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Client success story – National Association of College Stores

Client success story – National Association of College Stores

By on Aug 22, 2017 in Blog, HR Project Management, Human Resources Consulting, Organizational Design, Success Stories | 0 comments

This month’s success story is an example of how Organizational Architecture assisted its client with the launch of a new business unit by providing HR best practices in a retail environment. The National Association of College Stores [NACS] is a not-for-profit trade association representing the $10 billion campus retailing industry.  NACS represents more than 4,000 stores serving colleges, universities, and K-12 schools in the United States, Canada, and around the world; along with more than 1,000 companies supplying goods and services to campus stores.  NACS members also include higher education professionals, organizations, associations, and others interested in the industry’s vitality. NACS is headquartered in Oberlin, Ohio, with branch offices in Westlake, Ohio; Washington, D.C.; and Irvine, California. NACS recently launched a new initiative through its indiCo subsidiary to provide operational and management solutions to independent campus stores at colleges and universities across North America.  While they had provided consulting to college bookstores in the past, this new endeavor included services involving direct management of college stores.  They were already connected with Organizational Architecture through their employee benefits advisor who was aware of the deep experience we had with retail HR systems. Frank Sulen, Chief Financial Officer, said: We were connected with Organizational Architecture through a trusted advisor who knew of their experience with retail and multi-unit organizations.  Not only has OA provided consulting services to retailers, they have actually worked in management positions with several large retail organizations.   We needed help modifying our current HR processes, which were developed to support an organization with a few locations and many people in each location, allowing our HR department to support them in a direct, face-to-face fashion.  We needed help leveraging our current processes to a widely distributed model.   OA started by conducting a review of all of our current HR practices, and made recommendations on how to modify them to serve retail organizations.  Then, they developed an extensive collaboration checklist to assist us before, during, and after the process to convert stores from school management to ours.  They worked with us each step of the way to ensure that when our first college store management collaboration commenced, we could foresee any last-minute issues and develop good processes to...

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OA featured in Galliard Family Business Advisor Institute newsletter

OA featured in Galliard Family Business Advisor Institute newsletter

By on Aug 16, 2017 in Blog, In the News, Organizational Design, Recognition, Success Stories, Succession Planning | 0 comments

Organizational Architecture is pleased to share our recent article published in the Galliard Family Business Advisor Institute newsletter.  Our piece Succession planning is more than ownership and control…it’s how you build a strong organization can be found here on their website.  In this article, we share the benefits of succession planning and how to develop a succession plan for your business. The Galliard Family Business Advisor Institute is an educational membership organization of advisors and business leaders working to support the success of family-owned and closely-held businesses, raise the standards of family business advising, and provide continuity in service across our network. We are proud to be members of the Galliard Family Business Advisor Institute network of advisors and are thankful for the opportunity to help family-owned with their workforce strategy challenges. Learn more about our work here and check out our blog for other helpful resources.  If you need support aligning your workforce strategy with your business strategy, contact us and connect with us LinkedIn, Facebook, and...

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Small and mid-size business solutions – Human Resources Toolkit

Small and mid-size business solutions – Human Resources Toolkit

By on Apr 3, 2017 in Blog, Human Resources Consulting, Organizational Design | 0 comments

Just because you work in a small or mid-size company, doesn’t mean your human resources challenges are any smaller than those of a large company!  We often find that smaller companies can manage HR issues very effectively with a few simple tools. A good starting point is having a good employee handbook.  A good handbook not only helps set clear expectations with your employees…it helps your supervisors be more effective at their job. Have you updated your employee handbook lately, and more importantly, trained your front line supervisors on how to use it effectively?  If not, now might be a good time to get the update done…and the training that goes along with it. Our Human Resources Toolkit is specifically designed for small and mid-size businesses.  The Toolkit has the basics you need, and comes with FIVE hours of human resources consulting, to help you get on the right path to solving your employee challenges the right way. Do you need assistance with this or other human resources consulting needs? Contact us and check out our blog for more helpful...

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Small and mid-size business solutions – Human Resources Toolkit

Small and mid-size business solutions – Human Resources Toolkit

By on Aug 3, 2016 in Blog, Human Resources Consulting, Organizational Design | 0 comments

What else do you need besides a good employee handbook to manage HR effectively in smaller businesses?  Other basic tools are   Position descriptions Job postings for recruiting Performance review form Corrective action form Performance improvement plan Benefits communication Organizational Architecture can help with all of this…and provide FIVE hours of human resources consulting to help you and your supervisors use these tools well. Do you need assistance with this or other human resources consulting needs? Contact us and check out our blog for more helpful...

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Small and mid-size business solutions – Human Resources Toolkit

Small and mid-size business solutions – Human Resources Toolkit

By on Aug 1, 2016 in Blog, Human Resources Consulting, Organizational Design | 0 comments

Just because you work in a small or mid-size company, doesn’t mean your human resources challenges are any smaller than those of a large company!  We often find that smaller companies can manage HR issues very effectively with a few simple tools. A good starting point is having a good employee handbook.  A good handbook not only helps set clear expectations with your employees…it helps your supervisors be more effective at their job. Have you updated your employee handbook lately, and more importantly, trained your front line supervisors on how to use it effectively?  If not, now might be a good time to get the update done…and the training that goes along with it. Our Human Resources Toolkit is specifically designed for small and mid-size businesses.  The Toolkit has the basics you need, and comes with FIVE hours of human resources consulting, to help you get on the right path to solving your employee challenges the right way. Do you need assistance with this or other human resources consulting needs? Contact us and check out our blog for more helpful...

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Blog posting archive

Blog posting archive

By on May 22, 2015 in Blog, Compensation Consulting, Compliance, Employee Benefits, Functional Area Leader, HR Project Management, Organizational Design, Talent Acquisition, Training and Development | 0 comments

If you are looking for previous blog postings about our HR work in… Compensation consulting Employee benefits Organizational design Training and development Talent acquisition Compliance Function area leadership HR project management …and more, you can find them on our social media pages at… Facebook Linkedin Twitter Watch for new postings on workforce strategy from Organizational Architecture here on our blog, as well as Facebook, LinkedIn, and...

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