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    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

    Updated Ohio TechCred Program Open NOW

    Posted by Kari Brooke on Aug 12, 2020 10:12:53 AM

    The Ohio TechCred Program is open again and employers 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

    Embrace Pain & Uncertainty

    Posted by Doug Meyer on Aug 5, 2020 9:53:14 AM

    I am one that likes to plan, have clarity, and feel in control. Well, 2020 certainly has challenged me in these areas. Regardless, I still have a choice. One option is to feel like a victim, get angry, be annoyed, complain about the situation, and feel sorry for myself. Been there, done that! Not fun or productive.

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    Topics: Strategic Planning, Succession Planning, Takeaways, Retain, Key Employees, Growth, workplace productivity, Success, Management, 2020, Workplace Culture

    Examining Organizational Growth: Successfully Crossing the Chasm

    Posted by Steve Black on Jul 24, 2020 9:47:21 AM

    80% of businesses survived their first year of business. 

    70% of businesses survived their second year of business.                       

    50% of businesses survived their fifth year of business.

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

    Examining Organizational Growth: Challenges When Crossing the Chasm

    Posted by Steve Black on Jul 16, 2020 10:10:39 AM

    chasm noun

    \ ˈka-zəm  \

    1: a deep cleft in the surface of a planet (such as the earth)

    2: a marked division, separation, or difference

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

    Understanding Organizational Growth - Business Strata

    Posted by Steve Black on Jul 8, 2020 11:00:20 AM

    There he sat in his makeshift office. Doodling. Each day, it was the same thing. Get up, get ready, go into the garage. There was nothing spectacular about the workspace. You would find similar “stuff” in any number of garages in his Kansas City neighborhood. Once there, though, the creativity and magic unleashed. With pencil and paper in hand, Mr. Disney brought to life many of today’s iconic cartoon characters.

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

    A Letter from Your Employee Handbook: What a Solid Handbook Can Do for Your Organization

    Posted by Steve Black on Jun 23, 2020 10:53:49 AM

    Dear Business Owner,

    Hello. It’s me. Your Employee Handbook. Now, before you stop reading, can I share what is on my mind? I know you are busy, and I evoke a lot of eye-rolling. But, I have some important things to say. I cannot blame you for being annoyed with me as I routinely insist on being updated, re-signed, and discussed. Granted, I was last updated when George W. Bush was President, Tom Brady won his first Super Bowl, and cargo pants were a fad. If you will give me five minutes of your time, I will make it worth your while. I know I can add value to our organization. 

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

    HR Issues Amidst COVID-19 Disruptions PART 8: Unemployment & The PPP - When Well-Meaning Governmental Programs Collide

    Posted by Steve Black on Jun 12, 2020 9:10:29 AM

    Let’s look at some simple math. Bob, an hourly employee, averaged 40 hours per week making $15 per hour. At the end of each week, his gross income was $600. Now, due to a furlough, Bob is receiving unemployment benefits. According to the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services, Bob will bring home a weekly unemployment benefit of $300. Common assumption would be that he would begin hunting for a new job. Not so fast. With passage of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Stability Act (CARES), the federal government expanded each States’ ability to provide unemployment insurance for many workers. The expansion places an extra $600 per week into the pockets of each eligible worker. Bob is now bringing home $900 per week. 

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    Topics: Takeaways, culture, onboarding, hiring, Growing, Human Resources, Growth, workplace productivity, Success, Management, Coronavirus, COVID-19

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