I often enjoy my talks with my brother Scott. A retired Army, Lieutenant Colonel, Scott still doesn’t take himself too seriously, even after working at senior levels at the Pentagon and teaching at the prestigious Army Command Staff College. Once in a while, we hit a note in our talks that brings about an “Aha” moment for me. Earlier this week I mentioned how proud I am of the professionalism in the junior ranks ... Continue Reading →
Disruptive technology and disruptive innovation are terms used in business and technology literature to describe innovations that improve a product or service in ways that the market does not expect, typically by being lower priced or designed for a different set of consumers. The original concept was introduced in an article by Josephe Bower and Clayton Christen (1995) that introduced the concept.
Henry Ford’s Model T, the PC, and the Iphone, are all examples of ... Continue Reading →
Do you know GINA? (New employer posting requirement from the DOL)
On November 21, 2009, employers will be required to begin posting language about the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA). This poster should be displayed wherever you currently post other required labor law and state regulations in the workplace, and the template from the Department of Labor is attached.
The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (Pub.L. 110-233, 122 Stat. 881, enacted May 21, 2008, ... Continue Reading →
A popular method used by organizations that prefer more formalized interview methods is a technique called the Behavioral Interview. Also known as Targeted Selection, this approach is to extract specific experiences from the interviewee that would likely predict future behavior; a well-believed notion within the HR ranks. You know you’re in the middle of such an interview when the interviewer asks: “Tell me about a time when _____________. “Describe the issue, what you did and ... Continue Reading →
Recently, President Obama signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2010 which makes significant changes to the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA). All employers who must comply with the FMLA, are strongly encouraged to become knowledgeable of these changes and incorporate them into their administration of the FMLA, and FMLA policy language.
This is a basic overview of those changes:
1) Up until these recent changes under the NDAA, the FMLA provided eligible ... Continue Reading →
What business isn’t looking to control expenses? Staffing firms offer many effective solutions for reducing overhead, managing operating costs and improving organizational performance. Used effectively, staffing services can save you more than they cost.
Here are some key ways you can use staffing to reduce costs in your organization:
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- Convert fixed expenses to variable. Develop a plan to staff your business strategically. Minimize the number of permanent employees on your staff to the level needed to sustain your core volume of ...