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Time and stress management

Time and stress management

By on Nov 14, 2017 in Blog, Communication, Performance Management | 0 comments

In today’s increasingly busy workplace, many managers find themselves working longer hours in an attempt to meet the demands and pressures of their position.  This has left many managers feeling stressed and overwhelmed. Do you ever feel stressed and frustrated because of: Missed deadlines and commitments? Forgotten details and lost paperwork? Projects not running as planned? Not having enough time for family and friends? Having too much to do in too little time? If you answered yes to even one these questions, you are not alone.  A major cause of stress among managers is the feeling that there are not enough hours in the day to accomplish everything they need or want to do. Some managers say they choose to work in their free time because it is the only way they can: Have time to focus on important projects. Work without interruptions and distractions. Ensure that important tasks and projects get done. Reduce stress and anxiety during other periods of the week. However, the secret to accomplishing more with less stress isn’t in working more hours – it’s in working smarter.  A key difference between effective and ineffective managers is how they use the hours they have. Time management has long been recognized as one of the keys to ensuring higher productivity and reducing stress by using your time most effectively.  Time management is the personal management of tasks, behaviors, and activities. To ensure effective management of time you must: Work toward professional and personal goals each day. Focus on the important rather than the urgent. Use your most productive time wisely. Allocate sufficient time for the completion of tasks and projects. Take time to plan and prioritize when scheduling your day. Eliminate behaviors that waste time. If you need help improving your workforce strategy, contact us and check out our blog for more helpful...

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CEO pay ratio reporting for 2018

CEO pay ratio reporting for 2018

By on Nov 7, 2017 in Blog, Compliance | 0 comments

Starting in January 2018, public employers must disclose the ratio of CEO pay to median employee pay to comply with the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.  Near the end of September, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission [SEC] published interpretive guidance in the Federal Register explaining the flexibility employers have when implementing CEO pay ratio reporting.  Remember that public employers must begin reporting the ratio of CEO pay to median employee pay in their 2018 proxy statements. The SEC provided the guidance, which can be found here, in an effort to address the unexpected challenges companies have been facing as they prepare to comply with the pay ratio rule.  In general, the new guidance eases compliance and allows companies to use readily available information to produce the disclosures. In particular, the new guidance: Clarifies the use of reasonable estimates, assumptions, and methodologies, and statistical sampling permitted by the rule. Clarifies that a company may use appropriate existing internal records, such as tax statements or payroll documents, to identify and calculate the median employee’s annual total compensation. Clarifies that appropriate interval records can also be used to determine if the company must include non-U.S. workers in pay ratio calculations.  However, the SEC allows companies to exclude non-U.S. employees if they account for 5 percent or less of the company’s total workforce. Provides additional guidelines on determining whether its workers are employees for purposes of the rule, allowing employers to exclude independent contractors from pay ratio calculations. The additional guidance also includes examples which illustrate how reasonable estimates may be used in finding the pay ratio.  Finally, we encourage public employers to do their due diligence and document all assumptions and methodologies when computing the ratio to reduce the risk of an SEC enforcement action. If you need help with CEO reporting, other compliance issues, or designing executive compensation plans, contact us and check out our blog for more helpful...

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Come see Organizational Architecture present at 2017 Columbus Accounting Show

Come see Organizational Architecture present at 2017 Columbus Accounting Show

By on Nov 2, 2017 in Blog, Presentations and Conferences | 0 comments

Come see Organizational Architecture present at The OSCPA Columbus Accounting Show on Thursday, November 9th, as we cover the topic Finding and Keeping the Right People During Times of Transition during our session. Afterwards, meet us and learn more about our organizational design and human resources consulting services. Watch for more events OA will be presenting at on our blog, as well as Facebook, LinkedIn,...

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Preparing for the 2017 holidays

Preparing for the 2017 holidays

By on Oct 31, 2017 in Blog, Communication | 0 comments

Happy Halloween! It is hard to believe we are already at the end of October and beginning the 2017 holiday season. Rather than list out the various holidays celebrated by different people throughout these two months, we wanted to provide some general reminders to help you plan your holiday season.   We encourage you to ensure that you are being fair and consistent when granting time off or flexible schedules and inclusive if you decide to have holiday themed office celebrations. If you have not already done so, prepare and post holiday schedules now.  Include the dates you will be open for business and the ones you will be closed. If the holidays fall on weekends, address whether you plan to close the day before or the day after the holiday.  If so, make sure you let people know by sending out a company notice with the posting. Some industries, such as medical or retail, may have normal hours and scheduling or even longer hours.  Make sure people are aware of this.  It is completely appropriate to state that you have certain ‘blackout’ periods in which no time off may be granted due to business needs. Keep in mind that there are several religious and other holidays throughout this period, some of which may be unfamiliar to you.  Remember to treat people fairly, even if it is a holiday that you do not know. Check your employee handbook to remind yourself of holiday policies, such as who eligible for holiday time off and holiday pay.  Make sure you understand how holiday pay is calculated and explain it to those employees who will be receiving holiday pay. Do you need assistance with your workforce strategy or other Human Resources consulting needs? Contact us and check out our blog for more helpful...

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Client success story – ACRT Inc.

Client success story – ACRT Inc.

By on Oct 24, 2017 in Blog, HR Consulting, Success Stories, Training and Development Consulting | 0 comments

One example of how Organizational Architecture assists its client with management training is our work with ACRT Inc. and its management development workshops. Training and development programs can help new managers grow into their role and make current managers even better! ACRT is a leading independent utility vegetation management consulting company that prevents and rapidly resolves utility challenges by assessing and monitoring utility systems for vegetation liabilities and storm preparedness. They have teams of employees all over the United States ensuring that electrical power lines are clear of hazards that can disrupt service. They were ready to implement several initiatives to help their workforce, but with limited bandwidth, they needed to bring in an external resource to assist them. Their leadership had already done a needs assessment of their managers and identified development areas, so they were ready to hit the ground running. We were able to help them by developing and delivering training workshops on topics such as Customer service Effective communication Effective interviewing and selection Effective presentation techniques Leading productive meetings Understanding generational differences The workshops included facilitation, workbooks, activities, handouts, and other tools for effective learning.  Additionally, many of these workshops were developed to be uploaded to their learning management system [LMS] so that remote learners could take advantage of the learning. Bob Chess, Chief Human Resources Officer at ACRT, said, Organizational Architecture was a huge help with developing and delivering our leadership workshops.  We had begun to develop an internal capability for staff training and development as part of our overall succession planning process, and needed assistance in the meantime ensuring our staff received the training they needed. Partnering with Organizational Architecture allowed us to focus on launching other HR initiatives while ensuring that development of our managers was underway.   They were effective in helping us develop the content for the workshops as well as the tools to ensure effective learning.  Organizational Architecture was able to provide an outside perspective on how to deliver the training effectively, which equipped our managers with tools to integrate into ongoing performance management and delivering annual performance reviews. No matter what type of training your staff or managers need, Organizational Architecture can provide the necessary training to help...

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Come see Organizational Architecture present at 2017 Cleveland Accounting Show

Come see Organizational Architecture present at 2017 Cleveland Accounting Show

By on Oct 18, 2017 in Blog, Presentations and Conferences | 0 comments

Come see Organizational Architecture present at The OSCPA Cleveland Accounting Show on Wednesday October 25 and Thursday October 26, as we cover the topic Finding and Keeping the Right People During Times of Transition during our session. Also stop by our exhibition booth to meet us and learn more about our organizational design and human resources consulting services. Watch for more events OA will be presenting at on our blog, as well as Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.  Please contact us if you need assistance with your HR...

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