The Wedge Group, Inc. http://thewedgegroup.com Developing People, Organizations, and Careers Thu, 09 Feb 2017 13:12:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.5 113900824 Workforce Development – More Than Just Training http://thewedgegroup.com/2016/05/18/workforce-development-more-than-just-training/ Wed, 18 May 2016 21:15:44 +0000 http://thewedgegroup.com/?p=601 Workforce Development – More Than Just Training Mandy Skinner, The Wedge Group, Inc. ‘Should I train employees for the competition?’ – is probably what you are asking yourself every day. The answer to this is yes. No matter what your thoughts are and you think that you are ‘smarter’ than training your employees who will […]

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Workforce Development – More Than Just Training
Mandy Skinner, The Wedge Group, Inc.

‘Should I train employees for the competition?’ – is probably what you are asking yourself every day.
The answer to this is yes. No matter what your thoughts are and you think that you are ‘smarter’ than training your employees who will just leave any way – let’s face it – a constant development is the key to a satisfied employee.

Why train your employees and reinforce workforce development?

Because they need it more than you will ever need it. And when they need it, your company needs it automatically. Investing in workforce development is investing in productive work. And if you want your employees to be productive and keep their jobs by doing so, it’s their responsibility do stay that way.

‘Why train them for my competitors?’ – you are asking yourself.

First and foremost, workforce development is more than training. At The Wedge Group, we take pride in developing employees, but this means shaping their character, emphasizing their values and shaping the attitudes about how they view themselves, their future and their employer as the bridge to new opportunities.

Therefore, if you choose to invest in technology, software, buildings and customer base to ‘protect’ your company – but not consider your livable assets guiding you in that matter, you may miss the whole point of success.

At The Wedge Group, we understand this and refer to workforce development as:

  • conducting needs assessments to develop the training curriculum and how the employees support the overall business mission
  • directing training classes ONLY with a strong business reason for them
  • conducting training classes which have a specific, behavioral or objective outcomes previously defined
  • reinforcing the skills taught in any of our previous courses
  • not tolerating discouragement of any kind and strongly disagree with that
  • conducting a complex process and understanding the needs and criteria of the business and its goals before starting the strategy

So, are you ready to pioneer a new change directed by your motivated employees and see success as a shared goal?

Choose Wedge Group and see your full potential driven by knowledge and experience in workforce development!

You can also contact us at jihnotic@thewedgegroup.com or (607)772-9359 for further questions and inquiries.

About the author:

Mandy Skinner is the Head of Client Services at The Wedge Group, Inc., where she has worked with organizations such as Cornell University and Prudential Securities. Her service and support are individualized to meet the changing and diverse needs of all The Wedge Group’s clients.

Copyrights Mandy Skinner and Jodi Ihnotic 2016

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10 Ways A Career Coaching Company Can Help You http://thewedgegroup.com/2016/05/18/10-ways-a-career-coaching-company-can-help-you/ Wed, 18 May 2016 20:54:20 +0000 http://thewedgegroup.com/?p=593 Ten Ways A Career Coaching Company Can Help You Mandy Skinner, The Wedge Group, Inc. Let’s face it – the word coaching usually refers to sports teams. However, at Wedge Group – we strongly believe that every person needs to develop the mindset to set and achieve goals in the best way possible. With the […]

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Ten Ways A Career Coaching Company Can Help You
Mandy Skinner, The Wedge Group, Inc.

Let’s face it – the word coaching usually refers to sports teams. However, at Wedge Group – we strongly believe that every person needs to develop the mindset to set and achieve goals in the best way possible. With the right focus and clarity, Wedge Group helps you do this – and reach your full potential.

But why a career coaching company is your best choice?

1. Because it lets you develop confidence in yourself – You may have a plan or goals for your future, but there is something holding you back. Developing confidence in yourself is key to achieving your goals.

2. Because it provides you with job search support – As career coaches, at The Wedge Group we will fully assist your job search during every single stage.

3. Because it helps you get ready for promotion – A career coach is the bridge to progress, and employing one will certainly bring you closer to your desired promotion.

4. Because it supports you in the workplace – Unhappy at work? Don’t worry – there are tons of reasons why you may be so, but a career coach can help you deal with every one of them – including people and situations that make you anxious.

5. Because it will guide you to the right way – Understanding your goals and seeing whether they are congruent with other parts of your life is also a thing a career coach excels at.

6. Because it will provide you with greater self-awareness – You may be blocking your own potential – but a career coach company can implement various strategies that will help you understand yourself better and build stronger relationships.

7. Because it will support you in each step of the way – Last but not least, our expertise as career coaching company at The Wedge Group will challenge you, ensure you commit to making the changes you need, channel your ideas and thoughts, celebrate success and listen to you without any compromising put.So, are you willing to be more motivated than ever? Choose Wedge Group and make your dreams a reality!

You can also contact us at jihnotic@thewedgegroup.com or (607)772-9359 for further questions and inquiries.

About the author:

Mandy Skinner is the Head of Client Services at The Wedge Group, Inc., where she has worked with organizations such as Cornell University and Prudential Securities. Her service and support are individualized to meet the changing and diverse needs of all The Wedge Group’s clients.

Copyrights Mandy Skinner and Jodi Ihnotic 2016

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5 Ways that Background Checks Can Save Your Business http://thewedgegroup.com/2016/01/12/5-ways-that-background-checks-can-save-your-business/ Tue, 12 Jan 2016 01:52:25 +0000 http://50.87.132.124/~thewedge/?p=1 Five Ways that Background Checks Can Save Your Business Mandy Skinner, The Wedge Group, Inc. The practice of Pre-Employment Screening has quickly evolved as a standard protocol in recruiting and hiring.  Once a practice of only large-scale and well known companies, it is now being utilized by organizations of all sizes and backgrounds.  And with […]

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Five Ways that Background Checks Can Save Your Business
Mandy Skinner, The Wedge Group, Inc.
The practice of Pre-Employment Screening has quickly evolved as a standard protocol in recruiting and hiring.  Once a practice of only large-scale and well known companies, it is now being utilized by organizations of all sizes and backgrounds.  And with good reason.  Organizations can easily see and measure the value of conducting background checks on their staff.  A little more work on the front end saves the organization a tremendous amount of work, money, and headache shortly down the road.  There are five important ways that screening new hires can save your business.
1. Safety From Criminal Acts.  Most directly, screening employees can save the organization from acts of crime, particularly theft.  The statistics are staggering.
  • 30% of business failures are due to employee theft.
  • 75% of employees have stole from their employer at least once.
  • In 2008 employers lost 15.8 billion dollars in theft from their employees.
  • 13% of workers comp cases are fraudulent- minor injuries exaggerated, fake injuries, or old injury claimed as a new one.
It has become clear that a traditional reference check simply is not enough for an employer to be fully educated about the people that they are bringing onto their staff and into the heart of the organization.
2. Safety from Litigation.  Negligent Hiring holds the company responsible for damages caused by its employees on the grounds that the employer either knew or should have known of information from the employee’s background that should have disqualified them from working in their position.  The statistics in these cases do not look promising; over 70% of these lawsuits are lost by the employer.  This can be extremely costly to in fines, court and lawyer fees, repayment, and damage in the organization’s reputation.
3. Safety of Your Employees.  The media is full of images portraying disgruntled employees lashing out at coworkers and employers in violence.  We can debate if workplace crime is really on the rise or if it is simply gaining attention.  Either way, the fact is that workplace violence is real.
  • 5% of workplaces have one violent act per year.
  • Workplace violence accounted for 18% of all violent crime between 1993 to 1999.
  • More than 1 in 5 acts of violence are committed by an employee.
  • According to the Justice Department, while working or on duty, U.S. residents were victims of 1.7 million violent acts annually including:
  • 1.3 million simple assaults
  • 325,000 aggravated assaults
  • 36,500 rapes and sexual assaults
  • 70,000 robberies
  • 900 homicides
Are you and your staff safe?
4. Safety of Your Reputation.  In order to be the best, you must attract and retain the best talent.  Employees are looking to work for the best employer, which is most often judged by the way in which they are treated and cared for.  When employees perceive that they are protected and taken care of, they exhibit greater loyalty, productivity, and morale at work.  This reputation of being reliable, trustworthy, and proactive stretches beyond employees into the opinions of clients and customers.
5. Save Money.  This is, perhaps, the most important reason for many employers.  The trust is, everything costs time and money.  However, investing in the screening of potential employees saves significantly more.  The average cost of replacing and employee can be as much as $40,000.  In addition, employers without a screening process in place incur an average of $3,111 of liability; this is reduced to $300 per hire with a structured background check program.  The return on investment for background screening programs is in excess of 900%.
How? 
The Wedge Group, Inc. has worked with organizations and employees for over 30 years, in countless facets to breed success in all aspects of organizational development.  Our pre-employment screening program is one way to proactively set the stage for success from the very beginning.  We check:
  • Previous Employers
  • Education
  • Local and national criminal records
  • SSN trace
  • Address history
  • Sex offender registry
  • Public social media profiles
  • Drug testing
We can also tailor our services to meet the individual needs of your organization.
For more information, please visit us at:  www.TheWedgeGroup.com
You can also contact us at JIhnotic@TheWedgeGroup.com or (607)772-9359 for further questions and inquiries.
About the author:
Mandy Skinner is the Head of Client Services at The Wedge Group, Inc., where she has worked with organizations such as Cornell University and Prudential Securities.  Her service and support are individualized to meet the changing and diverse needs of all The Wedge Group’s clients.
Sources:
  • http://www.victimsofcrime.org/library/crime-information-and-statistics/workplace-violence
  • infotrack.com.statistics, COLD FACTS: PREVENTING LOSS AND MITIGATING RISK
  • streetdirectory.com, Shelly Cruz,  “How Important Are Employment Background Checks?”
  • employeeprofile.net
  • HRPlus, Bill Tate, President hrplus.com
  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pre-employment_screening
  • Hrscreening.com, “Background Checks Facts and Statistics: 5 great reasons to do a pre-employment background check!”

 

About the author:

Mandy Skinner is the Head of Client Services at The Wedge Group, Inc., where she has worked with organizations such as Cornell University and Prudential Securities. Her service and support are individualized to meet the changing and diverse needs of all The Wedge Group’s clients.
Copyrights Mandy Skinner and Jodi Ihnotic 2016

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The Employee Lifecycle http://thewedgegroup.com/2014/07/31/the-employee-lifecycle/ Thu, 31 Jul 2014 08:18:37 +0000 http://pegodesign.com/wp-themes/bplus/?p=146 There are many variations of passages of Lorem Ipsum available, but the majority have suffered alteration in some form, by injected humour, or randomised words which don't look even slightly believable. If you are going to use a passage of Lorem Ipsum, you need to be sure there isn't anything embarrassing hidden in the middle of text. All the Lorem Ipsum generators.

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The Employee Lifecycle
In today’s competitive and iron-fisted market, businesses are only as good as their employees. It is this simple truth that makes the employee lifecycle so influential in the success of an organization. The employee lifecycle is a model that follows the stages of an employee’s career within an organization from start to finish.

The first stage of the lifecycle involves the hiring, orientation, and on-boarding of the employee. A comprehensive background screening during the hiring process can save a lot of frustration later in preventing theft, violence, and fraud. Safeguarding your product and your employees is always a good plan. After the candidate passes the screening, they must then begin the orientation process. As we all know, first impressions are everything, so having a comprehensive process to do this well is imperative. It gives the employee the impression that the company is well organized and takes care of their own. In addition to fulfilling the required paperwork, a solid on-boarding program can set the stage for employee engagement and retention. A program that integrates the new employee into the workplace culture as well as builds professional relationships, such as those developed with mentoring programs, work well to develop this commitment.

The next stage of the employee lifecycle is based on development. By encouraging development in the employee, we are improving their capabilities as well as enthusiasm. There are several ways to do this. Training and development in leadership, team work, and technical skills will help to improve an employee’s skill set. Another way is to engage employees on a personal level through perks such as health and wellness programs. Although programs like these are indirect in the development of an employee, the return on investment is excellent, not to mention the improvements in employee morale and engagement. It is no wonder that many of the world’s top performing companies are offering them.

Management plays a key role during this phase of the employee lifecycle. Effective performance coaching and support from a strong leadership team can truly change a person’s life. It can mean the difference between moving up and moving out for an employee. When done well, effective management can also largely contribute to the realization of a company’s vision and mission.

The third step in the employee lifecycle involves transition. Some people work in the same place for their entire careers, but the truth is most do not. As skills and experience are developed, talent within the organization grows and allows for more staff movement internally. Promoting from within has many benefits including greater employee engagement, smoother transition, and deeper loyalty. Unfortunately from time to time, an employee may not be a good fit for the organization or the process of restructuring demands that employees be let go. Regardless of the reason for transition, a smooth transition into new positions, retirement, or outside of the company relies on having processes in place to accommodate this movement. Clear communication, expectations, timelines, and planning are key to developing this process.

Just like any cycle, this process goes back to the beginning. Once an employee transitions out of their position, it must be filled again bringing us back to the first stage of the employee lifecycle. It is important to understand the process and work within it as effectively as possible to create the best team for your organization.

The Wedge Group, Inc. offers support to companies without Human Resource teams or in partnership with existing HR staff. Our programs develop and implement the best system for getting the most out of and retaining engaged, productive, and steadfast employees. Our background checks and on-boarding programs work to help you find and retain the best talent. We also offer Leadership and Team Development, and Performance Coaching training to ensure that your employees are engaged and productive. Succession Planning is a proven way to have a plan in place for all sudden changes within the work force and to have a solid Business Continuity Plan. If you are looking for external motivators, our Corporate Health and Wellness Program have a proven track record and outstanding return on investment. Career Transition Coaching has been a staple of our services from the beginning; we pride ourselves on providing employee support while cutting costs for the organization making the process much more efficient and positive. Our commitment to providing the best support and service is what has kept us in business for over 30 years.

For more information on getting the best out of each and every employee, please visit us at:
www.TheWedgeGroup.com
You can also contact us at JIhnotic@TheWedgeGroup.com or (607)772-9359 for further questions and inquiries.

 

About the author:

Mandy Skinner is the Head of Client Services at The Wedge Group, Inc., where she has worked with organizations such as Cornell University and Prudential Securities. Her service and support are individualized to meet the changing and diverse needs of all The Wedge Group’s clients.
Copyrights Mandy Skinner and Jodi Ihnotic 2014

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Thinking about Going Back to School? http://thewedgegroup.com/2012/09/07/thinking-about-going-back-to-school/ Fri, 07 Sep 2012 07:46:40 +0000 http://pegodesign.com/wp-themes/bplus/?p=142 There are many variations of passages of Lorem Ipsum available, but the majority have suffered alteration in some form, by injected humour, or randomised words which don't look even slightly believable. If you are going to use a passage of Lorem Ipsum, you need to be sure there isn't anything embarrassing hidden in the middle of text. All the Lorem Ipsum generators.

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Thinking about Going Back to School?
Choose the right major! Take a look at the grim realities that graduates with these degrees face…

WORST COLLEGE MAJORS FOR YOUR CAREER

 

About the author:

Mandy Skinner is the Head of Client Services at The Wedge Group, Inc., where she has worked with organizations such as Cornell University and Prudential Securities. Her service and support are individualized to meet the changing and diverse needs of all The Wedge Group’s clients.
Copyrights Mandy Skinner and Jodi Ihnotic 2012

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Skills Needed to Get a Job in 2012 http://thewedgegroup.com/2012/01/19/skills-needed-to-get-a-job-in-2012/ Thu, 19 Jan 2012 07:38:11 +0000 http://pegodesign.com/wp-themes/bplus/?p=138 There are many variations of passages of Lorem Ipsum available, but the majority have suffered alteration in some form, by injected humour, or randomised words which don't look even slightly believable. If you are going to use a passage of Lorem Ipsum, you need to be sure there isn't anything embarrassing hidden in the middle of text. All the Lorem Ipsum generators.

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A period of layoff provides the perfect opportunity to brush up on your skills and learn new ones. In fact, now this is not only advised, it is NECESSARY. Employers are looking for the candidate with the most skills to do the job well and with the competitive labor market, they can be picky. So, use your time to gain these skills and put yourself in position as a top contender.

TOP SKILLS EMPLOYERS WANT IN 2012

 

About the author:

Mandy Skinner is the Head of Client Services at The Wedge Group, Inc., where she has worked with organizations such as Cornell University and Prudential Securities. Her service and support are individualized to meet the changing and diverse needs of all The Wedge Group’s clients.
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Thinking of Being Your Own Boss? http://thewedgegroup.com/2011/09/27/thinking-of-being-your-own-boss/ Tue, 27 Sep 2011 06:22:03 +0000 http://pegodesign.com/wp-themes/bplus/?p=135 There are many variations of passages of Lorem Ipsum available, but the majority have suffered alteration in some form, by injected humour, or randomised words which don't look even slightly believable. If you are going to use a passage of Lorem Ipsum, you need to be sure there isn't anything embarrassing hidden in the middle of text. All the Lorem Ipsum generators.

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20 CAREERS THAT YOU CAN START NOW.

This is a great resource with a lot of the info that you need to have in order to start your own business, complete with start up costs, necessary equipment and overhead.


About the author:

Mandy Skinner is the Head of Client Services at The Wedge Group, Inc., where she has worked with organizations such as Cornell University and Prudential Securities. Her service and support are individualized to meet the changing and diverse needs of all The Wedge Group’s clients.
Copyrights Mandy Skinner and Jodi Ihnotic 2011

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We’ve said it once and we’ll say it again… http://thewedgegroup.com/2011/08/09/weve-said-it-once-and-well-say-it-again/ Tue, 09 Aug 2011 23:21:47 +0000 http://50.87.132.124/~thewedge/?p=474 Social networking is vital to your job search! Read on… Don’t have a profile? Today is the day to get started! Click the logo to begin. *The Wedge Group now offers Social Networking Profile Development Services for job seekers.   About the author: Mandy Skinner is the Head of Client Services at The Wedge Group, […]

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Social networking is vital to your job search!
Read on…

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Don’t have a profile? Today is the day to get started!
Click the logo to begin.

*The Wedge Group now offers Social Networking Profile Development Services for job seekers.

 

About the author:

Mandy Skinner is the Head of Client Services at The Wedge Group, Inc., where she has worked with organizations such as Cornell University and Prudential Securities. Her service and support are individualized to meet the changing and diverse needs of all The Wedge Group’s clients.
Copyrights Mandy Skinner and Jodi Ihnotic 2011

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Budgeting After a Layoff http://thewedgegroup.com/2011/06/30/budgeting-after-a-layoff/ Thu, 30 Jun 2011 23:45:51 +0000 http://50.87.132.124/~thewedge/?p=485 One of the most important things that you can do for yourself and your family in a tough economy is set a budget. When you have been laid off, it is even more critical to know your financial needs and abilities. This skill can help keep you afloat as well as help ease your worries. […]

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One of the most important things that you can do for yourself and your family in a tough economy is set a budget. When you have been laid off, it is even more critical to know your financial needs and abilities. This skill can help keep you afloat as well as help ease your worries. Rest assured that there are ways to help reduce your financial strain and boost your budget.

Read on for tips on how survive in a personal budget crisis…  Budgeting When You’re Broke

 

About the author:

Mandy Skinner is the Head of Client Services at The Wedge Group, Inc., where she has worked with organizations such as Cornell University and Prudential Securities. Her service and support are individualized to meet the changing and diverse needs of all The Wedge Group’s clients.
Copyrights Mandy Skinner and Jodi Ihnotic 2011

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More Networking? http://thewedgegroup.com/2011/04/01/more-networking/ Fri, 01 Apr 2011 23:51:02 +0000 http://50.87.132.124/~thewedge/?p=488 Networking is vital to your job search, which is why it is so important to do it often and do it right. The following Wall Street Journal article offers some great reminders and tips for solid networking: 7 Networking No-No’s Right now is a great time to step back and really look at how you […]

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Networking is vital to your job search, which is why it is so important to do it often and do it right. The following Wall Street Journal article offers some great reminders and tips for solid networking:

7 Networking No-No’s

Right now is a great time to step back and really look at how you could be networking more effectively!

About the author:

Mandy Skinner is the Head of Client Services at The Wedge Group, Inc., where she has worked with organizations such as Cornell University and Prudential Securities. Her service and support are individualized to meet the changing and diverse needs of all The Wedge Group’s clients.
Copyrights Mandy Skinner and Jodi Ihnotic 2011

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