1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. Supervisor Training for Improved Employee Relations, Productivity, and Performance

    No matter how brilliant and progressive the senior management team is, for the vast majority of employees, the company and its culture are defined by their daily interactions with their immediate supervisor. Given that the success of most every company is largely determined by the productivity and initiative of their employees, the supervisor’s day-to-day relationship with their employees is ext…Read More

  8. LISTENING is Critical for Success

    I am often asked, “What is the single most important thing a person can do to help their organization improve employee and labor relations?” In one word, the answer is “LISTEN.” Listen to your employees, coworkers, subordinates, union leaders, and superiors; listen to everyone, but you must listen for comprehension and understanding. Too often, people believe they are listening, when in re…Read More

  9. How to Be an Effective Human Resources Leader

    Key Actions for Impactful Human Resource Professionals Working with hundreds of human resource professionals over the course of my career, I have observed certain characteristics and actions that are shared by the most highly effective and impactful human resource leaders and human resource consultants. Here are a few key actions one should take to be a highly effective human resource professional…Read More

  10. Five Things Managers can do to Improve Employee Relations

    Having spent thirty years as a human resource and labor relations consultant, I have observed that a positive labor relations environment is highly dependent on the relationship between employees and their immediate manager or supervisor. Listed below are five important actions that managers should take as part of their day-to-day activities to motivate their employees to do the best possible job …Read More