Employee Relations

Add This to Your Holiday Workplace Party List

Hosting a holiday party this year in your workplace? The season calls for friendship, group games, and probably too much dessert, but be mindful that the celebrations must be all-encompassing. Taking the festivities in a direction that’s non-secular can result in a lawsuit. Oftentimes, this is done without the intent to offend an employee, so …

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Employee Relations

How Well Do You Understand the EEOC? Avoid Fines and Develop Policies in Advance

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is the federal agency in charge of implementing and enforcing laws regarding non-discrimination in the workplace. As topics surrounding workplace bias continue to publicize, the emphasis on understanding the EEOC grows stronger. A non-discriminatory workplace where employees feel safe and situations are addressed with urgency is crucial to your …

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HR Management

Does My Company Actually Need HR?

The short answer is yes — your business needs HR to achieve long-term success. Without having a team of HR experts on your side your company runs the risk of encountering issues that could cost you the bottom line. As your business increases in numbers, your concerns duplicate and gain complexity. Don’t overwhelm yourself with …

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Employee Relations

Invest In Your Team: Workplace Diversity + Inclusion Training are Paving the Way

Sixty-seven percent of job seekers said a diverse workplace is important when considering job offers. Candidates are in search of work environments that prioritize inclusivity. Diversity training makes teamwork possible — they emphasize the need for a variety of viewpoints, as well as highlighting the benefits of collaboration between employees and work tasks. A diversity …

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Compliance for HR

If ICE Pays a Visit: Planning for I-9 Audits

Last month, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) targeted over 3,000 businesses for I-9 audits, with 5,000 more businesses likely to get audited. ICE sent out hundreds of Notices of Inspection (NOI) to employers as a “silent raid.” In the wake of the current political climate, we stand beside you to ensure no errors are made …

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Compliance for HR

Don’t Miss the September 30 EEO-1 Pay Data Deadline

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) declared that employers are required to report pay data from 2017 and 2018 payrolls, which must be broken down to sex, race and ethnicity. To put this in simpler terms, pay data reflects how much an employer paid their employees of different ethnicities and sexes. This report emerged from …

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HR Management

Leaders, Here’s Why You Should Outsource HR

If you haven’t thought about outsourcing HR, now is the time. As much as we may want to do everything on our own, the reality is that we can’t. And that’s the difference between a successful business and a business that’s subpar. As a small business owner, you’re often managing all aspects of the business, …

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3 Ways to Successfully Implement Contemporary Workplace Policies

One of the most pressing concerns employers have in 2019 is handling their company’s workplace policies. The importance of notifying employees of company changes is imperative to maintaining structure and ensuring that employees know their rights— and their role. As society shifts, workplace policies have gained complexity while navigating through contemporary practices. By law, employers …

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Compliance for HR

From Compliance to Strategy

JENNIFER WHEATLEY, SHRM-SCP, SPHR Strategically Aligning HR with Your Business Goals It’s not easy running a company, especially in today’s fast-paced, ever-changing business world. Technological advances, new hiring strategies, and political changes due to a new administration all add to the existing challenges business owners face. Ensuring that the right systems and resources are in …

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Employee Relations

Employee Engagement Strategies

Jennifer Wheatley, SHRM-SCP, SPHR What Does it Mean to Have Engaged Employees?  You have heard this term “employee engagement,” but have you really thought about what it means? Is it just the latest and greatest thing, or is there really something to this whole concept of having engaged employees? Some may be surprised to learn …

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Employee Relations

Driving Employee Engagement

Written By: Jennifer Wheatley, SHRM-SCP, SPHR What is Employee Engagement? It is no surprise that recruiting and retaining good employees is more difficult than it has ever been. The economy is improving, job opportunities are plentiful, and the available pool of qualified candidates is decreasing. Applicants and employees have more options when it comes to …

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HR Management

Workplace Violence: Today’s Reality

Written by: Jennifer Wheatley, SHRM-SCP, SPHR Addressing Workplace Violence Almost daily, we hear about another incident at a school, shopping center, or business where a violent event has occurred. Unfortunately, the number of workplace violence incidences is on the rise. The FBI reported that out of 160 active shooters between 2000 and 2013, 45.6% were …

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HR Management

Make This Common HR Mistake At Your Own Peril

Not having an employee handbook is one of the most common and detrimental HR mistakes. Employee handbooks serve a valuable and necessary role, since they clearly communicate company goals and policy. Not properly explaining these features can have potentially devastating effects on your business. In this post, we explore the ways employee handbooks can set …

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HR Innovation

Three Reasons Why Every CPA Should Know a Good HR Consultant

When you think about it, certified public accountants are pretty similar to human resources professionals: they’re in the business of making sure their clients are successful. Moreover, both CPAs and HR representatives actively work to save their clients money. In this post, we highlight three reasons why CPAs and HR consultants should team up. A …

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Compliance for HR

Breaking Down the Significance of I-9 Forms

One of the biggest concerns for employers going into 2019 is ensuring compliance through valid I-9 documentation. Form I-9 proves your employees are legally allowed to work for your company. Since 2018, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has increased their total audits of companies’ I-9 compliance by over 60%. In this post, we focus …

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5 Common HR Mistakes Small Businesses Make

As a small business owner, you occupy a lot of roles — marketing, accounting, and human resources — and in some cases you might handle it all. It can be easy to let the HR side of things slip by the wayside, especially when things appear to be running smoothly. However, it’s important to understand …

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The Most Common HR Questions Answered

Maybe you’re not quite sure about the functions of HR, or perhaps you still have some unanswered questions about guidelines and compliance issues. In this blog post we’ll demystify the functions of HR and answer your most frequently asked questions about costs, compliance, and more. What does Human Resources do? HR has many functions: it …

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HR Management

Does My Company Need an Affirmative Action Plan?

Affirmative action is a set of laws, policies, guidelines and administrative practices intended to end and correct the effects of specific forms of discrimination in hiring. Some employers assume that they need an affirmative action program in place to be in compliance with the Title VII requirements and state opportunity laws. In reality, while equal …

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HR Innovation

The Pros and Cons of On-Site HR Versus On-Call HR

There’s no doubt that having human resources for your business is the right decision. A tougher choice is determining the level of HR that will align with your business strategies and goals. Essentially, you have two options: on-site HR, i.e., having a specialist in your office during business hours, and on-call HR, meaning having someone …

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Demystifying the Pros and Cons of Flextime in the Workplace

Flextime is becoming more and more popular among a diverse array of industries. By definition, flextime allows employees to complete their 40-hour work week through an alternative, sliding, or compressed schedule. In this blog post, we discuss some benefits and drawbacks of implementing flextime from a human resources perspective. Pro: Flextime can draw talent to …

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HR Innovation

Is it OK to allow employees to drink alcohol at work?

Your company probably isn’t much like Sterling Cooper, the advertising agency from Mad Men. However, in 2018 you should have something Sterling Cooper didn’t: a clear policy about drinking alcohol at work. Sure, the days of the three-martini lunch are largely gone, but if you celebrate happy hour or have the occasional special event — …

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HR 101 for Small Business Owners

Planning the future of your business can get overwhelming. With the myriad duties of a small business owner, human resources can easily slip through the cracks, and eventually spin out of control. Your mind is on the money, which is great, because money matters, right? It’s what keeps the business going. However, if you lose …

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HR Innovation

5 Times You’ll Be Glad You Had HR

We’ve found that companies often don’t realize they need HR services until it’s too late. In this blog post, we focus on 5 specific instances when you’ll be incredibly happy that you’ve employed a human resources professional. 1. Opening your business When starting a business, HR will help eliminate a lot of unnecessary headache. More …

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HR Innovation

We’re Busting These 3 HR Myths

HR commonly has a reputation for being boring, for encouraging tattling or complaining, and for killing expressive thought and behavior. In this blog post, we carefully dismantle each of these myths, countering them with relevant info on how HR is necessary for a successful, thriving business. Myth 1: HR is boring. Somehow, people have gotten …

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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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HR Management

“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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Employee Relations

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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Hiring Strategy

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 Resources 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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Employee Relations

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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Compliance for HR

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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Employee Relations

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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Hiring Strategy

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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Hiring Strategy

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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Employee Relations

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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Payroll Systems Pros and Cons

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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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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Employee Relations

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 Management

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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HR Innovation

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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HR Management

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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HR Innovation

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 3 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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