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J. L. Nick & Associates, Inc. Announcing the Launch of Our New Website!

by Scott Nick | January 2, 2019

Updating our Technology to Provide Better HR Consulting Services Founded in 1988, J. L. Nick & Associates, Inc. started with one simple goal in mind–to help our clients achieve their business objectives. To us, it’s not just about delivering HR support, it’s about providing an objective outlook, identifying business needs, and generating innovative strategies to get your business to the next level through a focus on developing Human Capital. To continue taking our clients to. . .

‘Tis The Season To Be Jolly: Avoiding A Workplace Party Lawsuit

by Elizabeth Cipolla | December 13, 2018

The annual office holiday party is a time to let loose and celebrate with colleagues outside of a typical workday. It gives everyone a chance to unwind and share a laugh, while getting to know each other outside of the stressful office environment. These parties often include an indulgence on good food, music and gift exchanges; all of which are washed down with some delicious holiday cheer in the form of mixed drinks, wine and. . .

Developing Your Organization’s Untapped Talent

by Elizabeth Cipolla | November 15, 2018

As a competent leader, you probably realize the most precious assets in your organization are the people within it. Yet, few leaders invest the necessary resources to develop them. Quite often, our attention focuses primarily on investing in physical resources such as technology and equipment upgrades instead. Of course, you wouldn’t be a prudent leader if you paid no attention to technological advances in your industry. However, imagine how much more successful you could be. . .

Why Trust Is Important In The Workplace: How To Gain Employee Trust

by Elizabeth Cipolla | October 26, 2018

Why Is Trust Important In The Workplace? Trust is the foundation of every relationship. It will make or break a marriage, a friendship, and a company. Successful businesses are built on trust. Relationships between employers and employees, staff and customers, internal stakeholders, and external stakeholders’ success all depend on trust. The single most important opportunity for every leader is to build trust because from there, all great things happen: teams ignite, talent explodes, and corporate performance. . .

Breast Cancer Awareness: Getting Your Employees Involved

by Elizabeth Cipolla | October 12, 2018

This October, we have more to celebrate than unseasonably warm weather, joyful sunshine-filled days and the beauty of fall foliage. Breast Cancer Awareness Month is in full swing. You’ve probably noticed this by the pink merchandise in the stores, pink light bulbs shining outside of homes in your community, and fundraising events. Even athletes at the professional, collegiate and school-age levels are getting in on this important cause by sporting pink athletic gear. In honor. . .

The Unexpected Secret Behind Bigger Profits

by Elizabeth Cipolla | September 27, 2018

You’ve done all of the right things to grow your business according to what trusted experts and mentors have advised. You’re diligent about planning and forecasting. When it comes to customers, you do whatever it takes to please them. Hiring smart is something you take very seriously. Frivolous spending? No way. You always carefully consider the risks and potential returns before spending a dime. Competitor awareness and technological advances are also at the top of. . .

Leadership Lessons From Improvisational Comedy

by Elizabeth Cipolla | September 12, 2018

Imagine yourself as a student sitting in a classroom with your kindergarten friends. I am your teacher and I’ve just asked anyone in your class who can paint a picture to raise their hands. Not surprisingly, every child’s hand eagerly shoots into the air; including yours. Fast forward to the present. You are a business leader who has signed up for a training session focused on learning how to bring creativity and innovation into the. . .

Employee Mentoring Programs – More Than Meets the Eye

by Elizabeth Cipolla | August 15, 2018

Businesses working to succeed in their industry while striving to maximize cost savings, face a variety of challenges. Companies are always seeking the lowest-cost, highest-benefit solutions for their needs and employee development is no exception to this. Regardless of your industry or business size, your organization’s greatest asset is its people. Invest smartly in your human capital, and you will undoubtedly see payback in the form of bottom line results. Employee mentoring programs are a. . .

Managing Intermittent Leaves Under FMLA

by Elizabeth Cipolla | June 17, 2018

One of the most vexing problems facing employers who are covered by the Family and Medical Leave Act is managing employee intermittent leaves. The potential for abuse is great, but it can be curbed if an employer is diligent and willing to take measures such as those that follow. Require a medical certification that it is medically necessary to take intermittent leave. Use the Department of Labor form which requires information on minimum leave required. . .

The Workplace and Religious Diversity

by Elizabeth Cipolla | April 23, 2018

Many organizations would prefer to leave religion at home. However, it would be much wiser for them to recognize that for many employees, it’s a way of life. As we age, we become more devote. Immigrants no longer come just from Europe. And globalization requires diverse talent to penetrate diverse markets. Religion should be a core part of diversity initiatives. Yet, most companies recognize only Christian holidays. A majority of religious minorities report some form. . .

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