09 Aug

Parents’ Biggest Workplace Concerns Might Not Be What You Expect


By Kim Peters

30 Jul

Preparing Today’s Youth for Tomorrow’s Jobs

By Garth Thorpe, Ōnin Workforce Development Manager

26 Jul

Managing Multiple Generations in the Workforce


by Valerie Grubb

02 Jul

The Great Leader Manager


By Blake Stevens

05 May

The Service of Feedback

By Blake Stevens, director of people and culture at The Ōnin Group

29 Apr

Engaging Your Part-time and Hourly Employees

Employee engagement is tricky, even for full-time employees immersed in your company culture. For hourly and part-time employees, true engagement is even more difficult to accomplish. In many...

15 Apr

How Manufacturers Can Win the War for Millennial Workers

Millennials are now the largest group of U.S. workers by generation. But as we all know, attracting them into skilled manufacturing jobs remains a challenge.

08 Apr

A Guide To Quality (Not Just Quantity) Hires

As unemployment rates decrease to their lowest number in years, employers face a new challenge managing their workforce.

31 Mar

5 Things Your Competitors Can Teach You About Attracting Talent 

In business, we’re taught to understand our competition in order to maximize our own performance and growth. Whether it’s for product placement, go-to-market strategies, financial comparisons or...

25 Mar

To Attract the Best Talent, Focus on Your Employer Brand

The millennial generation is well-known for switching between jobs more frequently than past generations. It seems they’re always looking for a better fit. As a recent Gallup report¹ puts it,...

06 Mar

The Secret to Recruiting: Your Brand

By Shane Minor, Marketing & Design Manager of The Ōnin Group Recruiting is tough, but it was tough long before the baby boomer generation left the workforce in a mass exodus and millennials...
25 Feb

AUTHENTICITY does what hierarchy can't

The business world has had a long-standing love/hate relationship with hierarchy.

06 Feb


In a world where 80% of the average company’s share price is created by that company’s intangible assets (brands, patents, relationships, processes, etc.), human capital and financial capital are...

17 Jan

Planning for Performance

By Blake Stevens, Director of People and Culture at The Ōnin Group

01 Jan

Empowerment May Not Mean What You Think it Means

By Mary Faulkner

22 Dec

True Empowerment

By Betsy Kissel, Selling Branch Manager 

04 Dec

5 leaders share lessons for first-time managers

Good leadership is essential for any successful company, but it’s not always easy for junior or first-time managers to adapt to their role. Many times, leaders look back on their career and have a...

15 Nov

Staffing Trilemma: The 3 recruiting market forces you need to contend with

The human resource pinch is the tightest we've seen in more than 20 years of business, with the pain especially being felt in the entry-level and mid-level ranks of companies that manufacture,...

07 Nov

Developing Internal Candidates


30 Oct

There are 3 ways companies can attract the workers they want

By Jim Weaver, COO of The Ōnin Group

23 Oct

The Innovation We Can All Do

By Blake Stevens, Director of People & Culture

18 Oct

Winning the War for Talent

By Jim Weaver, COO of The Ōnin Group

13 Sep

The Best Strategy to Achieve True Innovation


01 Sep

2017 Endeavor Scholarship Recipients

The Ōnin Group selected 15 recipients of the Endeavor Scholarship after receiving more applications than ever in the history of our scholarship program.

The Endeavor Scholarship, an aspect of...

03 Aug

Earning the right to be heard

By Blake Stevens, Director of People & Culture at The Ōnin Group

20 Jul

The Little Things: Showing Employee Appreciation

Today is a great time to pause and ask yourself what you are doing to show employees gratitude for their work. Do you have a recognition tool in place? Do you incorporate time for quick “kudos”...

17 Jul

Failure is an Opportunity

By Mike McKerns

 “Failure is simply an opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.” ~ Henry Ford


We’ve all experienced failure at different times in our lives. As children, we...

11 Jul

Trust Matters

By Richard Fagerlin


Nobody comes to the discussion on trust empty handed. We all have strong feelings about it. We know how it feels when trust is misused, betrayed, or withheld. Our...

03 Jul

The Active Listener

 The ability to be an effective listener is taken for granted too often. We confuse hearing with listening. When we hear, we merely pick up sound vibrations. Listening, on the other hand, requires...

23 Jun

Why open communication is the lynchpin to building trust

If you are looking at improving the performance of your organization, the place to start is with your people. This isn’t a new idea as the age-old maxim “people are our most important asset”...

16 Jun

Empower employees to serve your customers

By Sharlyn Lauby


The two top drivers of employee engagement are recognition (for 72 percent of employees) and understanding how work contributes to the bottom-line (for 70 percent of employees),...

22 May

Ready to Work: Bridging the gap and preparing for the future

Although the classroom looks like any other computer lab, roll call is different for Central High School students of Tuscaloosa, Al. who are taking part in the Ready to Work (RTW) program....

19 May

Ōnin and Clerestory tee up to rebuild communities and alleviate poverty

Standing on a hill overlooking  Highland Park Golf Course, with its green, manicured lawns on a spring day, it’s easy to forget the growing rates of concentrated poverty experienced by many living...

15 May

The Servant Leader: Why do you choose to lead?

By Eric Magnussen


Quantifying leadership practices and strategies to maximum effect is not new and neither are the many different forms such quantification can lead to. If you browse the...

17 Mar

Ōnin now offers a Teammate Employee Assistance Program

At Ōnin, we take our mission of “Creating Opportunity and Empowering People” seriously. We believe in treating our contingent workforce as part of the Ōnin team and investing in the well-being of...

01 Feb

Healthcare in the age of Trump: The value of Teammate benefits

By Jim Weaver, COO of The Ōnin Group


It's apparent President Donald J. Trump is serious about his campaign promise to dismantle Obamacare within his first 100 days in office. While it is unclear...

25 Jan

Ultimate guide to outcome based goal setting

By Jody Thompson


As the end of 2016 approaches and we start setting our sights on our goals for the new year, we often mistake projects or daily activities for “goals” when quarterly or yearly...

19 Jan

Flexible Jobs: How the gig economy is impacting recruiting

By Jibe


Tired of the standard nine-to-five workday? You’re not alone–across all industries over 20 million people work part-time for non-economic reasons. The prevalence, and general acceptance,...

11 Jan

Finding the Right “And-But” Ratio for Your Team

By Jim Weaver, COO of The Onin Group


Living in Alabama, there is no shortage of Nick Saban leadership stories. Business leaders and business writers like to borrow and adapt his leadership...

28 Nov

Boosting productivity beyond a bigger paycheck

Bonuses and financial incentives are often the first option employers hoping to boost the productivity of their team members consider. Money, although always appreciated, is often an inefficient...

09 Nov

Nimble: The New Big

By Dave Bartholomew


Typically, one assumes that nearly any business desires to grow and become big. Growth is often the focus of most businesses, whether deliberate and documented or informal...

08 Nov

5 essential strengths for managers

While managers who create positive relationships with their team members increase the job satisfaction and engagement of their team, ineffective managers can easily damage morale and productivity....

02 Nov

Final Overtime Rule Creates New Challenges in Limiting Off the Clock Work

By Jordan B. Schwartz


Off-the-clock” work has become an ever-increasing concern for employers in the past few years as the use of smartphones has permeated into all areas of our lives,...

26 Oct

A Handy Guide to Choosing the Right Gloves

By Safety Management Group


What’s the most common kind of workplace injury? The U.S. Department of Labor says that it’s injuries to the hand and fingers, which account for more than a quarter of...

21 Jun

Tips for Handling the OSHA Inspection Walk-Through

By Gentry Locke Attorneys


Being prepared for an OSHA inspection is a must. When the OSHA inspectors actually show up at the door, though, there’s much to be considered from a legal and...

13 Jun

Why Are There Fewer US Manufacturing Jobs Today? 4 Driving Forces to Understand

By Adam Robinson


At the heart of the jobs issues, rests an unusual factor in a growing, stabilizing economy: US production of goods has increased while a total number of US manufacturing jobs...

07 Jun

4 Things Employers Need to Know About Labor Force Participation

By Tara Sinclair


Labor participation rates are at historic lows. What does that mean for employers? Indeed Chief Economist Tara M. Sinclair explains.

26 May

Smart strategies to comply with new FLSA Overtime Regulations

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published significant changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) overtime regulations that will make an estimated 4.2 million American workers formerly...

19 May

When 97% of Oninites forget it’s called work for a reason

They always said work isn’t supposed to be fun, but with 97 percent of Ōnin employees reporting they enjoy their work on SIA’s 2016 Employee Opinion Survey, it looks like we’ve broken some age-old...

16 May

Giving back with golf: Onin’s Seeds Initiative teams up with Clerestory Inc.

Ōnin believes committing to our communities is not only the right thing to do, but essential to our success. Ōnin’s Seeds Initiative focuses on providing educational and vocational development...

27 Apr

4 Ways to Make Work Less Stressful

Life is too short to spend 40 hours a week panicking, let alone the 47 hours the average full-time American employee spends at work. In honor of Stress Awareness Month (aka April), here are some...

12 Apr

Performance Management Tips For the First Time Supervisor

By Sharlyn Lauby


Contrary to some media headlines, the performance appraisal isn’t dead and it’s not going away anytime soon. Yes, some organizations are announcing their plans to kill the...

05 Apr

Ready or Not, Here Comes Generation Z

By Ira S. Wolfe


For managers still trying to figure out the Millennials, here’s some disturbing news: the next cohort, Generation Z, is already knocking on HR’s doorstep. With this addition to...

29 Mar

Engaging an Older Workforce

by Valerie Grubb


A great deal has been written on how companies need to prepare for the knowledge exodus as Baby Boomers retire in droves. However, the reality is that Boomers aren’t retiring in...

22 Mar

Millennials and the World of Work

By Beverly Kaye


Will the severe economic recession we’ve gone through reshape Millennials attitudes and expectations about the world of work and their place in it? – And if so, how?

It’s been...

21 Mar

Opportunity activists: Preparing college students for success

Ronnie Garcia wasn’t new to the Miles College campus when he arrived with Director of People and Culture Blake Stevens and Talent Recruiting Specialist Jordan Pridemore to discuss career tips and...

16 Mar

5 employment trends you may already be noticing for 2016

Three months into 2016, many of the top employment trend predictions are coming true for companies throughout the U.S. Look out for the following five business developments if you haven’t...

16 Mar

Innovation and “appification”: A new tool for Teammates goes a long way

Smartphones went from being all the rage to a necessity in business. In industries ranging from automotive to service, smartphones are used to make business happen anywhere at any time with a few...

29 Feb

Meet Jonathan, Top 40 Under 40 professional and National Accounts Vice President of Ōnin Group

Jonathan Spidle, Vice President of National Accounts at The Ōnin Group, is being recognized as a 2016 Top 40 under 40 professional by the Birmingham Business Journal. From more than 200 nominees,...

25 Feb

Big Dreams for a Local Entrepreneur

Former Ōnin Teammate Dreams Big

In the era of Shark Tank, entrepreneurs seem to be everywhere. New products are constantly flooding the market—and most of the entrepreneurs behind them disappear...

25 Feb

Ushering millennials into the workplace one Intrapreneur at a time

We have all heard the stories of recent college grads, strapped with debt, settling for retail and food service jobs and unpaid internships. But with 78 million millennials entering the job...

21 Sep

Six Options for Complying with New FLSA Salary Rules

By Ron Flowers


It is rare for an employee’s salary to double with one raise, yet, under the Department of Labor’s (DOL's) proposed rule, employers will need to double some employees’ salaries to...

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