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Client success story – Case Paper Company

Client success story – Case Paper Company

By on Apr 17, 2018 in Best practices, Blog, Compliance, Harassment, Harassment Prevention Assessment, Success Stories, Training and Development Consulting | 2 comments

This month’s success story features our work with Case Paper.  Although they are 75 years old, they just recently hired their first HR director [and also an old colleague].  One of his first tasks was to review the employee handbook provisions and processes related to harassment.  More on that below… Since 1943, Case Paper Company has provided incomparable service to the printing and packaging industry. The foundation of this service rests on maintaining one of the largest inventories of coated paper and board in both rolls and sheets in the United States; providing swift delivery of custom-converted products from state-of-the-art equipment; and the ability to process custom sizes. In fact, Case Paper has an extensive inventory of over 75,000 tons of paper and board available for immediate delivery, warehoused in over 1.25 million square feet of storage space across the U.S. They also provide state-of-the-art converting, warehousing, shipping, and logistics from several North American locations. Once their HR leader assessed the current state of their harassment avoidance program, he contacted OA for assistance in developing and delivering Diversity and Harassment Awareness Training. Ron Hervi, Director of Human Resources said: I had worked with OA’s Mark Fiala years ago when we were part of the Human Resources department in the company in which we worked.  I knew his reputation and that of his company, so once I got acclimated to my new role at Case Paper, we started talking about how we could work together to deliver Diversity, Inclusion, Sensitivity, and Harassment Prevention training to my management team.   Mark developed and delivered some of the best training we have ever received…his approach was to facilitate a real conversation with my leaders and help them understand the negative effect of harassment and the benefits of fostering diversity and inclusion.   We held workshops in Philadelphia and Chicago for a total of six workshops.  Each session was delivered effectively, and real learning took place…the feedback we received was that the training was useful, meaningful…and believe it or not, fun!   It’s no secret that harassment is on many employer’s minds…making sure your managers are trained to spot and take action in cases of harassment is critical.  Make sure you provide them the tools they...

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Client success story – Athens Foods

Client success story – Athens Foods

By on Mar 29, 2018 in Blog, Compensation Consulting, Success Stories | 0 comments

This month’s success story features our work with Athens Foods.  We were asked to assist with updating their compensation system and provide information on best practices to help them remain competitive. Athens Foods is the world’s largest producer of fillo dough and fillo products, including convenient, pre-baked Mini Fillo Shells. Since 1958 they’ve been perfecting fillo. Athens® is committed to continually creating new recipes, gourmet appetizers, handmade desserts, and a full array of fillo delicacies. Bob Tansing, Chief Financial Officer at Athens Foods, said: Organizational Architecture brought a fresh set of eyes to our compensation practices.  They took the time to thoroughly evaluate our needs and understand our organization.  They also made valuable recommendations to improve our compensation practices.   We pay close attention to labor rates and have developed useful tools to understand the competitive landscape.  But we wanted to know if there were ways to enhance our current system as well as learn best practices and what other organizations are doing. Organizational Architecture gave us a good perspective on what approaches are being used, how to enhance our compensation philosophy, and what merit increase trends they are seeing. Organizations of all types and sizes can use help to assess if their compensation program is driving the results they want. Implementing basic compensation tools, systems, and policies can make a world of difference in your reward strategies. If you need assistance improving your compensation practices or other human resources consulting, contact us and check out our blog for more...

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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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