20 Mar, 2018

Hiring For The First Time – No Easy Decision Or Task

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By Sandy Cody
You’ve started a successful business that has grown to the point that you need to hire your first employee. Congratulations!

It’s exciting to grow, but hiring additional staff is one of the most important decisions a small business owner will make. Adding staff will give you additional responsibilities, obligations and expenses. Having employees also can give you big headaches if your new hire is not a good fit.

8 Feb, 2018

Are You Chasing Away Your Best Employees?

By |Feb 8, 2018|Business Advice|0 Comments

By Sandy Cody

It’s good news that the unemployment rate in the U.S. has dropped to 4.1 percent, but that low rate can make it challenging to hire good people. The answer is to make a concerted effort to retain your best employees.

9 Nov, 2017

Survival Skills for Today’s Leader: Lessons Learned from Barbarians and A Few Good Guys!

By |Nov 9, 2017|Business Advice|0 Comments

Pressure to perform, to generate revenue, to create success, and to keep the organization healthy and moving forward in today’s competitive and still recovering economy is the plight of most leaders. Setting the right example, doing more with less, motivating staff, ensuring necessary resources to do the job, maintaining trust with employees and clients, managing ever-constant change, keeping on track with goals and objectives, and much more are integral to the leader’s job.

23 Oct, 2017

Employee Handbooks: Not Required but a Good Idea

By |Oct 23, 2017|Business Advice|0 Comments

Sandy Cody, Draker-Cody, Inc.

Business owners frequently ask me: “Must I have an employee handbook? I really don’t want written policies that tie my hands. I’d rather make decisions based on issues, not a package of rules.”

While employee handbooks aren’t required, I tell my clients that there are a number of benefits.


1 Aug, 2017

Preparing for Hurricanes, Your Worst Business Nightmare

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Is your small- to medium-sized business prepared to survive the physical and financial devastation of a natural disaster? Hurricanes impact Texas Gulf Coast businesses of all sizes, but smaller businesses can be the most severely impacted for a number of reasons.

22 Apr, 2017

The Art of Listening in Business and Elsewhere

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How much do you hear when you are in listening mode?
The importance of communication for businesses with clients, with colleagues, with employees, and just between individuals, has been well documented in surveys, studies and various professional articles.

Recently, the Houston Business Journal (the Journal) published an article by Paige Donnell titled, “Why Employee Communications Matter […]

6 Apr, 2017

Little Amendments Bring Big Good Changes for Employers

By |Apr 6, 2017|HR|0 Comments

With the simple addition of a few sentences and the stroke of a pen, the NM legislature has made an amendment to the Workers Compensation, in Senate Bill 155 that clarifies workers’ rights and responsibilities when it comes to workplace injuries and disability.

This is for you, my New Mexico Colleagues—if you employ 3 or […]

17 Feb, 2017

Resiliency During Tough Times

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Frequently I receive a newsletter that catches my eye, I read it, learn and move on.  Yesterdays I received HRE-Online the leading article HR Leadership by Susan R Meisinger.  A ‘Super’ Lesson on Resiliency

Several of my colleagues, as well as myself, have or are experiencing some tough times and Susan’s message resonated with me.  […]

10 Feb, 2017

Draker Cody is Expanding!

By |Feb 10, 2017|News|1 Comment

Just released!

February 9, 2017

Better business? A business management consulting firm has expanded its services to League City. Draker Cody Inc., more commonly known as DCI, has expanded its services to Texas with a new office in League City. DCI, founded in 1997, specializes in helping businesses improve management processes, human resources and develop best practices to […]

23 Jan, 2017

The Joys of Job Descriptions

By |Jan 23, 2017|HR|0 Comments

According to D. Albert Brannen, managing law partner for Fisher & Phillips, the process of crafting job descriptions is much more than a nuisance chore. In fact, the right job description can not only invite you to think about the structure and needs of your own organization, it can also prevent practical and legal […]