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Know Your Money: Driving Results Through Financial Wellness

Austin Baker

Sunday, September 01, 2019

According to a recent Prudential report, 75% of employees say they see their employer as a trusted source of help, and approximately 60% say they are more committed and productive at work when their employer demonstrates a commitment to employees’ financial wellness. Over 50% of employers offer some sort of financial wellness program, and both employers and employees report a higher level of satisfaction with their benefit plans when a financial wellness program is offered. It turns out, offerin

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The Money Tree: Understanding & Implementing Compensation Analysis

Austin Baker

Thursday, August 01, 2019

As HR embraces the promise of data-driven decision-making, compensation and benefits functions are becoming more strategic, compliance-oriented, and data-centric. With low unemployment, acute talent shortages across industries, and an increasingly complex economic environment, the stakes have never been higher for compensation management programs. From attracting great talent to improving engagement and retention, compensation plays a central role in business success.

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Why You Should Develop a Coaching Culture Within Your Organization

Austin Baker

Tuesday, July 02, 2019

Most employers are constantly striving for happier and more engaged employees. Engaged and motivated employees not only correlate with employee satisfaction and a lower turnover, but also lead to increases productivity and company profitability.

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Does Sensitivity/Diversity Training Really Work?

Austin Baker

Monday, July 01, 2019

The US Equal Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced that 84,252 workplace discrimination charges were filed for the year 2017. On top of that, the average cost for a defense and settlement payment per discrimination case was $160,000 and it took, on average, 318 days for the claim to be resolved. Given these eyepopping statistics, many companies are taking strides to prevent this exposure through prevention-oriented training. However, we must ask ourselves the question: Is this actually effecti

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The Performance Review Evolved

Austin Baker

Saturday, June 01, 2019

Love them or hate them, employee performance evaluations are here to stay. The task most HR departments nowadays are tasked with are finding methods to overhaul our review systems to make these often-mindless-and-useless meetings

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Rise Above – Trends Employers Utilize to Become A “Best Place to Work”

Austin Baker

Wednesday, May 01, 2019

With national unemployment at a 17-year low, businesses are working overtime to recruit, engage, and retain talent. We have all seen articles that provide tips, tricks, or “hacks,” that could make your workplace a “Best Place to Work,” but what really makes a company deserve these honors?

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Expanding the Pipeline for Talent Development & Recruitment

Austin Baker

Tuesday, April 02, 2019

With unemployment at an all-time low and “job hopping,” a common phenomenon, recruiters are running into more and more issues finding the right talent and retaining them for years to come. Approximately three quarters (72.8%) of recruiters are struggling to find relevant candidates. Even after finding those candidates, 40% of employees surveyed said they planned on changing jobs in 2018. With those alarming statistics, it is no surprise that employers have been focusing more and more of their re

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People Plans – The Key Variable to Strategic Planning

Austin Baker

Friday, March 01, 2019

According to a survey by 6 Disciplines, 95% of employees do not understand their organization's strategy while 44% rank aligning the implementation of strategy to people & company culture as the toughest challenge. Strategic plans highlight strengths, weaknesses, threats, and update us on our goals, however, the implementation of those plans will never suffice unless there is a solid People plan in place to build out those initiatives.

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The Trends That Will Shape HR in 2019

Austin Baker

Friday, February 01, 2019

In 2018, HR saw a turning point in many areas of business operations. Areas such as AI & HCM technology, innovative benefits solutions, employee wellbeing programs, and many more took great strides this past year and look to develop even further into 2019 while what was once thought of as the newest & most exciting frontier in HR – blockchain - did not stick past 2018.

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Define Integration: The Key to Company Culture During Mergers and Acquisitions

Austin Baker

Tuesday, January 01, 2019

Companies spend more than $2 trillion on acquisitions every year. Yet study after study puts the failure rate of mergers and acquisitions somewhere between 70% and 90%. (The Big Idea: The New M&A Playbook.) While on paper, deals may look promising, however, the most critical mistakes come during the execution phase of the merger where people often take a laser focus on the internal. How do we sort through multiple payroll systems and integrate our HRIS? Which sales compensation model will we use

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