Entries by Jim Annis

Work Culture is like Diet and Exercise

By CEO Jim Annis Company culture is probably the most written about and one of the most misunderstood subjects. The term refers to the beliefs and behaviors that determine how a company’s employees and management interact and handle business transactions. Often implied, it develops organically over time from the cumulative traits of the people the […]

Selecting the right employee for conference attendance

By CEO Jim Annis Conference attendee selection might be agonizing at your organization because 1) everyone wants to go, or; 2) it’s just the opposite and you resort to drawing straws and the short one is sent off. Budgets are tight, you’ve set goals as to what you want to accomplish and you want the […]

Positivity vs. negativity in the workplace

By Jim Annis, CEO   It’s morning. You wake up, throw your feet over the bed and – oops! – there’s the family dog. What do you do? Kick the dog? Or pet the dog? That’s always been my litmus test about whether a person has a positive versus negative attitude. I would pet the […]

Gen Z willing to trade hard work for job security

By Jim Annis, CEO   Generation Z is a force to be reckoned with. They were born between 1994 and 2010 and — if you assume a college path — they began hitting the workplace last year. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Gen Z makes up 25 percent of our population, outnumbering millennials and […]

Customize your employee benefits package

By CEO Jim Annis Gone are the days of “simple” easy-to-target advertising on three TV stations to broad segmented target markets. With thousands of cable channels, smartphones and online data, we now have microsegmentation. Microsegments aim to limit customers into very small segments — or even as individuals — which helps modern marketers determine exactly […]

Will your career path take you to the top?

By Jim Annis, CEO   Succession planning is the cultivation of new leaders to replace old leaders. Today we’re writing it from the employee perspective. Why? Sometimes as employers we really do not know how to identify future leaders. Other times employees who could be leaders are screaming at us – in nonverbal ways – […]

Recreational marijuana is legal; now what?

By Jim Annis, CEO You may know it as cannabis, Mary Jane, pot, grass, 420, burnie, and many more creative names. Whatever you call it, recreational marijuana is now legal in Nevada. What does that mean exactly? That is a little more complicated. This article is not about medical marijuana, because medical marijuana has been around […]

The Nervous Nine of Human Resources – What Now?

By Jim Annis, CEO   As a regular columnist and presenter, I address employment, workplace and business issues across the country. In ALL cases, I’ve always managed my public persona like I treat my in-laws – never discuss politics or religion – until today. My responsibility as an NCET presenter on this topic compels me […]

Workplace trends in 2017

By Jim Annis, CEO   Sitting around the management table, we are all in agreement about the following factors that will influence the workplace in 2017; however, we are not all in agreement about how they will reveal themselves. Time will tell. Starting a dialogue is a great place to start. Let’s begin … Millennialization […]

The workplace togetherness guide

By CEO Jim Annis How do you approach the times of “togetherness” at your workplace? Open and honest communication helps increase the transparency of the organization and equal truth in my mind. That is one of the elements for a great place to work. We have had several goals for staff meetings over the years, from […]