By Kathleen Quinn Votaw When everyone is working in the same place and the culture is positive, leadership is magical. You feel like the charismatic boss you are as you build relationships, observe behavior, take the team out to lunch, mentor, coach, share knowledge, and motivate your people to achieve great things for themselves and […]
By Kathleen Quinn Votaw In addition to managing everything related to employees, including an organization’s culture, HR teams today play a strategic frontline role in the development, growth, and productivity of the business itself—and need to accomplish it all on an ever-tightening budget. This would be impossible without the latest technologies at your fingertips. According […]
For me, the holidays are all about my loving family, traditions, and celebration. We truly feel blessed and nothing can change that. 2020 has been hard on all of us, everywhere, but there is joy and hope to be found in the precious moments we have together—even if those moments are found on Zoom this once. No doubt, the holidays will be different in 2020, but the spirit of the season can be just as wonderful in new ways. There will be much to reflect on as we begin 2021.
When I was in high school, John Hampton and I sang “You’ll never walk alone” for the memorial service of a beloved guidance counselor. The lyrics were comforting then and now: “When you walk through a storm Hold your head up high And don’t be afraid of the dark At the end of a storm […]
Flexible. Agile. Inclusive. Inventive. Caring. These qualities define today’s HR heroes who are taking a strategic leadership role to transform work in ways we’ve never seen before. Today, as we recover from the pandemic and move into the future, every business imperative must include workforce perspectives. The workplace has never been so complex; and the strategic value of HR never more clear.
Businesses have taken a major hit because of circumstances outside our control. But take comfort from the power to protect our unique culture and employment brand from the same fateful hit. Hard times may challenge the way you operate your business but should never change the values that define who you are as a company. Culture, home to beliefs and values, represents your company’s essence and competitive edge as well as how you’re known in the […]
Apple has doubled its value since the start of the pandemic, to $2 trillion. Target’s profits surged with online sales that almost tripled as a result of Covid-19. If only these were everyone’s stories! It may seem counterintuitive during these hard times, but recruiting firms continue to grow as well, and it has much to […]
The entire world is in an upheaval, and to manage it we need to invest in America. So, I’m delighted to see that “Made in the USA” is making a comeback despite, and in some cases maybe because of, Covid-19, along with the current civil unrest and political climate. For many years, companies have moved […]
If you look at just the numbers, things still look pretty bleak with more than 33 million Americans unemployed, millions more workers underemployed, and predictions for possible unemployment rates above 10 percent continuing into next year. I don’t believe that’s the story of our future! We’re capable of doing great things and I’m seeing it […]
Dear Kathleen, We’ve admired and appreciated you, grown with you, and laughed and cried with you over the past several months. Most of us have been with you for many years, and all of us have worked together to build a business we couldn’t be more proud of. You have made us a team, and […]