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What is Holding Back Your HR Department from Being Digitally Mature?

26 May, 2021

Estimated time to read: 3 minutes, 30 seconds

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Many businesses accelerated digital investments over the last year, with much of the focus going toward human resources (HR) technology that helped to keep employees connected, engaged and productive in virtual settings. Technology investments, however, don’t always correlate to an advancement...

Looking Back on 2020’s Employee Experience, How Does the Workforce Feel at EOY?

30 December, 2020

Estimated time to read: 2 minutes, 15 seconds

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The end of the year (EOY) is usually a time for reflection. It’s an opportunity to look back over the successes and lessons of the past 12 months and to start setting new goals and priorities for the coming year. But, as the workforce nears the end of a highly unusual and disruptive year, how...

Compliance Corner: Q&A on COVID-19 Vaccines and What HR Should Know

30 April, 2021

Estimated time to read: 4 minutes

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With all U.S. adults eligible for COVID-19 vaccines, many employers are getting ready for a new normal but are still unsure of what the future of work will look like.  In this month’s Compliance Corner blog, isolved People Services HR Consultant Rachel Barr is answering common questions...

The minimum wage fight is already being waged at the state (and city) level

24 May, 2016

Estimated time to read: 2 minutes, 30 seconds

The federal hourly minimum wage has remained at $7.25 since 2009. For several years, the Obama administration has asked Congress to increase the federal minimum wage, to no avail. However, the federal minimum wage is just that: the least that employers must legally pay their employees. If a state w...

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...

Coast-to-Coast Tax Developments: Opt-Ins in New York, Deferments in San Francisco

24 May, 2018

Estimated time to read: 2 minutes

There are some notable tax changes at the state and local levels for the 2018 tax year, with two historical bellwethers—New York and San Francisco—leading the way. Following the passage of the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, New York state responded by making changes to its 2019 budget t...

Marketplace Open Enrollment

21 October, 2014

Estimated time to read: 1 minute

Open enrollment in the Marketplace is a set time frame when individuals can enroll in a plan and receive a subsidy based upon their household income, if eligible.  You can generally buy a Marketplace plan only during the annual open enrollment period. Upcoming dates to know: November 15, 2014 - 2...

Let’s Connect, In-Person and In New Ways

16 April, 2021

Estimated time to read: 1 minute, 45 seconds

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The world of work has changed forever. While isolved People Cloud anticipates and invests in the future of work to meet our customers’ demands today and tomorrow, we wanted to reimagine how we connect with our customers and partners in light of how much has changed since we last saw each other...

Do you Know Your Employee Types?

28 October, 2014

Estimated time to read: 2 minutes, 15 seconds

Prior to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) entering the picture, an employer generally considered a full-time employee as one that worked 40 hours a week and received health benefits, paid time off and perhaps even retirement contributions.  The ACA has required applying a new meaning not only to full-t...

4 Challenges Companies Face in the Hiring Process

17 January, 2017

Estimated time to read: 2 minutes, 45 seconds

According to a recent study by Glassdoor.com, the time required for the hiring process in the U.S. and abroad has grown exponentially in recent years, averaging almost 23 days from first contact to offer acceptance. Employers and HR departments are struggling, now more than ever, to find and acquire...

9 Employee Engagement Tips for Engineers

17 May, 2021

Estimated time to read: 3 minutes, 30 seconds

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Employee experience (EX) is a priority for 94 percent of HR leaders in the construction and engineering industry according to data from isolved’s Transforming Employee Experience report. The top reasons why? 1) To improve employee retention; 2) The remote work environment; and 3) Because emplo...

How to Have Difficult Conversations with Underperforming Employees in Retail and Hospitality

22 February, 2021

Estimated time to read: 2 minutes

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Addressing concerns with underperforming employees has always been difficult, but these conversations need to be approached even more cautiously (and strategically) when workforces are already feeling unstable as a result of the pandemic. Especially in industries that have been hit particularly hard...

3 Ways HR Consultants Can Meet Client Expectations

24 March, 2021

Estimated time to read: 2 minutes

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Client retention is a top priority for human resources (HR) and financial consultants, brokers and advisors. After all, it is almost always more cost effective to protect one’s current book of business rather than acquiring an entirely new client base. But what is the best way to retain client...

How to Recognize and Weed Out Toxic Employees

09 October, 2018

Estimated time to read: 3 minutes, 30 seconds

As a company leader, you're more than likely accustomed to managing a variety of different personality types. And, as with any team, there are always personalities that are more difficult to manage than others. But what do you do when those personalities become toxic to the company culture? How...

4 Tips for Filling Your Referral Funnel

24 February, 2021

Estimated time to read: 2 minutes, 30 seconds

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Eighty-seven percent of recruiters say that the top way to boost referrals is through better employee engagement. But in many cases, there’s a referral gap. A survey by isolved found 30 percent of employees are unaware of open positions to refer candidates to, and 30 percent aren’t incen...

4 Things Great Managers Never Ask Their Employees to Do

24 July, 2018

Estimated time to read: 2 minutes

As a manager you ask a lot of your employees. You set goals for them to work towards and guidelines for them to work by. But as a manager, there are just some things you should never ask your employees to do.  Here are four things that belong on that "Do Not" list that would not only b...

4 Steps to Developing Better Leadership Skills

07 March, 2017

Estimated time to read: 2 minutes, 45 seconds

Being in a leadership position can sometimes make you feel like you have a target on your back. Your ability to lead effectively has the power to propel your team to success or drag it down into failure, so it can often feel like the stakes are much higher for only you. But the responsibility should...

How to Avoid Workplace Burnout

18 April, 2017

Estimated time to read: 3 minutes

No matter how much you enjoy your job, it can’t be denied that workplace burnout happens. We spend over half of our waking hours at work, which can become taxing on our minds and bodies. When you’re dedicated to your job, it’s sometimes all too easy to put your own needs aside in order to succeed at...

How to Use Assessments for Better Talent Acquisition

21 August, 2018

Estimated time to read: 3 minutes

When you hear the phrase "hiring assessment," what comes to mind? More than likely, you're thinking of long, boring multiple-choice questionnaires that all seem to ask relatively useful questions but never really give you the right answers. For many years, that's exactly what an asse...

How Technology Helps Employees Stay Informed

25 October, 2016

Estimated time to read: 1 minute, 30 seconds

If there was any doubt in your mind, now is the time to clear your apprehensions about technology. Paperless offices are the way of the future. Technology is how businesses stay relevant and efficient. Tech also helps your employees to stay informed about their careers, including benefits, perks, an...

How to Boost Your Employee Retention Rate Without Busting Your Budget

24 April, 2018

Estimated time to read: 2 minutes, 45 seconds

With the job market becoming increasingly more competitive, many companies are scrambling to provide unique benefits to employees in an effort to decrease their turnover rates. Through offering better benefits packages, higher salaries and expensive perks, some companies have even succeeded in drawi...

3 Tips for Maximizing Cloud Security in the Office

27 September, 2016

Estimated time to read: 1 minute, 15 seconds

Cloud-based software is everywhere. However, so are cloud-based security issues. Unfortunately for most businesses, security breaches occur on a regular basis, and a surprising number of breaches go unnoticed. Many are caused by employee carelessness or as the result of a lack of knowledge. Here are...

Is It Time To Hire A Consultant?

13 September, 2016

Estimated time to read: 1 minute, 45 seconds

Hiring a consultant can be a beneficial investment for your business. But how do you know when a consultant will truly make a difference? There are a few things to keep an eye out for when considering the intervention of a consultant. Let’s take a look at those important aspects to look for before y...

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...

Managing Talent for Long-Term Growth and ROI – What Executives Need to Know

01 March, 2017

Estimated time to read: 30 seconds

In a recent Forbes article, Why CMOs Need to Manage Their Talent For Long-Term Growth and ROI,  Steve Olenski shares insight on how human capital management platforms are helping companies focus on their talent, leading the companies to success. “Gone are the days of HR as more organizations unders...