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Utilizing AI for your HR Needs

Over the past few months, I have enjoyed experimenting with the free version of ChatGPT. This artificial intelligence (AI) tool provides an efficient way to generate content for routine human resources (HR) tasks applicable to any employer. My first use was to generate new interview questions for an entry-level…

November 2, 2023

Performance = DOA

Addressing employees who are not meeting your performance standards is a challenging feat. And unfortunately, no one has come up with a pill, magic wand, or corrective recourse. That means to be successful, you must learn how to effectively address performance issues. Below I have outlined the don’ts and the…

June 20, 2023

Workplace Wellness

In July 2022, I joined the Ketel Thorstenson team. When our CEO asked me to focus on workplace wellness, I knew I had landed in the right place. Not because I wanted a discounted gym membership or to make employees eat more broccoli, but because our CEO recognized the importance…

January 9, 2023

Helping Staff Deal with Burnout

Have you seen a change in your staff’s behavior lately?  Do they seem less engaged?  Are your top performers no longer meeting your expectations?  Have you seen an uptick in sick days or requests for time off?  If so, your staff may be feeling the effects of burnout. What is…

January 12, 2022

Career Fair & Meet The Firm Tips

For many junior and senior accounting students September and October are busy months. They are taking mid-term exams, working on large projects, settling into the new routine of school, and, for most, beginning their search for an internship or full-time position. These searches begin at a career fair or meet the…

September 13, 2021

Develop a High-Performing Culture (Part 2)

Welcome back. This is the second part of a two part blog on analyzing high performance cultures and why your organization needs it. As you may remember in Part 1 we identified that high-performance cultures feature two-way feedback mechanisms, training that promotes idea generation, and leadership that encourages employees to…

May 19, 2021

Develop a High-Performing Culture (Part 1)

What is a high performance culture and why does my organization need it?High-performing nonprofit organizations have a culture of continuous improvement and strong leadership that believes the mission is best served when the organization promotes continuous learning. They are constantly open to learning new ideas and inquiring from others on…

May 12, 2021

Extending the FFCRA Paid Leave

Under the new stimulus bill, signed into law Monday December 28, 2020, the Consolidated Appropriations Act (CAA) of 2021, employers will have an option to extend the Families First Coronavirus Response Act’s (FFCRA) paid sick leave and emergency FMLA.  The FFCRA went into effect on April 1, 2020 expired on…

January 5, 2021