April 10th, 2015

This week, top designers met in Paris and New York for Fashion Week – a chance to tell the rest of us which colors and styles we must go buy and which ones we should shun. Which new color will be the chic of the season? The “go to” color for those who want to be in style? The one that fashion magazines and television shows will proclaim as the ‘new black’ – that everyone just has to have? Even if you think HR is exciting, job descriptions could never been described as sexy or…

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December 2nd, 2014

One hot HR topic right now involves how much HR infrastructure to build – or whether to build any infrastructure at all. Many small and mid-sized companies are choosing to outsource the entire HR function in hopes of concentrating on revenue generation. Should you? Disclaimer – my company provides outsourced HR services. However, I’ll be the first to tell you that outsourcing is absolutely NOT the right answer for every company; and, even when it DOES make sense, considering…

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November 10th, 2013

I remember the housing bubble in the late 1990’s – when subprime mortgage refinancing was the key to a debt-free tomorrow and home values were never going to drop. I also remember the financial crisis ten years later – when people found themselves gasping for tiny pockets of air as they drowned in their underwater homes. I suspect I will one day remember events still waiting for us in seven to ten years that will serve to shake us out of the comfort zones we will have established by…

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September 10th, 2013

We’ve hit the fall of 2013, and The Season is nearly upon us! No, I don’t mean, football, hunting or even the holidays. I’m talking about (insert drum roll here) Performance Appraisal Season. Someone must love performance appraisals, but I have never met this person. Most entrepreneurs I know despise them and most human resources managers I have worked with see them as a necessary but tedious part of the workplace routine – like flossing for business. A quick search on your…

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August 10th, 2013

The Hayes Approach Named Greenville Chamber’s August Small Business of the Month, read about it here.About the Greenville Chamber’s Small Business of the Month Program The Greenville Chamber recognizes an extraordinary small business at each monthly board meeting. The Small Business of the Month is chosen by a selection committee from nominations provide by Greenville Chamber members. The Chamber’s annual small business of the year is selected from the year’s small businesses of…

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