HR 101 for Small Businesses

HR 101 for Small Businesses

How to create an HR plan when you don’t even have a real HR department or you’re barely keeping up as it is. There are two kinds of people who read this type of post: the ones who read the title and think, “Excellent, I can create an HR plan” and those who read the… Continue Reading

5 Tools You Need in Your HR Toolbox

5 Tools You Need in Your HR Toolbox

I have a confession to make: up until last year I used an offline HR process. It was effective when I first started using it, but as these things do, it deteriorated over time, until, with the help of my new HR consultant, I realized that it had become completely ineffective. Collaborating was difficult, tracking… Continue Reading

Bucket Filling in the Workplace [Pay It Forward]

Bucket Filling in the Workplace [Pay It Forward]

Over Thanksgiving I overheard my husband talking to my parents about how successful my business has been in 2016. “Her efforts have paid off!” And, “She’s amazing!” rolled right off his tongue like I was paying him to say those things! Of course, I wasn’t. But my heart grew bigger and my confidence grew stronger… Continue Reading

[Team Builder] What are you grateful for at work?

[Team Builder] What are you grateful for at work?

  What are you grateful for at work? Supplies: Whiteboard or large post-it paper (for virtual teams a shared Google doc will work) and markers (colorful markers are best) Participants: Any number Time: Unlimited (could run Monday – Wednesday of Thanksgiving week)     This team builder can be kicked off at a regular staff… Continue Reading

[Team Builder] Simple Halloween Inspired Spirit Booster

[Team Builder] Simple Halloween Inspired Spirit Booster

As featured in The Exceptional Workplace – an eLetter for conscientious business leaders. Sign-up to receive bi-weekly team builders and much more.   Supplies: Photos from team members, tape or pushpins Participants: This is a relaxed spirit-boosting team builder for both small and large teams (3+) Time: 10 to 15 minutes Have team members bring… Continue Reading

How to make your small business an amazing place to work

How to make your small business an amazing place to work

So you founded your business and dove headfirst into all the excitement and drama of growth and success. Now it’s months or years later, and you’ve suddenly realized that your HR strategy (people practices) is pretty much nonexistent. You might be one of the lucky ones who just happen to have found a minute to… Continue Reading

5 ways to get your team back on the same page

5 ways to get your team back on the same page

When a team is working well together, it’s like nothing can go wrong — everything runs smoothly, projects end up better than you could have hoped, and any setbacks you have seem challenging, but doable. But when a team gets out of sync … everything goes downhill fast. Things start to get lost in the… Continue Reading

Management Practices of the Overwhelmed Business Leader

Management Practices of the Overwhelmed Business Leader

Shed these management practices and get your peace of mind back. Business leaders who operate in a state of overwhelm find themselves with their head just above the waterline assuming that the level of chaos will stay the same. We all know this leads to a mess when the workload increases, an employee complaint or… Continue Reading

Strengths is Our Superpower – Team Training

Strengths is Our Superpower – Team Training

Imagine with me for a minute what it would be like going through life, or even a day, using only your non-dominate hand to write with during your daily activities. Sure, we don’t write as much as we use to, but the exercise remains relevant. Think about this, you’re making your to-do list for the… Continue Reading

Actions Speak Louder than Mission Statements

Actions Speak Louder than Mission Statements

I am a sucker for a good employee PR story. By now surely you’ve read the headlines about REI and their #optoutside campaign. The outdoor retailer just went rock star status by opting out of Black Friday. Just as many other retailers are putting the finishing touches on their 1am, 3am and 5am super sales… Continue Reading