Tag: Human Resources

Chart of Labor Force Participation Rate from January 1948 to August 2021

The chart below shows that while economic conditions have been improving, the labor force has been slower to rebound.  The participation rate has fallen from above 67% in 2000 to under 63% in 2019.  Of course, the effects of the pandemic are noticeable as more than 8 million workers left the labor force between February…
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100-Day Employee-Integration Plan for Mergers and Acquisitions

By Bruce Haseley, SPHR, and Daniel R. Siburg, CPA, CVA Before employees who were part of a merger or acquisition can commit to a new business organization that resulted from the transaction, they need the answer to the one question they all share: How does this affect me? A 100-day employee-integration plan and an effective…
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Being Cheap Can Cost Money

Everyone has experienced the cost versus value decision.  Should I buy the best or the cheapest product that I am looking for?   Sure, there are times that buying a lesser quality or last year’s model will have little to no effect on the product you are looking to purchase.  If you are buying a…
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The Intersection of an Issue

All problems, choices and final decisions are at the intersection of an issue.   The key point is the thought process you use while at the intersection of the issue and decision that is made to move past the issue.   Getting to the intersection of an issue is the process of analyzing all the…
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Map of the Hourly Wage by State

As of January 1, 2020, the Federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour.  There are numerous states that have set their minimum wages higher than the Federal minimum wage.  See the map below for your state’s minimum wage. An employer of tipped employees is only required to pay that employee $2.13 per hour in direct…
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The “Feckless Business”

The “Feckless Business” is a business that is managed irresponsibly and lacks initiative.  Or another way of putting it, a business that has no budget or strategic plan and just exists day to day with ownership and management dealing with problems of their own making.   It is easy being a “Feckless Business” with no…
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Defensive or Explanatory Management Style

Management styles can either be defensive or explanatory of their position(s) or action(s).   A defensive management style is authoritative, where management has no desire or time to listen to other people’s input on ideas related to a topic or strategic direction.  Often defensive management styles are the result of leadership having no real idea…
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Chart of Miles Traveled by Passengers in Car, Airplane and Train

At the onset of the pandemic, many consumers cancelled personal and business travel plans.   Teleconferencing replaced business travel and social gatherings.  Between February and May 2020, train and airplane travel declined 96 percent and 91 percent, respectively, while travel by car declined 27 percent. The increase in traveling by car since April 2020 reflects the…
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Willful Blindness

“Willful Blindness” in a business is the conscious act of avoiding the truth, which gives credence to the knowledge of an issue in question, but never resolving the issue. Willful blindness can be at any level of management or on any type of business issue that needs to be addressed and resolved. A business’s willful…
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How to Hold a Productive Meeting

We have all attended a meeting, whether it be an Executive Staff meeting or an important business  meeting, where you have sat in the chair for hours and leave the meeting feeling like it was a colossal  waste of your time.   What makes you leave those types of meetings feeling as if you would…
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