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Part II – Three Months Later: Sharing What We’ve Learned

Our goal at EBI is to always advocate for your business goals. In that light, we’re sharing a series of blogs about what we’ve learned, what went well, and where we could improve during this pandemic. This second installment features insight from EBI’s Information Technology, Implementation, and Marketing departments. You’ll find that each department had […]

Part II – Three Months Later: Sharing What We’ve Learned
Three Months Later: Sharing What We’ve Learned

Like most businesses combating the disruption caused by COVID-19, EBI has taken extensive measures to safeguard our employees, clients, and business operations. Some of these steps were previously outlined in our Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) and were able to be immediately implemented. Others were made on the fly, in response to an event or […]

Three Months Later: Sharing What We’ve Learned
Driving Humanity Back to Business with Design Culture

What the heck is Design Culture? Most people within business and/or nonprofit communities have never heard the words “design” and “culture” used in tandem. For many it sounds like a mashup, like fusion cuisine. In reality, Design Culture is a cohesive organizational superpower. Design Culture is a vehicle to rediscover the human side of your […]

Driving Humanity Back to Business with Design Culture
Three Ways to Boost Employee Morale

I have always been a scrappy gal. You give me lemons and after a short pity party, which I always allow myself, I will hunt down the sugar, a pitcher, and a spoon. This ability to create a simple syrup out of tough situations is something I unwittingly learned from my great grandmother, Bertha Anzulovic. I can finally recognize the tools Bertha quietly taught me by the way she lived. She survived the Great Depression, eight miscarriages, and being widowed in her early thirties with four children to raise alone; never to remarry. During Bertha’s 86 years, she went on to earn a Ph.D., become a school principal, play the piano in church and at home, and make handcrafted dolls from dish detergent bottles. She strived to end global poverty, donating to children’s charities in Africa. She also truly lived to “beat the pants off” her many grand and great-grandchildren and anyone else brave enough to challenge her to a card game. These subliminal lessons empowered me to navigate a tough single-parent childhood with housing insecurity, separate near death experiences of both of my daughters, and the last 21 years as a supportive partner and creative brainstormer to my CEO husband as he navigated his own business through 9/11, the 2008 recession, and now an unprecedented pandemic. Bertha’s rules to live by will coexist seamlessly in both your professional and personal lives and will help you develop a resiliency muscle that will make even a professional bodybuilder jealous! My own professional evolution over the last 28 years from CPA, financial recruiter, stay-at-home mother, and now the leader of Global Design Culture at EBI and co-founder of the Just One World Foundation, makes me confident that practicing and sharing these three ways of looking at the world will immunize you from dreaded negativity at home, in your social life and at the office. So, let’s take off our pity party hats and look at three opportunities we have right in front of us to start squeezing those lemons!

Three Ways to Boost Employee Morale
Four Ways Managers Can Build Closer Remote Teams

If we didn’t all know it before COVID-19, we do now: working from home is tough. The constant juggling act between work duties, childcare, homeschool, cleaning, fitness, and maintaining emotional connection can leave employees feeling drained, overwhelmed, and frustrated. Adrenaline carried most of us through the first few weeks of this forced remote transition, but now the pace, loneliness, and utter disruption to our routines is starting to fray our nerves. Managers are unfortunately caught in the middle. Your team is looking to you for guidance, support, and confidence. Meanwhile, leadership is sharing potentially dicey business operation projections. Oh, and you’re sharing a home “office” with a partner and two rambunctious children. EBI understands the difficulties of managing remote teams during this pandemic. In fact, our entire staff is 100% remote and fully operational. We have, however, discovered that despite our distance from each other, our team is closer than ever. So, we thought we’d share some of the personal touches that have helped our already savvy managers keep up morale among teams. Read on for inspiration!

Four Ways Managers Can Build Closer Remote Teams

It’s no secret some industries are faring better than others through the COVID-19 pandemic. Healthcare jobs are skyrocketing as hospitals, medical labs, research facilities, and other clinics try to meet the increased demand the coronavirus is putting on an already strained workforce. Filling these jobs quickly, accurately, and safely has become a huge priority. Some healthcare groups are loosening background check requirements to get folks suited up faster. What’s the safest approach to streamlining healthcare screenings in an emergency? EBI has some tips.

Three Ways to Streamline Healthcare Screening During COVID-19

We've shared a series of posts explaining how EBI sets the quality standard in the background screening industry by using five measurable pillars of excellence. And we encouraged you to ask your screener 10 questions to find out if they are providing you the same commitment (part one, part two). But how does EBI’s dedication to quality and compliance make your job easier? We spoke with Larry White, Chief Operating Officer and President of EBI, to see the process in action.

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65 Must-Read HR Blogs for Professionals

Human Resources is about connecting with your workforce. You can't do that effectively unless you are in tune with the HR industry as a whole. Major developments and bold new ideas in HR strategy are popping up everyday. And as technology continues to improve our lives, HR technology is rapidly changing for the better.

65 Must-Read HR Blogs for Professionals
The 7 Facets of Employee Engagement

I'm a subject matter expert on the topic of workplace bullying, and that means being an expert in everything opposite of workplace bullying. I eradicate workplace bullying for my clients by helping them replace bullying with a positive workplace culture and engaged employees. When employees are engaged, when you have a positive workplace, then you do not have workplace bullying.

The 7 Facets of Employee Engagement
Taking a Relationship Pulse Check

Forgetting to water a plant is a common occurrence in my house.  I do try to pay attention, but the results are not pretty… plants very quickly (well it feels quickly to me) start to droop, wilt and then the petals drop off.  This is not a good place to be. As I am discarding the old plant there is always a good reason (aka excuse) for the neglect… "I was on holiday" "I didn't realize you have to water cacti" (you do) "I was busy and just didn't see the plant wilting" “I thought you were taking care of it” In my work with leaders and companies I find the same situation happens at work. We forget to pay attention to the important things, like cultivating effective relationships with our colleagues and our workplace connections will wilt. While this may not be reflected in fallen petals it does become apparent in missed deadlines, tense meetings and interactions, or not being available when needed. Ultimately performance suffers, for us and for them.

Taking a Relationship Pulse Check

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