Archive for August, 2015
(September 1, 2015) Akron, Ohio – The nation’s only firm dedicated solely to staffing and consulting for HR & payroll was recognized today as a top employer in Northeast Ohio. Willory, based in Bath, Ohio was included today in the NorthCoast 99, a list of Northeast Ohio’s 99 best places to work recognized annually by ERC. The NorthCoast 99 are top performing organizations based on a variety of criteria including corporate philosophy, providing challenging & meaningful work, compensation, organizational support, work-life benefits, career development/opportunities, leadership and culture.
“To be celebrating this achievement a few months shy of reaching our five year anniversary is truly amazing – a great honor for our firm,” said John Bernatovicz, president and founder of Willory. “While the vision for Willory as a great place to work has come to fruition, it could have never been possible without the great team we’ve formed and their dedication to making this a special place to work. It also shows our commitment to human resources and attracting top talent to the region.”
Developing policies and rules. It’s a fraction of what we do (cynics may think it is all HR does), but often it’s necessary. As you know, HR needs to be proactive about policies and that includes policies about social media. With its pervasive nature, social media can have a big impact on your organization. And if you do not have a social media policy in place you may just be setting yourself up for disaster.
Social media allows individuals to express themselves. Unfortunately, with the ups and downs of each day personal posts can reflect negatively on your organization. Posts like “I am having the worst day,” or “The people I work with are crazy” do not align with the corporate face you want to show. And if you don’t have a policy in place you can’t prevent (or worst case punish) this behavior. An effective social media policy should cover both what’s acceptable within the content of posts as well as permissions of who can post during the workday.
Leadership is tough. A few (a very few) are born leaders. The rest of us may find leadership doesn’t come naturally and the dedication to mentor and lead a team to be a talent we just don’t have.
Whether you were born with the talent or not, there are ways in which you can hone your leadership skills. Here are five common habits of successful leaders that will help all leaders, born or self-made.
Execute on Objectives
Have a vision for the outcomes you want and the things you need for your team, both long and short term. As you execute, problems and challenges will arise to be overcome – share with your team why decisions are being made to help develop their critical thinking skills. As a leader, you are driving everyone towards a common goal that of course includes individual goals as well. As you move along, celebrate the small victories and achievements to instill confidence.
Traditionally productivity tends to fall into improving processes or efficiencies or… “working smarter not harder.” With all due respect to clichés, I wanted to share some things I have seen that work for myself and others in improving productivity.
Set the Tone Each Day
Think about how you start your workday. Answering critical emails first thing is important, but the problem with doing so puts you in “reactive” mode from moment one of your day. Don’t be passive, instead take control of your day by taking a moment to look at your calendar and set your agenda and objectives for the day. Something unexpected may (and usually) come up – but you may be surprised at just how much more you can accomplish with a daily plan. It’s there to keep you on track and to feel good about how much you’ve accomplished in a day.
There are really quite a few options for doing this, everything from fancy daily planners to techie software, but one of the easiest things to do is to just use the Reminders/Task app on your phone. In most cases you can even sync it to Outlook.