Assessing Employee Performance Concerns: Skill or Motivation

Managers have the daunting pressure of being responsible for a multitude of duties. Training and development, innovation, morale, metrics/reporting, and employee performance, to name a few. Let’s take a minute to give managers a hand, can we? It’s tough work and many times, thankless. I can personally attest to the fact that there is nothing more gut wrenching than having an employee that isn’t meeting expectations. You see one thing, then another, and then something’s mentioned in confidence to you that aligns with what you’re seeing. Diagnosis: performance problem. During my years in HR I had managers seeking guidance regarding performance concerns on a…

Google for Jobs

Have you checked out Google for Jobs yet? Here is a snapshot of what you find if you type in your desired job type with location with various filter options. Read more.. It’s notable that Indeed has chosen not to participate in Google’s new venture, so jobs solely posted on Indeed won’t show up. At this point, Indeed is the top job site – according to most experts and data – so it’s not an issue yet. Search results are driven by SEO and metadata, of course..it is Google. While Google wants to give company career pages priority over job…

Changes in Washington Mean Paying Attention to the Details; Federal Form I-9s

Presidential administrations have vastly different priorities, and, we know the current administration is placing a lot of attention on immigration. We heard it through the election cycle and that theme has steadily continued thru the first year of the Trump presidency. Politics is a like a pendulum. The swings can be dramatic, and as an employer, what happens in Washington and with I-9 compliance, should matter to you. This past week, 7-Eleven stores across the US had simultaneous federal immigration agents knocking on doors in an enforcement operation that yielded 21 arrests and prompted the employer to comply with a full-scale audit. Audits like these…

Gauging an Interviewee’s Questions

During an interview they asked what?​ Getting insight into what an interviewee asks during an interview.  Hiring is hard. It’s time consuming and you typically put in a lot of effort coming up with a list of those that you want to interview in person. We’ve all conducted interviews where you carefully went through the position, you got a good sense of the person’s qualifications and experience and you’re feeling good. Then, you ask the candidate if they have any questions…and you’re left scratching your head. You’re ready to talk about important new initiatives, success factors and the company’s culture when the candidate asks questions…

Succession planning; it’s not just for executives

Many of us know this story…The star employee that’s great at what they do, gets promoted into a position that they were unsuited for, and, ultimately fails. Who’s to blame here? The organization needed them, and the employee stepped up. The employer has an opportunity for growth, and promoted internally. I say neither is to blame, but timing and intentional conversation about an employee’s long-term goals and development is the key to success. I heard the term “battlefield promotion” once and thought, at the time, it is unrepresentative of the internal promotion, but looking back, it’s exactly the correct term.…

Amy Cann, MBA, SHRM-SCP, SMS

Amy Cann, MBA, SHRM-SCP, SMS, Founder and Senior HR & Safety Consultant   My major in college was Human Resources, even though, I was not sure exactly what HR was, but I have not regretted it once!  I love helping people solve their challenges and the complexity of compliance. In early 2017, after 20 years in this…

Laura Sullivan, PHR

Laura Sullivan, PHR, Partner and Senior Talent Consultant I’ve been in the field of Human Resources for over 20 years and have had the great honor of working for amazing organizations and leaders that taught me a tremendous amount about business, best practices and most importantly, the people that make up organizations. I discovered early on…