Employee Health Clinics: A Creative Solution to Climbing Costs

Written by: Lorrie Howard, Horizon Point Consulting Healthcare costs have risen an average of five to seven percent each year for the last five years. With costs steadily increasing, employers are starting to look for creative solutions to combat this steady climb in costs. One solution many employers have adopted is Employee Health Clinics. What is an employee health clinic? It is when an employer or group of employers work with local health care providers to create a health clinic specifically for use by their employees and dependents. The employer usually pays a monthly fee per employee, often between about

Have an Employee Bored as a Gourd? Not an ideal employment state!

What’s one thing that is extremely detrimental to both employers and employees? Boredom at work! I once worked with an adult client wanting to make a career change.  She was an extremely talented individual, and in talking with her about her then current employer she says she felt like she was just a “warm body”.  One of the main reasons she wanted a change was because she was bored as a gourd at work!  She worked for a government contractor (a waste of taxpayer money as she sat there bored) and none of her talents and skills were being utilized in

Is Your Training Program Legendary or Lackluster?

Written by: Lorrie Howard, Horizon Point Consulting  “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” – Benjamin Franklin As I discussed in my recent post Five Elements of a Great Onboarding Experience, having a great new hire orientation can be critical to making a great first impression and getting a new hire successfully onboard with your organization. While many companies have worked hard to create that great first impression, they fall short on the long-term impression they give employees by failing to create a continuous training program. I’m currently working with a client to help them set goals for the

Change Management: Celebrating the Small Victories

Written by: Lorrie Howard, Horizon Point Consulting  Change is never easy. I remind myself of this daily as I navigate some major changes in my personal life. And my experience has been a great reminder of why change is often viewed so negatively. It’s the unknown. While they say the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results, the thought of changing that pattern and not knowing what the result will be is often petrifying. I recently started working with a client who is experiencing a great deal of change in their organization

A Look Back On the Best Way to Thank Employees is to Make it Personal

In 2015, we worked with a client where one of the company’s core values was relationships.  The value they place on relationships, with their employees and their customers, leads to a competitive advantage for the company. But I don’t think they do it because it creates a competitive advantage. They do it because it is just the right thing to do. One thing I learned from them is how this value actually plays out in the way that they recognize and reward employees. As an outsider looking in they: Get to know their people as people, not just as workers

Enhancing Workplace Culture

Written by guest blogger: Steve Graham A workplace culture is unique.  There are similar cultures, however, each one has individual attributes.  Great, good, bad, or downright horrible, each culture makes a statement about your organization.  In today’s highly connected society, word spreads fast about your values, mission, and the way you treat the people who work for you.  Culture will exist absent of a specific focus. Even the worst workplaces have a culture. These are often classified as, “toxic workplaces”. There is no shortage of literature about great workplaces, work culture, and even the toxic places.  In this article, I

Top 10 Recruitment Quotes

Written by: Lorrie Howard, Horizon Point Consulting  10. “Recruitment IS marketing. If you’re a recruiter nowadays and you don’t see yourself as a marketer, you’re in the wrong profession.” – Matthew Jeffrey, Global head of sourcing and employment brand at SAP 9. “If you think it’s expensive to hire a professional, wait until you hire an amateur.” – Red Adair 8. “Great vision without great people is irrelevant.” –Jim Collins, Good to Great 7. “Hire character. Train skill.” –Peter Schutz 6. “If each of us hires people who are smaller than we are, we shall become a company of dwarfs.

Five Elements of a Great Onboarding Experience

Written by: Lorrie Howard, Horizon Point Consulting You found the perfect candidate, made them an offer they couldn’t resist, and now they’re ready to start work. While you’ve wowed them up to now, your onboarding and orientation experience is critical to keeping them and to your reputation as an employer of choice. A study by Glint showed that employees who had a poor onboarding experience were eight times less likely to be engaged in their work, with 40% of those employees reporting disengagement just three months after hire. Those same employees reported that they would not recommend the company to

4 Ways to Help Change Happen When Change is Hard

“For anything to change, someone has to start acting differently.” from Switch by Chip and Dan Heath Change is all around us.  In our personal and professional lives, just when we might get to used to something, it changes.  Many of the most life-altering personal changes that we choose like marriage and children we tend to embrace and get excited about.  We put ourselves in these situations of change. At work, though, changes often occur, and we didn’t prompt them. They are unsettling and hard. We work a lot with clients helping them manage change.  In addition, when we are

Improving Your Time to Hire

Written by: Lorrie Howard, Horizon Point Consulting  According to the 2017 Talent Acquisition Benchmarking Report published by SHRM, the average time to hire in 2016 was 36 days. With the job market exceeding the talent pool right now, candidates are harder to find, and when companies do find them, they have to move fast or risk losing them to the competition. How can organizations streamline their hiring process while still ensuring that they are recruiting top talent? Assess your current process. A great way to do this is through a SWOT analysis. What is your organization doing well and what