Help Employees Understand, Utilize Benefits

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help-employees-understand-utilize-benefitsWhen hiring a new team member, you focus on their qualifications, where they fit into your team, and how they can contribute to the company’s goals.  You invest time in orientation for new employees, so they’ll know how to perform their jobs effectively, but do you spend time explaining their benefits as well?

Healthcare benefits can be confusing, especially for employees who are new to the workforce or those who have not had their own benefits plan before.  How well do your employees understand their healthcare plans?  Do they know what premiums and deductibles are?  How about the difference between a copay and co-insurance?  What is a High Deductible Health Plan?  So much information is available on employee benefits that it can be overwhelming to sift through during a short open enrollment period. Here are some basic terms employees need to know to fully utilize benefits offered. Continue reading “Help Employees Understand, Utilize Benefits”

3 Ways to Avoid Discrimination Issues

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3-ways-to-avoid-discriminationIn this age of political correctness, almost every business owner I speak with is scared of the potential for a discrimination lawsuit. Not because they set out to discriminate against an individual or an employee, but because people are human, with biases and feelings.

What is discrimination? Title VII prohibits employers from discriminating against individuals, based on age, gender, religious beliefs, race, etc.  And, according to, Discrimination in the Workplace is “the discrimination in favor of or against an employee based on a group, category, or class to which the individual belongs, rather than on individual merit.” Continue reading “3 Ways to Avoid Discrimination Issues”

Invest in Employee Development and Ongoing Training

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Employee-development-training-should-never-endEmployee development should be customized to match the individual goals and expectations of each team member.  That’s why it’s important for managers to engage in ongoing and regular conversations with employees to be sure they stay engaged and invested in determining and driving the direction of their professional development.  In today’s world, we are experiencing a more diverse and inclusive work environment than ever before.  Remember, Millennials expect and thrive on constant development and feedback, so this is a wise investment in your up-and-coming team members. Continue reading “Invest in Employee Development and Ongoing Training”

Cracking the (Dress) Code: What should I wear to work?

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cracking-the-dress-code-what-should-i-wear-to-workOffice attire trends change every season, every year, every decade.  Dress code rules have changed drastically, mostly in the corporate world.  For those who wear a uniform, scrubs, or other standardized clothing to work, this decision is a non-issue.

For the rest of us, the common term in many employee handbooks, “business casual,” has taken on a life of its own…and can be a scary beast to take on for both managers and employees.

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Understanding what is still considered suitable for today’s office job is hard, and often misconstrued due to the “casual” part of the term “business casual.” Regardless of the season, weather, region, specific market and/or type of business, there are ways to conquer this challenge. Continue reading “Cracking the (Dress) Code: What should I wear to work?”

Listen! It Makes All the Difference

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listen-it-makes-all-the-differenceOne of my favorite things to do as an HR Manager at Staff One HR is deliver training to my clients, their management staff, and their employees on a variety of HR and management topics.  Recently, my colleague Marisa Eckberg created and delivered a four-part webinar series* on leadership, and I’ve had the pleasure of presenting the material she created during in-person training sessions with several of my own clients.

During the course of delivering these training sessions on leadership, I’ve asked myself what it is that makes a leader truly great.  There are several important factors, including trust, respect, integrity, communication skills, and the ability to problem-solve, but in my opinion, the most important attribute of a truly great leader is his or her ability to listen. Continue reading “Listen! It Makes All the Difference”

6 Creative Ways to Find Recruits in a Competitive Market

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10 Creative Ways to Find Recruits in a Competitive Market
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Drawing interest from the cream of the crop top-shelf candidates to join your company is the objective of any strong management team. That sounds great, but finding them can be the most troublesome, and sometimes even stressful, part of the process. Get creative to find some of the strongest talent out there before someone else snatches them up, and without getting in a rut.

According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly 13 million Americans are looking for jobs right now. It can be overwhelming to sift through stacks of applications to make sure you are getting quality candidates. Try these non-traditional tactics to get creative, and who knows? You may even find yourself having quite a bit of fun in the process. Continue reading “6 Creative Ways to Find Recruits in a Competitive Market”

Burnout Poses a Danger for Most Employers

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Worried that they won’t meet their next deadline, they sit at their desks with grim faces.  Tired, they yawn and stretch, because overwork has caused sleep loss or insomnia. They may lash out at colleagues, as their fatigue and stress grow, and resentment begins to build.

“They” might include your coworkers, your boss, or even yourself. We have all been there at least once…feeling burned out at our job. In fact, one study indicates that 95 percent of HR leaders say burnout is sabotaging their workplace, and many HR leaders attribute up to half of their employee turnover to employee burnout. Burnout, characterized by emotional exhaustion, disengagement, and ineffectiveness in the workplace, is an almost universal issue in today’s busy work world. While not fully considered an illness, burnout certainly can be considered a mental health issue. Continue reading “Burnout Poses a Danger for Most Employers”

Buyers: Partner With a PEO to Reduce Risk, Boost ROI

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Buyers-engage-a-PEO-to-reduce-risk-boost-ROISo you’re buying a company?   It’s hard to get a deal done, so congratulations!   But wait, before you sign the dotted line on that purchase agreement, think about these three letters…

P E O.

Private equity funds and strategic acquirers who buy companies should carefully consider engaging with a Professional Employer Organization, or PEO, prior to the closing date.  Here are three reasons why. Continue reading “Buyers: Partner With a PEO to Reduce Risk, Boost ROI”

EAPs Provide Support for Employees In Crisis

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In mid-2018, within the same week, celebrities Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain were sadly found to have died by suicide.  As people around the world mourned the loss of these icons, we also were reminded that anyone (no matter how wealthy, famous, or seemingly happy) can be affected by feelings of hopelessness and despair, as well as suicidal thoughts.

According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the US.  Each year, 44,965 Americans die by suicide.  On average, there are 123 suicides per day, occurring in all demographic groups, for a variety of reasons.

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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!”