Should You Do a Market-based Salary Survey?

Should You Do a Market-based Salary Survey?

Do you know what your competitors are paying their employees? Why should you care? A few years ago, a manufacturing client hired me to do a market salary survey for them. Their market share was decreasing and they were losing out on bids, so they decided to revamp...
Ten Years Later: Do We Still Hate HR?

Ten Years Later: Do We Still Hate HR?

Ten years ago, an article was written that caused quite a stir in the human resources community. The article was entitled “Why We Hate HR”, written by Keith Hammond in Fast Company Magazine. Sure enough, there was quite a backlash in the HR community. Everyone was...
How to Avoid Creating a Toxic Culture

How to Avoid Creating a Toxic Culture

I was talking with a business manager a few months ago who said to me, “We don’t really have a culture in our workplace.” I couldn’t help but laugh. That’s like saying, “My family has no traditions.” Every family has traditions! Likewise, every organization has a...
Why Your Landscaper Shouldn’t Be Your Electrician

Why Your Landscaper Shouldn’t Be Your Electrician

Your house is getting older, your circuit breaker often trips and the living room lights flicker when you use the microwave. You know it’s time to get your house rewired. So, you pick up the phone and call … your landscaper! You’re probably thinking: “Ed, why would I...
The Human Side of Disasters

The Human Side of Disasters

There has been no shortage of devastating news in the past few weeks. Hurricanes, shootings, earthquakes, fires, and more. The reality is, natural disasters are a question of when not if. We know how horrible these events are for communities, but sometimes we forget...