The Conversation That Retains Your Best Talent

Retention strategyIn March of 2014, over 4.4 million people changed jobs.

Years of economic lethargy built a deep well of interest in moving to new opportunities. Many companies are not ready for the coming employee turnover as the economy continues to improve.

So what are you actively doing NOW to retain your best talent? The best strategy is proactive and simple: have a conversation. Do it this week with your most productive and highest contributing employees, those whom you would hate to lose. And here’s an easy template to help you with that conversation…

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Government Contractors: Are you risking your business?

This past month I’ve received several requests for help creating Affirmative Action Plans (AAP). I’ve been glad to get the requests because I can help. But what’s happening here? I’m convinced it’s one of two issues:

  1. The owner didn’t know they needed an AAP, or
  2. The owner believes no one will ever know or check, so why bother.

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Ambush Unionizing Elections and the NLRB

Oh my goshThe NLRB has reissued its controversial proposed regulations permitting union organizers to ambush companies with greatly shortened notification times for unionizing elections. These regulations were originally proposed in 2011, faced vociferous opposition from business groups and the D.C. Court of Appeals invalidated them on a technicality. The NLRB has returned for another shot at implementing them. Business owners should be very concerned.

But, more importantly, business owners have a proactive defense to union organizing efforts IF YOU’RE PAYING ATTENTION. Continue reading

Preventing Train Wrecks

RRP Download200How does one best communicate the value one brings to a client? We all try in various ways. Yet people keep asking me “What do you do?”

This brochure is my latest effort to crisply (I hope) summarize the kind of work I do for my clients and answer that question.

My marketing friends tell me: Keep it focused to just a few items that you want to be known for! Be known for just two or three key things you do, and preferably one. Continue reading

Hiring RIGHT the FIRST Time

When you don’t have time or money to do it over…

The most important task for a business owner or CEO is getting the right people in the right jobs doing the right things.

This is one of three critical responsibilities a business owner or CEO simply cannot delegate.


  • “Top performing people out-produce other people in the same job by a ratio of at least 2-to-1”  (Research from Profiles International, Inc.)
  • When an employee leaves, “…you’re going to lose 2 ½  times the person’s annual salary, whether they’re entry-level or management” (Dr. Pierre Mornell as quoted in Nations Business)

Yet, “Chances are good that up to 66% of your company’s hiring decisions will prove to be mistakes in the first twelve months.” (Peter Drucker)

Selecting the right candidate the first time around is worth investing a little time and thought. No one can guarantee 100% success, but you can dramatically improve your odds with a structured recruiting process that is both effective and repeatable. Continue reading

Healthcare Reform – Don’t Waste the Reprieve

Hurricane WarningOn July 2 2013, the Obama administration announced a one-year delay in enforcement of the healthcare reform act’s (ACA) mandate that employers with 50 or more employees either provide an affordable qualifying healthcare plan to employees or pay a penalty.

The reprieve is welcome, but will you squander it?

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Reduce your risks in workplace harassment

So, is this the kind of adverse publicity and expense your company needs?

ABM Industries Settles EEOC Sexual Harassment Suit For $5.8 Million. [September 2, 2010] ABM Industries, Inc… will pay $5.8 million and provide other relief to a class of 21 Hispanic female janitorial workers, settling an egregious sexual harassment lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency announced today… [EEOC press release]

ABM article on MSNBC.comThis is a nightmare of a media story for any company. And for ABM it was front page fodder on and other national media outlets that picked up the EEOC press release above.

What happened to these women is shocking. The outcome from the EEOC lawsuit is not.

This did not have to happen and the company did not have to have this level of liability for the actions of its employees. Sound preventative practices Continue reading