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Category: “HR/Employer Services”

Who’s the Boss? The Difference Between Leaders and Managers

16 February, 2016

Estimated time to read: 3 minutes

A very fine line exists in the differences between leaders and managers. Good managers are also leaders, but not all leaders are good managers. Grace Murray Hopper simplifies the base difference: “You manage things, you lead people.” Managers have employees. Within any company, people show up wh...

Three Key 2016 Compliance Concerns Driven by 2015 Policy Actions

09 February, 2016  |  6 Comments

Estimated time to read: 1 minute, 45 seconds

Three very different hot-button HR concerns in 2016 have one thing in common: All three were catapulted into prominence as a result of legal or political actions taken late last year—actions that employers may have overlooked at the time. Here’s a closer look at each one. Paid Sick Leave 2016 is sh...

Better Communication in the Workplace: The How and the Why

02 February, 2016

Estimated time to read: 2 minutes, 45 seconds

Without effective workplace communication, businesses cannot reach their full potential because of time wasted on misunderstandings. Productive employees need effective workplace communication. Four things motivate employees: compensation, a sense of belonging, understanding their environment and...

Bad Weather and Pay Practices: Should workers be paid if they can’t report for work in a storm?

26 January, 2016

Estimated time to read: 1 minute, 30 seconds

Bad Weather and Pay Practices: Should workers be paid if they can’t report for work in a storm? Severe weather can have businesses grappling with two crucial questions: Should we close our doors? And, should we pay our employees if they can’t safely make it in to work? Under the Fair Labor Standar...

What Motivates Employees In the Workplace?

05 January, 2016

Estimated time to read: 3 minutes

Many employers know that motivation is a key element of being a good leader. Yet, somehow they still seem to miss the mark when it comes to actively motivating their employees. Employee motivation ought to be a priority on any employer’s list and we are here to help guide you, as a leader, in improv...

Five Tools to Handle Holiday Stress

22 December, 2015

Estimated time to read: 1 minute, 45 seconds

While the holidays can bring joy, they can also be the cause of drastically higher stress levels. Between shopping for the perfect gift, wrapping up tasks at work before year end and taking vacation time, and preparing treats for the neighborhood, your to-do list is probably growing by the minute. S...

Improve Your Time Management Skills in 2016

15 December, 2015

Estimated time to read: 3 minutes

Imagine this...You start your day full of optimism, ready to check things off your to-do list. However, half way through the day you begin to feel stressed and overloaded. The checklist that didn’t seem too bad this morning suddenly seems impossible to accomplish. Sound familiar? You aren’t alone....

Four Reasons Employees Need (And Deserve) Company Wellness Programs

11 December, 2015

Estimated time to read: 1 minute, 45 seconds

As more and more employees have been delegated to sedentary desk jobs, there has been an increase in the risk of metabolic disorders, cardiac problems and other diseases. It is more essential than ever for businesses to implement company wellness programs to promote a healthier lifestyle. Programs c...

The Power of Social Recruiting for Recruiters

24 November, 2015

Estimated time to read: 3 minutes

Social media has greatly impacted the way companies conduct business in all areas. Not only is social media becoming a customary method for marketing, job recruiters are also turning to these online networks to research candidates.   This method of screening has multiple names: social recruit...

Harvest the Best Talent with an Effective Talent Management System

17 November, 2015

Estimated time to read: 2 minutes, 15 seconds

As an employer, managing your human capital can be a daunting task. How can you be sure that your employees are paid well for the positions they occupy? How can you track their achievements in a way that produces positive results for the organization and for the employee? Talent Management Systems a...

Top 4 Benefits of a Better Onboarding Process

03 November, 2015

Estimated time to read: 1 minute, 45 seconds

For many new employees the onboarding process is their first chance to really see how a company operates. Does the company provide clear instructions? Is HR and management responsive? Are new hires filling out the same form three times because it keeps getting lost in a sea of paperwork? This not on...

Understand the Needs and Interest of Millennial Employees

13 October, 2015

Estimated time to read: 4 minutes

For several years now Gen Zers, aka Millennials (those born between the mid 1980s and early 2000s), have been dubbed “the worst generation.” They have been labeled with character traits such as lazy, needy, entitled, unwilling to work hard, and disrespectful. These are some harsh accusations and are...

7 Tips for Managing Virtual Employees

06 October, 2015  |  2 Comments

Estimated time to read: 3 minutes, 45 seconds

The Internet has made working from home a reality for employees and has completely changed the way businesses operate in the modern world. No longer do business owners have to pay for office space, they can simply meet with their employees virtually and still get business done.   Hiring virtu...

Three Reasons Engagement Matters — For Your Bottom Line and an Empowered Workforce

05 October, 2015

Estimated time to read: 2 minutes, 30 seconds

“Our most important asset is our people.” How often have you heard that phrase before? Yet, when it comes to living up to that promise, companies still aren’t doing enough. In fact, engagement survey provider Quantum Workforce found that overall employee engagement is at its lowest levels in eight...

How One Scenario Proves That HR Isn’t Dead

29 September, 2015

Estimated time to read: 3 minutes

In a world that is increasingly dependent on electronics, one might wonder if the traditional human resources department is really necessary.The answer? The traditional human resources department has no place in this ever evolving world of modern communication, flexible schedules, and diverse employ...

How to Maximize Employee Benefits While Minimizing Cost

15 September, 2015

Estimated time to read: 4 minutes, 15 seconds

In an age of doing more with less, it’s easy to assume that cutting employee benefits will lead to greater profit margins. But more and more studies seem to suggest that simply isn’t the case. The logic: Overall job satisfaction rates are higher among employees who have a good understanding of all...

HR Effects of Same-sex Marriage Legalization

08 September, 2015

Estimated time to read: 2 minutes, 15 seconds

Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has legalized same-sex marriage throughout the country, employers need to be aware of the effects on employment laws and regulations. The June 26, 2015, decision in the Obergefell v. Hodges case specifically ruled that the denial of marriage licenses and recognition t...

What’s your company’s BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) policy?

01 September, 2015

Estimated time to read: 1 minute, 45 seconds

Should employees be allowed to use their own smart phones, tablets and laptop computers at the office? What type of guidelines or restrictions should there be, especially concerning utilization of company resources and transmission of information from/to these personal mobile devices? How much remot...

Along for the RIDE

28 July, 2015

Estimated time to read: 1 minute, 45 seconds

Recently, North Dakota became the latest state to sign up for RIDE (Records and Information from DMVs for E-Verify), joining Florida, Idaho, Iowa, Mississippi and Nebraska. RIDE is an ongoing E-Verify initiative that links E-Verify with participating state driver licensing agencies in conjunction wi...

Execute Your Talent Management Strategy to Win

14 July, 2015

Estimated time to read: 1 minute, 15 seconds

Professional sports teams are masters of talent management.  They know how to select the right players for each position, how to evaluate their performance, how to get the most out every player’s strengths and how to improve on their weaknesses.  They keep their players engaged and focused on a sing...

Technology Helps Manage Mergers and Acquisitions

07 July, 2015

Estimated time to read: 1 minute, 45 seconds

Mergers and acquisitions are important to the business world, leading to company growth, venturing into a new field, getting that much needed technology or even reducing the competition.During the process, the organization may gain a larger presence in their field, increase profits and/or efficienci...

What’s so hot about mobile for employees? 4 big things!

09 June, 2015

Estimated time to read: 1 minute, 15 seconds

The majority of today’s workforce is already using mobile technology, as close to 78 percent of American adults are regularly operating some kind of mobile device to learn, have fun and get things done. Instant access to information provides the capability to access and manage work-related tasks fro...

9 Reasons Why a Good Benefits Broker Is More Crucial Than Ever

03 June, 2015

Estimated time to read: 1 minute, 45 seconds

Most good employers want to provide a strong benefit package, and they want to do it in a way that complies with legal requirements. But the increasingly complex nature of benefits – especially since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) – is making that more difficult. Even an employe...

HCM Strengthens Company Strategies

24 March, 2015

Estimated time to read: 1 minute, 30 seconds

High HCM demand Employers that utilize cloud-based human capital management (HCM) solutions quickly experience faster processing and reduced support demands while benefiting from anywhere, anytime accessibility through desktop, laptop or mobile devices.  Comprehensive HCM solutions are rapidly repl...

Paid Sick Days – What’s the Magic Number?

23 December, 2014

Estimated time to read: 1 minute

The US DOL found that employees with at least one year experience receive an average of eight paid sick days per year.  That number jumps to eleven days for employees with over 25 years of service.  While providing paid sick days for employees might seem costly to employers, not having sick leave av...