Authenticity During Employee Hardships

Guest blog written by: Lorrie Howard, Horizon Point Consulting I recently read an article written by Amy Morin, a psychotherapist who lost her husband suddenly at age 26. She talked about how her company provided her with the bereavement leave she needed to grieve, but more so about how they handled her return. She spoke of how her manager let her ease back into work by starting on a Friday and not having too much on her plate her first few days in the office. And she talked about how that manager asked her prior to her return how she

Do You Need to Raise Your Wages?

Steve Boese had a great blog post recently titled “CHART OF THE DAY: Your semi-regular labor market update”. In it, Steve shares charts that show the unemployment rate dropping below 4% for the first time since 2000 and the average time to fill for positions continuing to trend upward.  It’s a great post, read it.  If you’re a business owner, HR pro, recruiter or anyone that remotely has a pulse on hiring, it gives credence to the pain you are probably already feeling. Where can we find good people to fill positions?  Heck, I had someone tell me the other

Revisiting 4 Tips to an Awesome Job Shadow or Informational Interview

Guest blog written by: Taylor Simmons, Horizon Point Consulting A couple of years ago, I worked with a student who participated in a job shadow offered through a program at her school. She was interested in the medical field. However, during the job shadow, she realized it was not for her. The eye-opening experience helped guide her to another path. Summer is almost here, and now is a great time for recent grads and college students to consider a job shadow or internship! If opportunities for those are not available, an informational interview is another option. All of these are

6 Ways to Design Your Performance Management System Around Company Values

“….In other words, only 10 percent of organizations have be goals (what Andy Stanley means by a set of values that guide our decisions) effectively integrated in their daily practices. Mind you, many organizations write about their mission, vision and values in their annual report, but that’s only lip service unless those be goals are integrated into their recruiting, training, evaluating and promoting. How can an organization claim that its be goals are important when none of its leaders’ performance evaluations or pay is based on adhering to those values.” I was recently in a meeting talking about performance management

Sexual Harassment: A Cultural Change

Guest blog written by: Lorrie Howard, Horizon Point Consulting Sexual harassment is not pervasive due to a need to change the law, but instead the need to change cultural values within an organization. This was the message I heard recently at an HR conference. In all the years that I have conducted sexual harassment training and helped organizations to implement policies, procedures, and conduct investigations, I’d never thought about it that way. But it makes sense. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 made sexual discrimination, including sexual harassment, illegal. So why over fifty years later is sexual

What do you value most?

Guest blog written by: Taylor Simmons, Horizon Point Consulting Values – integrity, authenticity, honesty, loyalty, service – and the list goes on. Values are what make each person unique. Individuals want to work in organizations that prioritizes values, and companies seek out individuals who add value to their organization. A Career Decision Making Tree is one tool we use at Horizon Point in guiding individuals in career planning. We share this in our career development course with other professionals; it’s available in our workbooks also. The idea is to determine what you value most in a career, which are the

Increase the Value of your Organization’s Biggest Asset

Guest blog written by: Lorrie Howard, Horizon Point Consulting  “Train people well enough so they can leave. Treat them well enough so they don’t want to.” – Sir Richard Branson As another school year comes to a close, my boys have already started getting that end of year fever. To them the end of the school year means a break from learning. To me it means a summer filled with opportunities to teach them things they can’t experience in a classroom. With that comes the opportunity to encourage them to challenge themselves and set personal goals for what they want

Making Passion a Priority in Work

Guest blog written by: Taylor Simmons, Horizon Point Consulting  I recently wrote a blog about “People First” and I how I feel we do that well at HPC. You can check it out here: People First. Of course, as with anything, there is always room for improvement. One company value that I personally would like to improve upon is “Passion”. Passion. We believe passion should be a key driver in the workplace. Therefore, we demonstrate passion in the work we do, hire individuals who are passionate about the work our organization engages in, and strive to help our clients discover, develop

Top 10 Quotes on Authentic Leadership

Guest blog written by: Lorrie Howard, Horizon Point Consulting As we continue to explore authenticity, I think it’s important to focus on how to be an authentic leader. Here are ten great quotes on authentic leadership. 10) “Authentic Leaders are not afraid to show emotion and vulnerability as they share in the challenges with their team. Developing a solid foundation of trust with open and honest communication is critical to authentic leadership.” – Farshad Asl, The “No Excuses” Mindset: A Life of Purpose, Passion, and Clarity 9) “Authentic leadership is the full expression of “me” for the benefit of “we”.”

What are Company Values and How do you Create Them?

We’ve been spending some time here at The Point Blog highlighting some of our company values.  But what exactly do we mean by company values and how do you form them?  Many people, I believe, misinterpret what organizational values are and should be. This leads leaders to stay away from setting them, limiting their ability to drive organizational competitiveness through a common company language and culture. So, organizational values are:  1.      Not moral in nature. They aren’t right or wrong in a universal sense.   2.      They are however, right or wrong for your organization.  3.      They should be guiding principles that govern behavior.  They should be