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    Success Starts in the Morning

    Posted by Steve Black on Jan 18, 2022 11:24:42 AM

    “Your morning routine generates a 10x return for good or for bad. Make it good.”

    - Todd Stocker (Becoming the Fulfilled Leader)

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    Topics: Takeaways, culture, hiring, Growing, HR, Human Resources, Growth, workplace productivity, Success, Management, Goals, 2022 Planning

    Brixey & Meyer's Annual Day of Giving 2021

    Posted by Nicole Kelly on Dec 22, 2021 10:24:10 AM

    It's in the Brixey & Meyer DNA to give back to communities in which we serve. Every year we identify organizations that our team can  partner with in order to fulfill our desires to give back. We closed all three offices and our team headed out to serve and spend time with one another. This year, our annual day of giving was spent in Cincinnati where we had stations set up benefiting multiple organizations. 

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    Topics: Takeaways, values, brixey and meyer, dayton, columbus, Volunteer, productivity, workplace productivity, Cincinnati

    2021 Year End Tax News

    Posted by Jeff Kujawa on Dec 21, 2021 12:15:12 PM

    This has obviously been anything but an ordinary year and it appears the Build Back Better Act will not be signed by December 31st. Any proposed legislation will most likely be effective beginning January 1, 2022. In 2021, Congress did pass the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act to spur the economy and help with our federal highways, highway safety programs, transit and other purposes. However, this bill had minimal income tax consequences.

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    Topics: Takeaways, brixey and meyer, Tax, Tax Team, Tax updates, 2021, 2022 Tax Planning

    Winning with People-Based Competitive Advantages

    Posted by Steve Black on Sep 29, 2021 11:07:02 AM

    Competitive Advantage

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     “A condition or circumstance that puts a company in a favorable or superior business position.

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

    Stumbling into Human Resources

    Posted by Steve Black on May 10, 2021 10:52:11 AM

    I stumbled into Human Resources. Prior to my Human Resources career, I had very little understanding of what “HR people” did. As the department of “NO,” I saw HR as a group of people isolated from core organizational goals. As a “siloed” department, I saw a group of people working hard to process paperwork, pacify disgruntled employees, and fix payroll and benefits mistakes. What a misunderstanding! 

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

    Corrective Action That Works: Discipline vs. Performance Issues

    Posted by Steve Black on Apr 1, 2021 11:15:55 AM

    I believe that…

    · Employees are capable of excellence. 

    · Certain employee behaviors, which do not meet expectations can be improved upon by utilizing a SOLID corrective action process. 

    · Great leaders recognize individual genius in people, and they know how to ignite it! 

    · Great leaders must address poor behavior and performance at times to ignite this genius.

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

    Corrective Action That Works: Every Situation Has A Context

    Posted by Steve Black on Mar 10, 2021 10:20:23 AM

    “Every coin has two sides.” Just like a coin, every adverse employee act has various corrective action options. Even though a set of black and white guidelines denoting specific actions for every situation would be nice, it is not that easy. Employee behaviors and performance are rarely identical, which requires managers to understand the broader reasons for corrective action. In the end, corrective action exists CORRECT behaviors and/or performance contrary to the organization’s purposes, plans, and outcomes. Managers must understand the context of a team-member’s situation to know how to best utilize corrective action. 

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

    Corrective Action That Works

    Posted by Steve Black on Mar 4, 2021 9:14:26 AM

    It was a cold December morning. With coffee in hand and the radio blaring out weekend football scores, Sam headed to work. It was his third year as a manager. His division was neither under nor over-performing, but it was another average year of performance. Sam thought through his day and remembered that he was to meet with Henry, his supervisor, for his annual performance evaluation. Sam knew it would be another review filled with circled numbers, meaningless reflection, and wandering chatter. Little did he know that this would be his last day on the job. 

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

    A Letter from Your Job Description: What Solid Job Descriptions Can Do for Your Organization

    Posted by Steve Black on Feb 18, 2021 10:47:10 AM

    Greetings! It’s me your Job Descriptions. A few months ago, my cousin sent you a letter. As you recall, his name is Employee Handbook. After speaking with him, it sounded like he was helpful. In fact, he encouraged me to write you a similar letter. Now, please do not take offense or ignore me. I know I am not the center of attention at strategic planning sessions nor do employees discuss me at happy hours. Just like my cousin, we tend to age with few revisions or little attention.   

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

    2020 Year End Tax News

    Posted by Jeff Kujawa on Dec 8, 2020 8:37:35 AM

    This has obviously been anything but an ordinary year and tax guidance has been issued to provide some relief. In 2020, Congress passed the CARES Acts, in response to the pandemic, and many of these provisions will help mitigate the financial impact of the disease, which should be considered as part of your yearend planning to take advantage of them and the effects of the Secure Act to decrease 2020 income tax liabilities for individuals and businesses. Many of these provisions are quite complicated and probably require the expertise of our tax professionals, but there are steps which can be taken prior to yearend to minimize your tax liability.

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    Topics: Takeaways, brixey and meyer, Tax, Tax Team, Tax updates

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