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Posts by Todd Conkright

Training and Development

training and developmentBelow we’ll look at the key HR function of training and development and what an HR expert may be able to provide that the Office Manager or Accountant can’t.

Training & Development

Developing employees and creating a work culture where everyone can thrive, find satisfaction in meaningful work, and engage in helping the company succeed requires a focused effort. While some employees may be self-motivated to expand their skills and learn new methods and technologies, many are content to coast at their current level. READ MORE »

 

Human Resources

Human Resources

Many small businesses leave human resources in the hands of accounting (because of the payroll aspect), or office management (because there’s no other place to put it!). And sometimes those accountants and office managers do a fine job of keeping things in line. They are organized and systematic, so they create “personnel files” and make sure everyone signs off on the policy manual. But at what point does a small business need to bring in expert HR help?

There is no formula that dictates when to hire an HR Manager. There are many factors, such as the nature of your business, the types of jobs you have, and the level of government or industry regulation your company must comply with, that must be considered. Below we’ll look at the key HR functions and what an HR expert may be able to provide that the Office Manager or Accountant can’t. READ MORE »

 

Organizational Culture, 5 Steps to Shaping

These 5 steps will help you begin to define and shape your company’s organizational culture:

Uncover the story. Stories are powerful in identifying organizational culture. Begin by sharing stories about how you got started – what are some of the most energizing tales of the company as a start-up? What are the “legends” of the company? Who are the heroes of the organization? As stories are told, identify themes that tie to your company’s mission and values. Focus stories on what went well; when the company or an employee were at their best. READ MORE »

 

Shaping Organizational Culture

Organizational CultureShaping Organizational Culture starts with defining culture. The simplest definition of culture is “the way we do things around here.” A complete definition is

Organizational culture is the combination of values, behaviors, and attitudes that influence how decisions are made, customers are treated, and communication happens between colleagues in the workplace.

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Employee Pay

employee payYour business is growing and you’re ready to add another employee. But what kind of employee pay should you offer? And are they hourly (non-exempt from overtime rules) or salaried (exempt from overtime)? Should you pay them a commission or some kind of bonus plan? READ MORE »