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Client success story – ALICE Training Institute

Client success story – ALICE Training Institute

By on Jan 24, 2018 in Blog, HR Consulting, HR Operations Audit, HR Project Management, Success Stories | 0 comments

Are you a newer organization that has to develop your Human Resources function?  Recently, Organizational Architecture worked with a company that was just starting on the path of building its HR function, and needed some help assessing what they were doing and how to build their HR processes the right way. ALICE Training Institute was founded in 2013.  The ALICE [Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate] Training instructor-led classes provide preparation and a plan for individuals and organizations on how to more proactively handle the threat of an aggressive intruder or active shooter event. Whether it is an attack by an individual person or by an international group of professionals intent on conveying a political message through violence, ALICE Training option based tactics have become the accepted response, versus the traditional “lockdown only” approach. Since they had been in business for several years, we performed a review of their HR practices to make sure they were in full compliance.  Then, we turned our focus to improving processes to ensure the HR function was operating effectively and efficiently. Dave Mueller, Chief Executive Officer, said: We contacted Organizational Architecture to help us make sure we were operating in a compliant manner, and to ensure we were building effective processes to ensure our people were treated in a fair and consistent manner.  They didn’t let us down.   Not only did they review our programs and make recommendations to ensure we were compliant and efficient, they also assisted us with building an employee relations model that was responsive to employees and helped our supervisors become more effective at leading their people. The mission of ALICE Training Institute is to SAVE MORE LIVES.  Their program is critical to helping ensure people have an effective response to active shooter situations. Most organizations could benefit from their training. If you would like to learn more, contact us and we can connect you with their Program Management team to get your training scheduled. Do you need to review your HR function for compliance and efficiency? Learn more about our HR consulting services and check out our blog.  Then, contact us to see how we can help...

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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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Client success story – Keith D. Weiner & Associates

Client success story – Keith D. Weiner & Associates

By on Sep 19, 2017 in Blog, Success Stories, Talent Acquisition | 0 comments

This month’s success story highlights how Organizational Architecture assisted its client with a recruiting challenge. Keith D Weiner & Associates Co., LPA is a creditors’ rights law firm founded in 1985 with offices in Ohio and Wisconsin.  Their practice is limited to commercial and retail collections, foreclosures, bankruptcy, replevins, evictions, and civil litigation related to these areas.  They strive to build rewarding and long-lasting attorney/client relationships based upon a foundation of value, accountability, reliability, and integrity. They found they needed help filling their Human Resources Manager position.  We stepped in to assist them with the sourcing, screening, and selection process for their new HR leader. We began this project by having discussions with the firm’s leadership team about the position and its responsibilities as well as the role of HR in a law firm.  Before engaging with any potential candidates, we needed to understand the position description and skills necessary to be successful in this role to ensure we found the right person for the job. Keith D. Weiner, founder and principal of the firm said: Organizational Architecture helped simplify the recruitment process and guided us to find the right person for this opening.  They listened to our needs, asked insightful questions, and took the time to clearly understand what we were looking for and how this role fit into our firm.   They kept us informed throughout the process and took into consideration our feedback every step of the way.  They helped us determine exactly what competencies and technical expertise were needed to perform the duties required of the job and found candidates with those skills.  They also helped us consider the applicants’ strengths and how they would complement our team and lead our HR, personnel administration, and payroll functions.  They provided quality guidance, support, and expertise throughout the engagement.   The candidate we selected had all the characteristics we were looking for…we are extremely pleased with our experience working with Organizational Architecture. Spending time evaluating the responsibilities of the role before searching for candidates is critical for successful recruitment.  Identifying these screening criteria helped make our recruitment fast, efficient, and effective. Do you need assistance with a strategy for effective recruitment? Contact us  to learn how we...

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OA will participate as a panelist at next week’s WELD event

OA will participate as a panelist at next week’s WELD event

By on Sep 13, 2017 in Blog, In the News, Presentations and Conferences, Success Stories | 0 comments

Organizational Architecture will be participating in the Women for Economic and Leadership Development Cleveland Leadership Series on Tuesday September 19 2017. …hope you can make it to this great session. You can find details on how to register to attend here. THANKS! Learn more about Organizational Architecture’s work here and connect with us on social media on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter. Looking forward to connecting with you!...

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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 Consulting, HR Project Management, 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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