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    The JobsOhio Inclusion Grant is Here

    Posted by Kari Brooke on Oct 12, 2020 3:40:40 PM

    The JobsOhio Inclusion Grant has been getting off the ground the past month and may provide up to $50,000 in grant money for eligible projects.

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    Topics: ohio, workplace productivity, Management, 2020, Small Businesses, Businesses, JobsOhio, Grant

    Cultural Killers

    Posted by Steve Black on Oct 8, 2020 3:45:22 PM

    He asked the typical candidate question. “Tell me about your company’s culture?” I asked him what he meant. He responded, “I don’t know. I’m just wondering what it’s like to work at your company?” 

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    Topics: Takeaways, culture, onboarding, hiring, Growing, HR, Human Resources, Growth, workplace productivity, Success, Management, Employee Retention

    Updated Ohio TechCred Program Open AGAIN!

    Posted by Kari Brooke on Oct 1, 2020 3:44:39 PM

    The Ohio TechCred Program is open again and employers once again DO NOT have to identify specific employees (current and/or prospective employees) on the application this round. The employees will need to be identified when filing for reimbursement. This makes the program much more flexible for employers that know what credentials/trainings will be needed but are not sure which employees will be receiving those credentials/trainings!

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    Topics: ohio, workplace productivity, Management, TechCred, 2020, Small Businesses, Businesses, Training

    Signs of Slipping Back Into an Input-Based Culture

    Posted by Steve Black on Sep 30, 2020 10:01:02 AM

    It is not hard to see why Output-Based Cultures create superior results and attract the best kind of peopleCreating this type of culture is difficult work…especially if the organization has been entrenched with an Input-Based mentality. After doing the hard work, it is often more difficult maintaining an Output-Based Culture. To sustain an Output-Based Culture, it is important to recognize internal signs of slipping back into an Input-Based mindset. This is not an exhaustive list, but it is a good start!

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    Topics: Takeaways, culture, onboarding, hiring, Growing, HR, Human Resources, Growth, workplace productivity, Success, Management, Employee Retention

    Doing Work That Matters: What People Want in a Job

    Posted by Steve Black on Sep 17, 2020 9:29:07 AM

    Energizing. Growth-minded. Engaging. Aligned. These are a words that describe an “Output-based” Culture (check out Part One of this blog series). When you walk into this type of culture, the energy is infectious. The conversations are compelling. The people are interesting. As a business owner, isn’t this the type of organization you want? This type of organization is one where people know what they need to do, own the responsibility to do it, and enjoy their work. This is true, but it runs deeper than just knowing what to do, owning it, and enjoying it. Output-based cultures reach deep down into the inner being of people, who work there. They attract the best people not because of their 401k, amount of PTO, or pay ranges. No, they do so because they understand what people want, and they communicate it early and often. 

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    Topics: Takeaways, culture, onboarding, hiring, Growing, HR, Human Resources, Growth, workplace productivity, Success, Management, Employee Retention

    Doing Work That Matters: How to Build an Output-Based Culture

    Posted by Steve Black on Sep 9, 2020 10:27:54 AM

    In my last blog, I contrasted input v. output based cultures. Input-based cultures focus upon superficial metrics (hours worked, number of emails processed, number of meetings attended). Many organizations may not say they prize these things, but they are reinforced through misaligned purposes, plans, and outcomes. Output-based cultures focus upon metrics that matter (hitting revenue numbers, new product innovations, efficiencies in the production process, pipeline activities). Output-based cultures showcase alignment between purposes, plans, and outcomes. How is this done, though? How does an organization create an aligned and purposeful culture that produces desired outcomes? To understand this, I want to review the “Cultural Ecosystem."

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    Topics: Takeaways, culture, onboarding, hiring, Growing, HR, Human Resources, Growth, workplace productivity, Success, Management, Employee Retention

    Does Your Flock Have Direction?

    Posted by Lily Morgan on Sep 3, 2020 9:53:57 AM

    It’s the morning commute, and traffic is stopped in both directions as I wait for new goslings and their parents to cross the road. The goslings are a bit wobbly and must be shown the right direction as they learn their way. I admire the cute creatures as they continue their journey and observe the reaction of others in their cars taking pictures of the adorable, fluffy animals. The stopped traffic was inconvenient, yet everyone seemed to give grace to these new little ones finding their way.

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    Topics: Takeaways, onboarding, Growth, workplace productivity, Success, Management, 2020, Workplace Culture

    Input v. Output Cultures: Doing Work That Matters

    Posted by Steve Black on Aug 27, 2020 9:20:36 AM

    60 hour workweeks. 2 weeks of unused PTO. Plowing through 200 emails in a day.

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    Topics: Takeaways, culture, onboarding, hiring, Growing, HR, Human Resources, Growth, workplace productivity, Success, Management, Employee Retention

    Cultural Architecture: Designing, Building, & Nurturing Organizational Cultures That Create Competitive Advantages

    Posted by Steve Black on Aug 20, 2020 9:18:06 AM

    organizational culture: a distinctive pattern of thought and behavior shared by members of the same organization and reflected in their language, values, attitudes, beliefs, and customs. The culture of an organization is in many ways analogous to the personality of an individual.

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    Topics: Takeaways, culture, onboarding, hiring, Growing, HR, Human Resources, Growth, workplace productivity, Success, Management, Employee Retention

    Dancing Through the COVID-19 Storm

    Posted by Bill Bates on Aug 17, 2020 10:07:50 AM

    Scrolling through Facebook I stumbled across an ad and read a quote the ad highlighted:

    "Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass…It’s about learning to dance in the rain!" – Vivian Greene.

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    Topics: Takeaways, Growth, workplace productivity, Success, Management, 2020, Workplace Culture, COVID-19

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