Costs of Turnover

Discussions on how to determine the cost of turnover inevitably turn to, “It’s complicated” or “It depends.” Yuck! Isn’t there a standard formula? Attempts to standardize...

Striking a New Tone for Organizational Design

To quote Bob Dylan, “The times, they are a changin’.” For organizations, the ability to adapt to change is a paradoxical mix of stability and innovation....

An Accidental International Mess

It starts out simple enough: your assistant director of marketing’s wife receives an offer to work in her company’s London office for the next three...

Global Expansion and the Use of Independent Consultants

To manage costs, many companies—in the U.S. and abroad—engage independent contractors. While independent contractor relationships are recognized in most jurisdictions, the potential for misclassification and...

HR as Financial Stewards

Help me! I am the HR Manager at a medium-sized product-and-service organization. Our business is growing, the new products are really doing well, and we...

Public Employers Conference

The historical challenges facing public employers have not gone away. New thinking and solutions are needed to solve those issues. At the same time, new...

How Do You and Your Organization Define Success?

How do you define success? While the tendency is to focus on numbers, a pure financial focus can promote unethical behavior. The recent $1.2 billion...

International De Facto Employees?

If you are doing or thinking of doing business outside of the United States, it is likely that you are using or thinking about using...

The Pursuit of Happiness

It would seem we are obsessed with the pursuit of happiness. Even countries are getting into it. For example, Happy Planet has an index showing...