How to deal with a labor shortage.

It’s everywhere you look.  There are help wanted signs, we’re hiring banners, newsfeeds taken over by recruiting posts and it’s the biggest concern we hear on a daily basis.  A labor shortage is frustrating and bad for business at any time but we’re quickly learning that a global pandemic is only exacerbating the situation. We can’t change […]

Is a self-funded benefit plan the way to go?

A growing number of U.S. employers are making the switch to self-insuring as a way to reduce costs and improve service. Self-insuring or self-funding is not right for every organization. Employers considering a switch from fully funded to self-funded health plans should analyze the advantages and disadvantages before making the switch. What is it?  According […]

Should You Rethink the Annual Performance Review

According to management research firm CEB, 42 percent of employees consider annual reviews ineffective, mainly due to the feedback coming at the end of the year when it has almost no relevance.   The primary purpose of annual reviews is to hold employees up to, typically, a quantitative standard, rather than to assess granular performance and […]

4 Recruiting Trends in 2021

The recruiting challenges that businesses faced pre-pandemic are not going away. In fact, COVID has only complicated matters. If you want to attract and retain the best talent, be prepared to adapt to the changing recruiting landscape. Here are some recruiting practice trends to monitor in 2021. 1. Looking Inward for Talent Recruiting is a […]

What will the other side look like?

Well, we’re here.  A new year, a new normal.  COVID-19 has reshaped the workforce and in turn, reshaped the HR Department.  For the past ten months we’ve talked about how the pandemic has impacted not just where we work, but how we conduct our business and manage the employee work/life balance. Since the release of […]

PANDEMIC: How to Help Your Employees Thrive During Times of Crisis

Senior HR Advisor, Jamie Beirman joins Patty Cisco to discuss issues facing companies during the COVID-19 crisis.  Hosted by the Sidney-Shelby County Chamber of Commerce, and facilitated by Grant Covault of Marketing Essentials, this series helps area businesses through the challenges of the pandemic.  Listen to PANDEMIC:  Episode Three here.  

Planning Consideration for COVID-19

According to the CDC “All employers need to consider how best to decrease the spread of acute respiratory illness and lower the impact of COVID-19 in their workplace in the event of an outbreak in the US. They should identify and communicate their objectives, which may include one or more of the following: (a) reducing […]

Preparing for the election/politics at work

        They’re here…no, not a poltergeist but political ads (which sometimes seem like a poltergeist in our televisions).  And they are only going to increase in frequency and tone as the days and weeks continue to creep further into fall.          We see them on television, interrupting our favorite […]

Is your business prepared for an emergency?

In just over a year time span, Dayton and Cincinnati Ohio have been hit with devastation. From Tornado’s to Mass Shootings, September 6th was the one-year anniversary of the 5/3 mass shooting and only a month earlier the mass shooting in the Oregon District took place. This is not an easy topic to discuss and […]

Workplace Wellness Programs: 5 Keys to Successful Programs

Thinking about adding a Workplace Wellness Program? They are a great option for energizing your team, reducing costs, and building a more positive and healthy work environment. Workplace wellness programs come in all shapes and sizes. They can be as simple as routine check-ins and small contests and competitions and they can include onsite fitness […]