The 85:15 Rule

How much effort is too much effort? I started out my professional career thinking I need to give my work 110% effort, always. ‘Peak performance’ was about maximum effort to get the best results. And then I got married, thinking I can still give it 100% and save some of myself for my marriage. And … Read more

It’s Time for PTO for All

If the pandemic has taught us anything, we are all human and impacted by the same or similar life experiences (illness, death, caretakers of children or elderly parents, etc.). It’s time that we treat part-time employees as valued members of our organization and offer equitable paid time off benefits. For many employers, part-time employees make … Read more

A Life-Changing Question!

I love puzzles. In kindergarten, I was a whiz at jigsaw puzzles. I would complete mine with lightning speed, and with good intention in my heart, move on to finish the puzzles of all the other classmates. Mrs. B, my not so nice teacher (the antithesis of the quintessential kindergarten teacher!) repeatedly chastised me for … Read more

Missing The Water Cooler?

Recently, I worked with a client who wanted to build a personal Teams channel for employees. Gasp! As a seasoned Organizational Development professional, the risk of inappropriate use sent me into shock. The client shared they missed the proverbial water cooler vibe they had pre-pandemic and were looking for an alternative to spur personal connections … Read more

Mental Health Awareness is More than the Month of May

For the month of May, the nation promoted Mental Health Awareness Month with a multitude of social media posts and learning opportunities. Compass also presented our own webinar on “Improving your Workplace Mental Health Strategy”. As a licensed therapist, I am an advocate and ambassador for mental health and wellness and I was energized to … Read more

Gossips, Informers, and Other Toxic Waste: A Podcast With Melissa Tipton

From Toxic Tea Room Podcast: What is the difference between spilling the tea and gossip? This podcast focuses on issues centered on toxic work environments from first-hand experiences. Gossip focuses on the salacious, nasty bits of humanity that cause incredible harm. Yet, everyone gossips and everyone has been a target of gossipers, whether you know it or … Read more

Celebrating Authenticity

I am fascinated with the concept of authenticity, and in particular, authentic leadership. To be authentic, we must have a deep understanding of our strengths, our values, and our signature contributions. Authenticity is about self-discovery, accepting yourself for who you are, while also having a growth mindset. It’s about being yourself, with skill. We must … Read more

The Power of Two Words

Two simple words have the power to make people feel they matter, their work matters, their contributions matter, and that they make a difference. These two words can determine if a customer is satisfied or dissatisfied. These two words have the power to make relationships stronger in both our personal lives and our professions. These … Read more

Investing in Your People: A Podcast Interview with Alisa Spector Angelo

How can employers retain people in the face of The Great Resignation job market phenomenon? Compass’s Owner and President, Alisa Spector Angelo, talks with Laurie Barkman from the Succession Stories Podcast about why it’s more important than ever to put your company values into practice to drive retention and foster a healthy and productive work environment. Topics discussed include: LISTEN TO THE … Read more