We improve HR, it’s what we do.  Transforming from an administrative to strategic focus. And no HR function is beyond improvement and no HR staff is beyond capability building.

They say 80% of all mergers fail - often due to people issues.  Effective people planning separates the amateurs from the pros.  We put our clients in the latter category.

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The labor market is tight, the opportunities abundant, and your talent is heading out the door. Taking a fact-based, data-driven approach is a necessary first step in effective employee retention

Connolly Clarke, LLC conducts 2017 Wisconsin Manufacturing Industry Organizational Priorities  study on behalf of the Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership.  Human capital issues of talent shortage, employee retention, and engagement identified as top industry priorities.

RECENTLY ANNOUNCED: Tom O'Rourke, President and CEO of Connolly Clarke, LLC invited once again to present at the 2019 Manufacturing Matters! Conference on February 21 at the Hyatt Regency Milwaukee.   Tom's topic this year is "Optimizing Employee Experience" and will address the levers that drive the “Employee Experience” including Onboarding, Compensation, Inclusion, Retention, and Engagement.


Taking a fact-based, data-driven approach to building effective employee retention programs. Tom O'Rourke, President and CEO of Connolly Clarke, LLC shares insights on employee retention featured in Milwaukee Business News.

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​​RECENTLY ANNOUNCED: Connolly Clarke, LLC co-develops and implements the self-paced, digital learning-based and 100% mobile accessible Core Consulting Skills Certification Program for the Association of Internal Management Consultants.  Digital learning modules available in 15 languages. 

We take a simplified but customer-focused approach to strategic planning, transformation and organizational design.  The more complex the plan, the less likely it will be successfully implemented.  We keep it simple and actionable.

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Improving Employee Retention with Effective Onboarding. Tom O'Rourke, President and CEO of Connolly Clarke, LLC shares best practices on employee retention, talent management, and onboarding at the sold out 20th Anniversary of Manufacturing Matters

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RECENTLY ANNOUNCED: Tom O'Rourke, President and CEO of Connolly Clarke, LLC receives the "Neighbor of the Year" award at the annual Waunakee Community Awards event for establishing (in conjunction with former NFL football player Tarek Saleh) the "Building a Stronger Community Scholarship" aimed at empowering students to achieve educational goals through community service.  Scholarship is being administered through the Waunakee Neighborhood Connection.

building internal consulting capability

There is something inherently unique to the HRBP role.  "It’s an HRBP thing".  You know a good one when you work with one – and you typically know if you are a good one.

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Organizations most adaptable to change are most likely to thrive. We partner with your team to lead, coach, teach and manage change – with a focus on ensuring sustainability – for organizational, technology, and individual change.

Internal consultants have the potential to be some of the best consultants in the world.  Through a structured approach, we build their consulting capability . . . along with their confidence.

Very simply, it is the elegance around attracting, retaining, rewarding, developing, and maximizing your greatest differentiator – your people.  Some organizations are merely good at it  - for our clients, it is competitive advantage.

RECENTLY ANNOUNCED: Tom O'Rourke, President and CEO of Connolly Clarke, LLC invited to lead employee retention webinar addressing best practices for retaining talent in a tight labor market.  Sponsored by the Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership. Webinar is open to the public. 

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RECENTLY RELEASED: Tom O'Rourke, President and CEO of Connolly Clarke, LLC authors whitepaper on the Ten Factors for Evaluating Change Management Methodologies - a thought leadership perspective based on 20 years of leading change projects and designing change management methodologies and tool kits for global consulting firms.