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4 Ways To Increase Engagement Now

Employee engagement, the emotional connection, excitement and readiness employees should feel each day to tackle their work, can be influenced greatly by the relationship (or lack thereof) they have with their supervisor. If a supervisor, or company leaders in general, feel that engagement is down, there are several ways to gather data and put new …

Do Referral Programs Promote Racism?

“Refer your friends and family to earn a bonus!” We’ve all heard about these programs and I know I’ve used this as a recruitment tool. Does this create Homogeneous Hiring? Does it perpetuate Systemic Racism? It certainly can, but like most things…it depends. I am still a huge fan of having a robust employee referral …

Keep Your Skills Sharp

What are you doing with your newfound time since you’re not commuting to work as often as you used to? Why not use that time to sharpen your skills & support your community?! With the newfound time many folks have from less commuting, traveling, or going out, it is the perfect opportunity to volunteer in your …

Staff Appreciation – Don’t Blow It

If you missed the AzODN Recognition and Appreciation Zoom Program, you missed a good one! We talked about successful and failed attempts in giving and receiving recognition and appreciation and the lasting impact (positive and negative) those experiences had on us. Here is a list of resources to help get you started (or you can …

Measure, Don’t Monitor, WFH Staff

Ten years ago, when an employee asked to work from home, the answer was often something like, “Well, if we do that for you, we’ll have to do it for everyone.” As an HR gal, I get that it’s important to consider all sides of an option to see what precedent it sets. I understand …

The Time is Now – Update Handbooks

I love to help clients create and launch employee handbooks. Seeing all their ideas, mission language, and benefits they provide come together with their specific policies and procedures is often a labor of love. A way to show employees they care and want to do right by them in a whole host of ways. The …

Turning to Yoga (Again and Again)

My yoga journey began in 2002 as a way to lose weight for my wedding. I had no idea that completing that VHS (!) tape workout every day for three months would have such an impact on my life. I lost weight doing yoga, but more than that, I gained confidence in my body and myself. Anytime I took …

Increasing Belonging at Work

Diversity… inclusion… equity… We hear these words a lot and rightfully so. Research shows time and again that diverse workplaces lead to innovation, creativity, loyalty and much more. However, for too long, organizations have invested time, money and energy into DEI programs that result in little to no lasting change. How are we botching this …

Focus On These 3 Employee Programs

Not sure where to spend your finite employee dollars? I believe there are three buckets you should invest in and these can all be started by HR staff (caveat: you need directors/owners buy-in early!) and they are wellness, appreciation, and training-outside-the-box.   Wellness, Not a Check-the-Box Program Employees are whole beings and they need holistic support …

3 Quick Tips On Resume Writing

I was recently asked for tips (probably because it is graduation season) on making a resume stand out. Here are my top three tips all resume writers should utilize when writing or updating their resume. 1. Use Key Words Job applicants should know the keywords for the industry they are applying in (do your research!). …