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How must today’s organizations differentiate themselves from those competing for the most desirable talent?  It’s tough out there, and in today’s “disruptive” business environment, how do you attract and hire top talent?  Equally important, how do you keep it? At American Recruiters, we can help you do both.

From building your brand to setting first impressions to exit interviews, we help you land the brightest talent who can propel your organization to the next level. We project the image of where your company is heading, not where you’ve been. We market the future to top candidates and coach you how to build excitement so your new hires can help get your company get there. American Recruiters will keep you apprised of important techniques and winning ideas to attract, hire and retain top talent. We’re your stealth source of better candidates—exceptional individuals who aren’t actively on the market and talent you can’t find on your own.

Partner with us and take full advantage of how American Recruiters can help your business “be Better”!

 

  • 5 Leadership Styles Good Bosses Avoid Like the Plague July 13, 2018 - By Abby Wolfe – theMuse It’s not crazy to think that you’ll become a leader in some capacity within your lifetime, whether a middle manager, senior director, or even a CEO. This advance is likely to be accompanied by the following: a bump in salary, a title change, and most importantly, increased responsibility. People often... read more
  • 401k Contribution Limits for 2018 Increase: 3 Things Finance Leaders Should Know July 12, 2018 - By Jennifer S Kiesewetter Esq SPARK-ADP The 401k contribution limits for 2018 have increased from 18,000 to 18,500, which is the first cost of living adjustment to deferrals since 2015. On October 19, 2017, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced 401k contribution limits for 2018, increasing them for cost of living adjustments from 18,000 to... read more
  • Drowning in a Sea of Technology Changes? Tips to Help You Reach the Surface July 12, 2018 - By Beth Archie SPARK-ADP It’s no secret that technology has forever changed the way we work and interact. From increased efficiency and productivity to enhanced collaboration, most of the changes have been for the better. Despite the undeniable benefits, the rapid rate of these changes can make it hard to keep up — constant advancements... read more
  • Do Your Employees Resist Change? Here’s Why That’s a Good Sign July 12, 2018 - By Beth Archie – SPARK-ADP If you’ve ever introduced a significant change that did not achieve the desired result, you’re not alone. According to Deloitte, 60 to 70 percent of all large-scale change efforts fail. So, what’s the driving force behind this staggering failure rate for culture change in the workplace? In most cases, it’s... read more
  • ‘Do I Have to Pay Employees for Training?’ and Other FAQs July 11, 2018 - By run-ADP Effective employee training is critical to maintaining a safe and productive workplace and complying with certain federal and state laws. Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about employee training, including what training is required and whether employees must be paid during training. Q: What training am I required to give employees?... read more
  • Acquisitions: I-9 Forms, Vacation Time, & other HR Issues July 11, 2018 - By run-ADP When a company acquires another company, it’s important to consider various compliance requirements and HR responsibilities. Here is an overview of some compliance issues to consider during and after an acquisition. I-9 Forms: Background: Under federal law, an I-9 Form must be completed to verify that each new hire is authorized to work... read more
  • Summer 2018 HR Compliance Calendar July 11, 2018 - By run-ADP Select the state(s) in which your company operates for a summary of compliance requirements that took effect recently or will take effect over the next few months. California | District of Columbia | Illinois | Iowa | Maryland | Minnesota | New Jersey | New Hampshire | New York | Oregon | Rhode... read more
  • Mid-Year Compliance Checkpoint: Minimum Wage, Sick Leave & Pay Equity July 11, 2018 - By run-ADP States and local jurisdictions enact laws impacting how employers hire, pay, and manage their employees. In January, we identified several employment trends to watch in 2018. Now is a good time to reflect on these trends and to assess whether evolving rules will impact your business. Below we address recent developments in three... read more
  • Workers’ Compensation: What You Need to Know July 11, 2018 - By run-ADP Workers’ compensation insurance helps protect employers when employees suffer a work-related injury or illness, facilitating prompt medical attention, wage-replacement, and other benefits while employees recover. Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about workers’ compensation. Q: Are employers required to have workers’ compensation insurance? A: Most states require employers to have workers’... read more
  • New to HR? This Checklist Can Help July 11, 2018 - By run-ADP Managing HR responsibilities isn’t always easy, but it can be especially daunting if you’re new to the role. To help, we created a checklist of some key HR responsibilities. Hiring: HR’s Role: Develop policies and practices that result in quality hiring decisions and comply with federal, state, and local laws. Ask yourself: Does... read more
  • 6 Skills That You Should Look for in Every CV June 28, 2018 - By Andrew Fennell – UndercoverRecruiter As a recruiter it’s vital to be able to pinpoint relevant skills from an applicant’s CV, looking not only for industry-specific requirements but those strengths that can transition into any position. A recruiter needs to be able to go beyond the skills listed in an applicant’s CV, reviewing the candidate’s... read more
  • 5 Examples Of What Not To Say To Employees When Giving Feedback June 26, 2018 - By Maren Hogan – Social Hire Employers need to give feedback if they want their employees to stay engaged, that’s a fact. 69% of employees say they are willing to work hard if they feel their work is being recognized and 78% of employees say being recognized motivates them in their job. But sometimes attempts... read more
  • 5 Refresher Courses Your Employees Need to Take June 26, 2018 - By Sara Pollock – Social Hire Teaching something once doesn’t ensure your employees actually understand and know what they are supposed to do. To keep your employees performing at their very best, continuous learning must be a driving factor. As an HR leader, you need to provide learning opportunities for your employees, including the departments... read more
  • 7 Ways To Make A New Employee’s First Day Memorable June 20, 2018 - By Swati Srivastava – RecruitLoop What has been your worst ‘first day’ ever? Perhaps it was at school, college, or your first day at a new job? For me, it was definitely my first day working at a new company in 2008. When I walked in, I obviously didn’t know anyone; I didn’t really know... read more
  • 7 Ways To Make A New Employee’s First Day Memorable June 20, 2018 - By Swati Srivastava – RecruitLoop What has been your worst ‘first day’ ever? Perhaps it was at school, college, or your first day at a new job? For me, it was definitely my first day working at a new company in 2008. When I walked in, I obviously didn’t know anyone; I didn’t really know... read more
  • 6 Ways to Scare Your Staff Away During a Performance Review June 20, 2018 - By Paul Slezak – RecruitLoop It’s coming up to that time of the year again – it’s performance review season. And whilst there is plenty of advice out there for employees on how to prepare for their mid-year or annual performance review (depending on where you are in the world), it’s just as important for... read more
  • 15 Ways to Improve Performance Evaluations June 20, 2018 - By Michael Heller – Social Hire You can’t avoid conducting performance reviews and employee evaluations, but there is certainly room for improvement. As a manager, you probably don’t like giving them and it’s no surprise that only 55% of respondents in a recent study stated that these performance processes had a positive impact on the... read more
  • The Top 5 Examples Good Managers Set for Their Teams June 20, 2018 - by Russell Smith – IFP All business managers aim to lead by example, so what examples should you be setting? Inspiring colleagues to follow your processes and methodologies is an effective tool for developing a work environment that both supports and facilitates your goals. But not every example you set is guaranteed to be a... read more
  • 5 Negative Consequences of Hiring a Bad Leader June 18, 2018 - By Christian Spielman-PSI Most people know that it’s important to hire good leaders. There are all kinds of positive outcomes associated with focusing on hiring great talent. But what happens if you don’t? A poor hiring decision at the leadership level can be detrimental to your company. Consider these five side effects of hiring a... read more
  • Why It’s Important to Invest in the Employee Experience June 13, 2018 - By Ken Oehler – RecruitLoop Employee experience is something many HR leaders are talking about. But what exactly should that experience be? Aon’s 2018 Trends in Global Employee Engagement Report provides some clues. In this report we found that engagement levels amongst employees around the world rebounded to match all-time highs by the end of... read more
  • Our Journey to Increasing Employee Engagement by 400% June 12, 2018 - By Peter Callan – LinkedIn Employee engagement is a critical component of patient satisfaction: Employees drive the patient experience. With patient satisfaction a critical component of hospital and health system reimbursement, there are tangible business implications linking employee engagement and morale to financial results. Less than a decade ago, we were struggling at University of... read more
  • The 5-to-1 ratio that can change your team culture June 12, 2018 - By Chester Elton & Adrian Gostick – LinkedIn Most managers who connect with us want to create cultures where their teams achieve high-performance, but few grasp that for a culture to really take off, teammates must encourage each other on a daily basis. Colleagues must be empowered to support one another even when situations aren’t... read more
  • THE STUPID-SIMPLE CONNECTION BETWEEN EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT AND MICROFEEDBACK (PLUS 5 EASY WAYS TO ENGAGE EMPLOYEES) June 12, 2018 - By Michael Heller – Social Hire What does the workplace of tomorrow look like? If strides we’ve seen in the past decade show any indication of the future, it’s going to be extremely employee-focused, more ROWE than ever before and focus on the engagement of those well…. doing the work! Employee Engagement: A term we... read more
  • 5 WAYS TO TURN PERFORMANCE REVIEW FEEDBACK INTO GOALS FOR IMPROVEMENT June 12, 2018 - By Michael Heller – Social Hire Your performance review is over and you have a ton of feedback, what do you do with it? You can make this feedback not only benefit you but benefit your coworkers and your company. You can set goals for improvement. Identify What Feedback Sticks Out The Most. The first... read more
  • Strategies for Motivating Employees June 11, 2018 - By Marlin While hiring the right individuals for specific jobs is very important, even more time-intensive and challenging is the ongoing task of managing employees and keeping them motivated. Here are some suggestions that may help. Make sure employees know what you expect. It can be frustrating for both the worker and the supervisor if... read more
  • The simple method to keep employees happier at their jobs June 11, 2018 - By Gwen Moran – Fast Company An estimated 42 million employees will leave their jobs in 2018, according to a Work Institute’s 2018 Retention Report released in 2018. The top reason employees gave for leaving was lack of opportunity to learn or develop skills (21%). Whether they have a formal development program or not, cross-training... read more
  • Workers’ Compensation: What You Need to Know June 11, 2018 - By ADP Workers’ compensation insurance helps protect employers when employees suffer a work-related injury or illness, facilitating prompt medical attention, wage-replacement, and other benefits while employees recover. Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about workers’ compensation. Q: Are employers required to have workers’ compensation insurance? A: Most states require employers to have workers’... read more
  • How to Link Employer Brand with Company Performance June 7, 2018 - By Jorgen Sundberg – UndercoverRecruiter Employer brand is a powerful tool in shaping corporate culture and helping employees to internalize corporate values; and is invaluable in engaging employees and aligning talent management with business strategy. A number of academic studies have recognized the positive correlation between employer brand and employee engagement. For example, Heger conducted... read more
  • Boomerang Employees: 3 Reasons To Rehire And 2 Reasons To Avoid Them June 7, 2018 - By David Strut &Todd Nordstrom – Forbes Throughout the years, the two of us have heard countless stories of regret from managers who let stellar employees slip through their fingers. These managers often turn to us for advice on how they can avoid losing more great employees. And, we’re always happy to share findings from... read more
  • 5 Things Successful Companies Do to Retain Top Talent June 6, 2018 - By Amber Thomas – PSI   After you put in the time, effort and investment to hire the best employees possible, you need to retain that talent.  Many books have been written and exit interviews conducted as employers look for the secret to keeping their good employees satisfied. Salary, retirement plans and vacation benefits are high on... read more
  • The Top 10 Mistakes Hiring Managers Make During Interviews June 6, 2018 - By Alissa Parr, Ph. D – PSI Structured interviews are one of the best selection methods of determining how someone will perform on the job. Most companies rely on interviews to assess candidate’s skills and abilities. However, without the appropriate training and insights into best practices of conducting structured interviews, hiring managers can commit mistakes... read more
  • SELF-ASSESSMENT: THE 5 ABILITIES ONLY HR SUPERHEROES HAVE June 5, 2018 - By Sara Pollock – Social Hire   Do you have what it takes to be an HR superhero? Learn what you can do to make your superpowers stand out from everyone else by assessing yourself to see you’re a leader or if you could use a little work. 1. Ability to Develop Themselves HR leaders... read more
  • Empathy in Leadership is Not Only Important, But Also Entirely Achievable June 4, 2018 - By Tiffany C Wright – BOOST ADP   Webster’s New World College Dictionary defines empathy as “The ability to identify with or understand the perspective, experiences, or motivations of another individual and to comprehend and share another individual’s emotional state.” While understanding perspectives and sharing others’ emotional states may not seem directly correlated with running a... read more
  • Buy or Build Talent: Compensation Strategies for Building a Winning Team June 4, 2018 - By Chuck Leddy – ADP The salary cap in the NFL forces teams to make tough decisions about whether to “buy or build” top talent. The perenially successful New England Patriots rely largely on quarterback Tom Brady and a talent management system set up by head coach Bill Belichick. Over the last two decades, the... read more
  • New to HR? This Checklist Can Help June 4, 2018 - By RunADP Managing HR responsibilities isn’t always easy, but it can be especially daunting if you’re new to the role. To help, we created a checklist of some key HR responsibilities. Hiring: HR’s Role: Develop policies and practices that result in quality hiring decisions and comply with federal, state, and local laws. Ask yourself: Does... read more
  • Rehiring An Employee? 7 Issues You Need to Know May 29, 2018 - By runADP   Employers sometimes look to former employees to fill job vacancies. This can be an attractive option if the individual was a strong performer since they already have a proven track record with the company. Rehiring can also help the company save on recruitment costs. Here are seven factors to consider when rehiring... read more
  • Body Language: From Common Signs to Spotting Lies [Infographic] May 25, 2018 - By Paul Slezak – RecruitLoop  
  • 10 Ways to Motivate Your Employees May 17, 2018 - By Kathryn Terry – RecruitLoop   If a happy workforce is a productive workforce, employers should consider motivating their employees a worthwhile endeavour. Employers are often regarded as an important driving force in motivating their employees. That doesn’t mean they get the job done, though. So how can you motivate your employees? 1. Be a hands-on... read more
  • 5 ways to improve time management within your team May 11, 2018 - By Arina Katrycheva – e27   Any middle manager building a team knows the struggle of improving productivity in the workplace. It’s hard to motivate employees to do their best, get to know their time management skills, and get insights on how to improve time management within the team. Luckily, there are some practical things... read more
  • 6 Signs You’ve Found the Best Person for the Job May 11, 2018 - By UndercoverRecruiter   Whether you’re recruiting internally or filling a role for your client, the ability to spot talent is an essential skill all recruiters should possess. In a market that is facing a skill shortage, you need to be honing in on the right applicant for the job, and the clues to finding that... read more
  • The real reason Employees have no loyalty to corporations May 9, 2018 - By Brigette Hyacinth-LinkedIn   People don’t leave bad jobs, They leave bad bosses. Most of the time an employee has an issue with a company, it is something relating to their boss. Here are 7 reasons why employees have no loyalty to corporations: Not valuing employees or appreciating their contributions. Inflexibility in breaks, lunch time,... read more
  • Answers to Your Toughest HR Questions (Part 2) April 30, 2018 - By RunADP Overtime and Exemptions: Q: My state requires overtime after working 8 hours in a day. Am I still required to pay overtime to an employee who works more than 8 hours one day, but leaves early the next day? A: States that require daily overtime generally prohibit employers from averaging employees’ hours over... read more
  • 4 Benefits of Conducting Exit Interviews April 26, 2018 - By Lauren Buck – UndercoverRecruiter To put it simply, an exit interview is an interview which is conducted with an employee who is leaving the company. It’s rather similar to when you’re employing someone for a role, but instead of asking questions about why they want the job and why they want to work for... read more
  • What Work Worries Keep Your Employees Up at Night? April 26, 2018 - By Chieu Cao – UndercoverRecruiter Learning how to engage millennials in the workplace has turned into an utmost priority for most business leaders. But what is found is that efforts to try and fight back these issues might not have come to fruition yet. At least that’s what is suggested by people’s online searches. Perkbox... read more
  • How To Write a Welcome Email to New Employees April 24, 2018 - -by Grace Carter Grace Carter is an online writer and editor at UKWritings writing service. She helped many businesses writing HR texts and proofreading content. Also, Grace is a tutor at PaperFellows and Assignment Writing Service, where she helps students improve grades.   There are complexities to hiring an employee and their first day.  There are tax forms,... read more
  • Brave Leadership: Seven Hallmarks Of Truly Courageous Leaders April 23, 2018 - By Margie Warrell – Forbes A robotic revolution, looming trade wars, random gun violence, chemical warfare… little wonder so many people are feeling anxious. Little wonder also that ‘VUCA’ – a term standing for volatile, uncertain, complex and ambitious – has become such a trendy managerial acronym. We live in anxious and uncertain times. The... read more
  • 5 Ways to Help Your Team Achieve Better Results April 17, 2018 - By Zorian Rotenberg – RecruitLoop To determine how well a manager is performing in their role, we look at the performance of their team. If the team is achieving their objectives, it means the manager is doing well. Yet, even when managers help their direct reports set goals, teams may fall short in terms of... read more
  • Your Recordkeeping Checklist for Spring Cleaning April 17, 2018 - By Run ADP A number of federal, state, and local laws dictate which records employers must retain, for how long, and who should have access to those records. Here’s a checklist to help you review your company’s recordkeeping practices: Are personnel files complete for each employee? Review each personnel file to ensure that it includes... read more
  • Harassment Investigations: An Employer’s Guide April 17, 2018 - By Run ADP When employers learn about allegations of sexual or other harassment, they have a duty to launch a prompt, impartial, and thorough investigation. Effective investigations can promote a safe, fair, and productive work environment and can help prevent harassment from reoccurring. Here are some guidelines for conducting a comprehensive investigation: Take all complaints... read more
  • Your Vacation Policy Checklist April 17, 2018 - By RunADP The warmer months are a popular time for employees to take vacation. While managing vacation requests can be a challenge, an effective and well communicated vacation policy can help. Here’s a checklist to help you review your policy. Is it clear who is eligible? Be clear about who is eligible to accrue and... read more
  • DOL Unpaid Intern Test: What Employers Need to Know April 17, 2018 - By Run ADP In January, the Department of Labor (DOL) announced that it will use a “primary beneficiary” test to determine whether interns should be considered employees who are entitled to the minimum wage, overtime, and other protections of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about... read more
  • Keys to Preventing Workplace Violence April 17, 2018 - By Run ADP Each year, about 500 workers are killed as a result of work-related homicides and about 15,000 are subjected to work-related assaults, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Workplace violence can occur anywhere and at any time. That’s why it’s important to implement workplace violence prevention measures. Here are some guidelines: Adopt... read more
  • For New Managers, Boundaries Matter (A Lot) April 17, 2018 - By Victor Lipman – Forbes I’ve long been interested in the interpersonal issues involved in successful management, especially as they affect new managers, which is one of the most challenging roles in business. In particular, the tension between friendship and authority can be a tricky balance to maintain. As a new manager you need to... read more
  • Eight Blunders Savvy Leaders Avoid April 17, 2018 - By William Arruda – Forbes The most successful leaders make their team a priority. They eliminate any roadblocks to their employees’ success. Here are eight of the most egregious leadership don’ts. 1. Putting money before people If all you care about is the bottom line, you’re saying to your people, “Money is more important than... read more
  • 5 Ways to Help Your Team Achieve Better Results April 13, 2018 - By Zorian Rotenberg – RecruitLoop To determine how well a manager is performing in their role, we look at the performance of their team. If the team is achieving their objectives, it means the manager is doing well. Yet, even when managers help their direct reports set goals, teams may fall short in terms of... read more
  • 10 Red Flags to Watch for in Job Candidates March 27, 2018 - By Run-ADP Hiring the wrong candidate can be a costly and time-consuming mistake. To help you find the right person for the job, use job-related criteria to thoroughly evaluate each candidate and lookout for these red flags: #1: Errors on resume and/or application. Errors on a resume and/or application may reveal carelessness or a lack... read more
  • COMPREHENSIVE PERFORMANCE REVIEW TIPS, QUESTIONS, EXAMPLES & MORE March 27, 2018 - By Michael Heller – Social Hire If you had to define ‘performance review,’ could you? What is a performance review, how do you write one, and what performance review statistics and questions are worth looking into? This guide is a quick rundown of it all. Performance reviews are exactly what they say they are… but... read more
  • 5 Things to Watch Out for When Conducting an Interview March 15, 2018 - By Oliver Hurcum-UndercoverRecruiter The interview is the part of the recruitment process where you really get to know the candidate. What motivates them? Can they think on the spot? Are they a good cultural fit? However, to figure out whether they’re right for the job it’s not enough just to listen to their answers. You... read more
  • 6 Keys to Turning an Employee into a Manager February 27, 2018 - By: Run ADP When you need a manager, filling the opening with an internal candidate can save valuable time, energy, and money. But, you shouldn’t just stick an employee, even a high performing one, in a manager’s role and expect them to succeed. Employees need to be groomed and trained to be successful managers. Here... read more
  • 7 Ways to Efficiently Assess Potential Employees February 20, 2018 - By: Brandon Stanley – RecruitLoop Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Brandon Stanley. His opinions are his own. Seriously: how do you know if someone has better potential than another candidate? I’m not talking about writing skills, technical skills, and specific industry-related skills. Those, you can measure. What about the candidate’s skills to... read more
  • Drug Testing & Marijuana Laws: Test Your Knowledge February 20, 2018 - runADP Many employers use drug testing to help maintain a safe, healthy, and productive work environment. When conducting drug tests, employers must comply with ever evolving federal, state, and local laws. Below, we present several common scenarios to test your knowledge on some of the laws impacting drug testing. Choose the answer you think is... read more
  • ‘Can I Discipline Employees for Their Off-Duty Conduct?’ February 20, 2018 - runADP Employers have discretion to address on-duty misconduct by employees, as long as they are consistent and do so in a nondiscriminatory manner. But, what about activities that occur while employees are off-duty? Below we address whether employers can consider an employee’s off-duty conduct when making employment decisions. Lawful Off-Duty Conduct: Several states, including but... read more
  • 6 Ways to Turn Managers into Coaches Again February 20, 2018 - By: Keith Ferrazzi – LinkedIn The role of the manager is currently undergoing a transformation. Historically, managers embraced the role of coach and mentor. Through informal conversations during the commute to work, over a coffee break, or while enjoying a burger after hours, managers passed along crucial information and knowledge about the organization’s culture. Even... read more
  • My 2¢ on Leadership February 14, 2018 - by Milos Minic-LinkedIn Last week I had a re-union dinner with my former team. We met in a small Swiss-Italian restaurant. The place was quiet, except for the laughter coming from our table and the distant sounds of drums, announcing the Basel Carnival season. While we remembered the past times, they tempted me into writing... read more
  • Paid Sick Leave Laws: What Every Employer Should Know February 14, 2018 - By run-ADP Over the past few years, paid sick leave laws have been one of the biggest employment law trends among states and local jurisdictions. The proliferation of these laws can be especially challenging for employers that are subject to multiple laws with differing requirements. Here are answers to some common questions about paid sick... read more
  • How to Measure the ROI of Your Employer Brand February 9, 2018 - By: Karim Ansari – UndercoverRecruiter Calculating the return on investment of your employer brand has notoriously been very tricky. The value and impact of your efforts can be hard track. Therefore justifying investing your company’s time, money and resources on your employer brand to your boss becomes a real issue. As employer branding experts, we... read more
  • 8 Tips for Managers to Minimize Employee Turnover February 9, 2018 - Editors Note: This guest post by Michael Klazema (RecruitLoop) His opinions are his own. High employee turnover is more than a challenge that businesses occasionally face. In most cases, high turnover is a sign that something is fundamentally wrong with a business. It might be company culture. It might be a mismatch between middling salaries... read more
  • 4 REASONS WHY TRANSPARENCY IS IMPORTANT January 23, 2018 - By: Michael Heller – Social Hire Things wouldn’t run without your employees. Afterall, they are the backbone of your company. Furthermore, the success of your company relies on their happiness, productivity, and engagement levels. Although the modern workforce is experiencing some major and minor fluxes, one thing is abundantly clear, your workers want to know... read more
  • 7 Policies & Documents to Review Now January 22, 2018 - By: RUN ADP It’s a best practice to review policies, posters, and forms periodically to ensure that they adhere to applicable laws and evolving company practices. Since the New Year typically brings a host of new laws, now is a good time to conduct this review. To help you get 2018 started on the right... read more
  • Workplace Dating Policies: 6 Things to Consider January 18, 2018 - By: Run ADP With the amount of time spent at work, co-workers sometimes develop personal relationships. These relationships can lead to concerns about favoritism, conflicts of interest, sexual harassment complaints, and related issues. Here are some factors to consider for addressing these concerns. #1: Evaluate policy options. Consider your company culture to decide what type... read more
  • Paid Family Leave: What Is It & Who Pays For It? January 18, 2018 - By: Run ADP Several states and one local jurisdiction have enacted paid family leave (PFL) programs, with more expected to consider these types of programs in the future. Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions about PFL programs: Q: What is PFL? A: PFL programs generally provide partial wage-replacement benefits to workers for... read more
  • EEOC Releases Updated Anti-Harassment Guidelines January 18, 2018 - By: Run ADP Nondiscrimination laws require employers to maintain a work environment that is free from sexual and other types of harassment. Beyond compliance, promoting a harassment-free workplace makes good business sense and is critical for a productive workforce. Recently, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the agency that enforces federal nondiscrimination laws, updated their... read more
  • Asking Applicants About Salary: What to Know January 11, 2018 - By: Christine Hendrickson – Career Builder “What is your current salary?” is a question familiar to all job seekers and many employers. If you are an employer asking this question of candidates on your job application or during interviews, you may need to revisit your processes in light of the new compensation history bans popping... read more
  • 10 HR Compliance Trends to Watch in 2018 (Part 2) January 9, 2018 - Run-ADP Last week we introduced five compliance trends impacting employers’ hiring, scheduling, and anti-harassment practices. Here are the remaining five compliance trends to watch in 2018. #6: Paid Family and Paid Sick Leave Laws In recent years, paid family leave (PFL) and paid sick leave (PSL) laws have been enacted by a number of jurisdictions.... read more
  • 10 HR Compliance Trends to Watch in 2018 January 2, 2018 - By RUN-ADP In 2017, states and local jurisdictions passed dozens of laws that affect the way employers hire, pay, schedule, and provide benefits to their employees. A new administration also entered the White House, ushering in new rules and different interpretations of existing rules. Here are the first five of 10 HR compliance trends to... read more
  • 8 HR Resolutions for 2018 December 27, 2017 - By: RUN ADP New Year’s resolutions can help bring about positive change, whether in our personal lives or at work. With 2018 approaching, here are some HR resolutions to consider—and suggestions for helping make them stick. #1: Review your hiring procedures. Review your job advertisements, recruiting practices, application forms, interview questions, and screening and selection... read more
  • How Can I Give Feedback to an Employee Who Gets Defensive? December 21, 2017 - By: Kim Scott @The Muse DON’T FORGET TO PRAISE Dear Candid Boss, I have an employee who gets defensive when I offer feedback. Any tips for providing effective feedback? Signed, Just Trying to Help Dear Just Trying to Help, Every manager out there feels your pain. It’s hard to give feedback in the best of... read more
  • 5 Ways to Create a Perfect Workplace to Boost Employee Productivity December 14, 2017 - by: Hugh Beaulac – RecruitLoop For many employers, career success is desired. Establishing a profitable company, we’re looking for the best candidates only, whose knowledge and experience can help to achieve career goals. But: Do we put our employees first? In fact, employees’ job performance is a key to your success. Thus, you should know... read more
  • 8 HR Resolutions for 2018 December 13, 2017 - By: RUN ADP New Year’s resolutions can help bring about positive change, whether in our personal lives or at work. With 2018 approaching, here are some HR resolutions to consider—and suggestions for helping make them stick. #1: Review your hiring procedures. Review your job advertisements, recruiting practices, application forms, interview questions, and screening and selection... read more
  • 5 Lessons Learned from the Recent Harassment Complaints December 5, 2017 - RUN-ADP Nondiscrimination laws require employers to maintain a work environment that is free from sexual and other types of harassment. Beyond compliance reasons, promoting a harassment-free workplace is the right thing to do and critical to maintaining a productive workforce. However, recent scandals in the media, academia, Hollywood, and Congress are indications that sexual harassment... read more
  • 5 Holiday Doldrums & How to Tackle Them November 28, 2017 - by:RUN – ADP Productivity can take a nosedive during the holiday season, especially if employees are impacted by a cold or other illness, personal stressors, or inclement weather. While some of these circumstances are uncontrollable, employers can take steps to help make the holiday season as smooth as possible. Here are some ways to address... read more
  • How to Identify the Warning Signs Your Company Has a Toxic Culture November 28, 2017 - by Lesley Vos – RecruitLoop Big chances are you’ve read the hard-hitting essay of ex-Uber engineer Susan Fowler earlier this year. She wrote about unprofessional behavior in the company, as well as discrimination and sexual harassment. As it turned out later, this case was by far not a solitary one revealing skeletons in Uber’s closet.... read more
  • 6 Reasons Why Workplace Group Activities Will Keep A Business Thriving November 9, 2017 - by Gary Miller – RecruitLoop Gone are the days when workplaces are only about drab 9 to 5 routines. Today, employees cherish and value a work environment that gives them more than desks with files on them. Luckily, even employers have begun to understand the value of providing a wholesome and holistic environment at work.... read more
  • Avoid These Traps When Disciplining Employees November 1, 2017 - Run ADP When an employee’s conduct or performance becomes an issue, employers need to take steps to correct the problem and prevent it from reoccurring. This isn’t always easy, and additional problems can arise if you don’t handle the situation carefully. Here are some discipline related pitfalls to avoid: Inconsistency. Disciplinary practices that reflect favoritism,... read more
  • What to Do When You Need to Discipline an Employee November 1, 2017 - Run ADP When an employee’s conduct or performance becomes an issue, an effective disciplinary process can help correct the problem and prevent it from reoccurring. The following are some guidelines for preventing and responding to performance and conduct concerns. Before Problems Occur: Take steps to help prevent problems from occurring, such as clearly communicating workplace... read more
  • HOW TO WORK WITH DIFFICULT TEAM MEMBERS November 1, 2017 - by Goldbeck Recruiting Inc – Social Hire Every organization has had to work with a difficult team member, in some cases, it could even be multiple difficult team members. Many factors can play a role in someone being difficult to deal with. Changes in their environment, such as home & family issues can impact all... read more
  • Employee Morale: 7 Warning Signs You Shouldn’t Ignore November 1, 2017 - Run-ADP Employers strive for a fair and equitable workplace to help attract and retain employees, drive productivity, and comply with federal, state, and local laws. When employee morale begins to suffer, the signs aren’t always obvious. Here are seven warning signs to watch out for: #1: Increase in turnover. Employees who feel they are treated... read more
  • 8 Ways to Handle Employee Resignations November 1, 2017 - by Michael Gorman – RecruitLoop Many employers have been there. Everything at the office is going great and everyone seems to be happy. Your team is performing superbly and the latest project is nothing but a piece of cake for them. They communicate, delegate, collaborate, and do everything the company needs. And then, all of... read more
  • 5 Ways to Build Resilience During Tough Times November 1, 2017 - by Nick Hedges – RecruitLoop Life doesn’t always work out the way you think it will. You may think you are on a path. Things are going well. All your ducks are in a line. And then when you least expect it, everything changes. Let’s suppose you recently commenced a new job. You are excited.... read more
  • How To Get All The Players On Your Team To Truly Work Together October 5, 2017 - by: Phil Kleweno – FORBES Remember high school? There were the cool kids, the nerds, the fashion mavens, the jocks — all sitting at their own tables in the cafeteria. In business, people can feel like they’re back in high school, not sure how they fit in, where they’re welcome, who’s in and who’s out.... read more
  • Four Common Employee Requests & How to Respond October 3, 2017 - by: RUN If an employee comes to you with a request for employment verification, access to his or her personnel file, a job accommodation, or someone else to pick up his or her paycheck, will you know how to respond? Here are some guidelines for handling these types of requests. #1: Employment Verification: Employees seeking... read more
  • Recordkeeping FAQs: Retention, Access & More October 3, 2017 - by: RUN Various laws dictate which records employers must retain, for how long, and who should have access to those records. Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions about employee recordkeeping: Q: How long must I keep employee records? A: It depends on the law. For example, the Immigration Reform and Control Act... read more
  • Fantasy Football & the Workplace: Is There A Flag Down on the Field? October 3, 2017 - by: RUN Football season is in full swing and millions of Americans are participating in fantasy football leagues. In these leagues, individuals draft virtual teams and earn points based on how well their players do in actual games. Some fantasy football leagues involve money (participants pay entry fees and win money if their virtual teams... read more
  • How to Handle 7 Types of Problem Employees September 27, 2017 - BrightTalk – Webinar Presented by Deb Calvert, Executive Coach & President of People First Productivity Solutions
  • Your Top 5 Paid Time Off (PTO) Questions Answered September 25, 2017 - by RUN Many employers provide paid time off (PTO) benefits to their employees. However, with laws impacting how employees can accrue and use PTO, it’s no surprise employers have questions. Here are some of the most common questions related to paid time off: Q: Am I required to provide my part-time employees with paid time... read more
  • 20 Creative (And Affordable) Ideas For Employee Recognition – [SlideShare] September 15, 2017 -
  • Should Managers Be Required to Take Courses in Hiring and Firing? Yes! August 29, 2017 - by Dean Karrel – LinkedIn Over the past week, I have had two clients tell me some pretty disturbing stories about experiences they have had with managers from two companies. One person said she had been on three interviews with one company, two with another, and then never heard a thing. This is even after... read more
  • 5 Reasons Leaders Are Afraid To Challenge The Status Quo August 17, 2017 - By Glenn Llopis – Forbes How often have you seen senior leaders challenge the status quo or ask employees to think outside the box? That’s the question the Harvard Business Review put to more than 1,000 employees across industries nationwide. The result? 42% said never or almost never, 32% said sometimes, and 26% said fairly... read more
  • Employee Retention: Beyond the Honeymoon Phase July 12, 2017 - by: Anna Roberts RecruitLoop Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Anna Roberts – Head of Content at UK-based RotaCloud. Her opinions are her own. Employment is a lot like marriage. For better, for worse; For richer, for poorer; In sickness and in health; Til death do us part. Okay, so may employment isn’t... read more
  • 5 Ways to Ensure a New Manager Succeeds June 30, 2017 - by:Christine Macdonald-RecruitLoop A rigorous and efficient recruitment process means you can rest assured that you’ve hired the best candidate for a managerial or leadership position. However, after the new manager has been inducted into the company, it is the responsibility of the employer to ensure they feel supported and empowered in their new position. Whether... read more
  • New Hire Paperwork: Requirements & Recommendations June 26, 2017 - Run-ADP Various federal, state, and local laws require that employees complete certain paperwork at the time of hire. In addition to these requirements, other paperwork is recommended to help you administer payroll, benefits, and other HR responsibilities. Here are some of these key forms: Required New Hire Paperwork: Form I-9. An I-9 Form must be... read more
  • Temps & Contractors: What’s the Difference & Why Does It Matter? June 12, 2017 - by: Run ADP The terms temporary worker, contract employee, and independent contractor are sometimes used interchangeably, but there are important distinctions between these types of workers. Some of which impact pay, benefits, taxes, and other employment requirements. Here are some key differences you need to know: Independent Contractors: When a worker qualifies as an independent... read more
  • Leadership Briefings are More Powerful Than You Think June 8, 2017 - by: CEB Blogs Not all leaders were born to run a town hall, but help them with the right kind of message and it can work wonders in motivating and teaching employees Internal comms teams have an increasingly hard job as they must compete for an ever smaller slice of employees’ time and concentration to... read more
  • How to Make Metrics Meaningful June 8, 2017 - by: CEB Blogs Like a host of other corporate functions, there is no single measure that shows how successful communications teams are; the trick is to tie whatever you measure to important business goals Many of our day-to-day activities can be summed up well by numbers. Commutes are measured in miles or kilometers, or minutes spent... read more
  • I Found My Perfect Candidate — Should I Cancel The Remaining Interviews? May 19, 2017 - by: Liz Ryan-FORBES Dear Liz, I’m an Inside Sales Supervisor for an electrical supply company. There are four Inside Salespeople on my team. One of them resigned last month to go to college full-time so I have a job opening to fill. We ran a job ad and got a good response. Together with our... read more
  • 7 Ways to Increase Employee Productivity May 19, 2017 - by:RecruitLoop Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Lucy Benton – Chief Editor at Admission Service. Her opinions are her own. The productivity of any company is almost always directly proportional to the performance of its employees. A successful organization will always go through challenging times, and those are the moments when employees matter... read more
  • 5 Ways to Get Your Company Culture to Thrive May 18, 2017 - by: RecruitLoop Editors Note: This guest post by Nick Hedges originally appeared on LinkedIn. His opinions are his own. At the heart of every successful business you’ll find a thriving organisational culture. Within these businesses is an environment where hard-working people combine their passion and intensity to produce great results. A strong company culture can... read more
  • 11 ways to get feedback from your most introverted employee May 18, 2017 - by: Claire Lew-Signal v. Noise I’m an introvert. Most people don’t believe me when I tell them this (I do a lot of public speaking for an introvert 😳), but I am an introvert through-and-through. When I need to recharge, I seek alone time as opposed to being around a group people. As an introvert,... read more
  • 7 Ways to Increase Employee Productivity May 18, 2017 - by:RecruitLoop Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Lucy Benton – Chief Editor at Admission Service. Her opinions are her own. The productivity of any company is almost always directly proportional to the performance of its employees. A successful organization will always go through challenging times, and those are the moments when employees matter... read more
  • The 7 Essential Leader Archetypes And The Hidden Gaps That Accompany Them May 17, 2017 - by: Kathy Caprino-FORBES Have you ever wondered why some people are able to stand in their greatness as leaders, and evolve and grow even in the face of extreme challenges, while others falter in their gaps? There’s been volumes and volumes written about great leadership today, but much of it doesn’t look at how we... read more
  • Better To Bend Than To Break: Why Agility Matters More Than Ever, And How To Build It May 9, 2017 - by:Margie Warrell , CONTRIBUTOR-Forbes “For the times they are a-changin’… ” These immortal lyrics by Bob Dylan are no less relevant today than when he first sang them back in the 1960s. The reality is, we’re living in an age of acceleration – where change is happening faster than most of us can keep up... read more
  • How Do You Know Someone Has True Leadership Skills? Look for These 5 Signs May 4, 2017 - By Marcel Schwantes-Inc. Sometimes the only way you’ll truly know whether a leader’s skills are genuine is to measure the manager that made your life miserable against the one that had you thinking often, “This is too good to be true.” If you think your boss is some freak of nature and you’re the luckiest... read more
  • 6 Different Personality Types and How to Manage Them May 3, 2017 - by RecruitLoop: Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Wheeler Coleman – CEO and Executive Partner at EC-United. His opinions are his own. There are many facets involved in a managerial position, yet few are more complex than learning to deal with the array of different employee personality types. And while every employee has... read more
  • 5 Expert Tips For Building Rapport While Interviewing a Candidate April 24, 2017 - SOURCE: Diani Clark, RecruitLoop Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Diana Clark. Her opinions are her own. A job interview is undoubtedly a tremendously important event for a candidate. It is an opportunity to be hired by a great company and develop new professional skills, which are critical for advancing their career. That’s why a... read more
  • Spring 2017 HR Compliance Calendar April 24, 2017 - Spring 2017 HR Compliance Calendar Below is a summary of compliance requirements that took effect recently or will take effect over the next few months. March 13, 2017: San Jose, CA adopts scheduling ordinance. Employers with 36 or more non-exempt employees must offer additional work hours to existing qualified employees before hiring new employees, subcontractors,... read more
  • Employee Status Changes: Two Major Milestones April 24, 2017 - Employee Status Changes: Two Major Milestones Life events can impact an employee’s benefits and pay and may require updates to W-4s and other employment records. Below are considerations following two major employee milestones. My employee recently got married. What do I need to consider? If an employee gets married, you may need to make updates... read more
  • 8 Keys to Getting New Hires Started on the Right Foot April 24, 2017 - A new hire’s first days, weeks, and months establish the foundation for the rest of the employment relationship. Failure to take the time to acclimate new hires to your company culture, procedures, and expectations can lead to lower productivity and higher turnover. Consider these onboarding guidelines to help new employees get started on the right foot:... read more
  • Phone Interviews: What to Do Before, During, & After April 24, 2017 - By HR Solutions Blog Team Imagine that you’re looking to hire an office manager. You post an ad on multiple online job boards and receive a ton of responses from interested applicants. For practical reasons, you can’t conduct in-person interviews with every candidate, so what can you do? Phone interviews, in conjunction with other pre-screening... read more
  • Politics, Gambling & Email Use: What’s Allowed and What Isn’t? April 24, 2017 - By HR Solutions Blog Team With ever-changing federal, state, and local laws, employers often wonder whether they can implement certain conduct-related policies. Here are answers to some common questions about workplace rules: Q: We have a TV in our break room and employees have gotten into political discussions as a result of watching the news.... read more
  • April 20, 2017 - SOURCE: UNDERCOVER RECRUITER It is every employer’s dream to have a team that is self-driven, sets new goals and comes up with new ways to explore their challenges. They are the creative type, who value self-expression and consider fulfillment of their passion as a reward on its own. If you are one, you know what... read more
  • Should I Fire This Employee? 9 Sure Signs the Answer Is Yes April 5, 2017 - by Cheryl Snapp Conner Cut your losses immediately if the answer to any of these questions is yes. CREDIT: Getty Images They say experience is the best teacher. They’re right. As recently as two years ago, company ownership felt like single-handedly carrying the weight of the world. My assumptions about growing team members (they’re smart —... read more
  • How To Grow Leadership From Within Your Company April 5, 2017 - by David K. Williams The next CEO of your company may be residing within your company ranks. Here’s how to grow strong future leaders from within. Jack Welch, former CEO of General Electric, may have retired 15 years ago, but his influence in corporate America still resonates. Not only is he known as one of... read more
  • ‘Can I Discipline an Employee for Missing Work?’ March 27, 2017 - As more jurisdictions enact leave laws and expand nondiscrimination requirements, you may need to take a closer look at your company’s attendance policies. Provisions that suggest employees will automatically be disciplined for missing work may not be compliant if the absence is protected under the law. Here are three scenarios to consider. Scenario #1: My... read more
  • Emotional Intelligence: An Introduction March 27, 2017 - by: Mike Shelah Have you ever noticed, when you buy a new car, you begin to see that car everywhere?! It’s like, the moment you bought that car, everyone else did too. If we reflect on this feeling, we quickly realize, that is not the case. We have simply become more aware, as a result... read more
  • When & How to Document Employee Issues March 14, 2017 - In last week’s Tip, we reviewed guidelines for handling difficult conversations with employees. What happens when that conversation doesn’t lead to performance or conduct improvements? And when should you document these conversations? Here we address these and other common questions about documenting personnel issues. Q: Why do I need documentation when my employees are ‘at-will’?... read more
  • 9 Tips for Dealing with Poor Performers March 6, 2017 - by HR Solutions Blog Team Many employers have supervised an employee who fails to meet sales targets, produces shoddy work, or who simply can’t get to work on time. While these employees may be difficult to manage, we can help you address poor performance effectively. The following are some frequently asked questions about handling poor... read more
  • 3 Difficult Employee Conversations and How to Handle Them March 6, 2017 - by ADP Having difficult conversations with employees comes with the territory of being an employer. Whether it’s about a pay freeze, a denied promotion, or a violation of company policy, these conversations must be handled consistently and with care. General Guidelines: Here are some general guidelines for handling these types of conversations: Be proactive. Take... read more
  • Great Management Boils Down to One Major Thing March 1, 2017 - by Glenn Llopis Management is about execution, coordination and implementation of results.  Effective managers earn trust quickly, are strong team players and prepare employees for success.  Management requires one to continuously be mindful of the details and attentive to follow-up. Management requires the constant due diligence that is embedded within each task at hand and delivering... read more
  • Preparing for a CEO’s departure February 28, 2017 - A solid plan for selecting a hospital’s new top executive will ease the transition when the time comes by Mark T. O’Neil, Jr. The most crucial time in an organization’s life is the transition from one CEO to another. But while considerable time and attention are given to the mission and vision of a company,... read more
  • 8 Critical Career Stages Great Leaders Understand About Employees February 28, 2017 - by David Sturt and Todd Nordstrom  Shutterstock “I think I need a new job,” a close friend who leads a regional office for a large global organization told us. “I used to love working for my company, but either I’ve changed or the company has changed. I just don’t feel appreciated like I used to.” As... read more
  • Organizational Distrust Is Rampant: Why Leaders Should Be Worried February 28, 2017 - by Christine Comaford Shutterstock Distrust is rampant. It’s worldwide. It’s pervasive across all types of organizations in the business world. Even though the trust of CEOs is at an all-time low, we can help heal the distrust that may exist in your organization and boost your trust-factor among your tribe. Are you ready? You Can’t Buy... read more
  • 25 Ways To Cut Employee Stress And Boost Productivity February 28, 2017 - by Alan Kohll Shutterstock Employee stress is a problem. For every employee. At every company. Stress naturally occurs in the workplace. When left unchecked, it can wreak havoc on employee health and productivity. In fact, stress has been associated with physical problems like a weakened immune system, stomach aches, high blood pressure, hair loss and headaches.... read more
  • 10 Policies to Ban from Your Employee Handbook February 27, 2017 - By HR Solutions Employee handbooks can help employers communicate rules, benefits and other important information to employees. In the past, we have covered must-have policies for your employee handbook, but it is also important to know which policies to avoid. If your handbook isn’t drafted carefully, certain policies may conflict with federal, state, or local... read more
  • Four Interview Questions To Help You Hire People With Grit by:Raquel Baldelomar February 22, 2017 - Being successful in business today doesn’t always boil down to who you know, which can help get you started or open a door. But that alone won’t lead you to greatness. Character is what counts. Your character as a leader, the character of your employees and the culture of your organization will put you on... read more
  • 8 Tips for Conducting Effective Exit Interviews February 20, 2017 - Posted by HR Solutions Blog Team When an employee leaves your company, the costs associated with finding a replacement, lost productivity, or increased overtime can add up. Conducting exit interviews with departing employees can help limit future turnover and identify areas where your business needs improvement. Exit interviews also create an opportunity to transfer knowledge and experience... read more
  • 5 tips for designing an employee recognition program that works February 17, 2017 - Source: CareerBuilder HOW TO SUCCESSFULLY RECOGNIZE YOUR TEAM MEMBERS THAT ENCOURAGES COLLABORATION AND REINFORCES A POSITIVE WORKPLACE. To remain engaged on the job and sustain peak performance, your employees need to know their efforts are appreciated and their contributions valued. Employee recognition is an essential form of feedback that can mean the difference between a... read more
  • Rethinking conflict resolution at work by Craig Runde February 17, 2017 - Over the past decade my co-author, Tim Flanagan, and I explored and developed the concept of conflict competence in a series of books published by Wiley and the Center for Creative Leadership. We noticed that leaders and managers had considerable difficulty addressing conflict effectively, which cost their organizations dearly. We set out to determine what was... read more
  • 10 Things Great Bosses Do Every Day February 14, 2017 - We’ve all heard the adage, “People don’t leave bad jobs; they leave bad bosses.” It makes great fodder for after-work gripe sessions, but is there really any data to back the claim up? As it turns out, there’s a ton. In one study, 61 percent of those working for bad bosses said they were looking... read more
  • This Is How You Identify A-Players During An Interview February 14, 2017 - Over the last 15 years I’ve probably interviewed close to 1,000 people for all sorts of roles. From sales to marketing to engineering to customer service to management and even CEOs and board members. When I started interviewing, I’d estimate my hit rate was right around 50%, which means only 1 in 2 candidates would... read more
  • 4 Interview Questions to See the Truth in Every Candidate February 14, 2017 - I want to become a better interviewer. In fact, I’m quite obsessed with it at the moment. The irony of this is that for the longest time, I placed little or no value whatsoever in the practice of interviewing … I honestly didn’t think it was that important. I was wrong. As I talked about... read more
  • Federal, State, or Local Minimum Wage: Which Applies? Posted by HR Solutions Blog Team February 13, 2017 - The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires employers to pay non-exempt employees at least $7.25 per hour for all hours worked. However, many states and local jurisdictions have higher minimum wage rates. Employers subject to multiple minimum wage requirements often need to figure out which rate applies. Below we address some common minimum wage questions.... read more
  • How Leaders Can Gain Trust When They Say Sorry by Marius van Dijke February 7, 2017 - There was a time when being the boss meant never having to say sorry. If you’d bawled someone out for the wrong reason or taken an employee’s work for granted, for example, well that was just too bad for them. After all life was tough and no-one really expected the workplace to be fair and... read more
  • 10 FAQs on Minimum Wage, Overtime, & More February 6, 2017 - Posted by HR Solutions Blog Team on February 6, 2017 at 9:00 AM During our recent webcast, Compliance Resolutions for a Better 2017, we received a number of questions on overtime, exempt vs. non-exempt status, and pay equity. Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions from the event: Overtime Rule: Background: On November 22,... read more
  • Boost Your Team’s Performance in the New Year February 2, 2017 - How well did your team perform this past year? What are your team’s goals for the coming year? How did you contribute to your team’s performance? These are a few of the questions being asked at year’s end as organizations assess the past year and look ahead to the New Year. For many, the focus... read more
  • What Makes A Leader? February 2, 2017 - What makes someone a leader anyway? Such a simple question, and yet it continues to vex some of the best thinkers in business. We’ve written several books on leadership, and yet it’s a rare thing to actually pause to define leadership. Let’s start with what leadership is not… Leadership has nothing to do with seniority... read more
  • Tired of wasting time in meetings? Try this February 2, 2017 - A friend of mine says people hate meetings because: They don’t start on time.. They don’t finish on time.. What’s in the middle is a waste of time! It’s true–many meetings are a waste of time! Unproductive meetings can cost your business big time. 5 people x 1 hour = 5 hours. Multiply that by everyone’s hourly... read more
  • 7 Myths About Employee Terminations January 30, 2017 - The end of the employer-employee relationship is an inevitable part of running a business and requires special care. To help you manage your next employee separation, we address some common misconceptions about the termination process. Myth #1: “At-will” means you can fire an employee for any reason. Fact: While “at-will” employment generally means you can terminate... read more
  • 8 Red Flags That An Employee Is Misclassified January 23, 2017 - Under the FLSA, employees are classified as either non-exempt or exempt from minimum wage and overtime. Non-exempt employees must be paid at least the minimum wage for each hour worked and overtime whenever they work more than 40 hours in a workweek (some states require overtime in additional circumstances). However, there are exemptions from the... read more
  • Overtime Rule: What’s Next with Litigation and the New Administration? January 16, 2017 - On November 22, 2016, a federal judge granted a request to temporarily block the Department of Labor (DOL) from implementing and enforcing a rule that would have raised the minimum salary required to be classified as exempt from overtime under federal law. Here is an update on the status of the rule and what to... read more
  • Winter 2017 HR Compliance Calendar January 11, 2017 - Posted by ADP Below is a summary of compliance requirements that took effect recently or will take effect over the next few months. December 31, 2016: New York increases minimum salary for certain exemptions. Final regulations increase the minimum salary requirement for the administrative and executive exemption based on location. The rates, effective December 31, 2016,... read more
  • Inclement Weather Guidelines: How to Handle Pay-Related Issues January 11, 2017 - by ADP With harsh winter weather already blanketing much of the country, now is the time to review rules for paying employees when your business is closed. Determining whether or not to pay your employee will depend on their status as an exempt or non-exempt employee, as well as applicable laws. Non-exempt employees are employees who... read more
  • The Secrets — 4 of Them — to Gaining Employees’ Trust January 4, 2017 - In May of this year, Renaud Laplanche entered the boardroom and faced every executive’s worst nightmare. Laplanche, the founder and CEO of LendingClub, was given an ultimatum: Resign in the next 24 hours or be fired. Why did this happen? There’s no need to rehash all the dubious decisions Laplanche had made as CEO. Know, simply,... read more
  • Five Tips for Building your Awesome Team in 2017 January 4, 2017 - Whenever I have spoken with entrepreneurs, every one of them seemed to be troubled by similar questions when it came to building their teams. I have put together this piece by trying to answer these questions: How important is it to find the right people? It is extremely important to get the right people for... read more
  • 13 Leadership Skills You Didn’t Need A Decade Ago That Are Now Essential December 27, 2016 - POST WRITTEN BY Forbes Coaches Council Top business and career coaches from Forbes Coaches Council offer firsthand insights on leadership development & careers. Leadership skills aren’t stagnant. Different generations moving in and out of the workforce dictate changes to the ways people lead. This is one reason leaders need to be constantly updating their skills.... read more
  • 5 Reasons to Hire a Recruiter December 27, 2016 - Finding the right candidate for your open position is imperative in today’s economy. The cost of selecting the wrong person can run into the hundreds of thousands of dollars, and bad hires can even negatively affect a company’s morale and productivity. At the same time, many hiring managers struggle with the recruiting process, which means bad... read more
  • No Call, No Show…Now What? December 19, 2016 - When an employee fails to report for work without prior notice (“no call/no show”), it can leave you scrambling to find a replacement. To address this issue, employers often include no call/no show guidelines in their attendance policies. Here are some points to consider when drafting and enforcing these types of rules: Communicate clear notice... read more
  • Optimizing Care Transitions: A Key Strategy for Reducing Readmissions BY MARY KAY THALKEN, RN December 14, 2016 - The following sections offer a roadmap of how to re-envision care transitions to increase their reliability and mitigate risk Last year, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) withheld a collective $420 million in reimbursements from half of the nation’s hospitals due to readmission penalties. As CMS continues adding condition- and procedure-specific regulations through... read more
  • The Ten Best Gifts To Give Your Employees December 13, 2016 - Whatever trinket or cash reward you decide to give your team, here are 10 must-have employee gifts for 2017. If your team already has all 10 of these gifts, congratulations to you and to them! 1. The gift of latitude. Let your employees decide how to do their jobs. Within a few weeks on the... read more
  • 8 Things Exceptional Bosses Constantly Tell Their Employees December 13, 2016 - CREDIT: Getty Images Whether you’re managing an intern or running an entire business, your employees’ success (and your own skin) depends on your leadership. Thankfully, the solution for motivating your team and squashing any issues is right at the tip of your tongue. It all starts with communication — the skill experts point to as... read more
  • New I-9 Form Required: What You Need to Know December 12, 2016 - All employers must complete and retain a Form I-9 for each employee at the time of hire. The form is used to verify a new hire’s identity and work authorization. In November 2016, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released a revised version of the I-9. The new version includes several changes designed to... read more
  • ACA Reporting: What You Need to Know to Meet 2017 Deadlines December 5, 2016 - The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires many employers to report health coverage information to the IRS and to their employees annually. The IRS uses the information to enforce the ACA’s “shared responsibility” provisions (sometimes referred to as the individual and employer mandates) and to administer premium tax credits. The reporting requirements differ based on the... read more
  • Office Holiday Party Etiquette November 30, 2016 - Your company’s holiday gathering is just around the corner — time to let loose and party with your coworkers after a long year, right? Wrong. According to business etiquette expert Hilka Klinkenberg, the cardinal rule is to remember that no matter how festive the occasion, it’s still about business. Don’t fall off the fast track... read more
  • Strategies for Minimizing Preventable Medical Errors November 29, 2016 - Prevent medical errors with the following strategies An estimated 440,000 patients die annually in U.S. hospitals as a result of medical errors, according to the Journal of Patient Safety. The implications of this statistic for individuals and our healthcare system are staggering. In fact, it represents the equivalent of eight fully loaded Boeing 737 jets... read more
  • Human Resource Tips: How to Rock Your Employee Onboarding November 29, 2016 - HR industry studies show that a great amount of staff turnover (possibly as high as 20%) can happen in the first 45 days of employment. Replacing those who leave can cost anywhere from $3000 – $18,000, depending on the position and the job market. But what about those workers who do stick around, yet remain... read more
  • Bonuses: Overtime & Tax Considerations November 28, 2016 - Posted by HR Solutions Blog Team on November 28, 2016 at 9:00 AM Some employers use bonuses to reward and recognize high performers, especially during the holiday season. If you award bonuses, here are some overtime and tax rules to consider: Overtime Calculations Under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), non-exempt employees must receive one... read more
  • How to Make Change Stick November 28, 2016 - by Lisa E. Hale, Ph.D. Top-down, command and control doesn’t work any more. What works is finding ways to truly lead – so that your team is inspired, and so they bring their creativity and energy to bear on high level goals. A team that trusts, and is fully on board with the mission, will... read more
  • Holiday Pay: Frequently Asked Questions November 21, 2016 - With the holiday season underway, some employers may be considering whether they have to provide employees with paid time off for certain holidays, or extra pay when they work on a holiday. Here we answer these and other frequently asked questions about holiday pay. Q: Do I have to offer paid holidays to employees? A: Unless... read more
  • Your 2016 Year-End HR Checklist November 14, 2016 - Posted by HR Solutions Blog Team on November 14, 2016 at 9:00 AM As a business owner, the end of the year is marked by many HR and tax-related responsibilities. Use this checklist to help you close out 2016 and prepare for 2017: Compliance Checklist: Refer to ADP’s year-end payroll guide. The guide has clearly defined... read more
  • Employee Engagement Is More Important Than the Customer November 11, 2016 - OCTOBER 19, 2015 READER RESOURCE Problems don’t begin with customers. They start with you and your employees. When customers expect a fantastic experience but receive a third-rate one, you can lose them forever. Brand harmony can fulfill customers’ expectations and stop uninspired in-store experiences. The best way to understand what consumers want is to play... read more
  • Worldwide, 13% of Employees Are Engaged at Work November 11, 2016 - by Steve Crabtree Low workplace engagement offers opportunities to improve business outcomes WASHINGTON, D.C. — Only 13% of employees worldwide are engaged at work, according to Gallup’s new 142-country study on the State of the Global Workplace. In other words, about one in eight workers — roughly 180 million employees in the countries studied —... read more
  • Retaining Top-Tier Employees: 5 Strategies for CHROs November 8, 2016 - by Liz Alton Retaining top-tier employees should be a major concern for HR leadership as organizations face increasing turnover rates and outside competition for their best talent. According to the ADP Workforce Vitality Report, wage growth continues to be a trend as a result of organizations working to improve retention. Turnover is on the rise and... read more
  • 9 Habits Of Highly Emotionally Intelligent People November 7, 2016 - When emotional intelligence first appeared to the masses, it served as the missing link in a peculiar finding: people with average IQs outperform those with the highest IQs 70% of the time. This anomaly threw a massive wrench into what many people had always assumed was the sole source of success—IQ. Decades of research now... read more
  • 6 Human Resources TIPS TO PROMOTE WORKPLACE SAFETY November 7, 2016 - Posted by Guest Blogger November 7, 2016 Each year, employees suffer several common work-related injuries. From muscle sprains to tendonitis and in severe cases, nerve damage. Human resource managers must oversee a number of tasks to ensure a safe working environment. The Occupational Health and Safety Act (OSHA) of 1970 ensures safe working conditions for employees. The... read more
  • The one skill you have to master as a leader November 7, 2016 - By Chester Elton and Adrian Gostick It’s never been harder to lead a team, what with five generations now in the workforce, some of whom work remotely and others globally, some of whom are engaged and others not so much. One skill used to effect to by just about every great manager we study: They... read more
  • 10 Keys to Scheduling Employees November 7, 2016 - Posted by HR Solutions Blog Team on November 7, 2016 at 9:00 AM Smart scheduling practices can help employers manage costs and meet company, customer, and employee needs. This will be especially critical once new overtime rules go into effect on December 1, and more employees qualify for overtime. Here are some tips for managing... read more
  • Exit Interview … Don’t Bother (wait for it . . .) November 2, 2016 - by Donn Carr Recently, a reader asked me what I thought about exit interviews and did I see any value in this awkward event. There was a quick and easy answer to the question. They are bunk and a colossal waste of time. Now hear me out. Think about the last time you participated in... read more
  • 4 Incredibly Common Hiring Mistakes — And How To Prevent Them November 2, 2016 - By Brad Wolff Hiring right is one of the most important decisions a company can make. Hire the right person and you increase productivity and retention. Hire the wrong person and you increase turnover, decrease productivity and waste a lot of time and money. Here are some common hiring mistakes most companies make — and... read more
  • The 5 Secrets Of Great Interviewers November 2, 2016 - In today’s market, it’s imperative to utilize interviewing techniques that will maximize your effectiveness in hiring the right people for the right roles. With more than 20 years’ experience as a top producer in the recruitment and search industry, I have found there are five secrets that are key to being a great interviewer. The... read more
  • Cool Non-Cash Benefits Your Employees Will Love November 2, 2016 - BY COELI CARR, Freelance writer Leon Rbibo, co-founder and president of the Pearl Source, in Los Angeles, which sells pearls online, accidently discovered that noncash bonuses speak as eloquently as greenbacks. The 10-year-old firm with annual revenue of $10 million was keen on attracting high-caliber, customer-oriented talent. “We wanted our team members to feel empowered, vested... read more
  • 10 Overtime Practices that Can Land You in Hot Water October 31, 2016 - With new overtime rules effective December 1, 2016, employers’ overtime practices may face more scrutiny. To help you prepare, here are 10 practices to avoid. #1: Problematic practice: Unauthorized overtime will not be paid. Under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), overtime must be paid whenever an employee works more than 40 hours in... read more
  • Never Say This to An Employee! October 31, 2016 - Posted by HR Solutions Blog Team on March 30, 2015 at 11:00 AM Sometimes, employers make comments to employees without realizing the impact of their statements. Misconstrued statements may lower employee morale, or worse, result in breach of contract, discrimination or other employee complaints. Here are some statements to avoid in the workplace: Promises: Avoid:... read more
  • Six things that make a good workplace great October 24, 2016 - by Mary Barra A few weeks ago, I was in Silicon Valley where I spent time at Stanford, Cruise Automation and Lyft. I enjoyed delivering the commencement address at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business’ graduation, and it was exciting to meet the teams as we continue to redefine personal transportation. The energy reminded me of a... read more
  • These Are the 7 (Completely Free) Perks the Best Employees Crave October 24, 2016 - by Justin Bariso The war for top talent is fiercer than ever. It goes without saying that you need great compensation and benefits to attract quality employees. But every day, headhunters and rival companies are working hard to lure your best people away. Which raises the question: What are you doing to keep them around? If you’re serious about retaining... read more
  • Is Your Employee Ready to Be a Manager? October 21, 2016 - You have an ambitious team member who’s asking to be promoted to manager. He’s great at his job, but is he really ready to lead? How do you judge his skills and experience? What’s the best way to measure his potential? What the Experts Say As a manager, you’re always on the lookout for the... read more
  • It Takes Talent To Become A Top Recruiter October 17, 2016 - Job seekers these days have few advantages when applying for jobs if they don’t have an inside contact to smooth the path. The best recruiters make it easy to connect and make it possible to forge a working relationship with the brand. A recruiters job is to find top talent, yes, but a big part... read more
  • EEOC Updates Retaliation Guidance October 14, 2016 - Recently, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) published updated guidance on the anti-relation provisions under federal equal employment opportunity (EEO) laws. The guidance provides employers with important information about how the EEOC will interpret anti-retaliation rules for enforcement purposes. Background: Retaliation is prohibited under several federal EEO laws, including Title VII, the Age Discrimination... read more
  • 6 Policies & Practices to Update Now October 14, 2016 - With recent regulatory activity, including new overtime rules, a flurry of paid sick leave laws, and new agency guidance on employment discrimination, now is a good time to evaluate your policies and procedures to ensure compliance. Here are six issues to address before the start of 2017. Employment Classifications: New overtime rules, effective December 1, 2016,... read more
  • New Overtime Rules Effective Dec. 1: How to Calculate Overtime Pay October 14, 2016 - The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires employers to pay “non-exempt” employees at least the minimum wage for each hour worked as well as overtime pay for all hours worked in excess of 40 in a workweek. There are exemptions from these requirements for employees that meet certain salary and job duties tests. Effective December... read more
  • VP explains why ‘boomerang employees’ are becoming the new normal October 14, 2016 - Brendan Browne, Contributor Jerry Brown served as governor of California in the 1980s and 2010s. Jack Dorsey founded Square between his two stints as CEO of Twitter. Michael Jordan even tried baseball before coming back to carry the Bulls to three more championships. These are all examples of a growing career trend called “boomeranging.” A... read more
  • Unique Things Great Bosses Do Every Day October 14, 2016 - by Dr. Travis Bradberry We’ve all heard the adage, “People don’t leave bad jobs; they leave bad bosses.” It makes great fodder for after-work gripe sessions, but is there really any data to back the claim up? As it turns out, there’s a ton. In one study, 61% of those working for bad bosses said they... read more
  • What’s pushing your team members away from you? October 14, 2016 - A team is made up of team members, but it’s the manager who builds that team. He’s the one who brings people together and aligns them towards the goal. This is why they say that the success of a team largely depends upon the way a manager handles it. But, that’s not how things work... read more
  • Want to become a great manager? Then stop being a manager October 14, 2016 - by Vartika Kashyap We all are managers in our own sense. I mean, we all manage our life. No matter a student or a football player, we all have to strike the right balance between different facets to become successful at whatever we are doing. We won’t be able to live a good life unless we... read more
  • How to become adept at the art of saying NO, gently October 14, 2016 - by Vartika Kashyap Saying no to someone is perhaps the hardest job in this world. But, the fact of the matter is that you just cannot help everyone all the time. There can be times when you are preoccupied doing certain things that you just cannot help others and you have to disappoint them by saying... read more
  • Using Clinical Evidence to Understand the Value of Medical Devices October 12, 2016 - FEATURE: LESLIE FLICK AND JULIE SCHULZ, MD, MPH MEMBERS IN A HOSPITAL CONSORTIUM HAVE REDESIGNED HOW THEY MANAGE THEIR CLINICAL PRODUCT SPEND BY ENGAGING CLINICIANS WITH SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE THAT HELPS THEM DETERMINE THE TRUE VALUE OF DEVICES.   In 2014, finance and clinical leaders at Health Future, LLC, a Medford, Ore.-based consortium of independent hospitals... read more
  • “I’ll Be Online Later” October 11, 2016 - by Sara Holoubek “I’ll be online later,” you say, grabbing your laptop as you head out the door. “Please don’t,” say a growing number of CEOs who are radically rethinking the modern workday. Prompted by Millennials who value work-life balance, an increasingly global workforce spanning time zones, and devices that allow us to connect anywhere, anytime,... read more
  • What Every CEO With A Millennial Sales Force Should Know October 10, 2016 - by Jacco van der Kooij There is systemic failure across B2B sales organizations to hit growth targets. Some blame “the Millennials” for being unable to sell, “the market” for taking a turn, or that the targets are “too big”. Seeing it first hand I notice that the market continues to grow with more and more customers... read more
  • The Impact of Communication in Healthcare October 3, 2016 - Posted by Jerry Stone Communication in healthcare is a complex series of connections and critical interactions between patients, providers, staff, and organizations. From check-in or registration, to seeing the physician and everything in between, there are numerous points at which communication can be broken and impact a patient’s outcome and overall experience.  The Joint Commission estimates... read more
  • 5 Forgotten Factors that Have Big Impact on Patient Satisfaction October 3, 2016 - Posted by Jerry Stone The patient experience is much more than a few minutes with a doctor. Patients shape their perception of healthcare interaction along a wide range of experiences that stretch from the moment an appointment is scheduled until the final bill is paid. Unfortunately, with all the talk of value-based care and CAHPS®... read more
  • How to Handle Political Discussions This Election Season October 3, 2016 - Posted by HR Solutions Blog Team on October 3, 2016 at 9:00 AM As this year’s Presidential election approaches, you may hear employees expressing their political views and wonder about restricting political discussion in the workplace. Whether you want to preserve employee morale or maintain productivity, below are some factors to consider before addressing political... read more
  • We’ve got a Physical Restraint! Now what? 7 Steps to Assess September 30, 2016 - When the interdisciplinary team determines that the use of physical restraints is the appropriate course of action, and there is a signed physician order that gives the medical symptom supporting the use of the restraint, the least restrictive manual method or physical or mechanical device, material or equipment that will meet the resident’s needs must... read more
  • Uniforms, Tools, and Equipment: Do I Have to Pay for That? September 27, 2016 - Posted by HR Solutions Blog Team Because employer’s face significant costs to purchase, maintain, and replace uniforms, tools, and equipment, it’s no surprise that some employers ask whether they can shift these costs to employees. Below we answer frequently asked questions about paying for uniforms, tools and equipment. Q: What laws may affect whether I can... read more
  • Successful Change Management Involves Employees September 26, 2016 - Organizational change initiatives fail at an alarming rate The digitization spiral is driving tremendous changes in the ways businesses and other organizations operate. Many traditional organizations are beginning to accept, in theory at least, that they must either change or die. Strategically managing organizational change is critical to implementing new programs and initiatives, and ultimately,... read more
  • TOP 12 REASONS WHY PEOPLE RESIST CHANGE September 26, 2016 - Expecting resistance to change and planning for it from the start of your change management progamme will allow you to effectively manage objections. Understanding the most common reasons people object to change gives you the opportunity to plan your change strategy to address these factors. It’s not possible to be aware of all sources of... read more
  • KEY ELEMENTS IN CREATING A HIGH PERFORMANCE CULTURE September 26, 2016 - High performance culture are not dependent on one simple factor High performance culture are not dependent on one simple factor or as a result of one or two things. The entire context you operate in greatly impacts your results. This context includes the culture of the company – how things get done, how decisions get made,... read more
  • How to Hold People Accountable – Performance Management September 26, 2016 - Everybody, somebody, anybody, and nobody Does this little story sound familiar? “This is a story of four people named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, and Nobody. There was an important job to be done and Everybody was asked to do it. Everybody was sure Somebody would do it.  Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it.... read more
  • TOP 40+ QUESTIONS TO ASK BEFORE EMBARKING ON ANY CHANGE September 26, 2016 - by Torben Rick Organizational change management checklist Companies increasingly face competitive pressures related to rapid and continuous adaptationto a complex, dynamic and highly interconnected global environment. Dealing with or managing any type of change is now a common occurrence in most organizations. In recent years, technological growth, the information age, changes in habits, changes in... read more
  • 20 TIPS TO IMPROVE EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT AND PERFORMANCE September 26, 2016 - by Torben Rick High levels of employee engagement in an organization are linked to superior business performance, including increased profitability, productivity, employee retention, customer metrics and safety levels. That’s way we all want employees to be engaged at work, right? But how can we actually get there? Here are 20 tips: #1 – Communicate clear... read more
  • Six Stages of Measuring Your Patient Experience September 22, 2016 - by Dr Avnesh Ratnanesan In our mission to serve the lives of millions in healthcare, I am often asked to speak at conferences, share my ideas, interview hospital CEOs as well as connect and collaborate with healthcare experts and Patient Experience (PX) champions. A key lesson I’ve learnt is the need for healthcare providers to understand... read more
  • An Unexpected Way to Stop People from Quitting September 19, 2016 - by Ryan Holmes At my company, year after year we score high in our employee satisfaction surveys. Yet, despite these results, we still see a sizeable chunk of annual staff turnover. This has always bothered me. If people love the company, why are they leaving? In part, it’s simply a sign of the times. Millennials change... read more
  • 15 Traits of a Terrible Leader September 19, 2016 - What all managers and CEOs should fix, stat (or risk having a bad reputation and a toxic work environment) January 13, 2015 We all know you. Our hearts beat fast and our palms get sweaty when we hear your chair squeak and your door creak open. Because we know the next thing we’ll hear is... read more
  • 10 Ways Successful People Stay Calm September 19, 2016 - The ability to remain calm under pressure is a massive predictor of success. In this article, originally posted on LinkedIn Pulse provide 10 strategies you can start using today. The ability to manage your emotions and remain calm under pressure has a direct link to your performance. At TalentSmart, we have conducted research with more than... read more
  • Rohn: 7 Personality Traits of a Great Leader September 19, 2016 - The qualities of skillful leadership – by Jim Rohn If you want to be a leader who attracts quality people, the key is to become a person of quality yourself. Leadership is the ability to attract someone to the gifts, skills and opportunities you offer as an owner, as a manager, as a parent.16 Jim Rohn... read more
  • How to improve the patient experience in ER waiting rooms September 19, 2016 - If you work in healthcare it will come as no surprise to you that patients are no longer simply patients, they are consumers too. Even when patients rush to the nearest emergency room (ER) to save life and limb, they will evaluate their care by the cleanliness of your waiting room and how they were... read more
  • 8 Things Employees Desperately Wish Managers Would Do More September 14, 2016 - by Bernard Marr The gulf between manager and employee can often seem impossibly wide. Yet employees in these situations rarely feel empowered to offer criticism (even constructive criticism) to their superiors at work. But what would they say if they could? TINYPulse asked 1,000 workers what they would change about their managers, and many of the... read more
  • Five Signs You Need A Pay Raise — And Five You Don’t September 13, 2016 - Liz Ryan Shutterstock Everybody wants to get paid more money, so we can’t blame managers for being skeptical when someone says “I need a raise!” Every manager, supervisor and team leader has heard “I need a raise!” a million times. When you decide to pitch your boss on the idea of giving you a pay... read more
  • 9 Policies & Procedures That Can Land You in Hot Water September 12, 2016 - Posted by HR Solutions Blog Team It is a best practice for employers to communicate important rules, guidelines and information to employees through written policies. It is equally important for employers to develop procedures to consistently address workplace issues. While a lack of policies and procedures can lead to a host of problems, ill-conceived policies... read more
  • 9 Recruiting Mistakes to Avoid September 12, 2016 - Posted by HR Solutions Blog Team Are you ready to hire? The steps you take now can mean the difference between a quality hire and a subpar one. As a small business owner, a poor hiring decision can have a significant impact on your bottom line. Here are nine mistakes to avoid when recruiting new... read more
  • 10 Interview Questions That Can Land You in Hot Water September 12, 2016 - Posted by HR Solutions Blog Team Hiring decisions must be based on objective, job-related criteria, without considering factors such as race, gender, age, or other protected characteristics that are unrelated to the job. To help ensure that you only consider job-related information, avoid interview questions that may directly or indirectly reveal that an applicant is... read more
  • Employment Applications: What to Avoid, What to Include September 12, 2016 - Posted by HR Solutions Blog Team An employment application is intended to provide your company with an opportunity to make specific inquiries into an applicant’s work and educational background in a standardized way. The standardized collection of data can make it easier to identify which candidates meet the minimum qualifications for the job and to... read more
  • An HR Department of One? You’re Not Alone September 12, 2016 - osted by HR Solutions Blog Team Most small businesses don’t have a dedicated human resources department. Instead, many have a single person who is responsible for, among other things, HR responsibilities and employee-related issues. Managing HR responsibilities alone can be daunting, whether you are a seasoned veteran or new to the role. Below we offer... read more
  • Pre-Employment Tests: The Benefits and Risks September 12, 2016 - Posted by HR Solutions Blog Team The costs of a bad hire are high. To help make better hiring decisions, some employers use pre-employment tests to further evaluate job applicants. These tests are designed to assess a candidate’s skills and suitability for the position. Common pre-employment tests include: Cognitive tests – assess reasoning, memory, perceptual... read more
  • Job Offers: Do’s and Don’ts September 12, 2016 - Posted by HR Solutions Blog Team on September 12, 2016 at 9:00 AM When you are ready to offer a job to an applicant, there are steps you can take to help increase the likelihood of acceptance and help ensure the employment relationship gets started on the right foot. Here are some do’s and don’ts... read more
  • Even Great Managers Can’t Keep the Best Employees September 12, 2016 - BY LARRY KIM – Founder and CTO, WordStream CREDIT: Getty Images Given the cost of losing great employees (and hiring and training new ones), employee retention is a major issue for businesses of all types and sizes. In fact, lost mid-range employees — those earning $30,000 to $50,000 a year — cost 20% of their annual... read more
  • 8 Signs an Employee Is Exceptional (Which Never Appear on Performance Evaluations) September 12, 2016 - Many are good. Some are superior. And a few–just a few–are exceptional. Here’s how to tell the difference. BY JEFF HADEN, Contributing editor, Inc. CREDIT: Getty Images We can all spot a great employee: she’s dependable, proactive, hardworking, a great leader, and a great follower. She brings a wide variety of easily defined–but hard to find–skills... read more
  • How to Be Super Productive Every Week Without Losing Your Mind September 12, 2016 - BY THOMAS OPPONG Founding editor, AllTopStartups CREDIT: Getty Images You will work better when you find and stick to habits that work best for you. You can’t use every productive habit you read about. The most successful people you know stick to habits that produce the most results. You can achieve high performance if you focus... read more
  • The 1 Thing Successful Teams Do Every Monday September 12, 2016 - CREDIT: Getty Images It’s Monday morning and you’re starting your work week. Most people get right to answering emails, attending meetings, or dealing with that “hot” issue that simply must be addressed. But jumping right into the flow is rarely the most valuable or productive thing to do. Remember the words of Dwight D. Eisenhower:... read more
  • 5 Surprising Ways to Get People Excited About Their Jobs September 12, 2016 - BY LOLLY DASKAL President and CEO, Lead From Within CREDIT: Getty Images A recent Gallup poll shows something many of us already suspected: people are not terribly enthusiastic about their work. In a measure of employee engagement–that is, involvement, enthusiasm, and commitment–51 percent were described as “not engaged” while another 17 percent were “actively disengaged.” If those... read more
  • 4 Simple Ways To Use Brainstorming Techniques Outside of a Brainstorm September 12, 2016 - CREDIT: Getty Images I led my first brainstorming session five years ago. I prepared for the session for weeks beforehand, from meeting with expert facilitators to planning activities and organizing logistics. The session itself pulled our entire team away from immediate tasks and took an entire morning. The brainstorm was undeniably helpful, but it banked on... read more
  • The Morning Routine That Will Save You 20 Hours a Week September 7, 2016 - BY BENJAMIN P. HARDY The first 3 hours of your day are your most precious for maximized productivity. CREDIT: Getty Images The traditional 9-5 workday is poorly structured for high productivity. Perhaps when most work was physical labor it made sense, but not in the knowledge-working world we now live in. Although this may seem... read more
  • Jerry Seinfeld’s 3 Keys to Success (and How Most People Stop After the Second) September 7, 2016 - CREDIT: Getty Images  Here’s something really obvious yet also really easy to forget: successful people are successful because they do things differently than other people. They think and believe and operate differently than most other people — and in the process, they achieve differently than most other people. Here’s another thing that’s really obvious: Jerry... read more
  • 6 Retirement Plan Options for Small Businesses September 6, 2016 - Posted by HR Solutions Blog Team on September 6, 2016 The right retirement benefit can help employers attract and retain talented employees and demonstrate their commitment to employees’ long-term financial goals. While small employers may have concerns about the cost and complexity of administering a retirement plan, there are a number of options that are... read more
  • Self-Awareness and the Candor Gauge September 6, 2016 - by Kim Malone Scott I received the following question from one of our readers: I was facilitating an internal assertiveness workshop, and one of the dynamics I noticed was that, while everyone was engaged, and I think took away some useful insights, there was a thread of lack of personal awareness that seemed to stop some... read more
  • How Integrity Tests Get Honest Answers September 1, 2016 - Integrity tests are one type of pre-hire personality test that seeks to determine how likely it is that a person may engage incounterproductive work behaviors, such as theft, fraud, or tardiness. Most personality tests measure a person’s traits and behavioral tendencies through a series of targeted questions, but the way in which different tests go... read more
  • LENGTHY HIRING PRACTICES, MOTIVATION MISCONCEPTIONS HINDER EMPLOYERS August 30, 2016 - July 12, 2016 Lengthy hiring practices and misconceptions about what motivates top candidates to make a job move are causing companies to lose out on high performers in an already tight talent market, according to the 2016 a Recruiter & Employer Sentiment Study. Companies that want to attract and retain the best talent will need... read more
  • Sell More By Applying This Science-of-Persuasion Technique Today August 26, 2016 - by Dan Rexford Because Cialdini’s Principles of Ethical Influence are powerful but not widely applied, I want to give you a series of articles with practical, proven techniques you can use. This is my second article in the series. These aren’t magic bullets but if you apply these techniques your closing ratios will improve. Calculate what... read more
  • Manage Own Performance in a Business Environment August 26, 2016 - 1. Explain the purpose and benefits of planning work and being accountable to others for your own work. With a plan we can get a rough estimate of at least how much time the course of action would take. The advantages of planning: · Planning gives a rough estimate of the time required for completion... read more
  • Crisis Management: Ten Important Steps August 26, 2016 - By Jonathan Bernstein Crisis: Any situation that is threatening or could threaten to harm people or property, seriously interrupt business, significantly damage reputation and/or negatively impact the bottom line. Every organization is vulnerable to crises. The days of playing ostrich are gone. You can play, but your stakeholders will not be understanding or forgiving because... read more
  • 3 Leadership Strategies That Increase Sales Performance August 26, 2016 - By Lydia Dishman Competitive. Numbers-driven. Results-oriented. If these words describe your sales team, you as their leader are likely under constant pressure to perform at the highest level. That kind of tension can help increase sales performance, or it can drag everyone down. When you’re the most visible and accountable for their performance, it’s easy to... read more
  • Nepotism Policies: What Employers Need to Know August 25, 2016 - Posted by HR Solutions Blog Team on August 22, 2016 at 9:00 AM When relatives work for the same employer, the potential for favoritism (nepotism) and conflicts of interest exists, especially when one relative has a supervisory role over the other. Whether favoritism toward a family member is real or perceived, it can have a... read more
  • 15 Must-Have HR Policies and Forms August 25, 2016 - Posted by HR Solutions Blog Team Disseminating and storing the right employment information and documentation can help demonstrate compliance with federal, state, and local laws. Below are some “must-have” policies and forms. Workplace Policies: Some laws require employers to communicate workplace information to employees in writing. In the absence of a specific requirement, employers should... read more
  • The Biggest Concern of any organisation should be . . . August 25, 2016 - by Simranjit Walia The Biggest Concern of any organisation should be when their most passionate people become quiet.   In complete sync with the thought process and quite a meaningful “one liner” that has much deeper meaning.  Work place is social place and in a social atmosphere “silence” can transpire into both negative or positive vibes.... read more
  • Why more hospitals are turning to remote pharmacy solutions to ensure patient satisfaction and protect the bottom line August 25, 2016 - Written by Tamara Rosin “Doing more with less” has become the new standard practice for hospitals and health systems. At the same time, clinical teams and staff are held increasingly responsible for improving the quality of care, outcomes and the patient experience. The hospital pharmacy in particular has adopted a wider range of responsibilities since... read more
  • 7 customer service principles that can change your business August 24, 2016 - by Jasmine N. Onyemachi Remember when the company was king? Today it’s the customer that wears the crown — and customer service has become a key driver of business success. So let’s stop thinking of support as a cost center, and start recognizing customer service for what it is: an opportunity waiting to happen. Here... read more
  • How to Make Feedback Feel Normal August 23, 2016 - by Joseph Grenny I’ve spent much of my career teaching people how to have “crucial conversations.” In the work place, most crucial conversations are about feedback – the process of helping others improve by pointing out deficiencies in their behavior or work. I’ve realized lately that a lot of my work could have been avoided... read more
  • They Don’t Even Say ‘Hi’ To Me When I Come To Work August 23, 2016 - By Susan Saldibar Building great workplace cultures represents a huge opportunity for the senior living sector. But is anyone doing something about it? Sobering Numbers By 2050 the population of seniors living in the U.S. will double. That’s good news for senior living providers. Except that we will need about 1.2 million workers by 2025... read more
  • What If Your Team Was All A-Players? August 23, 2016 - By Dean Sippel Not everyone on a team can be an A player, right? Steve Jobs, among others, would say, “Wrong!” “The Mac team was an attempt to build a whole team like [Woz], A players,” Jobs described. “People said that they wouldn’t get along, they’d hate working with each other. But I realized that... read more
  • How to Bring Disruptive But Lasting Change in the Workplace August 23, 2016 - by Anurag Harsh When you want to change your circumstances, you have to commit fully. Action cannot wait. Taking the time to consider the pros and cons, to cook up a strategy, to weigh out the evidence is not precursor to change but rather a concerted effort to bring to life a reality that as of... read more
  • Are ‘Stress Interviews’ Effective? August 23, 2016 - by Liz Ryan Shutterstock Dear Liz, I am not a supervisor at my job but a few months ago they sent me to interview training anyway. They want me to occasionally interview candidates for our department. I really liked the training. I sat through two fake and two real interviews within a few weeks of the... read more
  • 7 simple ways to improve communication and in doing so, improve the patient experience August 22, 2016 -   We all know that good communication lies at the core of quality patient care, but what does good communication look (or sound) like and are you really sure that you’re practicing it? Here’s 7 areas to think about when it comes to having good communication with your patients… Use good manners Good manners may... read more
  • The Single Most Poisonous Factor in the Workplace Today August 19, 2016 - by Ben Judah The most important commodity at any work environment is the people.  Without a motivated, well trained and talented team behind it, even the best technology will falter and fail.  Companies such as Google, Facebook and Netflix have pushed the boundaries on working conditions to attract new employees, with impressive catering, unlimited holidays and... read more

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