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Leadership Development That Sticks

The topic of leadership has always interested me. Since the early days of my career at Procter & Gamble, I have been struck by how many managers lack leadership skills. Despite substantial training efforts, a multi-billion leadership development industry, and more than 70 years of research, organizations are struggling to grow leadership skills. Few organizations have enough talented leaders in place to ensure succession. So what can we do to develop our leadership skills and the leadership skills of our organizations? Based on my background, I have a bias for experience. My most challenging assignments gave me the confidence that …

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Sexual Harassment in the Workplace Or Romance?

Do you know that office romance is at a 10-year low? CareerBuilder’s 2018 Valentine’s Day Survey reports that the number of workers dating a colleague is down from 41% last year to 36% this year. The advice “Don’t date your honey where you get your money” seems to catch the mood of the current workplace. On this Valentine’s Day, let’s examine the impact of high profile sexual harassment claims and the #MeToo movement on our place of work. Sharon Harrington is a fellow consultant from coastal Virginia. She investigates and mediates workplace conflicts. She has seen a heightened concern among …

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Winter Weather Creates Hazardous Pay Conditions

How employees get paid when business is disrupted depends on their classification. Pay decisions must comply with the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) which establishes two categories of employees: exempt and non-exempt. Exemption status also drives eligibility for overtime. You may remember in 2016 the excitement (or dread) over a new salary level for white-collar exemption. At the 11th hour, this Obama regulation was held up in Court but it didn’t disappear. The Department of Labor (DOL) is likely to propose a new overtime rule by October 2018. The DOL is expected to raise the salary threshold for white-collar exemptions …

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Create the Blue-Collar Workforce Of The Future

The push to orient most high school students towards a 4-year college degree has created a problem for employers. The country lacks qualified blue-collar workers. The idea of qualification and blue-collar work used to be antinomic but it’s no longer the case. There are a lot of outdated ideas about blue-collar jobs and career. Successful blue-collar workers no longer mean unskilled workers. Construction, manufacturing, home health have become high-tech. Few understand the types of job opportunities they offer and the demand for those skills. Most employers face critical shortages of skilled labor and are willing to bridge the skill gap. …

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Telecommuting, Does it Work?

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HR Support Sized To Your Business

As your workforce grows, so does the work associated with HR. Savvy business owners know they can’t do it alone. So they get HR support without the cost of a full-time employee with “HR a la cart.” Over the summer, a number of new and existing clients signed up for this service. Here’s what you need to know if you are looking for part-time HR support. What is HR “a la carte”?First, the definition. HR “a la carte” is synonymous with HR on retainer or part-time HR. Initially, the support will be remote via phone and video conference. If the …

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An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure

Small business might not need full-time HR. They nonetheless need HR support. That’s when HR on Retainer makes sense. “Unfortunately, many businesses don’t measure the value of HR until things go wrong,” remarks Cherry Moore, SPHR. Cherry knows a thing or two about HR. She has been in the profession for 25 years leading HR in mid-size companies.   Too often, HR is managed from the accounting side of the house or seen as a second thought function.  Executives are reluctant to seek legal advice, concerned by the potential for high legal fees, says Moore. They are reluctant to spend money until …

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Working with a Virtual Assistant

Today’s blog is different. We have a guest blogger and she is my virtual assistant, Amy Edge. Although Amy is  “behind-the-scene”, her role at Gere Consulting is crucial. She makes sure this newsletter is sent every week without fail. She finds attractive visuals and plans the social media calendar. Her support in my business has changed my work for the better. I get to focus on more serving my clients and their HR needs, and less on ancillary tasks. So what is a Virtual Assistant? A Virtual Assistant (VA) is an entrepreneur who provides professional administrative, technical or creative assistance …

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The Skinny on Payroll – Interview with Chris Mabe

Payroll is the one thing employers need to get right every time. Employees don’t pay much attention to the handbook but they will make noise if their check is incorrect. Chris Mabe of Payday Payroll is my go-to person when I have a payroll question. She sat with me recently to share her wisdom. Anne-Lise: What are the most common payroll mistakes made by small businesses? Chris Mabe:  There are two basic mistakes many small businesses make.   The first mistake is entrusting the payroll to a single person.  This can lead to serious problems from embezzlement to covering up …