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,

7 Steps to Know if Workers’ Compensation Carrier Working for You

Written by: Lorrie Howard, Horizon Point Consulting Workers’ Compensation is designed to provide medical coverage and lost time coverage to employees who are injured on the job or develop a work-related illness as a result of the work environment.  Unfortunately, determining if an injury or illness is work-related isn’t always easy for physicians to do. During a recent visit to a client, she asked me how to handle a claim situation that she had in which the attending doctor couldn’t determine if the injury was work related. She said that she felt as though their carrier was approving all claims,

Dealing With the Disgruntled

Written by: Lorrie Howard, Horizon Point Consulting  I recently received an email from a company (hoping to sell me their services) that included an article on “resignation violence” and told the story of an employee who went in to HR to resign her position and ended up attacking the HR representative. Data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that while workplace violence by co-workers is relatively low, it is on the rise. During my career, there are a few situations that come to mind when I was concerned about going in to a meeting or became concerned during

What If You Were Mystery Shopped?

Guest blog written by: Lorrie Howard, Horizon Point Consulting  One of my clients is a small retail chain in North Alabama. Each month I send out an email communication to their store managers and I always include an article that I feel is relevant to their business to give them some food for thought. This month the topic was “If your store were mystery shopped, would you pass?” and the article included a sample mystery shop survey that has 35 questions. I challenged them to “shop” their own store and be brutally honest in their answers. Would they pass the

Leaders, Expect the Unexpected!

Guest blog written by: Lorrie Howard, Horizon Point Consulting  “Expect the unexpected.” -Zig Zigler During a recent hike on Rainbow Mountain with my three boys and two dogs, I was gently reminded that even when you expect the unexpected, you can be caught off guard. Multiple times during our hike when my oldest was leading the way, I reminded him to go slow and watch out for snakes. Then about half way through the hike we stopped to take a break. The boys sat down on a large rock and I sat down about ten feet ahead of them. Almost