Elmhurst Consulting Solutions (ECS)

We Provide Small Business Consulting Services for Your Needs

Elmhurst Consulting Solutions (ECS) is designed to support local organizations by providing high-quality, affordable products and services.

Graduate students in Elmhurst University’s master’s in Industrial/Organizational Psychology program work alongside experienced faculty/alumni to provide clients with the information and tools they need to be successful. At the same time, students gain the opportunity to apply their knowledge outside of the classroom.

The ECS consultants help organizations become more effective and efficient. This is accomplished by an initial needs assessment of current processes followed by a detailed analysis based on what the organization is hoping to accomplish. An array of services are provided (survey development, training programs, performance appraisal tools, etc.) to help organizations better fulfill their goals.

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ECS Products and Services

A piece of paper showing colorful drawings of pie charts and line graphs, with markers in the background.Employee Performance Management

A talented and skilled workforce is crucial to organizational success. Implementing a performance management service aids in improving productivity and reducing counterproductive work behaviors.

Services include:

  • Competency Models
  • Job Analysis
  • Job Descriptions
  • Goal Setting
  • Performance Appraisals
  • Performance Improvement Plans
  • Recognition Programs

Employee Retention Efforts

An organization’s success is often dependent on retaining positive and motivated employees. High employee turnover can result in a negative effect on employee morale. An employee retention program is an effective way of ensuring key workers remain with the organization and maintain good job performance and productivity.

Services include:

  • Engagement and Satisfaction
  • Health and Wellness
  • Survey Development
  • Measuring and Improving Workplace Motivation
  • Work-Life Balance

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Employee Training and Development

Training programs help managers and their teams gain the skills they need to excel in the workplace. Developing employees helps them gain the skills necessary to succeed in higher positions. Programs such as these strengthen existing work groups and help new teams recognize common pitfalls, ultimately leading to better business performance.

Services include:

  • Business Etiquette
  • Communication Training
  • Feedback Skills for Employee Development
  • Leadership Development
  • Mentoring and Coaching Programs
  • Succession Planning
  • Team Building

Full-Cycle Recruiting

Organizations need the right people in the right position. A full-cycle recruiting process can help make this happen. Organizations can improve the performance, fit, and readiness of every employee by accurately defining evolving positions. Having procedures make it easier to find the right people and help them become accustomed to the organizational culture and values.

Services include:

  • Employee Selection
  • Interviewing
  • New Employee Socialization and Integration
  • New Employee Training and Orientation
  • Onboarding Processes

Three female employees sitting across from each other at a white table in an office.Strategic Organizational Planning

A competitive advantage often entails coming up with a strategy that will differentiate one organization from the next. Strategic planning helps organizations come up with a framework for the future that is both innovative and diverse.

Services include:

  • Change Management
  • Diversity in the Workplace
  • Innovation
  • Strategic Planning
  • Mission, Vision, and Values Alignment
  • Multi-Generation Integration
  • Workplace Culture Improvement

Technology Implementation and Training

Technology is a continuously growing part of today’s organizational world and is increasingly leveraged. Not only does technology recruit potential employees, but it is also used as a way of communication throughout the organization.

Services include:

  • Making Use of Big Data
  • Making Use of Social Media and Internet-Based Recruiting
  • Managing Virtual Teams and the Virtual Workplace

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The best approach for any organization to take starts with knowing what is out there and what is currently being used by other successful organizations. Students have access to numerous resources they can use to research best practices that have been known to be most effective.

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Jessica J. Sim, Ph.D.

Interim Program Director, M.A. Industrial/Organizational Psychology; Assistant Professor, Psychology
Department of Psychology

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