1. Employee Relations Strategy and Assessments for Union and Non-Union Companies

    In order to affect meaningful change, it is essential to first have a comprehensive understanding of the current employee relations environment. Using a proprietary focus group methodology developed by the Hutchison Group, we actively “LISTEN” to employee ideas and concerns. This proven process provides valuable information and insights for improving communication, working relationships and bu…Read More

  2. HR Due Diligence for Successful M&A Projects

    Research consistently shows that a due diligence process that includes a careful review of important HR and people-related issues, identifying potential risks and opportunities for improvement, is far more likely to yield a successful M&A outcome. Hutchison Group consultants have decades of experience helping companies achieve their M&A goals — providing expert assistance with due dilige…Read More

  3. People are Key to Company Success

    While there are many variables that determine the success or failure of a business, it is generally acknowledged that having a talented and motivated workforce is one of the most important factors. The following information is intended to highlight several key actions that a company can take in order to get the most production and performance out of their employees. Recognize the Important Role Th…Read More

  4. Working With Unions to Improve Company Performance

    Given The Right Relationship, Unions Can Help Companies Achieve their Goals and Objectives For those companies that have union-represented employees, working together with union leaders in a spirit of partnership and cooperation can actually help improve company performance. Establish Mutual Interests To begin, it must be understood that neither management nor union leaders can be successful over …Read More

  5. Fielding the Right Team

    It is widely understood that there is no greater factor in determining an organization's success than that of having a talented and motivated team of employees. The following article highlights key factors in selecting employees and the importance of placing them in positions where they are best able to help the organization achieve its goals and objectives. Selecting the Right People Experience v…Read More

  6. Why General Wage Increases Don’t Motivate Employees

    Most large corporations in the United States provide their hourly employees with annual pay increases by calculating an increase pool based on a percentage of their total payroll, and then equally distribute these funds to each employee in the form of a fixed amount or percentage of pay, regardless of an individual’s performance. The purpose of this article is for us to recognize the impact of t…Read More

  7. How to Manage and Reduce Employee Attrition

    No matter the business, chances are, people play a major role in your company’s success. A company’s ability to attract and retain talented employees is essential for meeting critical business goals and objectives, not to mention the innovation and improvements often contributed by experienced personnel. Having a strategy to retain talented employees has become increasingly critical as the U.S…Read More

  8. The Importance of Visible Leadership

    Having conducted hundreds of employee assessments over the years, there are several themes that are constant, one if which is that employees want their company’s leaders to be visible and accessible. Building Relationships and Trust Show People that you Care - Typically, managers who are visible to employees on a regular basis are viewed as caring, concerned and appreciative. In contrast, manage…Read More

  9. Negotiating Government Incentives for Your Business

    Some years ago, a wise man said, If you don’t know where you’re going, you’ll probably end up someplace else". The same idea applies to obtaining government incentives. If you don’t know what’s available, what you want, or understand past precedents, you’ll probably wind up settling for something far less than what you otherwise might have received, or maybe nothing at all. Financial A…Read More

  10. Planning for Successful Divestitures

    When thinking about merger and acquisition strategies, we naturally focus on the details associated with acquiring a new business but often forget about the importance of having a solid plan when selling or divesting a business. As part of our divestiture planning process, we work with the seller to prepare a comprehensive report for prospective buyers, identifying opportunities for securing sign…Read More