Mental Health in the Workplace… What Can You Do?

Guest blog written by: Lorrie Howard, Horizon Point Consulting Recently I talked about authenticity during employee hardships. With recent events in the news, including the deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain, I wanted to dive deeper into how employers can help employees in need. Mental health is an ever-growing concern in our nation. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness: Approximately 1 in 5 adults (43.5 millions) in the U.S. experience mental illness in a given year. One in 25 of those Americans suffer a serious mental illness in a given year that substantially interferes with or limits

Your Title Should Not Define You

Guest blog written by: Steve Graham Job titles serve a purpose. Titles identify roles and responsibilities within an organization.  They should not define who you are. Many of my coaching clients have enjoyed successful careers, but they desire to make a change.  Too often, my clients are defined by their title and this makes it harder for them to make the desired change.   For example, a top performing sales professional may identify as, “only a sales person”, without understanding who they truly are.  What makes them a top sales performer is more about who they are than a title. What

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

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

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”.”

Company Values: Are You Learning?

Guest blog written by: Taylor Simmons, Horizon Point Consulting  During a recent workshop with junior high students, one topic we discussed was becoming an apprentice for life. Now, more than ever, continuous learning is relevant regardless of your industry (or your age). At Horizon Point, it is one of our core values, and it is one of my favorite things about my career and the company I work for. Continuous Learning. We believe continual learning is a key driver in creating passion and productivity in life and in work. To that end, we invest in the personal development of our people