Employee engagement/ retention

Work from anywhere has been a necessity, an epithet, an obstacle, and an opportunity over the last 3 years. To paraphrase Aristotle’s axiom about Nature (“Horror Vacui”), business abhors a vacuum. Where one occurs, it is quickly filled. Work from anywhere started as a COVID-induced necessity. During the lockdowns of 2020-2021 (and longer in some…

The national trend to protect temporary Laborers continues. This past August, Illinois passed legislation that expanded its Day and Temporary Labor Services Act. The amendment became effective on August 4, 2023 (immediately upon its signing). The Trend New Jersey, California, and Illinois have all passed laws that provide protections to temporary Laborers. Among the varied…

Since the pandemic, many companies have negotiated new rhythms for workplace productivity. While a number of companies are fully “back at the office,” there are many others that remain committed to remote work, or to allowing their employees some flexibility via a hybrid work option. Remote work certainly offers many perks, and studies have shown…

By Robert G. Brody and Luis A. Torres   We previously reported on the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) proposed rule that would effectively ban most noncompete agreements in the workplace. However, the FTC’s proposed rule has one major exception: Franchisees. The proposed rule states that the term “worker” does not include a franchisee in the…

By Robert G. Brody and Mark J. Taglia April 24, 2023   Last week, the NLRB’s decision in Noah’s Ark Processors, LLC  (“Noah”) held that repeat offenders of the NLRA could be subject to extraordinary remedies.  The Board went on to detail when such remedies were appropriate, and outlined the types of actions violators could expect to…

I have a highly intelligent and successful ‘left brained’ colleague and friend who ‘gets it’ when it comes to understanding that data and fact sheets do not communicate meaning. This software developer, entrepreneur, certified project management professional, author, award-winning speaker and CIO of a medical practice knows that all the data in the world will…

I’m having a lot of client dialogue on Cash Balance Plans (CBPs).  A CBP is the third sleeve of a Retirement Plan – following the standard 401k and Profit Sharing sleeves of traditional plans.  The contribution limits are substantial allowing participants the ability to contribute significant $s pretax and to grow those contributions tax deferred….

Last month we discussed the natural propensities of the different types of salespeople and how some salespeople benefit from additional training or support – for example, Appointment Setting services that maximize the effectiveness of a sales team full of “Closers.”  If you recall, we highlighted the three traditional types of salespeople: Hunters – Those who…

Host Bill McDermott was joined by three accomplished business leaders on this edition of ProfitSense. Banker Samantha McElhaney discussed what business owners need to be focused on now, what to look for in choosing an advisor, as well as how she uses her extensive network to assist her clients. Keith Costley shared how his engineering consulting…

Has the pandemic prompted your leadership team to reconsider employee purpose? We have prioritized compensation, well-being, resilience and more, but you mustn’t forget purpose or your employees may be reconsidering YOU. In a recent McKinsey & Company survey, two-thirds of US-based employees said they expect their jobs to bring a significant sense of purpose to…

We have all heard the idioms, “Taking responsibility is an essential element of strong leadership”, “The buck stops here”, and “Leadership is taking responsibility while others are making excuses.”  Creating your work ethic as a leader around these phrases may have unconsciously made you over-responsible. Over-responsibility can be a hard habit to break. Do you…

Date: July 29, 2022 Sign On Time: 11:50 a.m. Start Time: 12 p.m. End Time: 1 p.m. Questions: Chat Platform: Zoom Click here for free Ticket: Kay Formanek In Beyond D&I, Kay Formanek brings her more than twenty years’ experience working with the world’s leading organizations to take diversity and inclusion into the strategic roadmap of the organization. Whether you’re a leader,…

A Small Business Onboarding Process A recent HBR article stated that poor onboarding can leave your employees with lower confidence in their new roles, worsened levels of engagement, and an increased risk of jumping ship when they see a new, more exciting position elsewhere. On the other hand, companies that implement a formal onboarding program…

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At our February Cross-Chapter Power Networking session, we introduced a new format aptly named “Ask the Cross-Chapter Experts”. Our facilitator, XPX Nashville member, Lisa Kaufman, a sell-side M&A advisor to family-owned businesses called on 5 members (herself included) to present their “Current Client/Deal Challenge” to the group. Fellow members then became the “experts” providing input and possible resolutions for one of…

  In our last article about life after the sale we discussed identity. Even when business owners are comfortable with who they are, however, there is still the nuts and bolts issue of activity. A business owner spends 20, 30, or (not uncommonly with Boomers,) 40 years focused on running a business. Unless they’ve built a substantial…

Work from anywhere has been a necessity, an epithet, an obstacle, and an opportunity over the last 3 years. To paraphrase Aristotle’s axiom about Nature (“Horror Vacui”), business abhors a vacuum. Where one occurs, it is quickly filled. Work from anywhere started as a COVID-induced necessity. During the lockdowns of 2020-2021 (and longer in some…

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