It’s that time again…holiday parties and year-end celebrations abound, as we try to walk the fine line between having fun and things getting out of hand. An estimated 75 percent of companies host parties for their team during December, and many of those serve alcohol at their events. Following are some tips to help you create a fun, safe company party. Continue reading “9 Tips for Hosting a Successful Company Party”
Working remotely can be challenging, in terms of motivation and communication. It also can be a great opportunity for personal growth, as well as heightened productivity. When I started working from a home office nine years ago, it was a drastic change from driving to an office and wearing professional attire five days a week. I heard endless jokes about working in my pajamas, taking afternoon naps, and lollygagging through the workday.
In reality, I dressed for work – including doing my hair and makeup – every day, my productivity increased, and I stayed engaged with my counterparts at our headquarters and branch office locations. The downside: I sometimes forgot to take lunch until late afternoon, and I had to fight the urge to wander into my office and “do a few more things” before bed. Continue reading “Don’t Wear Your Pajamas: 7 Tips for Remote Workers”
New employees are inundated with information on their first day at work. Although they’re excited to learn about their new employer’s company and culture, as well as their job responsibilities, it easily can become information overload. Typically, new team members must complete new hire paperwork, review an employee handbook, enroll in benefits, tour the office, and meet their teammates on their first day of work, as well as learning some basics of their new job.
When a company is growing quickly, or if a position has been open for an extended time, employees may be stretched thin, making it difficult to make time for and focus on welcoming a new team member. Continue reading “Invest in a “Great First Day” Experience for New Hires”
As you look back on 2018, what would you change? Consider this question on both a personal and a professional level, and take a moment to write down at least three things for each. We often say, “If I knew then what I know now…” – well, here’s your chance! Do a mental review of the past year, and literally list the things you’d change if you could.
Would you have taken a class or pursued continuing education to help you perform your job more efficiently? Perhaps you’d select a mentor at your company or in your industry, and meet with him or her on a regular basis to expand your knowledge, or simply brainstorm together. If the thought of your commute or other downtime has you rolling your eyes, consider audiobooks or podcasts, to build some enjoyment and learning into each day. There are even apps for your phone that will allow you to learn a language by investing a few minutes per day. Continue reading “2018 in Review: What Would You Change?”
Staff One HR, a Dallas-based HR managed services company, recently announced it has been named to this year’s Dallas 100™, ranked and organized by the Cox School’s Caruth Institute for Entrepreneurship.
“This year marks our 30th year in business, and we are proud to be ranked in the top 50 of the Dallas 100. It means a lot to earn this additional honor at such a significant milestone in our company’s history,” said Donna Meek, Executive Vice President of Staff One HR. Continue reading “Staff One HR Ranked #48 in Dallas 100”
Company Type: Veterinary Practice
Location: Dallas/Fort Worth, TX
Client Since: 2018
A recently hired employee was working for a veterinary clinic as a driver, transporting animals to and from the client’s facility. The job required lifting and carrying animals weighing up to 80 lbs. Shortly after being hired, the employee disclosed that she was pregnant and stated that she couldn’t complete her job duties due to her pregnancy. She provided a doctor’s note prescribing lifting restrictions (no more than 10 lbs.), frequent restroom breaks, and limits to the length of time she could work each day. The client wished to terminate this employee.
Company Type: Entertainment/Hospitality
Location: New York City, NY
Client Since: 2017
When the client’s hiring manager contacted a job candidate to schedule an interview, the candidate requested an American Sign Language (ASL) Interpreter for the interview. Essential functions of the position for which the candidate had applied included regular interaction with the public, as well as the ability to communicate with team members throughout the shift. The manager expressed concern that it would be impossible for this candidate to do the job, and asked Staff One HR for guidance on how to respond to the candidate. Continue reading “NYC Entertainment Firm”
Business Type: Law Firm
Location: Dallas, TX
Client Since: 2015
An employee (an attorney) came out as transgender, expressing a desire to live as a woman in all areas of life, including while at work. The employer was unsure how to proceed, and was concerned that other employees would feel uncomfortable, especially if the employee were to use the women’s restroom. Continue reading “Dallas-Based Law Firm”
DALLAS, Aug. 28, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — For the fourth year in a row, Staff One HR earned a spot on the Inc. 5000, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing privately-owned companies.
“We are honored to be part of the Inc. 5000 for our fourth consecutive year,” said Staff One HR President Mark Sinatra. “Our strengths have always been our people and our commitment to excellence and client service. We’ve just moved our headquarters into a new 20,000 sf location featuring an HR Learning Lab, technology upgrades, and state-of-the-art meeting spaces to better support our clients and team. This year marks our 30th year in business, and we’re still raising the bar.”
Disruption from a Marketing Perspective. Originally published in PEO Insider, August 2018.
How many disruptions do you experience in a single day? Disruptors come in many forms, from a crying infant startling you awake or a coworker bursting into your office and shattering your focus, to an unexpected rant during a meeting, or even the “ding!” of each email notification. We’re taught at a young age that it’s rude to interrupt, yet we do it daily with abandon, and our society has allowed this to become the norm.
“Dealing with Disruptors” is a thoughtful book about respectful, effective engagement. Whether your audience consists of 10 individuals or more than 10,000, certain principles apply across the board. We are unable to form a connection when we cannot hear, choose not to listen, or fail to offer respect to our audience. Continue reading “Marketers: Don’t Be the Disruptor”