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Four Tactics to Improve Employee Retention

& Management, Recruiting.

Bellrock team members jumping into the air!

Ask a leader what the most valuable part of their company is and they almost always say, “the people.” The best companies also behave that way – their most robust systems and processes revolve around their people. Hiring them, onboarding them, developing them, and retaining them. Recruiting is costly and fraught with challenges. Once a… Read more »

How Do You Know When To Fire Someone?

& Leadership, Management.

One of the toughest decisions a manager makes is whether to fire someone. Sure, if they’re walking out of the office with a monitor under one arm and a big bag of money under the other, the decision is clear. But it’s rarely that obvious. Usually, the person is a middling performer but people like… Read more »

The Great Office Migration?

& Change Management, Leadership, Management.

As pandemic-related restrictions ease, small businesses are wrestling with a myriad of options regarding how/where their employees will work. While there is research to help guide this decision making, it is important to recognize that the context of this information must be examined. No one has experienced a global return after a global forced exit… Read more »

Incentive Programs: Paying for Performance

& Management.

A regular incentive program (or bonus) can be an excellent mechanism to redistribute the wealth a company retains in the good years and remain solvent in less successful ones. Ad hoc incentives can also be used to reward above-and-beyond performance. Unfortunately, too often the enthusiasm around the first surprise reward quickly morphs into entitlement on… Read more »

Take The Stress Out Of Compensation

& Management.

Few business leaders are immune to the anxiety and discomfort that go along with discussions of compensation. What we hear: “They think the bonus is a guaranteed part of their pay. It’s entitlement!” “They expect to be gifted equity for time served.” “They brought me an internet search that indicated they were 50% underpaid. That… Read more »

7 Tips to Avoid Procrastination

& Leadership, Management.

Procrastination is a form of self-regulation failure that involves prioritizing short-term mood repair over the long-term pursuit of intended actions (Sirois & Pychyl, 2013).  Basically, it’s more fun to watch TV or read a book than to clean the toilet. At least, in the moment. The problem is that the toilet isn’t going to clean… Read more »

The Trouble with Work from Home

& Management.

Switching from the office to work from home (WFH) can have a significant positive impact on your wellbeing. Daniel Kahneman’s research showed that commuting can be the single largest source of dissatisfaction in a person’s life. When the routine of rushing to get out the door, fighting traffic, and settling into the office is replaced… Read more »

Socially Distanced Team Building

& Management.

Now that so many teams are remote (intentionally or not), it can be tough to reinforce company culture. After all, there isn’t a lot of bumping into one another. Good team building activities should be inclusive, voluntary, and during work hours. We asked our clients what they’ve been doing to keep the fun and culture… Read more »

Developing People Through Talent Assessment

& Management.

In Good to Great, Jim Collins taught us that we need to get the right people in the right seats. In small business, the seats are fairly standard: President, General Manager, Sales Manager, Operations Manager, Finance Manger…There are industry-specific variations on this theme but those five titles represent the foundational core to most businesses with… Read more »

Managing Managers In A Crisis

& Leadership, Management.

When the crisis hits, it’s human nature for leadership to turn inward and start scrambling. How can we pivot? How can we make payroll? What’s going to happen to my business? My family? Will we even survive? The weight of not just being the support for your family but for all the families under your… Read more »