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Friday, January 06, 2017

Financial Strategies for 2017

Getting one’s financial house in order is usually at the top of annual New Year’s resolutions, but far too often, we overlook and even neglect making critical decisions during the last few months of the year that can impact our personal financial situations for this year, next year, and for years to come.

Friday, December 23, 2016

The Holdays and Time Off

Many employees receive mixed signals about taking time off for the holidays. For example, in one recent company event, it had been relayed to me that the CEO told his employees to “Have a great Holiday … but make your numbers,” then turned to his head of HR, and asked, “Is that what you wanted me to say?” This CEO is a notorious non-stop work machine. Throughout the room, you could hear people murmuring, agitated by the words they just heard. The general takeaway from this audience was a question of whether or not taking time off from work for the holidays would be acceptable, or would it be perceived as taking their eyes off the ball. Knowing the CEO never stops working, people were unsure if this was expected of them, too.

Friday, December 09, 2016

Hygiene Issues at Work

In recent weeks, I have had been in discussion with an HR colleague telling me about a work situation that is likely just a small example of what we will encounter as political opinions become even more pronounced. In her situation, she is working through a concern regarding an employee of Sikh religious beliefs that suffers from a hygiene issue. The employee has been with the company for almost six years, and during this time, there have been just a few conversations to address the issue, nothing documented. Unfortunately, the hygiene issue is bad enough that coworkers and clients have raised their concerns. When discussing the issue with a senior manager in the organization, she was appalled by the reaction, specifically hearing these words, “Well, the issue will not go away. He isn’t going to change what he eats.”

Friday, November 25, 2016

What Do Workers Want?

So often there is a disconnection between what employees are looking for from a prospective employer, and what employers think they are offering.  A brief article in the latest edition of HR Magazine cites a recent study by Willis Towers Watson that touches on this subject.  According to the article, the top three factors people consider when deciding which organizations to work for are fair pay, career advancement, and job security.  This is based on surveys conducted around the world.  From a global perspective, it is quite fascinating to see that the rest of the world has caught up to the United States, as job security was, until recently, a given. The global economy has certainly changed the landscape.

Friday, November 11, 2016

A Perfect Storm

Older people staying put means housing shortage and rising prices

A recent study by the National Association of Realtors (NAR) has concluded that the housing recession of 2007-10 has drastically lengthened the amount of time that home owners expect to stay in their current home. From 1985 until 2008, the length of time a seller had lived in their house held fairly steady: the median current ownership of homes listed for sale was between six and seven years.

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