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OA and YPTC webinar collaboration

Posted by on May 30, 2024 in Best Practices, Blog, Government and Public Sector, HR Consulting, Human Resources consulting, In the News, Non Profit, Presentations and Conferences | Comments Off on OA and YPTC webinar collaboration

OA and YPTC webinar collaboration

Our friends at Your Part-Time Controller [YPTC] invited OA to collaborate with them on their May webinar: Bridging perspectives: Building collaboration between HR and Finance Functions.  YPTC provides accounting, financial reporting, and best practices for nonprofits.

It was a great experience working with their team of HR, Finance, and Training professionals to create a fantastic workshop!

The workshop was presented on Wednesday May 29 with almost 400 participants tuning in. If you weren’t able to attend, here is the link to the on-demand recording that you can view at your convenience.

Over the years we have presented workshops to diverse groups of Human Resources and Finance/Accounting professionals on the importance of collaboration between HR and Finance.  Whether you work in the private sector, nonprofits, or for government agencies, a good relationship between these two functions is critical for providing top-notch service to both internal and external customers.

If you need a speaker who can provide engaging workshops on leadership development, best practices, organizational effectiveness, or many other topics, contact us and check out our updates for more helpful resources.

Library Director opportunity at the Ritter Public Library

Posted by on May 28, 2024 in Blog, Government and Public Sector, Public Libraries, Talent Acquisition | Comments Off on Library Director opportunity at the Ritter Public Library

Library Director opportunity at the Ritter Public Library

Ohio is home to some of the nation’s best libraries. Here is your chance to lead one.

The trustees of the Ritter Public Library in Vermilion, Ohio are seeking an exceptional leader as its next Director. This highly visible, mission-oriented leadership position will plan, implement, and administer all aspects of the operation of the Ritter Public Library. In addition, the new Director will provide strategic direction and possess a strong orientation towards customer service, intellectual freedom, innovation, and community collaboration to meet the current needs and new challenges of the Library’s customers and the larger community.

You can find out more about this opportunity here.

About Ritter Public Library

The Library’s mission is to enrich, empower, and entertain. As a community center for the Vermilion area, it provides patrons with a variety of books, movies, music, and digital resources; creative [makers] and meeting spaces; computers, printers, and access to the Internet; educational and entertaining programs and classes; and a variety of other materials and services.

The Ritter Public Library is in the middle of the town’s central historical district and is architecturally noteworthy for being the first Ohio library to earn the LEED Gold Award for leadership in energy and environmental design. Built in the 1950s, the Library’s building has gone through several major renovations with the most recent in 2010. Other recent enhancements include a seed library, free food pantry/fridge, and newly renovated youth and teen area.

About Vermillion, Ohio

Vermilion is a lakeside community in Northeast Ohio located between Toledo and Cleveland. Situated on Lake Erie and the Vermilion River, it has a vacation resort feel, with cottages, marinas, shops, and ongoing festivals and arts and cultural events. It is also notable for having the highest-rated Zagat restaurant in Ohio, Chez Francois Restaurant, offering fine dining with French cuisine.

Position Requirements and Compensation:

  • A Master’s degree in Library and Information Science.
  • Experience with all or most aspects of public library administration and operations including: strategic planning, policy making, fiscal management, supervision, advocacy, collection development, Board/Friends/ Endowment Foundation/Community Relations, and customer service.
  • Advanced knowledge of public library organization, employment practices, integrated library systems, electronic resources, and community resources.
  • Experience with strategic planning and leading organizational growth.
  • Experience building strong, collaborative work groups focused on attaining superior results.
  • Ability to implement policies and uphold the principles of intellectual freedom to ensure free, equitable, and confidential access to information for all people of the community.
  • Knowledge of Ohio public library funding is preferred.
  • Experience managing in a union environment is preferred.

A generous compensation package includes competitive base pay with a pay range minimum of $85,000; healthcare benefits include time-off, medical, dental, vision, pension plan, and more.

To apply:

To be considered for this position, please submit your resume and a cover letter [including salary requirements] to: ryansheehan@oahumanresources.com. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Library policies best practices workshop at the Northwest Regional Library System annual meeting

Posted by on May 15, 2024 in Best Practices, Blog, Compliance, Government and Public Sector, HR Consulting, Human Resources, Human Resources consulting, Presentations and Conferences, Public Libraries | Comments Off on Library policies best practices workshop at the Northwest Regional Library System annual meeting

Library policies best practices workshop at the Northwest Regional Library System annual meeting

Our friends at the Northwest Regional Library System invited us to their Annual Membership Meeting on Friday May 10, 2024 to present our workshop Best Practices: Library Policies and Procedures. Library Directors and senior staff from over 20 libraries in Northwest Ohio participated in this workshop, and we had a great time sharing best practices and learning from each other!

We have presented at many national, state, and regional conferences to many audiences…nonprofit professionals, library management and trustees, and private sector organizations on:

  • Bridging Perspectives: Building Collaboration between HR and Finance Functions
  • The Nonprofit Leader’s Guide to Managing HR
  • Strategic Recruitment: How to Cultivate a Pipeline of Talent for All Levels of Your Organization
  • Leadership and Staff Development: How to Identify and Prioritize Your Development Needs
  • Coaching for Optimal Performance
  • Employee Compensation Basics
  • And many others!

Do you need a speaker for your next library meeting who can help you with leadership development, best practices, or organizational effectiveness? Our team of HR professionals have presented numerous workshops to staff from many types of organizations and functions. Contact us to learn how we can help!

Bridging perspectives: Building collaboration between HR and Finance Functions

Posted by on May 12, 2024 in Best Practices, Blog, Government and Public Sector, HR Consulting, Human Resources, Human Resources consulting, In the News, Non Profit, Presentations and Conferences | Comments Off on Bridging perspectives: Building collaboration between HR and Finance Functions

Bridging perspectives: Building collaboration between HR and Finance Functions

Over the years we have presented workshops to diverse groups of Human Resources and Finance/Accounting professionals on the importance of collaboration between HR and Finance.  Whether you work in the private sector, nonprofits, or for government agencies, a good relationship between these two functions is critical for providing top-notch service to both internal and external customers.

Finance and HR collaborate in so many ways…

  • Ensuring employee benefits are administered and paid properly,
  • Making sure payroll is processed correctly with the right amounts paid to employees and the correct employment taxes paid to the appropriate agencies,
  • Budgeting for training and development, and assessing the impact to the organization,
  • Tracking the costs to recruit and onboard new staff, and making sure new employees get off to a great start
  • Ensuring compliance on many levels, everything from recordkeeping to following employment and financial laws and regulations.

Our friends at Your Part-Time Controller [YPTC] invited OA to collaborate with them on their May webinar: Bridging Perspectives: Building Collaboration Between HR and Finance Functions.  YPTC provides accounting, financial reporting, and best practices for nonprofits. We’re excited to work with their team of HR, Finance, and Training professionals to create a workshop you don’t want to miss!

If you are in nonprofit management, HR, or Finance, this webinar will show you better ways of collaboration and how to optimize the support between these functions. This webinar is also ideal for board members, volunteers, and donors who want to learn more about how to help strengthen your nonprofit. Finance professionals can earn CPE credit, too!

The webinar is on Wednesday, May 29, 2024 at 12.00p EDST. Use this link to register.

Do you need assistance with your workforce strategy or other Human Resources consulting needs, or maybe fostering closer collaboration among key business functions? Contact us and check out our updates for more helpful resources.

It’s our SEVENTEENTH Anniversary!

Posted by on Apr 28, 2024 in Anniversary, Blog | Comments Off on It’s our SEVENTEENTH Anniversary!

It’s our SEVENTEENTH Anniversary!

It’s our Seventeenth anniversary. We couldn’t have made it this far without a great team of Amanda, Alex, Heather B, Cody, Melissa, Ryan, Heather M, Cari, Natisha, Andrea and all the others who have been a part of our success over the years.  And of course, thank you to all of our great CLIENTS…you’re the best!

THANK YOU!

Mark

The unsung heroes: Why investing in mid-level leadership training matters

Posted by on Apr 21, 2024 in Best Practices, Blog, HR Consulting, Human Resources, Human Resources consulting, Training and Development, Training and Development Consulting | Comments Off on The unsung heroes: Why investing in mid-level leadership training matters

The unsung heroes: Why investing in mid-level leadership training matters

They bridge the gap between high-level strategy and on-the-ground execution. They motivate teams, delegate tasks, and navigate the complexities of day-to-day operations. Mid-level managers and supervisors, often referred to as the ‘middle management,’ are the backbone of any successful organization. Yet, their leadership development is frequently overlooked.

But here’s the truth: Investing in mid-level leadership training isn’t just a nicety, it’s a strategic imperative. Here’s why:

  • Empowering the bridge: Mid-level managers translate executive vision into actionable steps for their teams. Effective training equips them to understand the bigger picture, think strategically, and align departmental goals with overall organizational objectives.
  • Boosting employee engagement: Engaged employees are productive employees. When mid-level managers are skilled at communication, motivation, and conflict resolution, they foster a positive work environment where employees feel valued and heard. This leads to higher morale, reduced turnover, and ultimately, a stronger workforce.
  • Unlocking potential: Great leaders cultivate great talent. By training mid-level managers in coaching and development techniques, they become better equipped to identify and nurture the potential within their teams. This fosters a culture of learning and continuous improvement, driving innovation and propelling the organization forward.
  • Sharper decision-making: Effective mid-level leadership training hones analytical and problem-solving skills. This allows managers to gather and interpret data, assess risks, and make informed decisions that benefit both their teams and the organization.
  • Navigating change: The business landscape is constantly evolving. Strong leadership fosters adaptability and resilience. Training equips mid-level managers to navigate change effectively, communicate transitions clearly, and guide their teams through uncertain times.

What skills should mid-level leadership training target?

Here are some key areas where training can empower mid-level managers:

  • Communication: Clear, concise, and two-way communication is vital for effective leadership. Training can help managers hone their communication styles, provide constructive feedback, and actively listen to their teams.
  • Delegation and time management: Effective delegation empowers teams and frees up manager time for strategic tasks. Training can equip mid-level leaders with strategies for delegating effectively, setting priorities, and managing workloads efficiently.
  • Coaching and development: Great leaders are also great coaches. Training can provide managers with the tools and techniques to identify individual strengths and weaknesses, offer on-the-job mentoring, and support professional growth within their teams.
  • Conflict resolution: Workplace conflict is inevitable. Training equips managers with the skills to mediate disputes fairly, identify root causes, and find solutions that benefit all parties involved.
  • Emotional intelligence: Understanding and managing emotions, both your own and those of others, is key to effective leadership. Training can help mid-level managers develop self-awareness, build trust with their teams, and foster a positive and emotionally intelligent work environment.

Investing in your most valuable asset: Your people

Mid-level managers are the crucial link between strategy and execution. By investing in their leadership development, organizations unlock a wealth of potential. Effective training fosters a more engaged workforce, drives innovation, and ultimately contributes to a more successful and sustainable organization.

So, the next time you think about leadership development, don’t forget the middle managers. They are the unsung heroes, and by empowering them, you empower your entire organization to thrive.

Check out our archives for more on training and development, then contact us to set up time to learn how we can help you enhance your management team, and make sure to check out our updates for more helpful resources.

HR Audit: A tune-up for peak performance

Posted by on Apr 14, 2024 in Best Practices, Blog, Compliance, HR Consulting, HR Operations Audit, Human Resources, Human Resources consulting | Comments Off on HR Audit: A tune-up for peak performance

HR Audit: A tune-up for peak performance

Just like a car needs a regular check-up to maintain efficiency and avoid breakdowns, your Human Resources department can benefit greatly from a periodic audit. An HR audit is a systematic review of your organization’s HR policies, procedures, and practices. It acts as a diagnostic tool, identifying areas for improvement and ensuring compliance with ever-evolving legal requirements.

Boosting efficiency and effectiveness

An HR audit offers a wealth of advantages that translate to a more streamlined and impactful HR function. Here’s how:

  • Identifying bottlenecks and streamlining processes: HR departments can get bogged down by cumbersome procedures.  An audit helps pinpoint inefficiencies in recruitment, onboarding, performance management, and other core functions.  This allows for streamlining processes, implementing automation where possible, and ultimately saving valuable time and resources.
  • Enhancing compliance: The legal landscape surrounding employment is constantly changing. An HR audit ensures your company stays up-to-date with relevant labor laws, regulations, and industry standards. This minimizes the risk of costly legal disputes and penalties from non-compliance.
  • Data-driven decision-making: HR plays a crucial role in attracting and retaining top talent. An audit can analyze HR data such as recruitment metrics, turnover rates, and employee engagement surveys. This data empowers HR to make informed decisions about talent acquisition strategies, employee development programs, and compensation structures.
  • Improved talent management: A robust HR function is vital for attracting and retaining top talent. The audit can identify areas where your talent management practices fall short.  This could include a lack of clear career development paths, ineffective onboarding processes, or inadequate performance management systems. Addressing these shortcomings leads to a more engaged workforce and reduces costly turnover.
  • Strengthening risk management: HR issues can pose significant risks to an organization.  An audit can identify potential risks such as discrimination claims, harassment complaints, or wage and hour violations. Proactive mitigation strategies can then be implemented to minimize these risks.

Beyond compliance: Strategic alignment

In addition to the above benefits, an HR audit goes beyond just ensuring compliance.  It can be a powerful tool for strategic alignment:

  • Alignment with business goals: An effective HR department should be in lockstep with the overall business strategy.  The audit helps to assess how well HR initiatives support and contribute to achieving organizational goals.  For example, if the company aims to expand into new markets, the audit can ensure HR practices are adaptable and attract talent for those regions.
  • Improved communication and collaboration: The audit process often involves collaboration between HR and other departments. This fosters better communication and understanding of how HR initiatives impact different aspects of the business.

An HR audit is not a one-time event.  Ideally, it should be conducted periodically to ensure continuous improvement and alignment with evolving business needs.  By investing in an HR audit, organizations can unlock a more efficient, effective, and strategic HR function, ultimately contributing to a stronger and more successful business.

Do you need assistance with your workforce strategy or other Human Resources consulting needs? Contact us and check out our updates for more helpful resources.

Our public library success stories and completed projects

Posted by on Mar 26, 2024 in Blog, Government and Public Sector, Public Libraries, Success Stories | Comments Off on Our public library success stories and completed projects

Our public library success stories and completed projects

We’ve had the privilege to work with many library systems, from large metro systems to smaller single-branch libraries.

Regardless of the size or location, our expertise in solving your HR consulting and recruiting needs is unmatched.

Client list and project/s

Public library and public sector partners

  • American Library Association / Public Library Association
  • Association of Public Treasurers
  • Government Finance Officers Association
  • Indiana Library Federation
  • Michigan Library Association
  • Northeast Ohio Regional Library System
  • Ohio Association of Public Treasurers
  • Ohio Government Finance Officers Association
  • Ohio Library Council
  • Pennsylvania Library Association
  • Public Sector Human Resources Association [formerly IPMA-HR]

Find out more on our public libraries page and success stories.