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Warren Cook MBA, MS, SHRM-CP
Article Written By Warren Cook Honestly, consistently, and professionally.  However, don’t miss the boat on where the process starts.  Never does it begin with you telling someone they missed the mark, failed to get something done right, or they are not meeting your expectations.  Rather, the process begins when you establish, document, and communicate clear...
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Are you looking for creative solutions to providing your workforce strategies to relieve stress and live a healthier life?  Does your business have a desire to offer more to the staff but uncertain where the solution will come from?  Looking to reduce absenteeism and improve productivity?  If you answered yes to any of these questions,...
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Article Written By Daniel Schmitt We often ask our clients if they truly understand at-will employment, and why human resource professionals and attorneys are always asking “where is the documentation?” Generally, there is no documentation, and we hear “I have a right to fire them for any reason, right?”  Well, the answer is no, you...
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Article Written By Jennifer Cook It may be as simple as calling the programs and practices corrective action versus discipline, however we have observed a dramatic improvement in engagement and performance management when an organization understands the difference between the two. Discipline always presents as punitive, and the term itself has a negative connotation.  Corrective...
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By Melissa Cook, Human Resources Assistant Most of us can recall our own experience in working in an effective team and ineffective team over the course of our life.  People in the workforce today should follow these crucial practices to build and support an effective team; (1) communication, (2) inclusion of diverse capabilities, and (3)...
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By Warren Cook Are your functional leaders engaging each other effectively to ensure the flow of communication and operational activities are successful?  When you describe your management team, do you use terms like “silo”, “ineffective”, “lack of collaboration”, or “unsuccessful”?  This is not an uncommon challenge in organizations yet permitting this behavior to continue can...
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By Daniel Schmitt People will find many pros and cons when it comes to working autonomously or when working with a team.   It is possible for a group of team members with a common goal in mind to accomplish the same as an individual working towards the same goal.  Working as a team involves effective...
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By Laura Goad, HCM Consultant Being a manager is challenging and rewarding all at the same time.  One of the most important ways to successfully manage your team or any individual contributor is your consistency.  Before your management approach can be effective, it must be consistent.  An example would be to ensure you recognize and...
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By Jennifer Cook, Chief Operations Officer There are certain realities in life that we all must come to grips with as we move through our professional career.  The most basic is that no one is getting any younger ever, and this means your workforce is consistently and steadily aging.  Your most experienced members of the workforce have the...
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What does a healthy work environment mean to you? Being in a healthy workplace does the following things: It continuously improves the productivity of all staff; and If can contribute to reducing the cost of turnover, absenteeism, poor productivity, limited collaboration, and worker’s compensation claims for the employer. When an employee goes into work, they...
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