Best wishes to all of our clients and friends for a very happy and prosperous 2014. Make it your best year ever!!

Kim Martin, PHR

Jenifer Berry, PHR
Doctors Mori, Bean & Brooks PA

Nicole Butrimas, PHR
Taylor Engineering

Heather Gravelle, PHR

All four took the McKenzieHR Prep Class


PHR/SPHR Prep Class starts February 11, 2014

Space is limited and we are filling up fast!

Click here for more registration information

Compliance On-Line has Contracted Bob McKenzie to Conduct a Series of Webinars

The first is


To be held on

TUESDAY, JANUARY 28, 2014 AT 1:00 Eastern Time

Click here for more information


For no charge you have the opportunity to ask human resources related questions of Bob McKenzie, President of McKenzieHR

To ASK Bob click here


Contact Information

4237 Salisbury Rd, Bld 1, Suite 112
Jacksonville, FL 32216

Phone: (904) 861-2903
Toll-Free: (888) 861-2903

You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view some these linked files. Click here to download the reader now.


If this email is not displaying properly, please click here.

This newsletter is provided as a service to our clients and friends with the premise that informed clients are better clients. If you like it, feel free to pass it along to others. Do not hesitate to contact us for more information on this or any other human resources related subject.

If you would like to remove your name from our email list, please follow the instructions at the bottom of this newsletter.


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 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.


The Required Disclaimer
The McKenzie Mailer is for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. Before implementing any action on this subject, contact an expert in the field.

Thank you for reading The McKenzie Mailer.

Bob McKenzie, President
Winner of the 2012 Ultimate HR Executive by the Jacksonville Business Journal and the Man of Steel Award from Entrepreneurial Anchor Magazine.


Members of TeamMcKenzie
Bob McKenzie, Head HR Guy
Darlene Thomas Rivers – Senior HR Consultant
Chuck Petruska – Senior Advisor
Peggie Leitereg – Senior Advisor
Terrie McDonald – Client Services Specialist


February 2013
Your Only Competitive Advantage - Your People
January 2013
Are We Managing Talent or Stifling It?
August 2012
I'm Going to Write You Up
June 2012
Ray’s Story – A Wage and Hour Saga
April 2012
Bob's Common Sense Theory On Leadership
February 2012
Don't be Complacent When it Comes to Compliance
January 2012
Optimism is Flowing
October 2011
UH OH!! Turnover is Starting to Rear Its Ugly Head Again.
May 2011
Small Business Week and Government Agencies are Being a Grinch
April 2011
I Want it All and I Want it Now!!
March 2011
Leadership Essentials
February 2011
Where's the Leadership Fad?
January 2011
Equal Employment Opportunity, Affirmative Action, Diversity. Where does it end???
December 2010
It is That Time of The Year
November 2010
The Department of Labor is on a Mission You have to be Careful Out There
September 2010
Following the Crowd is a Good Way to get Lost in it
August 2010
Customer Service Is Your Competitive Advantage
June 2010
Social Networking – Be Careful out There
April 2010
Is That a Light in The Tunnel?
January 2010
What's Your Theme Song?
December 2009
2009 Was Definitely a Murphy Year
August 2009
Swine Flu Preparations - Knowledge of Risk is the Best Course of Action
July 2009
Are Rising Healthcare Costs Making You Sick?
June 2009
Diversity – Who Cares?
May 2009
Why the Huge Increase in Discrimination Charges?
April 2009
EEOC Charges at a Record High
March 2009
Eaten Any Brains Lately??
February 2009
Just Trying to Keep Up with All of the Changes
January 2009
Compliance Update Handbooks Need Updating Too
December 2008
Employee Free Choice Act – Not a Free Choice at All
November 2008
The Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act Clarified
October 2008
Effective Handbooks Save Time and Money
September 2008
Negating the Nattering Nabobs of Negativism
August 2008
What's Your People Plan
July 2008
Human Resources Strange But True People Stories
June 2008
HR Compliance Issues at the Forefront
May 2008
Performance Management Never Stops
April 2008
Don’t Make Tough Times Tougher
March 2008
What Ever Happened to the Personal Touch?
December 2007
It's That Time of Year Again
November 2007
HR Hot Topic #3 - Immigration
September 2007 -
HR Hot Topic #2 - Controlling the Cost of Medical Benefits
August 2007 -
HR Hot Topic #1 Recruitment and Retention
June 2007 -
Strategic Human Resources is Not an Oxymoron
May 2007 -
Is It Really a Hostile Work Environment?
April 2007 -
What happens after a new employee is hired?
March 2007 -
February 2007 -
January 2007 -
Discrimination & Harassment
December 2006 -
October 2006 -
The Why Label Generation Y?
September 2006 -
The World of Recruitment Has Changed
August 2006 -
Keep Your "A" Players
July 2006 -
Traits of a High Performance Workplace
June 2006 -
Is a Mediocre Employee Better Than No Employee?
May 2006 -
The Compliance Vultures are Circling – Are You Prepared?
April 2006 -
Is Administrivia Keeping HR from Getting a Seat at the Table?
March 2006 -
Agreeing to Disagree or Avoiding the Subject
February 2006 -
Happy Valentine's Day
January 2006 -
Be a Talent Magnet and a Talent Utilizer