HRA Blog

R-E-S-P-E-C-T…Find Out What it Means to Me!

Written by Laurie Smith on .

Should you command respect at work? Of course you should.  Should your valued employees expect respect? Of course they should.  But what about poor performing, soon-to-be former employees?

As Misti Mukherjee, Partner for Jackson Lewis LLP pointed out on Sept. 19th at the Dulles SHRM chapter meeting on Powerful Management Training: How it Impacts the Bottom Line, lawsuits are most often driven by emotions.  For an employee, being terminated or laid off from a job can be crushing.  But being humiliated and disrespected in the process? Watch out!

Take Me to Your Leader

Written by Barbara Irwin on .

We’ve been hearing a lot from our clients lately about leadership succession planning and transition at their firms. Although many firms chose to reduce or even eliminate their investment in leadership development programs as a result of the recession, we’ve noted that many firms have come to appreciate the value of that investment, and have therefore given it higher priority.

Let’s face it: the majority of firm leaders today represent the Baby Boomer generation, and for many of us, retirement looms on the horizon. Who will replace us to lead our firms into the future, and what should we be doing in order to ensure that they are prepared to lead?

More on the Millennials

Written by Barbara Irwin on .

With any number of books and articles available on the topic of the Millenials, or Generation Y, as the youngest generation of workers is known, as well as coverage by such highly visible institutions as the Society for Human Resources Management and television’s 60 Minutes, employers have a wealth of resources available to them. However, given the frequency with which we hear about this topic from our engineering and architecture firm clients, HR Advisors Group decided to query young design professionals directly about what motivates them in their careers. Therefore, we launched Future Leaders Focus, a survey of nearly 1,000 young engineering and architectural consulting professionals across the U.S.

It’s Time to Get Your House in Order

Written by Barbara Irwin on .

Has your organization grown or contracted in recent months? Have you entered a new market or won a new project that will significantly change your strategic focus? As the economy rebounds, are you concerned about recruitment and retention of key staff? If so, it’s time to get your HR “house” in order. An HR Audit is the place to begin.