To be the Best, Run with the Best

Since running my first marathon in 2009, it’s been in the back of my mind.  Can I run a sub-four-hour marathon?  Of the two I’ve done, I would have to shave more than twenty minutes off my time to do so. This summer, I started running occasionally with someone who runs fast.  So fast, she has qualified for Boston and qualified this year to run the New York City Marathon. I think her marathon PR is around a 3:24. This means she has finished a marathon about an hour faster than I have. She typically runs each mile at least

Why Small Businesses Need HR

Written by: Lorrie Howard, Horizon Point Consulting TriNet, a California based HR Services provider, conducted a survey of small businesses in 2014. They found that: 81% of small business owners manage the HR function themselves 30% admitted that they were nervous about managing HR for their organization 30% reported that they improperly paid employees 23% acknowledged that they lost employees to their competitors due to benefits According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are over 137,000 new employer companies starting up each month. As those companies grow, their burdens as an employer increase. Many of the managers who responded to

Targeting Passive Candidates

Written by: Lorrie Howard, Horizon Point Consulting Recruiters everywhere are struggling to fill open positions these days. According to an August 2018 report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the rate of job openings is 4.6%, while the rate of unemployment is 3.6%. Basically, there are more open jobs right now than there are people to fill them. Organizations are having to rethink their recruiting strategies in order to attract qualified candidates. Part of this revised strategy includes targeting passive candidates, or people who aren’t actively looking for a new job. So how do you attract candidates when they aren’t

The Power of Pause

“Patience is the primary virtue needed in order to reach your destiny.” Tony Evans, Detours We use the DiSC model in leadership training.  As you can see below, the first question asked of people when they are trying to determine their DiSC style or the style of another without the assessment is, “Are you cautious and reflective or are you fast-paced and outspoken?”  I’m so fast-paced and outspoken, you don’t even need to ask the next question (questioning and skeptical or accepting and warm?). I am a Di or an iD all day long. So, it’s obvious that patience is not one

Proactively Impacting Retention Through Stay Interviews

Written by: Lorrie Howard, Horizon Point Consulting How often as leaders do you wish you could convince an employee to stay after they’ve turned in their resignation? What if you could change their mind before they reached the point of no return? Organizations often sit down with employees after they’ve tendered their resignation to find out why they decided to leave. But how often do leaders sit down with employees to find out what can be done to ensure that they stay with the organization? Exit interviews usually consist of questions surrounding the reason for leaving including dissatisfaction with leadership,

4 Keys to Communication to Create Optimal Candidate Experiences

Candidate experience isn’t just about getting people to apply for your opening positions.  It is also about getting them to continue to or start buying your products and services.  In a recent candidate experience study by IBM,  “candidates who are satisfied with their experience are twice as likely to become a customer of the hiring organization compared to unsatisfied candidates (53 percent vs. 25 percent).” So you may not care if an unqualified applicant applies for your openings, but you definitely want everyone to continue or start buying from you. With this in mind, communication is the most critical piece

Building Culture When There’s No Building: Remote Workforces

Written by: Lorrie Howard, Horizon Point Consulting Even with today’s technology, many people have a hard time wrapping their minds around the concept of a virtual company. When someone asks me where Horizon Point’s office is located and I respond that we are a virtual organization, I often get some puzzled looks. Their first question is usually “If you don’t have an office, where do you work?” And that’s often followed up with something along the lines of “Don’t you miss interacting with other people?” Truthfully, I’m always interacting with people, including co-workers, clients, fellow HR professionals, and other members

2 Keys to Being a Successful Leader Instead of a Doer

A production line worker is promoted to line supervisor, yet he is still running the line like the rest of his team. A department Vice President is still solving day-to-day issues and is drowning in a to-do list that has nothing to do with leading the people in her department. At every level of the leadership hierarchy, I see it often.  Leaders not leading.  Yes, they are busy doing, but they devote little to no time leading people.   And if they just led more, it would actually shorten their to-do list! They were stars at their functional roles, so what

Can You Really Reduce Turnover?

Guest blog written by: Steve Graham Conversations around reducing employee turnover, also known as talent retention, have been around since work began.  Even though the topic is not new, the challenges facing employers and their approaches to reducing turnover is.   Generational attitudes about how long a person remains at one job has dramatically shifted. For decades, people identified a career or found a job and they stayed with one employer until retirement. One reason for this shift in tenure, is how the modern career path is navigated.  Many of the foundational thoughts on “career” do not apply in today’s workplace.

Preparing for the Worst: Business Continuity Planning

Written by: Lorrie Howard, Horizon Point Consulting Hurricane Florence had residents and businesses along the East Coast scrambling to prepare for what could have been a catastrophic event. Even though the storm was downgraded, it still had a major impact on some areas hit. My mother, who lives in Northern Virginia, found it hilarious when I called her and made her go down the storm preparation checklist: Non-perishable food? Check. Flashlights and batteries? Check. Candles and matches? Check. Bottled water? Check. Of course she had each item, but I had to make sure just for my own peace of mind.