Three Reasons Every Company Needs a Social Media Policy

Social media can be confusing for a lot of companies. Sure, businesses can utilize social media marketing to build a customer base and bolster a brand. But what happens when an employee posts controversial or polarizing views from a personal account? To address this increasingly grey area, we’ll highlight three reasons why your company needs …

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Adapt Your Approach: HR in the Age of Remote Work

It’s 2018, and a lot of people prefer to work at home. Or at a coffee shop. Or really anywhere that isn’t at work. In a technological climate where communication is constant, it’s never been more accommodating to work off-site. In this post, we focus on the conditions and importance of HR intervention in working …

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“Compliance” Isn’t a Dirty Word

Sure, it sounds sort of scary. But with properly trained personnel, compliance doesn’t have to be frightening. It definitely doesn’t have to be the dirty word that some would make it out to be. Done properly, compliance at your company should be like your home’s air conditioner: working perfectly behind the scenes. And much like …

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7 Employee Retention Stats Every Leader Should Know

So you’ve hired a new employee again. Congrats! Now’s a good time to think about ways to keep that employee, well, your employee. Check out these stats related to employee retention. For us, they reinforce the importance of being strategic and thoughtful during the recruiting process. 47% of HR leaders said employee turnover and retention …

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Trouble with recruiting? Employ some different tactics.

Recruiting in the information age has come a long way. As recently as 1997, only about 20% of companies used the internet to find potential employees. As people became more comfortable online, job boards began to spring up, and the percentage soared. In 2018, most employers realize that the internet is their most important tool …

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HR compliance isn’t just a good idea. It’s the law.

Growing companies aren’t always aware of the legal pitfalls they face when it comes to HR compliance or how expensive it can be when they’re not in compliance. For example, if you don’t have I-9 forms (the ones that verify identity and employment authorization) for every employee, you could face fines of up to $1,100 …

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Creating a thriving company culture is on you, leaders.

As one of the primary decision makers at your company, you have the power to put the pieces into play to ensure your employees are thriving. But how? What are the steps to acquiring a stellar company culture where employees are satisfied and productive? As Louisville’s experts in all things human resources, we know a …

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Why Do Most Companies Outsource Recruitment?

The most important decision you make is hiring the right people to represent your business. There are several excellent reasons to outsource your recruiting and many benefits you will realize from doing such. Whether you are looking to outsource all or part of your recruitment process, or you need to find those key individuals to …

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Human Resource Challenges: Corporate vs. Manufacturing

Human Resource Managers across industries struggle with meeting similar goals. Recruitment, succession planning, and workforce development are only a few concerns which seem to transcend the boundaries of business categories. So, if the challenges are seemingly universal, can the same be said of the solutions? If you have had the opportunity to serve in both …

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The Cost Benefit Analysis of Human Resources

To fully understand the Cost Benefit of your Human Resources Department, it is important to acknowledge what the responsibilities are at each level and who is accountable. Transactional Level responsibilities frequently include daily functions as they relate to compliance adherence, payroll, employee relations, employee benefits and administration, and initial recruiting/hiring functions. Operational Level responsibilities concentrate …

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Cell Phones at Work? Common Company Policies

Does it seem that everybody has a cell phone today? The answer is yes; the overwhelming majority do and most have smart phones. Businesses large and small have become challenged with employees bringing their devices to work. Years ago, the issue for companies was how to control use of company phone systems and company time …

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In-Person vs. Phone Interview: Candidate Pros & Cons

A CareerBuilder survey revealed that 49 percent of employers know within the first five minutes of an interview whether a candidate is a good or bad fit. Even more staggering is that 87 percent know within the first 15 minutes. Obviously, the first few minutes of an interview can tell a lot about a candidate. …

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The Real Cost of Poor HR Practices

Not only are sound Human Resource practices critical, but there is no substitute. It doesn’t matter whether you are in the retail business, the service industry, a manufacturing firm or a contractor, or if you have 3 employees or 3,000 employees. The true cost of poor HR practices is overlooked by most businesses and often …

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The High Cost of Groupthink in the Workplace

So what exactly is “groupthink”? While the term may sound rather clinical, chances are you have spent a great deal of your leadership time promoting the concept. At the most basic level, groupthink is a term used to describe the influence and emphasis of consensus. Applied to a work setting, groupthink prioritizes agreement and cohesion …

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Why Should I Use a Staffing Agency?

Many employers have difficulty finding qualified candidates to fill job openings. Employers are quick to say there is a talent pool that lacks job skills, business knowledge, experience and formal qualifications. However, many of these same employers often avoid using staffing agencies because they believe cost to be a barrier. Frankly, this is the furthest …

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How Outsourcing HR Can Help Your Business

Every successful business model holds one common goal – the bottom line. Whether your business can afford to undertake a long-term strategy or must operate under short term goals, profitability is a factor which can not be ignored. Therefore, when it comes to developing a Human Resource department, opinions can become sharply divided. On the …

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How Does HR Outsourcing Work? (ASO vs. PEO)

Human Resources Outsourcing (HRO) has become one of the fastest growing segments of the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) market. According to Forbes, an estimated 50 percent of large companies outsource all or some of their HR services. Small businesses are now following the lead of larger companies and have quickly recognized that HRO is a …

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Utilizing Different Types of Employment Screening Tests

Most companies test applicants for employment however the tests must be properly administered and non-discriminatory. Employers often use tests and other selection procedures to screen new applicants that they are considering hiring. The types of tests and selection procedures used include background checks, skills tests, credit checks, cognitive tests, personality tests, medical examinations to name …

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HR Advantages: Small vs. Large Businesses

In order to meet the demands of their organization’s objectives, HR Managers must bring a high level of business acumen as well as creative solutions in order to balance employee expectations, regulatory oversight, and budgetary restraints. Think the large corporations have a hands-down advantage? The smaller organizations might just surprise you then! Consider the following …

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Sexual Harassment: Were Employee’s Demands Protected Activity?

Recently, the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals–which covers Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee—found that an employee’s demand that a supervisor stop his harassing conduct constituted protected activity covered by the opposition clause of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This article explores the Title VII sexual harassment and retaliation analysis when …

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What Micromanagement is Costing Your Organization?

Most micromanaging leaders are slow to admit such traits in their behaviors. Instead, they are likely to describe their leadership style as successfully focusing on details in order to achieve the performance goals of quality, accountability, and efficiencies. While in truth there is nothing wrong with insisting upon those deliverables, how your leadership team goes …

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Pros and Cons to Payroll Systems

Payroll systems for the most part, are generally classified as being in-house or outsourced. Sometimes, very small employers generate payroll on a manual basis, but in this world of automation this can lead to errors in reporting and compliance. A good system will not only allow you to pay employees and file payroll taxes, but …

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5 Things to Look for When Recruiting Quality Candidates

It’s impossible to grow a business you are proud of and do it on your own. Although some may try, it’s pretty tough and the odds are stacked against you. If you talk to business leaders at growing companies, you will see a few things in common. Most will tell you that they couldn’t have …

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Unemployment Extensions and How it Affects HR

Congress is conflicted and at odds over extending emergency unemployment benefits to the long-term unemployed. Extending unemployment benefits typically happens in times of long term economic downturns. The last few years, extensions seem to have become more of a way of life for millions of Americans that struggle to find work. Benefits have been extended …

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What are the Characteristics of the “Best Places to Work”?

20 years ago, job seekers were mostly concerned about finding a job at the most well-known company. Today, the names of workplaces seem to matter less. Employees are increasingly interested in companies that have missions, goals and programs that they can get behind. People want to believe in the businesses where they spend at least …

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Discrimination at Work: Human Resource Reaction

Employment discrimination in the workplace is on the rise. Discrimination occurs when an employee is treated unfavorably because of his or her race, skin color, national origin, gender, disability, religion, or age. It is illegal to discriminate on anything related to employment. A business must not make assumptions based on race, gender, religion or age, …

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Strategy for Effective Employee Relations

Employee relations, simply defined, is the relationship between employees and employers. Every company knows they need an effective employee relations strategy, but few do much about it and many are not sure how to go about forming a strategy. Employee relations are influenced by many factors, all of which affect the strategic balance between employers …

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HR Consulting Companies: Is Smaller or Larger Better?

The Human Resources consulting industry has a strong growth trend emerging. As is the case with any rapidly changing process, there are many advantages and disadvantages associated with the transition from what was a cottage business, to what is now a multibillion dollar industry. Starting back in the 1980s, many entrepreneurial oriented individuals embarked upon …

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How Important are References in the Interview Process?

Reference checks are very important and when comparing final candidates, they can make the difference in selection. They can confirm or deny the fit of a job seeker to a potential employer. When looking for a new job, don’t overlook providing great references to your future employer. Avoid getting references that will give you a …

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Improve Profitability with HR Tools

The demand continues to maintain high profit margins at most businesses, and to increase production while ensuring the best customer service remains intact. There are many programs that have proven to greatly assist in achieving these goals and the overall performance of many businesses. It is advisable to have measures in place for any programs …

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Biggest Challenges Facing HR Departments

The HR function has been changing over the years. More businesses are realigning the role of HR so they can best manage and grow their company cost effectively. Some companies have decided that it’s best to outsource some functions to third parties so that internal resources can focus more time on strategic issues. It’s safe …

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How will the ACA affect Human Resources?

The passing of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) is shaping up to be the most complex HR compliance challenge for employers in U.S. history. Many predicted the Supreme Court justices would strike down at least part, if not all the law as unconstitutional. However, that didn’t happen and caught many by surprise. …

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The Three Levels of HR

All too often, the trend among small to medium size businesses is to focus on head count subscribing to the rule of thumb that each person must do their share by holding multiple role responsibilities. If, however, you hope to grow your organization, your HR department should be the first place to start. In order …

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What is Required for Affirmative Action Plans & When are They Necessary?

Eliminating discrimination in the workplace remains a high priority for the government. One of the ways the United States combats discrimination is through affirmative action plans. Affirmative action plans are guidelines that encourage companies to actively seek out employees, vendors and contractors who belong to minority groups. For instance, a government contractor may implement a …

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The Hidden Cost of Harassment and Discrimination in the Workplace

It’s not uncommon for workplace banter to cross the boundaries of company policy. When it does, most employees probably won’t be lined up at your HR manager’s door to file a complaint. Just because your employees aren’t voicing their concerns doesn’t mean your organization is immune to the problem. The ramifications can be costly to …

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