We’re Baaaaack and More Focused
At McKenzieHR, our theme song is “We Are The Champions” by Queen. However, in the last few years it should have been Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive”. Speaking of survival, Charles Darwin coined the term “Survival of the Fittest.” Over the past few years this changed to “Survival of the Innovative.” At McKenzieHR, we had to think outside the box and change our business model somewhat to survive. In 2007, a third of our business was training. That went to ZERO – nothing – nada in 2008. So we needed to do something different to survive. And we did! We found that we are very good at a number of things. As a result, we stretched ourselves too thin trying to do too many things for too many people. Thus you did not see this mailer for a nearly a year now. 2013 was a transitional year for me both professionally and personally. Time to Re-focus.
The first thing we did was re-read our mission statement. Even though it was developed 12 years ago, it still reflects our business objectives today.
“McKenzieHR will be recognized as the foremost authority on and sought after for our expertise in employee motivation and employment compliance issues for small to medium sized companies.”
Now that things are getting somewhat better with the economy, we have gotten back to our primary objectives – working with small to medium sized companies to allow them to get the best out of their only competitive advantage – their employees. We are going back to what we do best and that is human resources outsourcing, training, HR projects, handbooks, compliance, HR Audits, investigations and consulting all with a personal touch. Our clients range from 1 employee to over 250 employees and tailor our services to their needs.
We added complete payroll administration to our repertoire of services. With Terrie McDonald being a payroll geek (she tells me every day that she loves doing payroll), we have the best payroll administrator in the world AND helping our clients by taking care of this very important but administratively burdensome task.
We Got Some Much Needed Help
I want to publicly thank a group of UNF graduate students, Mandy Bozeman, Lydia Siyufy and Manuel Munoz from Diane Denslow’s class who took a semester to look at our business model. They took an in-depth view of our business and made some great recommendations. One of which was to get the McKenzie Mailer going again. So when I hear good advice, I act on it.
Darlene Thomas Rivers was Promoted to VP of Client Services
I am very pleased to announce that Darlene Thomas Rivers, who joined McKenzieHR in October of 2012, has been promoted to Vice President of Client Services. In reality, this is just an acknowledgement of the work she has done to raise our services to a much higher level. She is now responsible for the overall delivery of services to the McKenzieHR clients utilizing her strengths in organizational development and training. Please congratulate her by e-mailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org. I would like to publicly thank Darlene for her many contributions to the needs of our clients. Like I said before – the only competitive advantage is your people and Darlene is an example of what happens when you have great people working for you.
The Time is NOW!!
Almost without exception, people are optimistic about 2014. We are not any different. We are focused on the future and focused on the needs of our clients. 2013 was a strange year even though it was better than 2012. Therefore, it is time to get focused again and stop the scrambling. I anticipate 2014 to be the year of the great equalizer. The strong and determined will survive. The weak will wither away.
Now Let's Get Moving
Let’s make 2014 the best year ever – and let’s make things happen together.
Stay Tuned - there will be more to come – with the next one coming out in a couple of weeks. The topic is the expectations of the workforce in 2014 and beyond.