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Leanne Hoagland-Smith

Leanne Hoagland-Smith, Heurist for ADVANCED SYSTEMS the Next Generation of Talent Management, supports mid size to small business who want a new status quo. Call …Read More

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Onboarding can make or break a business

Good help is hard to find and in the immediate to foreseeable future will be even harder. Keeping good help is even more critical than ever before especially if that help is a new hire and someone under 40. A recent report released by PayScale …

Onboarding is an investment when you crunch the numbers

Depending upon the source, the cost to hire a new employee is one to three times the base salary cost. Turnover as noted in this Sept. 8 column was averaging 50 percent for hourly workers over four months and 50 percent for upper level executives …

Onboarding still requires the people touch for success

Technology through various software applications can enhance the onboarding process, but reliance on technology without ensuring the people touch is a recipe for unhappy employees and increased profit loss. How do you feel when you experience simple technology, such as automated messages? Don’t you find …

Onboarding is where small businesses fail miserably

So you hired that newest employee. Now what? If your small business is like most small businesses, you probably handed him or her “The Employee Manual” (hopefully updated) and requested him or her to read it. The next action is to have the new hire …

Changes in education could lead to a better prepared workforce

Today is Labor Day, a day dedicated to all working people from the service people at your fast food place to the postal workers to the small business owners to iron workers to the professional services to the C-Suite executives to the military and emergency …

Leadership in human resources and health care a winning combination

In wrapping up this month’s theme on hiring smart, I was able to interview Sofia Mendez-Bork, Chief Human Resource Officer for HealthLinc Inc., a regional healthcare clinic with corporate offices in Valparaiso. HealthLinc leads many local organizations in its leadership and forward thinking strategies. This …

The misalignment of hiring, job descriptions and performance appraisals

In this electronic age, many job applicants never meet the Human Resources Department person because their resumes do not meet the qualifications for the job or for some other reason. Yet, after reading numerous job descriptions and speaking to professional recruiters, much of the problem …

The often ignored unknown in hiring assessments

Hiring the wrong fit for your company can be very expensive. Some companies have begun to employ hiring assessments to weed out the good, the bad and the ugly. One firm that understands the value of assessing candidates to avoid the poor hire is Family …

Smart hiring starts when and where

Would you hire you? What makes you a good employee? Where do you believe there could be room for improvement? What would development of your professional and personal skills look like or those for your workforce? Some believe smart hiring starts with the C-Suite because …

There are ways to energize workforce and regain profits

Small businesses cannot afford 70 percent of their workforce to be disengaged. To avoid having a staff that is not giving eight hours of work for eight hours of pay and the resulting drain on profit, employers can take action to stop it. No. 1 …

Turnover drains profits and productivity

Employee turnover is a serious profit-draining issue with small firms and contributes to poor productivity as well as a disengaged workforce. I know of one local small business in Northwest Indiana where turnover is like a turnstyle. Of course some industries, such as gaming have …

Disengaged employees doom many businesses

Gallup recently released its annual state of engagement for the U.S. workforce and it’s a must-read for any small business owner, C Suite executive or manager. The cost of disengaged employees is staggering and yet continues to be ignored by the majority of U.S. businesses …

Employee engagement starts with a shared understanding

Fourth of July is over and it’s tme to get back to business. Each year, U.S. citizens spend millions of dollars to celebrate this significant day. Those purchases light up the skies for a few minutes to making deafening sounds for a just a moment. …

  • How to prioritizing your reading list with your busy schedule

    Summer is here and what better time than to grab a good book? Yet, with so little time in a day, what should you read? This last column about prioritizing may help with that ongoing dilemma. First, I believe reading should be for both professional …Read More

  • Understanding decisions key to making good ones

    Many businesspeople do not understand the influencers behind their decision-making process. One scientist, Dr. Robert Hartman, determined that human beings made decisions using 3 Dimensions of Thought. These three influencers were: • Systems Judgment – Thinkers • Intrinsic – Feelers • Extrinsic – Doers Simply speaking, we make …Read More

  • Maybe ‘just say no’ before prioritizing day

    For years, “Just say No” was associated with several marketing programs to even school and self-improvement curriculums. Sometimes small business owners to sales professionals might be wise to adopt this strategy first before even beginning to prioritize all those daily must do tasks. When we …Read More

  • Build a bracket for your list of must-do tasks to prioritize

    How many times have you ended up attempting to decide between the same two things to do as you begin your daily tasks? Then what happens? Sometimes neither of those tasks are accomplished and carried over to the next day with other tasks. Then do …