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“What the Health!”

“What the Health!”

President of e-VentExe and HR expert, Amelya Stevenson was featured on Money 105.5’s radio show Money 2.0 this morning! Are you a business owner who is unclear about the changes put forth by the Affordable Care Act? Not sure how to create your employee handbook? Need legal guidance on hiring and terminating?  Download the link to hear Amelya answer callers’ questions regarding healthcare insurance and human resources! 

Creativity at its Finest: Why Creative Leaders Benefit the Workplace


Leaders are visionaries—they are passionate about their beliefs, they set clear goals to be achieved, and they never give up on their desires, even if completed in unconventional ways. We have witnessed creative leaders throughout history; look at Steve Jobs and the way he changed technology, Ghandi and his nonviolent approach to human conflict, The Beatles and their rock music that challenged the mainstream. All these leaders were innovative and wanted to make a change in their respective industries.

When we look at creative leaders in the past, we remember how and what they did to achieve their dreams. All these creative individuals gained popularity by igniting a spark in others; these leaders knew how to speak to a person’s soul rather than blatantly sale their mission.  People felt personally connected with or intrigued by their words and ideas because these leaders defied the ordinary.

There are commonalities when we look at past leaders deemed as creative: they all provided a clear message of ideas, they essentially created the persona of an expert to their supporters, and they were able to maintain a dedicated and steady audience.

A growing issue in businesses and organizations today is employee retention. How do businesses keep their employees engaged and interested in their company?  If we compare creative leaders with ordinary business leaders, we can see that the same tactics in the former works for the latter—being passionate goes a long way.  It is believed that creative leaders have the ability to build teams, build collaborative work environments and provide the motivation to allow employees to think outside the box and take risks at work.  This new concept is called, “Creative Intelligence.”

Statistics compiled by The Corporate Executive Board Company states that small businesses suffer greatly from their quality of labor because “replacing one person on a small team could be equivalent to replacing 10% or 20% of the workforce,” which makes employee retention very important for these businesses.

Business leaders must have a clear mission and know what kind of employee they wish to seek who will also fit well into their company culture. If they can not establish a clear message as to what they want represented, then why would anyone want to represent them? In this day and age, people are more motivated to do work for companies they believe in, so wouldn’t executive leaders want to find the perfect candidate who strives to make the company better? One way business leaders can do this is via assessment tools, which screens prospective candidates by using various tests to determine their skill levels and overall work ethic.

Progressive leaders should strive to use Creative Intelligence in the workplace.  Their employees will be more engaged in their work and satisfied.  Retention will be reduced and bottom line number will grow. 

*e-VentExe is a full service Human Resource consulting firm that specializes in HR compliance, policy development, employee retention, training and development and assessment tools.




Job Hopping: Written from the Perspective of a Millennia


In the 50s to late 60s, most people never considered switching jobs—they enjoyed the stability and security of a steady income. Moving from job to job was certainly uncommon. Now, with the rise of the Millennials entering the workforce, job hopping is as frequent as ever and can be seen as the new “norm” according to Jeanne Meister, writer at Forbes. The main issue to address is how do companies keep these employees for more than a year?

When it comes to the Baby Boomer generation, we tend to think of the “American Dream;” a white picket fence in the suburbs, the housewife taking care of her daughter and son, the father driving a respectable automobile and providing for his family with a reputable career. Stability was essential. Stability means having a steady career and continuing to work at the same company with the potential of maintaining the same position. Back then, this was norm. Mostly everything was family oriented and providing for the family was a top priority.

Now with Millennials entering the workforce, the notion of stability is no longer present. Millennials contribute fresh eyes and perspectives to existing problems and issues. They are in tuned with current marketing trends, and may be more beneficial than their counter-parts, the Baby Boomers—who may be unable to work longer hours or follow through with physical work demands. In this day and age, media influences practically everything; something that is familiar for Millennials. For many Millennials, especially the fresh graduates, providing for a family in their lives today is not on their radar screen, allowing them to solely dedicate their lives to their profession. With that said, why wouldn’t you want to hire a Millennial?

This newer generation values flexibility, self fulfilling happiness, and having their ideas heard—a deadly combination for job hopping. In order to keep up with this new phenomenon, executive leaders and HR departments should re-engineer their recruitment strategies. After all, no one wants to lose a superstar employee with great ideas and innovation.