Human Capital

Onboarding isn’t just about shaking hands on day one or drowning your new hires in an ocean of paperwork and procedural manuals. Take it from us, onboarding is about igniting the spark from the moment your new team members step through the door. In this blog, we correct 4 common misconceptions about team member onboarding to…

Unleashing the Power of Collaboration Today, we’re diving deep into a powerful quote by Jim Stovall that packs a serious punch: “You need to be aware of what others are doing, applaud their efforts, acknowledge their successes, and encourage them in their pursuits. When we all help one another, everybody wins.” Are you ready for…

Introduction Running a small business is like navigating through different seasons – there are sunny days full of triumph, and then there are stormy days that test our resilience. One key factor that can make a world of difference in weathering any storm is having the right team members by your side. Just like bad…

Over the last couple of years, we’ve seen a worrisome trend of employees disengaging from their work. Sometimes dubbed “quiet quitting,” this trend has sent ripple effects throughout business organizations across the country. To understand this problem, it’s first important to understand what employee engagement means. Generally, this term is used to denote team members…

As we noted in Part 1, finding people with the right strengths is important to help your business grow and succeed.  As you integrate the right engagement structures to ensure that your people will stay with your company for the long term, we want to explain the importance of onboarding in exit planning. We call…

In the dynamic landscape of employee performance evaluations, 360-degree reviews have emerged as a holistic approach, offering a well-rounded perspective. However, to extract the full benefits of this method, managers must adopt a strategic outlook. This blog post explores key elements to enhance the effectiveness of 360 reviews, delving into the nuances of communication, goal…

At FIREPOWER, we’re here to help our leaders achieve growth and innovation through their biggest asset: their people. Together, let’s achieve the hardest growth goals and go beyond the surface-level approach of employee reviews by learning how to balance people, processes, and technology to establish an empowered workforce. It’s time to unlock the true potential…

Hey there, hardworking business owner! We know you’ve been hustling and adapting like a champ over the past year. Remote work became the norm, and you made it work! But now, a moment of truth is upon us: the option to return to the office. While remote work definitely had its perks (like sweatpants and a commute…

In today’s ever-expanding “gig economy,” outsourcing entry-level tasks and job roles has become commonplace. But a growing number of organizations are exploring and adopting outsourcing for higher-level functions, too. Small to mid-sized sales organizations are increasingly outsourcing the sales function – from the sales rep role to executive sales management – and finding success with…

Nobody likes a micromanager. In fact, studies confirm that just the opposite is true: Employees tend to be much happier and more engaged when they are afforded some autonomy to make their own decisions. And leaders benefit, too, when employees are given some leeway to act independently: It tends to result in a higher-quality of…

FIREPOWER, with Maria C. Forbes, is a hands-on strategic workforce partner, helping leaders of privately held companies to attract, engage, and keep their best talent. Small business leaders don’t know how to explain what their best talent looks like, and since they can’t define it, they can’t plan for more of it! This is crucial information…

The decisions employers make regarding their benefits offerings during this period of economic uncertainty will likely have lasting impacts on their finances, their employees’ expectations, and their ability to attract and retain talent — all of which can affect the organization’s overall health. To ensure continued success, employers should critically evaluate each and every area…

Entrepreneurial leaders do a lot of things well, but hiring the right people, aligning talent for top performance and optimizing collaboration is not where they want to spend their time.  It’s not why they went into business and they are unfamiliar with the impact of talent on their growth and succession goals. They don’t understand…

Every business needs a strong marketing strategy and plan, but not every business needs a full-time Chief Marketing Officer (CMO). Hiring an outsourced CMO can be the perfect solution for companies needing marketing leadership and business savvy without incurring high-ticket costs. Here are three reasons to consider hiring a fractional CMO for your business. 1. Fractional…

CBIZ Health Care Survey Shows Employers Prioritize Recruiting and Retaining Talent in Hot Job Market Survey also finds employers are prioritizing stemming the rising costs of medical plans and the inclusion of mental healthcare services Business Wire CLEVELAND — March 15, 2023 CBIZ (NYSE: CBZ), a leading national provider of insurance, financial and advisory services,…

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