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Move the Needle Towards Results with One Word

Posted by on Jan 28, 2018 in Planning, Profitability, Quality, Turnaround |

Move the Needle Towards Results with One Word

The pressure is on. It’s "do or die" for businesses going through a transformation. Businesses must push forward regardless of uncertainty. Efficiency, productivity, profitability, competitive advantage, quality, or customer satisfaction are all critical objectives. To achieve those results we create plans that use action phrases such as: Manage by walking around, planning, presenting, cascading information down, holding managers accountable, training, communicating, implementing, rolling out, analytic reporting, evaluating, visibility,...

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Leveraging Human Resources During Difficult Times

Posted by on Jan 16, 2018 in Career Management, Competitive, Customer, Innovation, Planning, Productivity, Profitability, Quality, Turnaround, Value |

Leveraging Human Resources During Difficult Times

Shifting market conditions, economic rollercoasters, disruptive technologies and increase competition economic crisis compels businesses to make difficult decisions to remain viable and competitive. Increasing regulatory pressures, decreasing revenues, and continual competitive threats have turned the “status quo” into the “status isn’t”. Oftentimes to get to the other side to reach organizational objectives we must cross a bridge. It turns out sometimes that bridge is on fire and requires immediate action. Immediate action at times means to...

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The Situation Room: Active Shooter – What it Means In The Workplace

Posted by on Jan 11, 2018 in Career Management, Productivity, Quality |

The Situation Room: Active Shooter – What it Means In The Workplace

The day in the workplace started out normal enough. You hear the hum of office noise. People are talking on phones. Hallway conversations involve the results of the game the night before, the latest Hollywood gossip, laughter. The copier machine making its usual printing sounds. You can hear typing sounds on computer keyboards, and office doors opening and shutting. Then you hear something odd. A gun shot sound. Then more gun shots… people screaming. Your heart skips a beat and then begins to race. Your every breath becomes short. Fear grips...

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How To Build A Healthy Workplace Culture That Breeds Quality And Productivity

Posted by on Jan 9, 2018 in Featured, Productivity, Quality, Shaping Culture |

How To Build A Healthy Workplace Culture That Breeds Quality And Productivity

Among many important things to run a successful company, a positive workplace culture is one that lays a fertile ground in which productivity, talent, skills and morale are nurtured. It is critically important for businesses to develop a value system that tells what their mission is and how they are going to represent themselves. Furthermore, a workplace culture shapes how things get done, how employees engage and interact with each other, and which direction does the company headed. So a viable corporate culture has long-term ramifications...

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HR Alignment for Value-Based Purchasing

Posted by on Apr 1, 2017 in Competitive, HR Analytics, Profitability, Quality | Comments Off on HR Alignment for Value-Based Purchasing

HR Alignment for Value-Based Purchasing

“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” Socrates The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) ushered in Hospital Value-Based Purchasing (HVBP) in effort to reward providers for the quality of care they provide. This pay-for-performance structure is an external motivator for acute care hospitals to deliver low cost and high quality healthcare services. Debates rage on about whether or not this is a sufficient driver for improved healthcare performance, let alone the...

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The Economics of Labor

Posted by on Feb 2, 2017 in Productivity, Quality | Comments Off on The Economics of Labor

The Economics of Labor

As an executive are you stymied by challenges of the cost of labor outpacing the shrinking revenue stream?  Or perhaps your organization downsized the labor force but now your remaining staff is feeling overworked and stressed? Dean Kristiniak, Chief Operating Officer of Workforce Prescriptions, recently released a report called, “The Economics of Labor in Healthcare 2010.” This is particularly a striking report for the healthcare and for human resources industry.  The healthcare industry in an era of recession and reform is rocked with...

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The Legalization of Marijuana and its Impact on the Workplace

Posted by on May 24, 2016 in Productivity, Quality, Small Business | Comments Off on The Legalization of Marijuana and its Impact on the Workplace

The Legalization of Marijuana and its Impact on the Workplace

Mapping the U.S. states that have legalized marijuana is not an easy task. Each time an election cycle rolls around, the map seems to change, bringing with it an increasing proportion of the country where marijuana usage, both medicinal and recreational, is legal under state laws, at least to some degree. Employers are becoming increasingly more concerned about how the shift will affect their operations, and along with it experts have started advising them of ways to help ensure they achieve their top priority — a safe and productive...

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A Powerful Way HR Can Reclaim Millions for Your Company

Posted by on May 3, 2016 in Career Management, Competitive, Customer, Innovation, Planning, Productivity, Profitability, Quality, Turnaround, Value |

A Powerful Way HR Can Reclaim Millions for Your Company

Over the last 15 years, through good economies (remember the New Economy?) and bad, I’ve been heartened to see that companies haven’t abandoned the pursuit of employee engagement.  All my IO psych friends continue to be busy surveying, measuring, counting, aggregating and advising on how to create dynamic, profitable organizations led by managers who know how to treat people decently. The business case for a culture of engaged employees is well established, and HR leaders wisely stay loyal to that ideal. But then picture this:  During my...

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Discipline or Talent? Which is More Important?

Posted by on Apr 16, 2016 in Productivity, Quality, Value |

Discipline or Talent? Which is More Important?

Talent is sexy; discipline can be a bit boring. Which of these characteristics would you rather have in an employee? Which makes a better employee or manager? In nearly 30 years of martial arts I’ve seen hundreds of talented people who simply lacked the discipline to do anything useful with it. For my money, I’ll take a disciplined person over someone with talent any day; except... ...many of the most talented people got there through discipline. I don’t believe in natural talent. Sure, there are people who have genetic traits that may make...

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Taking the Pulse of Reference Checking: It’s Stronger Than Ever

Posted by on Mar 31, 2016 in Featured, Quality | Comments Off on Taking the Pulse of Reference Checking: It’s Stronger Than Ever

Taking the Pulse of Reference Checking: It’s Stronger Than Ever

How vital is reference checking? More important than ever, according to new research we just conducted at SkillSurvey. In a survey of 300 HR professionals, the majority of respondents said reference checking is considered critical for improving the quality of candidates a company hires. And nearly 70% say they reference check for every job candidate. So why is reference checking finally making it back into the limelight? One explanation may be that turnover is costly. In a survey of more than 6,000 hiring managers and HR professionals by...

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