Webinars Are Dead. Long Live Webinars!

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Just a decade ago, webinars – conducting seminars online instead of in person – were a hot new tech advance.   As a cost-effective means of communicating information to a large group of people, the concept was unbeatable.  Suddenly, participants could watch, listen, and even interact in seminars without having to travel.  Registration fees, if any, were ever-so-reasonable in comparison with the cost of traveling to an event, even just across town. Continue reading “Webinars Are Dead. Long Live Webinars!”

Staff One HR Announces Move to New Dallas HQ Location

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DALLAS, June 11, 2018 – Staff One HR, a leading HR managed services company with an ESAC-accredited PEO service offering, recently announced its move to a new Dallas headquarters location in Park Central Towers, 12750 Merit Drive, Suite 910, in Dallas, Texas.  The move follows the company’s acquisition by Oasis Outsourcing in December 2017, a strategic move to expand its geographic footprint in the south central region of the United States.

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Leadership Program Develops More than Leaders

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leadership-program-develops-more-than-leadersIt has been my honor to participate in the Leadership Durant class of 2017-2018, sponsored by the Durant Area Chamber of Commerce.  Our Leadership class consists of 20 professionals who, with their employers’ support, have dedicated themselves to becoming better leaders and citizens.

It has been an enormously rewarding experience.  It’s also been difficult, frustrating, inspirational, informative, challenging, and at times, hilarious.  Throughout the year, our class has grown personally and professionally, through challenges and activities I would never have otherwise experienced.

You have to want it.

Expectations were set during the very involved application process, and reinforced during our orientation:

  • You must have the support of your employer. The program takes time and energy.
  • You must want to participate. No one is going to make you.
  • If you don’t participate, you won’t gain from the program, and you likely won’t graduate.

You can’t grow inside your comfort zone.

The culture at Staff One HR is one of learning, rather than “knowing,” and our leadership strongly encourages professional growth and learning opportunities, and the result is a team of people who aren’t afraid to take chances, and who constantly push their limits.  My boss immediately endorsed my application for the Leadership Durant program, and has been unfailingly supportive, checking on my progress and the group’s activities.

Our first Leadership day consisted of a ropes course, complete with a 30-foot leap from a “power pole.”  The sun was beating down, we barely knew each other, and the tasks were physically and mentally challenging.  As we worked together to overcome each obstacle and succeed as a group, we bonded.  We encouraged each other through frustration and sometimes, tears.  We laughed at ourselves, and we quickly developed a sense of pride and accomplishment.

Do the work.

Leadership-Durant-2017-2018As the weeks passed, we did exercises to help us better communicate with each other and understand our own communication styles.  We laid plans for a major fundraising event.  We toured medical facilities, waste water treatment plants, and large local manufacturing facilities.  We went on ride-alongs with police officers and highway patrol troopers.  We attended City Council meetings, civic club meetings, and school board meetings.  We logged volunteer hours and asked hundreds of questions.

We sold circus tickets, directed traffic for parades, did radio and TV interviews, went to town hall meetings, and supported local businesses at ribbon cuttings…in addition to holding full-time jobs.  We organized and hosted Taste of Durant, an upscale event with more than 350 guests, a band, and food from 18 different restaurants, handling everything from booking facilities and entertainers to decorating, securing sponsorships, and selling tickets.

Finally, each Leadership student is required to deliver a presentation to the class on a subject about which he or she is passionate.  Public speaking can present a challenge, but one by one, we stepped up to the plate.

Develop more than leaders.

When our class visited the Oklahoma State Capitol and the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum, it was a serious and somber day.  When we visited Washington, D.C. and New York City, it was an absolute whirlwind of information, experiences, and growth.

I’m so proud of my Leadership class – not just the class, but the individuals in it.  We’ve worked hard, supported each other, held each other accountable, and developed skills and knowledge we can take back to our employers and our lives.   Many cities and states offer Leadership programs, and I encourage anyone who is interested in personal and professional growth to seek out these opportunities.

I’m also proud of Staff One HR, for without our culture of learning and the support of our leadership, I would never have had this formative experience.  If you’re looking for a rewarding career with a growing company, check us out.  I celebrated 20 years with Staff One HR in April 2018, and I wouldn’t trade a minute.

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Is it Time for a Change?

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change-is-good-you-go-first“Change is good.  You go first.”  I laughed out loud when I read this sentiment on the bumper of the car ahead of me, because it speaks to something most of us feel.  While we crave change, we also cling to the familiar.

Greatness is achieved through change, whether radical and sudden, or plodding and methodical.  Without change, we cannot grow, and we cannot achieve different and better results.

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Staff One HR Named to Inc. 5000 for Third Consecutive Year

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DALLASSept. 5, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — For the third year running, Staff One HR earned a spot on the Inc. 5000, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies.

“We partner with our clients to provide them the freedom to grow and thrive, and when they succeed, so do we,” said Mark Sinatra, CEO of Staff One HR. “We’re honored to have made the Inc. 5000 list for the third year in a row. We have an incredibly talented team of professionals, and this honor reflects our commitment to excellence.”

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Partner with a PEO to Hand Off Payroll Headaches

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Partner with a PEO to hand off Payroll headachesAcross the country, in all walks of life, payday is many employees’ favorite day. That’s why, when it comes to processing payroll, it has to be correct and on time, every time.  This task costs time and money, while exposing a business to risk and liability, without producing a single dime of profit.

To the uninitiated, payroll can seem like a minefield of mistakes waiting to happen.  Just processing regular and overtime wages and correctly accruing vacation time or Paid Time Off (PTO) is a lot to handle, once your company has more than a few employees.  Add in record-keeping requirements, Wage and Hour compliance, regulatory reporting, and state, federal and local tax compliance, and processing payroll becomes a task fraught with hidden responsibilities and risks.

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Revised I-9 Form Required

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What’s Happening…

Revised Form I-9 Required by September 18, 2017

Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification has been revised again, and employers must begin using the latest version by September 18, 2017. The new version was released July 17, 2017 by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), and although the new form closely resembles the old form, there have been several significant changes.

What does this mean for you?

No later than September 18, 2017, employers must use the revised Form I-9, which has a revision date of 07/17/17 N (found in the footer of Page 1). Employers must continue to follow existing storage and retention rules for any previously completed Form I-9s.

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Staff One HR Among First PEOs to Receive CPEO Designation from IRS

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DALLAS, TEXAS – (July 13, 2017) – Staff One HR, a Dallas-based HR managed services company with an ESAC-accredited PEO service offering, is among the first to earn Certified Professional Employer Organization (CPEO) status from the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

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Developing a Marketing Culture

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Amy HerveyOriginally published in PEO Insider, May/June 2017

Marketing is not rocket science, but it does have a lot of moving parts and the potential to make your company look unprofessional, inconsistent, or just plain confusing if it’s not done well. It takes a long time to create, promote, and establish your logo, tagline, and “voice,” so it’s wise to invest in protecting these items as part of your company’s image and communications.

As one of the most easily recognized logos on the planet, the Nike “Swoosh” is a textbook example of successful brand identity. Originally founded as Blue Ribbon Sports (BRS) in 1964, the company became Nike in May of 1971. Since then, the “Just Do It” tagline and the Swoosh logo have graced countless athletic items and are among the most-recognized—and best-protected—brand properties in the world.

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