Why Your PEO Should Be IRS-Certified

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why-your-peo-should-be-irs-certified-cpeoLast year, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) rolled out a new voluntary certification for Professional Employer Organizations (PEOs), called “CPEO,” or the Certified Professional Employer Organization program. This certification program originated as a result of the Small Business Efficiency Act in 2014.  Prior to implementation of the CPEO program in 2017, the IRS did not recognize the PEO relationship when it came to federal taxes, and this presented tax challenges for business owners who wanted to enter a partnership with a PEO, or transition from one PEO to another.

PEOs with CPEO status have demonstrated their stability and financial well-being, as well as their ability to meet and maintain strict requirements for financial reporting, tax status, and bonding.  Continue reading “Why Your PEO Should Be IRS-Certified”

Employee Perks Can Make a Big Difference

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right-perks-make-a-differenceWhat could you do with an extra $5,000?  Would you believe that you could have an extra $5,000 just by doing your everyday shopping? This may sound too good to be true, but this is what I personally have saved over the last two years with a “perk” offered by my employer.

Perks at Work, an online discount marketplace, is one of the benefits that Staff One HR offers to its clients and employees.  It’s a handy way for me to shop online at all of my favorite stores, book travel and rental cars, purchase event tickets, send flowers, get discounts on vehicles, and much more.  Perks at Work has exclusive sales and promotions that I would not be able to get through the various coupon and discount programs like Groupon or Living Social. As I make my purchases, I also earn “WOW” points that I can use toward future purchases on the Perks at Work site. Continue reading “Employee Perks Can Make a Big Difference”

I’m a Business Consultant, Not a Sales Rep

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Good customer service and sales have a lot in common.  Over the holidays, I had the opportunity to watch the original “Miracle on 34th Street” in the movie theater.  It was a special treat in the hustle and bustle of the holidays and 4th quarter to slow down for two hours and watch a classic movie (yes, the black and white version).

I walked out of the theater with a new perspective and a clear vision. Though I enjoyed the holiday movie, my takeaway this year was how my sales approach is much like Kris Kringle’s. In fact, I believe everyone in sales should have the Kris Kringle mentality: “Oh, Christmas isn’t just a day. It’s a frame of mind.” Continue reading “I’m a Business Consultant, Not a Sales Rep”

How to Choose the Right PEO for Your Business

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how-to-choose-the-right-peo-for-your-businessTake a moment to recall the last vehicle you purchased.  Remember the color, the smell, and the way it felt to drive it off the lot? It was amazing, right?  You found the right combination of model, color, features, and mileage that met your financial needs. That’s an amazing feeling!  Now take a moment to recall how much time and energy it took to find that perfect vehicle.  I’ll bet you didn’t just drive to the nearest dealership and pick a car. You probably did some online research about consumer reviews, features and options, cost, and other factors. You may have talked with friends and family, or someone who was driving a similar model.  You armed yourself with knowledge.

When considering HR managed services companies, how should you choose? According to the National Association of Professional Employer Organizations (NAPEO), there are more than 780 Professional Employer Organizations (PEOs) in the United States. (Car shopping is starting to look better all the time!)  However, your approach to selecting the right provider for your company’s specific needs should be the same as when you’re purchasing a vehicle or making other long-term investments.  For most companies, outsourcing HR, payroll, employee benefits and risk management is well worth investigating.

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Three Reasons Startup Companies Don’t Need an HR Department

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Startup-companyWhether it’s your first company or your fifth, starting a new company is hard! You’re faced with limited resources and trying to figure it out on a moment-to-moment basis. You’ve poured your heart and soul into your business, investing your money and sacrificing time away from your family. With so much on the line, why wouldn’t you protect it with an HR department?  Here are three good reasons: Continue reading “Three Reasons Startup Companies Don’t Need an HR Department”

Is Your Business Getting Leaner, Stronger and More Fit?

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business-stronger-more-fitWith the start of a new year, many of us make resolutions to become leaner, stronger and more fit. These are broad resolutions that can be applied to both our personal lives and to our business strategies. In terms of business, these questions become:  How can I run my business leaner than the year before; how can my business gain a stronger customer base; and how can I stay financially fit? Continue reading “Is Your Business Getting Leaner, Stronger and More Fit?”

Five Ways HR Outsourcing Can Help Your Company Grow

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stockByteBusIdeas_002For most business owners, a major challenge is managing the cost of having employees. How much time do you and/or your staff spend dealing with employee issues? How much of your budget is dedicated to this area of your business, and how often do you find yourself exceeding that budget?  Here are five ways that HR outsourcing can help increase your productivity and save you money.

Reallocate your employees’ time: By outsourcing human resources you are able to reallocate tasks to your employees. Who is handling your company’s HR duties now? An office manager? Another staff member? You? Continue reading “Five Ways HR Outsourcing Can Help Your Company Grow”

Avoid Paperwork with Electronic Onboarding

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avoid-paperwork-with-electronic-onboardingLet’s face it, no one likes paperwork….in fact, most of us avoid it like the plague. However, paperwork is a necessary evil when hiring a new employee. Everything from the employment application, Form I-9, W-4, company handbook signoff, etc. must be completed.  However, there is a better way than avoiding the paperwork OR completing paper forms:  electronic onboarding. Continue reading “Avoid Paperwork with Electronic Onboarding”