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Human Resources Simplified

helping businesses do more with less

Our team is focused on serving our clients. We bring education, experience, and enthusiasm to every business need. We are practitioners, authors, professors, consultants, professionals, managers, and trainers. Our degrees, certifications, accreditations, licenses, and registrations attest to our advanced academic achievements.

But it is our common sense, quality delivery, and practical experience that define our associates. We deliver accurate results for real companies in real time. We understand federal regulations and state regulations pertaining to the management of employees so that you can focus on what you do best.

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Human Resources Consulting

Your employees are your most valuable resource. Keeping your staff motivated, productive and content is in your best interest. When your staff is not performing, we are here to advise you and guide you.

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Interim Management

The practice of using a contract human resources executive, full-time or part-time, or an interim full time onsite HR executive, is a popular option. Interim managers are experienced executives with strategic management and specialist skills and a track record of achievement.

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Training

Companies that value their employees offer learning opportunities. Training is an organized activity aimed at imparting knowledge or developing skills and abilities to improve a team’s performance, satisfy annual education requirements, or provide education about new laws that affect a company’s employees.

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Coaching

Beyond traditional group training lies individual coaching. Coaching looks at the outcomes desired and designs a plan to get there with the client. It is a journey both coach and client travel together to assist the client to achieve milestones through mental review, behavioral changes and actions implemented, always focused on the goals.

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Below is a List of Services We Do Best

  • Human Resources
  • Talent Development
  • Screening
  • Compensation
  • Coaching
  • Meeting Facilitating
  • Staffing
  • Employee Relations
  • Interviewing
  • Employee Safety
  • Teaching
  • Selection
  • Compliance
  • Employee Benefits
  • Termination
  • Training
  • Subject Matter Expert
  • Human Resources Audit
  • Employee Recordkeeping
  • Management Development
  • Hiring
  • Policies
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Recruiting
  • Interim Management
  • Workplace Investigating
  • Expert Witness

May Interview: Barry Demp on…

Mastering Networking: When Patterns are Broken, New Worlds Will Emerge!

Q: Networking, we are repeatedly told, is the best tool to finding a career job, or promoting your business, and staying relevant in your field. What is your definition of networking?

A: Networking is a process that provides the structure, support, skills, and strategies needed to bridge the gap between ideas and actions. The best part about networking is that it can help us reach our chosen destination, whether that’s making a job change, working more effectively with customers and colleagues, or building our own business.

Q: If you take the time and make the effort to network and you meet a lot of people, what is the next step to form a strong mutual relationship with someone you would like to learn more about?

A:  The best way to form a strong mutual relationship is to look for a reason to make another connection such as providing a piece of valuable information or simply writing or sending a special thank you note. This goes a long way towards deepening a relationship.

Q: Then how do you take it a step further and offer to share resources with them?

A: Invite this person for in-person meetings, which are far more likely to build on a relationship than e-mail or text communications. Make sure you take the time to do the research on this person because learning about their interests and passions tells them that they are important to you.

Q: Being open and receptive to meeting new people is not easy for everyone; what advice to you have on this thought?

A:  I’d tell them to remember that effective networking can turn strangers into friends and build a world full of people who will take our calls, give us their time, and answer our questions. Quality is more important than quantity. You don’t have to focus on meeting the most people, just the best people. Look for people of high character and integrity, who live out their values and fundamental beliefs. These people will enhance your credibility – and, through them, you can make a bigger difference in the world.

Q: In the world of sports, we talk about home field advantage, is it best to meet at a neutral location, ask to visit them in their office, or invite them to your office?

A: I think all three are viable choices, you can start with an invite to your office and be gracious there, or ask their choice.

Q: You talk about finding common ground to build rapport. What are some sources of things to talk about to identify interests that are shared?

A: We tend to like people like ourselves, so building common ground is important. Ask about family members, special interests, hobbies, or take notice of something interesting about the person to build rapport.

Q: I am an avid reader, but not everyone is. What eleven books would you recommend as great reads to rekindle an interest in making time for reading?

A:

  1. Super Better- Jane McGonigal
  2. Essentialism- Greg McKeown
  3. Your Best You Yet- Ditzler
  4. Give & Take- Adam Grant
  5. Quiet- Susan Kane
  6. The Power of Intention- Wayne Dyer
  7. Happier- Ben Shahr
  8. On Target Living- Chris Johnson
  9. Mastery- Robert Greene
  10. The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth- John Maxwell
  11. Drive- Daniel Pink

Q: It is important not to push your product or service or ask for your need at a first meeting as that is an immediate turnoff as we all know; at what point in relationship building should this be discussed?

A: This will depend on the situation. Be situation-specific and only explore the possibility of engagement when there’s true openness, receptiveness, and desire.

Q: I have been to networking events that are simply rapid-fire business card exchanges–sort of like speed dating.  You leave with a collection of cards. What would you do with them?

A: If you can use a CRM system – Customer Relationship Management – both personally and professionally, to hold this information and retrieve it when you need it. From there, connect on LinkedIn, and then after the person accepts, provide a free resource.

Q: Building trust with new relationships is based on words and actions. How do you judge if you should trust someone?

A:  Trust is often the trickiest, most difficult quality to create and measure. We tend to simply have a strong emotional or gut feeling about it. Judge whether you trust someone based on their character. If they are empathetic, highly consistent and dependable, and do their best to understand others, then you should open yourself up to trusting them!

Q: What other advice do you have for where to network, how much time to spend on networking, when to pay to network, and how to get the most out of it after each event?

A:  The choices are varied. What are your communities of connection? Some places that might work for networking include your gym or health club, the country club, business association and chamber events, BNI and toastmaster meetings, while volunteering or seminars. Depending on where you can connect depends on how long you spend networking with this person.

It can be beneficial to pay for networking when you are paying to be a part of a group that benefits you individually. For example, if you are working on public speaking and are already paying to be a member of toastmasters, then also try to network there when the time is right. In a way, you are paying to network, but you are benefitting in other ways as well.

Lastly, to get the most out of the event, make sure you keep track of the people you meet and things about them. Write brief notes on their business cards that will jog your memory about who they are.

Barry Demp on Mastering Networking

Barry Demp is the owner of Demp Coaching. He has worked with over 1,000 individuals as a business and executive coach over the past 23 years. Based in Troy, Michigan, he earned the distinction of Master Certified Coach (MCC) from the International Coach Federation (ICF) in 1999.  He works with executives, business owners, and high-potential professionals to help them significantly increase their productivity, profitability, and life balance. He can be reached at www.dempcoaching.com and www.thequotablecoach.com.

April Interview: Wayne Leiser on…

If Computers Could Talk!

Q: What is the biggest issue you are seeing with personal or small business computers in 2017?

A: PUP Infections (Potentially Unwanted Programs).  Most A/V software does not look for PUP infections.  They are annoying and will change your homepage and search options and spy on you and send your personally identifiable information back to a third party.  They typically don’t cause damage to the computers operating system unless you get a lot of them.

Q: When is it best to call a professional in if your “machine” is giving an error message? 

A: Immediately call someone but that is a biased answer. 😀

In all seriousness, if you have multiple error messages and issues going on, then it is best to obtain a professional to review these messages so you don’t end up with a loss of data or computer functioning.

Q: What is your advice about backing up your data?

A: Everyone or business has different needs when it comes to backing up data.  There is no one correct method.  There are a lot of methods and some of them easier than others.  Personally, I would save my stuff encrypted on a cloud server.

Q: How do you tell if a problem is a hardware or a software issue?

A:  The computer stops acting as you expect or the computer starts to slow down to a snail’s pace.  If this happens, then call a professional.  Please remember that your friend’s 13-year-old son, Bobby, is not a professional and can cause more harm than good.

Q: What are the most common malware problems this year?

A: PUP infections.

Q: It seems that there is a fake Microsoft phone call that tells you that your computer is infected and offers to fix it; describe that.

A: First off, Microsoft will never call you unless you have an open ticket with them.  This was a scam that came out of India.  You are going to see a lot more scam artist like this.  The guy that created this scam was arrested for pretending he was Microsoft.  After scamming millions of dollars from people he received a whopping $10,000.00 fine and a 6 month stay in jail.  If you had no morals and received a slap on the wrist wouldn’t you continue?  The scam is basically “Hi, I’m from or a representative of Microsoft/Adobe/Insert company here.  Please let me into your computer.”  As soon as you do it’s all over!  There are two different types of scam artists out there.  Keeping in mind that both are there to cause damage to your computer; there are malicious ones and non-malicious ones.  The malicious ones will put a syskey reglock on your computer.  If you don’t give them the $600.00 (or insert amount here) they want then you cannot get back into your computer after they reboot it on you.  (We can assist if this happens to you).  The others put software on your computer system to allow them to get back into it later to damage things and so you think, oh I better call that company to fix my system.

Q: What are the best type of hard drives for new computers these days?

A: “Best” is a loaded word.  A PCIe SSD hard drive is by far the fastest drive out there; however, they have Enterprise class Western Digital hard drives that are made to last years and years.

Q: Is your Internet is slow, should you call your provider first?

A: Yes, call your provider first and if they cannot help, call B2B I.T. Solutions at (941) 923-6280.

Q: Can you update older computers?

A: Most of the time yes, but why would you want to?  Get your computer maxed out from the beginning if you can afford it.  “Upgrading” is such a marketing scam unless you cannot afford to have the entire thing maxed out.  Why would you want to live with a computer that is slower than what it can be or cannot fulfill its full potential, only to be frustrated with it for years so that you can “upgrade” it in the future?  By the time you finally go for the upgrade, the hardware is outdated and useless.

Q: If you get the blue screen of death, what do you do?

A: Call B2B I.T. Solutions to review why you are getting the blue screen at (941) 923-6280. We are available Monday- Friday from 9am – 5pm EST (Excluding Nationally Observed Holidays).

Q: What other advice do you have for home computer users and small business owners?

A: Have someone look at your computer and keep it maintained.  It doesn’t matter what you use it for.  Ask yourself to do you want to continue using it for that purpose?  If the answer is yes, then you need to have it cleaned and maintained on a regular basis.  Business owners, don’t buy junk computers to run your business on.  We know money is tight but this is your business and your livelihood.  Why would you spend $200.00 on a computer and think it’s going to perform everything you want to do for your business?  Spend $1500.00 or more if you are getting a laptop for your business.  Don’t spend $300.00 or $600.00 on a laptop just because you can save money on it.  It will cost you more time and frustration in the long run.  If you need purchasing advice, contact us before you buy.

Wayne is the owner of B2B I.T. Solutions. Since 1990, B2B has serviced residential and business computers in the Sarasota Florida and surrounding areas. B2B is a full-service company. B2B offers complete remote, on site and in home and office services including networking & virus removal. They specialize in the sale of new business quality custom Dell PC systems and accessories. You can contact him at: 941-923-6280.

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With 20+ years of experience, we have seen it all. You’ll also enjoy receiving our best counsel, advice and guidance and straightforward honesty (yes, it may hurt) as we work with you, not just for you, so that you achieve your business goals.

I have hired Jean multiple times for her HR expertise and had excellent results every time.
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