Archive for May 17th, 2010

I Love My Work

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Expert Perspective on Employee Relations

As John Hammond begins his thoughtful article I Love My Work: “When we truly enjoy our work (or play) we are most likely to commit ourselves to it, extend ourselves – in terms of time and effort – to make sure we do the best we can. In a perfect business world, every organization would ensure its own success by employing those people who most enjoy doing the organization’s work. The structure of each organization would simply evolve to maximize the efficiency of its employees’ efforts.”

To learn how to help your employees feel empowered to do the work they want to do, that they are best at, while sharing a common commitment to organizational success click here: I Love My Work.
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Good Better Best, Never Let it Rest

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Expert Perspective from Grahall’s OmniMedia Editorial Board
 
In his May 07 2010 article in New Scientist (Economic recovery needs psychological recovery) author Stephen Lea writes: “A psychologically sophisticated recovery policy would focus attention on what George Katona, one of the founders of economic psychology, called the “better-better” group: people who feel they are better off than they were a year ago, and who believe they will be even better off in a year’s time. Katona showed that their behaviour was the motor of economic recovery. It is the better-betters who are most likely to spend the economy back to stability.”

We wondered if and how a company might use this concept by identifying, hiring and motivating its “better better” employee group to fuel its own financial success.  
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The Politics of Leadership

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Expert Perspective on Leadership

In his soon to be published book about organizational politics (The Politics of Leadership, Joe Davidson writes: “Politics is the same phenomenon whether in the civic life of nations, communities, organizations, or groups. The full consideration of political implications for any exercise of power can mean the difference between success or failure for leadership decisions and actions. Effective leaders need a clear perception of the political landscape in order to achieve personal and organizational results. By recognizing political awareness as a key leadership competency and designing developmental interventions to build that competency in current and future leaders, leadership development practitioners can directly contribute to improved organizational performance and results.”
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Heath Care Reform: What You Need to Know NOW #2

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Ask the Experts: Pate Steele, Robert Cirkiel and Todd McDonald Discuss Health Care Reform and What it Means For Your Business

On May 4, 2010, Grahall hosted a webinar on the new heath care reform bills signed into law in March 2010.   Presenters Pate Steele of Grahall, Robert Cirkiel of UHY Advisors  and Todd McDonald of Aisling Partners  reviewed the main provisions of the reform, discussed the timeline of events and actions required, and shared information and tools needed to respond to health care reform.

As Robert Cirkiel said pertaining to the Health Care Reform bill, “What you like about the Massachusetts plan you will like about the Federal plan, what you don’t like about the Massachusetts plan you won’t like about the Federal plan”.  Essentially, Massachusetts provides a barometer to gauge the Federal plan’s impact on challenges and opportunities that will face every state in the coming years.

Key issues to look for 2010 and 2011 include:

• Changes in dependent status
• Small employer tax credits
• Reinsurance program
• Grandfathered plans affected by some provisions and not others
• Fall 2010 communications for 2011 open enrollment
• Proceeding with caution to avoid losing your grandfathered status

Todd McDonald shared that, yes, Massachusetts did insure the uninsured and now boasts the highest coverage rate in the country up from 83% to over 97%, but the goal of reducing heath care costs was not achieved.   Healthcare costs for Massachusetts have increased 68% from $1 billion in 2006 to an estimated $1.7 billion in 2010.

There were important lessons learned from the Massachusetts reform including:
• Merger of non-group and group – Increases cost
• Employer mandate – Socially responsible, not necessary
• Minimum creditable coverage – Full disclosure is the issue
• Administrative responsibilities – Keep it simple

Complete recording of the conference call, all presentation materials, and other information are available for download on the Grahall website.  To listen to the session and access the presentation materials, go to http://www.grahall.com/knowledge/event-transcripts/.  The conference content begins about 6 ½ minutes into the recording.

Or contact our presenters:

Pate Steele at pate.steele@grahall.com
Robert Cirkiel at rcirkiel@uhy-us.com
Todd McDonald at tmcdonald@aisling-partners.com

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Win One for the Organization

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Expert Perspective on Employee Relations

As John Hammond shares in his insightful paper Win One for the Organization: “To compete under today’s cost pressures, companies must streamline and restructure to run leaner and respond to change more nimbly. While most employers have little difficulty justifying cost sharing with their employees, they have been extremely reluctant to involve employees and HR in identifying cost sharing opportunities.
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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

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Expert Perspective by Grahall’s OmniMedia Editorial Board

The May 7, 2010 article for the Huffington Post by Anne D’Innocenzio (Goldman Sachs To Create Internal ‘Business Standards Committee’) caught the attention of our Editorial Board.  Ms. D’Innocenzio writes: “Goldman Sachs’ embattled Chairman and CEO Lloyd Blankfein told investors Friday that the firm is creating a business standards committee to study the bank’s practices in the wake of the civil fraud suit launched by the Securities and Exchange Commission and the criminal probe opened by the Justice Department… Goldman’s power during the financial crisis and the prominence of many former Goldman executives have made the firm a lightning-rod for public outcry over Wall Street’s greed and risky behavior.” 

While there are many in the media, the government and the public who eagerly jump on the “bashing Goldman bandwagon,” we want to look at this from a different perspective, from the top down. 
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