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3 Considerations for the Future of Work

21 June, 2021

Estimated time to read: 2 minutes, 15 seconds

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There are many lessons that business leaders have gleaned from the pandemic, but perhaps the most important is the need for their enterprises to be prepared for the future – even when the future is uncertain. To prepare for the future, today, it is essential to invest in technology that is ag...

2015 just got exciting because of these four words: “Established by a State”

07 November, 2014  |  1 Comments

Estimated time to read: 45 seconds

During the Supreme Court’s conference November 7, 2014, they decided to hear the King vs. Burwell case.  In this case, the Fourth Circuit upheld allowing subsidies to individuals in an exchange other than one that is state run.  Interesting decision by the Supreme Court, considering the Fourth Circu...

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...

Loophole in the Minimum Value Test? Not so fast …

07 November, 2014

Estimated time to read: 1 minute, 15 seconds

We found a Loophole!  That was the cry from certain brokers, TPAs or employers when they investigated two separate pieces of the health care law in 2014.  But as the cautionary warning states, buyer beware!  Sometimes loopholes can turn into slipknots and bind you in a noncompliant way. Plans that...

7 Ways to Energize Your Afternoon

15 March, 2016

Estimated time to read: 3 minutes

It’s no secret that mornings are more productive than afternoons. When employees begin their workdays feeling refreshed from a night’s sleep, they typically have better productivity than when they return to work after lunch. Follow these seven tips to help energize your afternoons so that productivi...

A Guide to Resolving Conflict in the Workplace

12 July, 2016

Estimated time to read: 3 minutes

Workplace conflict, although not uncommon can certainly raise tensions at the office, even if there are only a couple of people involved. Conflict can take on many forms and levels – from “Stop eating the snacks I leave in the fridge” to “Joe never does his part on team projects.” Ultimately, workpl...

Four steps to good coaching

25 November, 2014

Estimated time to read: 2 minutes

If you want to be a coach, you have a lot of options – life coach, business coach, project coach and sports coach to name a few.  Even if your goal is not coaching, you may have already filled the position.  If you’ve ever helped an employee identify and solve a problem or develop their skills, you’...

3 Different Styles of Communication and How they Impact Training Techniques

02 August, 2016  |  1 Comments

Estimated time to read: 2 minutes, 45 seconds

Training techniques can impact many aspects of your company, such as employee retention, compliance with policies and procedures, and consistency of employee performance, just to name a few. How you communicate with your employees during training can make or break their experience with your company...

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...

Addressing Compliance Challenges and Opportunities for Hybrid Workers

26 July, 2021

Estimated time to read: 3 minutes

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As the coronavirus pandemic eases, organizations are increasingly returning employees to physical worksites. While the details may vary, one thing is certain: The future for many office employees is a blend of flexible on-site and remote work. While organizations may be ready to take the step to fu...

5 Healthy Tips for Improving Ergonomics at Your Desk

21 March, 2017

Estimated time to read: 1 minute, 30 seconds

The average office worker spends at least 6 hours per day, 5 days a week, sitting at a desk in front of a computer screen. At the end of your workday, you may experience tension in your arms, hands, and/or wrists, pain in your back, neck, or shoulders, and/or blurred vision and tired eyes. Follow th...

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...

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...

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...

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...

The 5 Best Ways to Maximize Productivity

19 July, 2016

Estimated time to read: 2 minutes, 30 seconds

For employers, time is money. As a result, organizations need their employees to be as efficient and productive as possible. In their quest to increase productivity, many employers fall into the trap of pressuring their employees to work harder and faster. However, adding pressure to a workforce do...

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...

5 Old School HR Methods That Still Hold Street Credibility

05 July, 2016

Estimated time to read: 3 minutes, 15 seconds

Human resource management (HRM) has changed a lot in recent years. Human resource (HR) departments used to be their own separate entities from the corporations in which they existed, often with completely different goals. With focus on employee experience and company vision, the function of many hum...

5 Ways Morning People Achieve More Success

29 March, 2016

Estimated time to read: 3 minutes

"Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise" is a saying we’ve all heard a thousand times over the years. But as it turns out, Benjamin Franklin may have actually been on to something. It is likely that you very well know which side of sleeping schedules you fall o...

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...

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...

HCM Automation Drives The Future of Work: Show Your Customers The Way

23 August, 2021

Estimated time to read: 1 minute, 45 seconds

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Across all businesses and industries, the return on investment (ROI) for automation is well-proven. A recent study by Accenture showed organizations that leverage intelligent technology will likely see revenues rise by up to 38 percent. Here are ways you, as a trusted advisor, can help your custome...

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...

Follow These 3 Easy Steps for Better Work Life Balance

05 April, 2016

Estimated time to read: 2 minutes, 30 seconds

While scrolling through Instagram, Twitter and other social media sites, it is easy to think that everyone around you has attained the elusive work-life balance. You see that crisp photograph of the immaculate living room, kids playing on the floor as the parents sit down with a cup of coffee. The...

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...