Reach - Resources & News for Evolving Organizations

Consultants to Organizations  |  February 2012



Welcome to February's edition of Reach - resources and news for evolving organizations. 


This month we talk about employee handbooks.  Have you looked into yours lately?  We've got 7 key things that should be there.  Read on! 


To reaching success,

Paula M. Singer 

Paula M. Singer and The Singer Group Team


The Singer Group, Inc.


Business Woman Reading Handbook
What's in Your Handbook?
7 Things that Must be There!

Like snowflakes, no two organizations are exactly alike - and neither are any two employee handbooks. Nevertheless, here are seven key policies/topics that your employee handbook should contain. 
  1. General employment information. Orientation day can be an overwhelming experience for a new employee.  An employee handbook provides a tangible takeaway by creating an employee-held record of policies such as company organization, job classifications, compensation, benefits, performance evaluation, probationary periods, and termination procedures. A handbook written in clear language serves as a great reference to your new and current employees alike. ... Read More
Consultants Giving Back - Only a Few Spots Left!! 
Paula, Laura and 15 other library consultants will participate in Consultants Giving back at the PLA Annual Conference in Philadelphia on March 16th from 8:15 am - 12 pm at the Convention Center Room 122 A-B.  For more information or to sign up for your FREE hour consulting session, please contact Paula Singer at

As you know, we are passionate about bringing new thinking to HR and OD and we enjoy sharing insights that will help your organization achieve maximum results.

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Until next time,

Paula M. Singer 

Paula M. Singer and The Singer Group Team


The Singer Group, Inc.


In This Issue
What's in Your Handbook?
What's New
Stretch Beyond

Find out how Leadership Coaching can support you in guiding your organization toward its mission.


Learn about Leadership Coaching

What's New

We were retained by a public library system in the Northwest to conduct strategic planning in the new year.

Paula will present a session on Emergency Succession Planning at the Public Library Association's (PLA) 2012 Annual Conference at 8:15 on Thursday, March 15.  She will also present "Saying Yes to the Community" with Skip Auld (Anne Arundel County Public Library, MD and formerly of Durham County Library, NC) and Gail Griffith (formerly of Carroll County Public Library, MD and now a library consultant) at 4:15 on the same date.

The Singer Group is conducting a compensation survey for a Midwest library system and recently conducted performance management refresher training for this same organization.

Lorraine and Paula will be conducting a community needs assessment and strategic planning project for a library system in the Southwest.

Paula is conducting leadership development training for a public library system in the Midwest. 

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Paula is currently working with the senior leaders of an international nonprofit in Washington, DC on their coaching needs.  Contact us to see what we can do for you!