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

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

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

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

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,

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

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.

Bullying Doesn’t Just Happen at School: Workplace Bullying

Written by: Lorrie Howard, Horizon Point Consulting I recently saw an article about a nine year old boy in Denver who took his own life after being bullied during his first four days of school. My youngest son is eight and I can’t imagine him ever feeling like his only choice is suicide. When my oldest was in elementary school he was bullied by another child at his daycare. While he has always been a very headstrong child, the bullying continued to the point where he had put up with enough. Together we sat down with his martial arts instructor,