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Quit or Get Fired - Knowing When It's Time to Leave Your Job

Posted by Ryan Howard on Thu, May 23, 2013

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Topics: Employee Relationship Management

Secret Lovers: HR Guide to Employee Relationship Management

Posted by Ryan Howard on Mon, Apr 29, 2013

Successfully managing your human resources requires the ability to practice effective employee relationship management. 

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Topics: Employee Relationship Management

Tommy Boy: Lessons on Building Culture, Legacy and Human Capital

Posted by Ryan Howard on Thu, Apr 18, 2013

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Topics: Human Resources, Employee Relationship Management

F***! Why I Love the Using the "F" Word in Business

Posted by Ryan Howard on Sun, Mar 10, 2013

Yes, I am are serious. I love the "F" word.

It's a four letter verb that I use (and do) often. Just ask around our office (even Human Resources). It has helped define and develop many of my best business relationships; and has also resulted in my complete rejection. 

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Topics: VeriFirst Insider, Employee Relationship Management

Managing Your Manager: How to Gain Respect and Credit For Your Work

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Mar 01, 2013

Years ago my grandfather, Robert Marsh (then founder and president of American Telecast Corporation) gave his team some great advice for managing sales and self-promotion. He reminded them that yes, "the squeaky wheel gets the grease", but it is also "the spouting whale who gets harpooned". His success (among many other traits) was built on the concept of staying innovative, yet never failing to remain humble. 

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Topics: Employee Relationship Management, Hiring and Recruiting

Coffee is for Closers: Alternatives to Boosting Employee Morale

Posted by Ryan Howard on Tue, Feb 05, 2013

Normally, I consider myself to be an upbeat person. But when it's the middle of winter, and it's dark as midnight by 6pm; getting psyched about going to work can be a challenge. It probably doesn't help that my boss loves to quote Alec Baldwin from Glenngary Glenn Ross,

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Topics: Employee Relationship Management

Tips for Updating Your Company's Social Media Policies

Posted by Ryan Howard on Thu, Dec 06, 2012

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Topics: Human Resources, Employee Relationship Management

Top 5 Ways to Reduce Employee Turnover Rates

Posted by Ryan Howard on Tue, Nov 13, 2012

Ask any hiring manager what their biggest annoyance is and they will invariably tell you it’s increased employee turnover rates. Regular employee turnover rates require so much more work for hiring, processing, and getting your new employees back up to speed of where the departing employee was; it’s enough to make even the calmest heads spin. However there are things which can be done at multiple stages to figure how to reduce your employee turnover rates and keep your staff congealed. Whether your business is big or small here are the top 5 ways to reduce employee turnover rates in your staff.

Reference Checking: One of the first places hiring managers can do more of an investigative job is during the reference check process. Of course when you are interviewing the candidate a good tool is to probe a little bit deeper on the questions of who these references even are and what the candidate thinks will be said about them. If you as the HR manager do a deeper job on the reference you may uncover a serial job hopper; at the very least you will be able to glean a little bit more about how the employee will fare by opening up the references and finding out more. This may help freeze employee turnover rates.

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Topics: Employee Relationship Management

How to Conduct Employee Performance Reviews: X Factor Style

Posted by Ryan Howard on Mon, Nov 05, 2012

A new way of conducting employee performance reviews.

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Topics: Employee Relationship Management

Cubicle Bullying | How to spot, report, and prevent workplace bullies

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Oct 12, 2012

Recently there has been an awakening in the community to look at bullying. Most of the attention about this behavior has been directed at children in schools and colleges. Hazing, playground violence, social media intimidation and other instances of bullying are no longer being tolerated. The attention that we are giving this is a good thing.

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Topics: Human Resources, Employee Relationship Management