & External Human Capital

Business is growing, so you’re building your team, training new people, and forming more defined departments in your business. You’ve got your company culture in mind as you find the right people with varied training experiences and from varied work environments. All of this benefits your organization, as we know combining diverse contributions will stimulate your organization's innovation. As the group grows, though, you just might experience some growing pains. After all, it’s human nature, and is to be expected for some personalities to conflict with other personalities. Also, for communication to sometimes lose some of its original content as it is repeated between more and more people. Each new hire brings their experience and methods with them, and folks who have been part of the team longer may feel they have leadership roles that have not actually been assigned.  

 

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When Business Meets Pleasure: Party Smarter When Employees Are Involved!

August 28, 2018 / by Caroline Schwerko posted in Human Resources, Employers, Removing the Stress of It All, Internal & External Human Capital

It’s hard to believe that summer is already winding down! Labor Day is right around the corner, and many of us are looking forward to one last get-together with family and friends over the long weekend that traditionally symbolizes the end of the season. Perhaps you’ve been invited to a cookout, wedding, or graduation party that one of your employees is hosting, or you may even be planning a company picnic of your own. But is it a good idea to party with your employees? 

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Ask Cheryl: Top HR Questions From Small Businesses

August 14, 2018 / by Cheryl Perez posted in HR Consulting, Human Resources, Employers, Removing the Stress of It All, Internal & External Human Capital

  1. What questions should a manager ask during an interview?

I always recommend that managers take the time to review the job description that they have prepared very thoroughly prior to an interview. Begin by writing out your very own pros and cons. What would the ideal candidate possess? What skills, traits, and personality type would be the ideal performer have? List out all of those features and then begin to develop questions, especially situational ones, that will help you uncover the real deal. Yes, there are tons of standard interview questions that can be asked of a candidate, but I prefer to ask situational questions that get the candidate to begin telling you a story. The details of that story, the reaction they had during that story, and their body language when they're telling you their story will communicate with you. And if what they communicate is close to what you have listed as a pro or a con, it makes it easier to decide if that candidate makes your top 3. Just be prepared and get to know them enough to know if you want them on your team!

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Back to School: Training Outside of the Classroom

August 07, 2018 / by Rico Perez posted in HR Outsourcing, Human Resources, Making & Saving More Money, Internal & External Human Capital

As August approaches, the thought of “back to school time” looms for parents and kids alike!  There is a sense of excitement in the air, the thought of learning something new, trying something different, or showing what you are made of! There is something to be said about going back to school!

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