Acadia HR Blog


Service Dogs at Work

By Adam O'Neill, MBA SPHR, Sr. HR Consultant | April 5, 2024

Life is hard.  So is work.  Sometimes things in life go awry and those events deeply impact our ability to work.  For some people, that’s called Monday.  But for others, it’s a debilitating daily struggle that requires help.  And whether the disability is innate or acquired through a life experience or traumatic event, physical and/or […]

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Values and Virtues: The Ideal Team Player

By Adam O'Neill, MBA SPHR, Sr. HR Consultant | February 16, 2024

“Teamwork makes the dream work,” a phrase most often credited to John C. Maxwell, an American clergyman, author, and speaker, is one of the most overused sayings in many aspects of life, but that’s only because it holds so much truth.  After all, any team comprised of truly great team players can accomplish amazing things! Businesses […]

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A Legacy in Flip Flops

By Adam O'Neill, MBA SPHR, Sr. HR Consultant | October 12, 2023

The music world recently lost a legend and it hit me particularly hard.  Having once performed on stage with Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band, I consider myself to be one of his biggest fans – a true “Parrot Head” – Hawaiian shirt, flip-flops, and all.  In the days that followed his passing, his […]

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Not Management Material? Not a Problem!

By Adam O'Neill, MBA SPHR, Sr. HR Consultant | June 20, 2023

During half time of a very competitive high school lacrosse game, my goalie son made an impassioned case to his team to rally in the second half.  It was not the first time he’d been so vocal, and it never went unnoticed by the fans.  In fact, during this intermission, the mother of one of […]

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For the Love of the Performance Review! The Supervisor’s Role

By Adam O'Neill, MBA SPHR, Sr. HR Consultant | April 19, 2023

If you’ve been on either side of the desk during a performance review, you know just how dreadful the process can be. For both the supervisor and the employee, the anticipation and administrative preparation required for appraisal day can be exhausting especially when the regular day-to-day job demands don’t lighten up. Indeed, performance review season […]

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The Purpose in Mission and Vision Statements

By Adam O'Neill, MBA SPHR, Sr. HR Consultant | November 8, 2022

An abridged version of the parable of bricklayers goes something like this: Three masons busily setting bricks to rebuild London’s St. Paul’s Cathedral were asked what they were doing. The first said, “I’m laying bricks.” The second said, “I’m building this wall so I can feed my family.” The third said proudly, “I’m building a […]

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The Hybrid Work Model

By Adam O'Neill, MBA SPHR, Sr. HR Consultant | September 8, 2022

Even before COVID-19, employees increasingly valued flexibility in their weekly work routines.  According to a Flexjobs survey in 2019, only 16% of respondents were looking for a job that offered flexible work.  Compare that to a recent GoodHire survey of those working from home since the start of the pandemic where 74% would need some […]

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The Evolving Work Environment

By Adam O'Neill, MBA SPHR, Sr. HR Consultant | August 8, 2022

It appears employers and employees are learning together how the post-pandemic workplace has changed and continues to evolve.  Fear of the unknown drove the country and the business world into a temporary paralysis until American grit and determination brought about innovative solutions to keep the lights on.  None of it was easy, but we have […]

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Helping Employees Weather a Storm

By Adam O'Neill, MBA SPHR, Sr. HR Consultant | June 8, 2022

Employees are the lifeblood of any company.  Business leaders invest valuable resources recruiting, screening, hiring, training, and supporting each member of the “dream team” that makes the business thrive.  When skies are clear and things are running smoothly, customers are happy, and business is great.  But when a tempest brews in a team member’s life, […]

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Dealing with Uncertainty at Work

By Adam O'Neill, MBA SPHR, Sr. HR Consultant | March 8, 2022

Renowned author Stephen Covey once said, “If there’s one thing that’s certain in business, it’s uncertainty.” We live in trying times. The global pandemic, sociopolitical conflict, inflictions of oppression and war, rising inflation, the competitive labor market, the exorbitant price of necessities such as food, fuel, and clothing, etc. The list goes on. Add to […]

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