Highest and Best Use for Human Capital (Part II)

How can organizations invest in people to achieve optimal productivity? Part I of this article explores how the commercial real estate world tests and appraises property based on its potential instead of its current condition.  This sequel will apply those principles...

Highest and Best Use for Human Capital

In the commercial real estate world, there is a core concept called “Highest and Best Use” (HBU). Economists such as Irving Fisher conceptualized the idea of maximum productivity (though it had been discussed as early as 1831) in the late 19th and early 20th...

Best Ideas 2021: How to Give Workers a Raise without Spending More

For many employers, 2021 has been a year of frustration.  Adjusting to COVID restrictions and dynamics has been challenging enough, and supply chain issues, labor shortages, and employee disengagement have piled on, leaving executives feeling like there is nothing...

Why we need more of the “L” word in business today

LEADERSHIP.  On the way to school today, I asked Wyatt (my 6yo son, pictured below as “Batmanta Claus”) what I should write about today.  His answer:  “Probably about loving each other.” So why do I say we need more leadership? In conversations with people around the...

“Human” Sustainability: Why we are wasting our most precious resource and what employers can do about it

The word “sustainability” almost certainly triggers thoughts of the environment, climate change, and perhaps even the recent COP26 event. It may be surprising that the top Sustainability Development Goals, or SDGs, are actually dominated by the human condition. At...

The Wellness Bust – Why people aren’t using benefits they said they wanted (Part II – How to fix it)

Americans are unhealthy physically, mentally, and financially.  So, it is no surprise that employees are asking for help.  What is surprising is how few people actually engage in the very programs they say they want. Part I of this article explored the four categories...

The Wellness Bust – Why people aren’t using benefits they said they wanted (Part I)

Mental health, financial well-being, and physical wellness programs are all among the most popular employee benefits. So why don’t people use them? Less than 10% of employees use their Employee Assistance Program’s free counseling option.  Only 8% of employees with...

The business case for investing in people is clear & proven. Why isn’t everyone doing it?

Study after study has already proven that investing in your people in a meaningful, strategic way yields exceptional returns in multiple columns: culture, community, wellness, and profit.  In fact, it is hard to find any research that suggests human capital investment...

The Great Resignation is also the Great Revelation

“A crisis does not create character, it reveals it.” After years of economic expansion and a frothy stock market, many organizations’ unsustainable approaches to people, community, and planet are coming to the forefront, and Dennis Leary’s spot-on quote is showing...

The Future Workday Cannot Come Soon Enough

It’s been over a century since Henry Ford reimagined a shorter workday in order to increase productivity.  A recent study suggests we are overdue for a new version of “9-to-5.” The average office worker is productive for 2 hours and 53 minutes each day.  The Bureau of...
Is Your Financial Wellness Program Racist?

Is Your Financial Wellness Program Racist?

If you knew that you had the power to help eliminate some of the financial impacts of racism, what would you do? This is a question that employers must answer.  Nearly half of employers now offer financial wellness programs and 95% of organizations feel a sense of...

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