Team evaluating cost of company meetings

The conference room has become a source of dread in many workers’ lives, and for good reason. With hazy agendas, overly talkative presenters and the ever-present horrors of flaky conference call connections, it’s no wonder that so many view company meetings as a waste of time. It turns out that those fears may be truer than you know, and the hidden costs of company meetings could actually be imperiling your bottom line. Here’s what you need to know about company meetings.

Empty Chair from Executive Job Search

The following is a post by Sal Balistreri, founder of Balistreri Consulting. This post originally appeared on When executing an executive search for clients, it is vital to communicate next steps with candidates who are interviewing for the position. My firm is a big believer in keeping all candidates in the loop so they have a real-time understanding of where they sit within the process.

High out-of-pocket healthcare system affecting low-wage workers

The following is a guest post from Bruce W. Sherman, MD and Wendy D. Lynch, PhD

 Faced with escalating health insurance costs, employers have been making tough choices in recent years. Given a finite human resources budget, should companies sacrifice wages, benefits-eligible workers, or health benefits? Evidence suggests some of each; employee-paid deductibles have risen 67% in five years, and wages remain essentially flat.

Overcoming barriers for better delegation management As a professional in today's world, delegation is a critical skill. Without good delegation skills, it's nearly impossible to be productive or efficient. Because of this, it's essential to overcome barriers to delegation and learn to effectively delegate tasks to your various team members. To better delegate duties in the workplace, follow these five steps:

zappos employees discussing employee retention secrets

As of 2015, Zappos had a record-shattering workforce voluntary turnover rate of 13 percent. Replacing workers who leave the company is not a problem; it receives over 30,000 applications for the 300 jobs that open there each year. This impressive corporate charisma is the result of outstanding management practices, some of which you may find easily applicable to your own business. Here are four Zappos employee retention secrets:

Guest Blog by Dr. Vic Strecher, University of Michigan professor and founder of JOOL Health. Life On Purpose book coverExcerpts taken from LIFE ON PURPOSE: How Living for What Matters Most Changes Everything. Copyright © 2016 by Victor J. Strecher. Reprinted with permission by HarperOne, a division of HarperCollinsPublishers. Near the British Museum in London is the headquarters of Bupa, one of the largest health-care companies in the world. Meeting with their chief executive officer, Stuart Fletcher, I’d learned ahead of time that he had a tradition of placing his senior leaders beneath a blinding spotlight and asking them what their purpose was. The ordeal reminded me of George Bernard Shaw’s suggestion that we should all “appear before a board every five years, and justify our existence . . . on pain of liquidation.” What, I wondered as I waited in his anteroom, what does Stuart Fletcher do with employees who are unable to define their purpose? Is a trapdoor involved?

The following is a guest post by Jessica Grossmeier and Emma Wheeler. New study shows correlation between investment in corporate wellness programs and company stock performance. Do healthy employees deliver a healthy bottom line for corporate America? This question has been hotly debated over the years, but a new study from HERO (the Health Enhancement Research Organization) demonstrates a distinct correlation between comprehensive, best practice wellness programs and corporate stock performance. In short, the study found that companies that scored highly on the HERO Scorecard for Employee Health and Well-Being Best Practices in Collaboration with Mercer® —signaling investment in best practice programs—outperformed the Standard & Poor’s (S&P) 500 Index over the course of six years.

Remote working employee

The opportunity to work remotely is attractive to many of today’s top talent, and Glassdoor even states that any businesses seeking to recruit new employees should offer a telecommuting option if it’s logistically possible. Despite its recruiting and money-saving benefits, however, remote work also packs a significant set of disadvantages. Before you structure your organization around a remote workforce, it’s important for you to consider the following disadvantages of remote working companies:

Performance management consulting office

Do you sometimes wonder if your staff is performing up to its full potential? Sometimes it’s hard to judge whether you have a real performance gap, or are simply facing some difficult industry trends. Here are four straightforward diagnostic questions that can help you arrive at a clear answer and determine if your team needs performance management consulting: