Inflation and Competitive Wages – What do these mean to You?

Are your company’s wages in line with the market? Inflation is often the topic of conversation in the news and in everyday conversation. I recently read an article about Social Security increases, the largest in more than a decade, is on the horizon; you can check the article out here: Social Security Cost-of-Living Adjustment Could be the Highest in 13 Years. What does that mean for individuals? It means you should know your worth, or rather, know what the going rate is for your role. I’m currently working on a wage compensation study and researched the Consumer Price Index to

Business Observations Of an Intern

After working as a high school intern for Horizon Point Consulting for two summers, I’ve picked up on some themes and practices that seem to make this company successful. In the name of full disclosure, I don’t have official confirmation that these are “company ideals.” These are simply my observations of their values that lead to overall success and respect from their clients and partners.  The biggest thing I have noticed is Mary Ila’s generosity. I have been so humbled to be a recipient of her love for over a year now, but the longer I have known her, the

Returning to Work Safety and Legally

A recent study by The Conference Board shows that 31% of employees are not comfortable returning to work and 39% are only moderately comfortable. So how can employers ensure that they address employee concerns as they create guidelines for returning to the office while also ensuring those guidelines are compliant with state and federal regulations?  The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety created a Hierarchy of Controls that addresses five focus areas designed to help control the spread of Covid-19 as organizations return to the office, ordering protocols from most effective to least effective at containing the spread of

For Lucy

We have had the privilege of doing work and life with Lucy Orr as a company and a family over the last couple of years. She has helped us with so many things at Horizon Point and MatchFIT. She performs each task with excellence, professionalism, and a joyful spirit.  She brings this same sense of self when keeping our children. She brings sparks of joy and excitement into their lives.  We will be forever grateful for Lucy and for all she has done for us. In reflecting on all Lucy has taught us (and as I still try to selfishly

How to Create a Great Day in Your Neighborhood

You know me, I oblige my husband about once or twice a year and watch a movie with him.  He told me he’d gotten It’s a Great Day in the Neighborhood especially for me, knowing it would be “my kind of movie”. It was.   The movie is based on a 1998 Esquire cover story titled “Can You Say…. Hero?”.  In the movie, the journalist Tom Junod, fictionalized in the film as Lloyd Vogel, undergoes a transformation of world view through Mr. Rogers played by Tom Hanks.   Lloyd sets out to uncover Mr. Rogers as a fraud, and Mr. Rogers

What does the Pixar movie Soul have to do with Your Job Search?

Over the Christmas break, my family and I watched Soul, a Disney & Pixar film. It was an interesting little movie.  “Pixar’s “Soul” is about a jazz pianist who has a near-death experience and gets stuck in the afterlife, contemplating his choices and regretting the existence that he mostly took for granted.”  – RobertEbert.Com Check out the full review here: Soul Movie Review. In the movie, the main character, Joe, helps Number 22 find her spark! Other career buzz words like passion and flow were found throughout the show.  As I watched the movie, I immediately correlated what was happening to real life,

A Look Back at 3 Things Leaders Don’t Do in Times of Crisis

As we continue to plan out this new year, we thought we would take a look back at the #1 post from 2020. You see, with this pandemic and political turmoil, we could all use a reminder of how to behave as leaders. Here are 3 Things Leaders Don’t Do  In Times of Crisis: We are still in the midst of an unprecedented time in our country and world, with so many unknowns related to COVID-19 and its impact on quite literally everything. Last week, I wrote about 4 things leaders do in times of crisis based on my observations

The Point’s Top 5 Posts of 2020

2020 has been an interesting year. Despite the challenges that the year has caused due to the pandemic, we have continued to provide insight on a wide variety of topics on The Point. To put it simply, every post we’ve written and shared, we’ve strived to inform you on subjects that will help you professionally. We’re always glad to help you on your quest for knowledge to better your career, your work environment, or your organization! Here is a look back at The Point’s Top 5 Posts of 2020: 1. 3 Things Leaders Don’t Do in Times of Crisis 2.

2020 Book of the Year and a Few Memoirs to Grow On

2020. What a year it has been.  We’ve all experienced what it truly means to live in a VUCA- volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous- world.  From a global pandemic to social and political unrest there have been literal and figurative storms everywhere.  They haven’t seemed to end.  Will they end?  And in all this, what does a leader do? Our 2020 book of the year suggests that true leaders go Upstream.  Whether in a crisis or not, the quest to solve problems before they happen- as the subtitle of the book indicates- is a noble calling, especially during times where

7 Things to Consider in Wage Fairness

Pay disparity has long been a topic, most notably with discrepancies in pay between women and minority groups.   The #metoo movement and #blacklivesmatter movements have brought this issue even further to the forefront.   And rightly so.  Payscale published its annual Gender Pay Gap Report for 2020 in March, stating that, “Since we have started tracking the gender pay gap, the difference between the earnings of women and men has shrunk, but only by an incremental amount each year. There remains a disparity in how men and women are paid, even when all compensable factors are controlled, meaning that