5 Ways to Pre-Board Hires and Improve Employee Experience
March 31, 2017
5 Ways to Pre-Board New Hires and Improve the Employee Experience In today’s world of instant gratification, today’s workforce expects a good experience fast and are willing to walk if their expectations aren’t met. According to the Harvard Business Review, almost 33 percent of new hires start searching for a different job within the first […]
3 Mistakes Managers Make During Performance Reviews (And How to Fix Them)
March 29, 2017
3 Mistakes Managers Make During Performance Reviews (And How to Fix Them) Are you and your employees prepared for their annual performance reviews? While every organization approaches performance reviews differently, one commonality remains the same: Performance reviews are an important part of the employer’s role. 3 Tips for Your Next Performance Review The approach your […]
4 Ways Strategic HR Moves Your Company Forward
March 21, 2017
4 Ways Strategic HR Moves Your Company Forward Business leaders are realizing that skill shortages and disruptions in the workforce will change everything. The link between effective talent management and profitability becomes more evident every day. As a result, the C-suite is looking to HR to attract, build, engage and retain the talent their business […]
5 Steps to Growing Future Leaders
March 8, 2017
5 Steps to Growing Future Leaders As baby boomers retire and thriving companies encounter rapid growth, one issue facing organizations today is the ability to identify new leaders. Leadership is a skill that’s not quickly or easily taught. It requires experience, coaching and formal training. Unfortunately, the time and financial investment required to build up an […]
LMS 101: 4 Ways to Boost Employee Engagement with a Learning Management System
March 3, 2017
Learning Management Systems 101 is a weekly blog series exploring how employers can rethink traditional employee training and move toward e-learning solutions, which are faster, easier to access, and more cost effective. “4 Ways to Boost Employee Engagement with a Learning Management System” is the fourth post of the series. LMS 101: 4 Ways to Boost […]
Are Your Employees Planning to Leave in 2017?
February 28, 2017
Are Your Employees Planning to Leave in 2017? If you manage a team of five or more people, chances are at least one of your direct reports are considering a change of employers in the next ten months. According to the latest CareerBuilder survey, more than one in five American workers, or 22 percent, are […]
An Open Letter to HR
February 8, 2017
Dear HR, We know you are juggling the challenges of managing benefits, payroll, hiring and onboarding. The struggle is real, right? We understand these tasks are crucial to the success of the organization, but we need information. When do we need it? Typically, at 4:50 p.m. on a Friday, when all you want to do is […]
4 Great Business Books That Aren’t Business Books
February 3, 2017
These books are not “business” by category definition, but the tales they tell impart valuable business lessons for any reader, from the intern pool to the C-suite.
5 Tips for Your HR Budget
January 23, 2017
5 Tips for Your HR Budget Today’s HR budget is multifaceted, largely due to HR’s shift from a traditional operational role to strategic business partner. No longer viewed as simply “personnel,” HR now consists of many aspects, all of which must be considered when planning the department budget. While there is no fixed rule concerning […]
Three Must-have Conversations for the New Year
December 30, 2016
Three Must-have Conversations for the New Year Everyone should consider having the following three conversations over the course of the next few weeks. Taking this time with your direct reports, yourself and your spouse will only improve the beginning of your new year. Speak With Your Squad As for your direct reports, many individuals– especially […]
What You Need to Know About the Recently Updated I-9 Form
November 22, 2016
What You Need to Know About the New I-9 On Nov. 14 the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a new version of the Form I-9 which is used to verify the identity and employment authorization of workers. When is it Valid? While the revised version is available now, you can still use the […]
Human Governance: An Essential HCM Strategy
October 7, 2016
Human Governance: An Essential HCM Strategy People are the pulse of any organization. Intimately linked to organizational health and lifespan, they directly influence whether success or failure prevails. So the question is: How can organizations manage their people to ensure success? The answer lies in human governance. Human Governance vs. Corporate Governance To understand human […]
5 Worth-It Tools for Advanced HR Management
August 10, 2016
Remember when the human resource function within most companies was largely administrative? Josh Bersin paints the picture perfectly when he describes traditional HR as being “focused on service delivery, staying efficient and reducing cost and headcount.”[i] But, times are changing. HR’s realm of responsibility – and the impact it has on the business at large […]
3 Ways to Safeguard Your Company’s Culture
July 13, 2016
Founders and early employees are the ones who develop the company’s cultural blueprint. If not intentionally managed, the culture can dissipate.
Autonomy in Workplace Learning: Invest in Your Employees, Invest in Your Business
June 24, 2016
The one-size-fits-all approach to learning isn’t perfect. Attendees sit in large, group settings, taking in the same information.
Ditch the Hassle of Garnishments Before Garnishments Hassle You
May 31, 2016
Two definitions exist for the word “garnishment.” One is like the sprig of parsley on your dinner plate: mere ornamental dressing to which you may not pay any attention.
California and New York Set $15 Minimum Wage Precedent
April 11, 2016
In 2014 SeaTac, Washington became the first city to enact the nation’s highest minimum wage of $15 per hour.
Fight for $15: Tentative Deal for Minimum Wage Increase in California
March 30, 2016
Minimum wage will increase to $10.50 an hour next year in California and gradually increase to $15 in the years to come.
3 Reasons Why One Way Is Better
March 17, 2016
For HR alone, your company might need tools for applicant tracking, onboarding, learning management, performance evaluations, benefits management, expense reporting, analytics, payroll, back
6 Tips for Building and Sustaining a Transparent Culture
February 17, 2016
Fraud. The word conjures images of large-scale scandals in which wrongdoing can be measured in the billions.
HR Resolution: Win the War on Engagement
December 31, 2015
Stop. Take a breath. When is the last time you just took a moment? There is a lot of demand for our time and unfortunately it’s only getting worse.
5 Things Executives of Learning Organizations Know
November 11, 2015
The concept of the learning organization has flourished since Peter M. Senge’s The Fifth Discipline hit the business world in 1990.
How to Prepare for Talent in the 22nd Century
October 19, 2015
Decades ago, it was easy to assume that a company’s talent needs wouldn’t change from year to year. Today, that’s no longer the case, with a growing number of companies reinventing themselves to leverage digital technologies to compete for the best talent. Even those that haven’t transformed are taking steps to review their processes of talent acquisition.
4 Reasons to Embrace Big Data … and Good Data
October 8, 2015
HR folks didn’t invent Big Data, but often, they feel like they’re the first to be overwhelmed by it. And not just the raw amount of data that could be at their disposal, but the avalanche of hype surrounding its use, too.
Software Shows the Way as Companies Attempt to Navigate ACA Compliance
September 21, 2015
With nearly 11,000 pages of rules and regulations — and 47 significant changes since its inception — the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is one of the most complex, compliance-related burdens businesses ever will face. Add the risk of millions of dollars in fines for noncompliance and it appears that this federal legislation has created more anxiety and confusion than someone trying to navigate through a large metropolitan city with an outdated paper map.
3 Steps to Strategic HR Revealed
August 19, 2015
The secret is out: to be the strategic leader your business needs, follow these three best practices. Know your business in addition to the business of HR. To really know the business inside and out you must be able to answer questions like, How does our organization make money? What are our costs? What does […]
3 Reasons HR Software is Underutilized
July 30, 2015
Have you ever bought anything from a store’s “as seen on TV” section? I’m guilty of it and the proud owner of my own personal Snuggie – an ingenious idea. Odds are, many of the impulse items you purchase end up on top of a bookshelf where it serves as a dust collector. Perhaps the same is true of your HRIS software, but unlike The Shake Weight, your HR software serves a more profound purpose.
3 Reasons Why Companies Should Care About Employee Health
June 16, 2015
May has come and gone; unfortunately, so has the focus on health in the American workplace. According to the Integrated Benefits Institute, poor health costs the U.S. economy $576 billion a year, which is just one reason why it is important to continue health discussions.
4 Steps Toward a Talent Strategy Built for Gold
May 12, 2015
Would you consider your organization to be a competitive player when it comes to talent? Research reveals a less than stellar reality for many organizations. In fact, a recent Bersin by Deloitte study indicates that 70 to 80 percent of organizations lack a talent strategy, and if you want to be a champion in the market, you have to have a great strategy.
3 Easy Steps to Drive Organizational Efficiencies
April 16, 2015
With today’s technologies, workplace e-Learning tools and web-based learning management systems (LMS) have made it easier than ever for organizations to develop and deliver employee training.
Redefine Employee Engagement Today for a Prosperous Tomorrow
March 18, 2015
Whether it’s improving employee engagement, increasing growth opportunities, achieving greater efficiencies or expanding skill sets, organizations across the country have similar goals. That means they also face many of the same challenges. With the correct learning management system (LMS), organizations can better meet these demands, while also creating a more nimble and productive workforce.
Work as We Know It: Redefined
March 11, 2015
Everything you used to know about work? Throw it out. Human resources (HR) departments today must operate in a whole new working world – a world that requires dramatic change and innovative thinking. It challenges existing practices – how leaders are developed, how teams are engaged and how work is designed. It’s all different.
The Secret Behind Building a Great Company
February 17, 2015
Ross Perot, Andy Grove, Kobun Chino Otogowa, Regis McKenna… what do all these names have in common? They were all mentors to Steve Jobs. Jobs knew that having the support of a network of seasoned individuals was instrumental in growing his business. In fact, Otogowa is credited with advising Jobs to start Apple rather than become a Zen monk. Without the advice and support from strong mentors, Apple may have looked very different.
The Inside Scoop: How to Find Out What Your Employees Aren’t Telling You
February 4, 2015
We talk a lot about employee engagement on this blog, and for good reason: Companies with an engaged workforce outperform those without by nearly 202 percent. Today, we’re not here to drill such stats into your head – besides, that one makes a pretty solid case on its own – but to discuss how businesses can engage their employees by surveying each and every one of them.
The Power of One: Why the Best Solution to HR Needs Is a Single Digit
January 20, 2015
With today’s cable television options numbering into the hundreds, Bruce Springsteen’s 1992 dismissal of the medium as “57 Channels (and Nothin’ On)” looks positively quaint. Clearly, hungry viewers reaching for the remote control are bound to find something that appeals directly to them, if not several somethings.
5 New Year’s Resolutions for HR Departments
January 9, 2015
Many New Year’s resolutions circling the office are the same as last year’s, but several resolutions exist that HR professionals can employ to have significant impacts on your organization.
More than 50 Percent of Employees Confused About Open Enrollment
November 4, 2014
Open enrollment can strike fear in the hearts and minds of many. Because let’s face it: Benefits can be confusing. According to the 2014 AFLAC Workforces Report, 73 percent of employees think health care reform is too complicated to understand. For HR professionals, this statistic is a huge concern. Perhaps the reason for this confusion is a gap in communication between HR and employees. How did this happen? How can HR keep employees engaged? The solution is quite simple: Educate, educate, educate.
Step Two: Cut Off Supplies to the Undead
October 28, 2014
How will you survive the zombie apocalypse that is open enrollment? We all know that the undead don’t need braces, but could breaks in how you administer your benefits leave zombies on your company’s paid benefits? Research shows that the complexity of open enrollment is the top concern for employers and employees. Such intricacy can cause errors, additional costs, long processing time and an overall drain on your HR department. Don’t fall victim to this terrifying task; prepare yourself and your employees for survival.
What Happens When They’re ‘Just Not That into You’
October 7, 2014
After a magical first meeting, Betty was sure she had found “the one.” All the bells and whistles looked amazing as the sales rep showed off the product on his personal computer. The reports were pre-populated for her to view, and at that moment, everything just felt right. Now it’s almost payday and Betty is racking her brain because the numbers just aren’t adding up. She’s called customer support three times, but no one seems to be available. Where are they when you really need them? Despite the magic of that first encounter, Betty was beginning to have second thoughts.
The King of Cashola or CFO, Which Do You Prefer?
September 11, 2014
If you could choose any job in the world, what would it be? King of Cashola, Prince of Payroll, Master of Awesome? This is exactly what one nonprofit allowed their employees to do and it resulted in an overwhelmingly positive response. Can it work for you?
How to Defeat the Summer Blues in the Workplace
July 22, 2014
Are your employees struggling to stay motivated? Are they longing to be outside, on the beach? Are they lacking in engagement and productivity because the only thing on their mind is the warm summer breeze? If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions, chances are your employees are experiencing the Summer Time Blues.
2014 SHRM Recap: Finding the Right Vendor is Tough
July 1, 2014
If you weren’t at #SHRM14 this past weekend, then you missed out. A torrent of thought-provoking insights on leadership, developing a smarter workforce, advancing technologies and other HR initiatives were buzzing on the conference floors and Twitter as well. With all of the excitement surrounding these new HR strategies and offerings comes a number of questions and concerns. If you found yourself overwhelmed by the amount of information you received at SHRM and you’re not sure how to navigate through it all, hopefully this post will help you to iron a few things out, specifically when it comes to switching providers.
Advance HR Functions with Document Management
June 19, 2014
Even in our digital age, paper remains a vital commodity for doing businesses. As an International Data Corporation study reported, “U.S.-based companies spend $25 billion to $35 billion processing (filing, storing and retrieving) paper.” Management of these documents pushes that figure up to $100 billion annually. As utilization of business data expands, companies are experimenting with alternate solutions to managing paper files.
Leaving a Legacy: How HR Can Retain Those Looking to Retire
May 28, 2014
It’s always tough to lose a good employee especially when it’s a member of your executive leadership team. However, over the next five years losing top talent will become nearly impossible to avoid as 20 percent or more of senior leaders will be eligible for retirement. So how do businesses move forward and what can be done to hang on to these valuable employees, even if it’s only for a little while longer?
Overcome the Shortage of Top Performing Employees
May 7, 2014
Recruiters use a variety of tactics to find new hires, but one still trumps them all: employee referrals. While online job boards and career sites remain top sources for applicants, referrals often go overlooked as a hiring resource. From a recruiter’s vantage point, employee referrals equal gold. As you may imagine, recruiters have to exhaust all the tricks of their trade in order to stay competitive in the market. With a ratio of unemployed persons to job openings sitting at 3-to-1, employee referral programs (ERPs) are an easy way to build your talent pipeline, because you don’t have to look very far.
Aligning Reality with Message: How to Create a Simple EVP
March 12, 2014
Creating an employee value proposition (EVP) can be daunting. After all, most companies struggle with the recruiting workload they already have; there is no time or budget to sit down and figure out what an EVP would have to look like to be successful. Add to this the pressure of getting left behind while everyone else is waving from the employee branding train, and it’s enough to make a talent-acquisition pro throw up his or her hands.
Outsource COBRA to Avoid the Deadly Bite
January 6, 2014
Following the introduction of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), one question that may linger on employers’ minds is this: “How will this reform affect COBRA?” With the ACA’s health care reform, the business of employee benefits is even more complicated, yet almost all employer groups are required to comply. COBRA – aka the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act – especially applies to private-sector companies offering group health care to 20 or more employees. If mishandled, COBRA can strike and the repercussions could be detrimental to your business.
Filing Cabinets of the Twenty-First Century?
April 8, 2013
Are filing cabinets signature furniture pieces in your office? Are they overflowing with vital paperwork? Do they clutter and cause claustrophobia in the workplace? If this is the case for you, then it might be time to rethink the filing cabinet and look into cloud-based services to ensure that your employment records are secure.
LMS 101: 4 Tips for Your Own E-Learning
March 31, 2017
Learning Management Systems 101 is a weekly blog series exploring how employers can rethink traditional employee training and move toward e-learning solutions, which are faster, easier to access, and more cost effective. “4 Tips for Creating Your Own E-Learning” is the sixth post of the series. LMS 101: 4 Tips for Your Own E-Learning Today’s workforce is increasingly […]
Employee Productivity: Here’s What Really Matters
March 27, 2017
Employee Productivity: Here’s What Really Matters Today’s business leaders are dealing with a lot. Along with the technology-shaped elephant in the room, the increase in internal business collaboration (50 percent in the past two decades), the change in performance management and the influx of millennials have left many companies scrambling. Despite these changes, the goals […]
LMS 101: Mobile Learning Technology
March 10, 2017
Learning Management Systems 101 is a weekly blog series exploring how employers can rethink traditional employee training and move toward e-learning solutions, which are faster, easier to access, and more cost effective. “Mobile Learning Technology” is the fifth post of the series. LMS 101: Mobile Learning Technology Mobile learning, (m-Learning) offers a new education channel in which […]
The Millennial Expectation of Technology in the Workplace
March 7, 2017
The Millennial Expectation of Technology in the Workplace Tom Brokaw has called them the “greatest generation since the “Greatest Generation.” They have had more screen time than any other generation in history. They are millennials, and they are no longer the up-and-coming generation. This group of people – born between 1980 and 2000 – already […]
How Workforce Analytics Can Change Your Company
March 3, 2017
Picture yourself walking into a huge, imposing library. Books of every genre and length line the shelves; those shelves begin at your feet and go up, up, up far beyond your vision. Then, imagine walking over to a random shelf and reaching out to the first book you see. You open the book and read […]
LMS 101: Rethinking Your Approach to Employee Training
February 10, 2017
Learning Management Systems 101 is a weekly blog series exploring how employers can rethink traditional employee training and move toward e-learning solutions, which are faster, easier to access, and more cost effective. “Rethinking Your Approach to Employee Training” is the second post of the series. LMS 101: Rethinking Your Approach to Employee Training Employers who understand that […]
Philadelphia Toughens Equal Pay Laws: Employers Cannot Ask Salary History
February 7, 2017
Philly Toughens Equal Pay Laws: Employers Cannot Ask Salary History Recently, Philadelphia became the first city in the U.S. to pass a law prohibiting employers from asking applicants about their salary and wage history in the hiring process. Instead, all employment offers should be based on job qualifications rather than prior wages earned by the […]
5 Ways HR Can Make Your Company Better
February 2, 2017
5 Ways a Good HR Department Can Make Your Company Better Human resources. For a lot of people, those two words conjure countless thoughts of W-2s, compliance procedures and news about insurance benefits. And paperwork – lots and lots of paperwork. But if your HR department only hires, fires and fills out forms, then you’re not allowing it to […]
NEW OSHA Recordkeeping and Reporting Requirements
January 18, 2017
Focus on Compliance: New OSHA Recordkeeping and Reporting Requirements The Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) requires many organizations with 11 or more employees to document serious work-related injuries and illnesses. Under a new rule, many employers must not only record injuries and illnesses, but also submit information electronically to OSHA. The new rule took […]
Three Key Strategies for Switching HR and Payroll Softwares
December 29, 2016
Three Key Strategies for Switching HR and Payroll Softwares A broken employer-payroll provider union is similar to an unfortunate friendship or romantic partnership. You meet. You think you’re compatible. You dive right in. Then, the flaws begin to show. Deal-breaking flaws. You swear they weren’t there before. But then again, you’re not so sure. Maybe […]
5 Reasons to School Your Workforce
November 4, 2016
5 Reasons to School Your Workforce Learning management systems (LMS) have become even more popular in the corporate workplace, and it’s not without good reason: They work. In recent years, employees have become all too familiar with cumbersome or outdated training methods. According to Gallup, only 32 percent of U.S. employees are engaged in their […]
Timekeeping Solutions Every Employer Needs to Know About
September 27, 2016
Timekeeping Solutions Every Employer Needs to Know Timekeeping technology is a powerful resource for employers and only those offering the right solutions are able to promote compliance, support autonomy and increase cost savings. Over the past few decades, technology has changed the way businesses work. This development is vividly evident in the progression of timekeeping […]
EEO Reporting: The Basics and Tools for Compliance
July 21, 2016
As an organization grows, so does its responsibilities. Case in Point: Employers with 100 or more employees are mandated by federal law to file an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO-1) report
Get Lost! Using Self-Service Technology to Strengthen PTO Processes
July 5, 2016
Despite the seductive lure of paid time off, studies show that 55 percent of Americans did not use their earned vacation days in 2015.
6 Tips for Using ‘Stay’ Surveys to Retain Your Best Teachers
June 15, 2016
Teacher attrition is a complicated phenomenon that impacts every school differently.
How to Solve the Biggest Problems Surrounding Performance Reviews
May 16, 2016
In a study of company processes influencing employee motivation, performance reviews received a total motivation score of 41 points, based on a scale from -100 to 100.
Current Form I-9 Remains Effective
April 7, 2016
Form I-9 was set to expire March 31, 2016; however, that day has come and gone, and the current Form I-9 remains effective.
5 Biggest Payroll Mistakes to Avoid
March 28, 2016
Mistakes often are chalked up to human frailty, but those affecting your company’s payroll aren’t so easily dismissed.
3 Impacts of Learning and Development Goal Setting
March 3, 2016
We know the value learning and development (L&D) has within an organization. In fact, according to a recent study, the learning management market will be worth more than $7 billion in 2018
How to Shape the Culture You Want Using HR Software
February 10, 2016
Culture is inevitable. It happens whether you determine its shape or not. It makes sense then to take control over your company’s culture in order to make it the best that it can be.
4 Value-Added Recruiting Metrics HR Must Know
November 16, 2015
For any successful business, bringing in the right talent is a major focus. Keeping tabs on metrics is just as important.
When It Comes to HR Technology, Simple is Key
October 28, 2015
Is your HR technology complicated? Well, it shouldn’t be.
3 Steps to Implementing a Goal-Centric Approach to Employee Engagement
October 13, 2015
Every company wants engaged employees, and most HR executives, if they’re being honest, will admit that they haven’t found the perfect solution yet. Studies show that employee engagement remains a substantial challenge; a 2015 Gallup poll found that a staggering 51 percent of the workforce is not engaged.
Employees Expected to Bear More Costs with 2018 “Cadillac Tax”
October 1, 2015
Health care premiums are on the rise. In fact, employment-based health insurance premiums rose by 4 percent this year. But the increase in health care costs pales in comparison to the substantial increase in deductibles.
Obama’s Executive Order Guarantees Paid Sick Leave to Federal Contractors
September 11, 2015
While many around the country enjoyed a fun-filled, three-day weekend, not everyone had Labor Day off. On the day we celebrated America’s 120 million-plus workers, President Barack Obama signed an executive order making paid sick leave mandatory for employees of federal contractors.
3 Ways in Which Millennials Are Shaping a New Working World
August 14, 2015
Whether HR professionals and executives realize it or not, the workplace is changing. Baby Boomers are slowly beginning their exit from the workforce and millennials are filling the vacancies. In fact, research from the Pew Research Center indicates that millennials are now the largest age group in the U.S. labor force.
An Open Letter to HR
July 15, 2015
Juggling benefits, payroll, hiring and onboarding is quite the act to pull off. These are laborious tasks that need to be tended to, but there are also other items and forums where HR must assist. Take, for instance, any time employees want to know how their sick time accrues or need their last two pay stubs for income verification.
Where the Filed Things Are
June 10, 2015
According to a study by the International Data Corporation (IDC), "U.S.-based companies spend $25 billion to $35 billion processing (filing, storing and retrieving) paper. Management of documents over their life cycle pushes that figure up to $100 billion per year." It is no longer a matter of "if - rather, what businesses should consider before buying a document management system (DMS).
Save Your Employees: Unload on Information Overload
May 6, 2015
Between mobile devices and work computers, employees are rarely out of reach. A study by venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers found that the average person checks their phone 150 times a day. That’s right, 150 times a day! This convenient proximity to technology can often make employees feel like they’re never getting anything accomplished, let along escape from work during their time off.
3 Untold Secrets to Employee Engagement
April 2, 2015
For many years, employers’ main focus was largely customer satisfaction; however, the day has arrived where employee satisfaction is now equally important. By increasing visibility and transparency, social media has turned company cultures inside-out. Corporate decisions, once kept in the dark, are being disclosed and heretofore—unknown issues, like disengagement, have found the light.
4 Key Challenges for Charter Schools to Ace Now
March 16, 2015
A cultural shift is happening in the education industry that challenges existing practices - how labor is allocated, how hiring is managed, how talent is evaluated and how teachers are empowered. This “new” approach is a plea to fix existing problems, so instead of constantly jumping through hoops, charter school leaders can focus on reaching academic excellence.
Company Wellness Programs: Bank or Bust?
February 26, 2015
When it comes to company wellness programs, 88 percent of employees feel their employer has no significant impact on their overall well-being. “But wait,” an employer might say, “we have a company gym to promote wellness, right?” Unfortunately, the Field of Dreams line of “If you build it, they will come” doesn’t apply here. Well-being includes elements other than the physical kind.
True Confessions: The Biggest Mistake Organizations Make in Employee Surveys
February 6, 2015
Your company issued an engagement survey. Employees were enthusiastic about participating, and did. The results are in. Now what do you do?
Strategy Is the New Black: How HR Can Become Even More Invaluable to the CEO
January 26, 2015
Human resources managers will take on a much more prominent role in the near future, acting as a business adviser and strategic partner. The days of entering new-hire data into multiple systems is long gone, as centralized human capital management technology has freed HR personnel from the daunting administrative processes, allowing them the time to be more strategic.
PTO TBD: Healthy Families Act Would Make Workplaces ‘Keep Pace’
January 15, 2015
According to a LinkedIn announcement made last Wednesday, President Barack Obama will call upon Congress today to pass the Healthy Families Act. This bill would require companies to give workers up to seven days of paid sick leave per year.
4 Hot HR Trends for 2015
January 6, 2015
With increasing speed, advances in technology have shifted the way human resources are handled in the workplace. As we enter 2015, HR professionals find themselves fully entrenched in an era of complex and ever-shifting business, which requires more of them.
Step Four: Vaccinate Against Disengagement
October 30, 2014
Forget The Walking Dead. You should be worried about the Walking Disengaged.
Step One: Gather the Survivors
October 27, 2014
Imagine this: You walk into work and no one is there. No, it’s not Saturday; it’s the beginning of the HR Zombie Apocalypse and no one bothered to tell you! What do you do now? Go cry in the corner? Or start an awesome new team of people to get the job done? I’m going to go with the latter. According to Webrecruit, “Companies that have formal candidate relationship processes (such as through software), and track all their applicant communications, are 40 percent more likely to be ‘best in class.’” If a zombie apocalypse comes around, don’t be trapped with no way out; have a way to find the best individuals to help you and your company survive.
California- Labor Law Update
September 26, 2014
California employers already have a myriad of employment laws to comply with, so what’s one more? California Gov. Jerry Brown recently signed into state law the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014. Effective July 1, 2015, all employers — no matter the size — must provide paid sick time to their employees, including part-time and seasonal workers who have worked at least 30 days in a year.
One Size Does Not Fit All
August 21, 2014
Hiring for fit may be stunting your company’s growth. Sure your company culture may be the bee’s knees now, but if you continue to scale, two years into the future your culture might not be recognizable. With that said, not everyone has a culture they can rave to their friends and family about and the fact that you do is something to write home about. However, in order to be a sustainable company organizations have to be willing to transform, balancing profit-centered business practices with people-centered business models.
War of the Wages
July 17, 2014
“Wage theft” was coined by the Interfaith Worker Justice, a network of people advocating for improved wages, benefits and conditions of workers. It is an epidemic sweeping across industries, regions and firms of all sizes. Wages should warrant the work put in on the job, and yet many employees are finding out that their pay is not so fair after all.
Company Engagement in Bulk
June 27, 2014
Sustainable engagement is an ongoing process. You may be thinking, “Well, of course it is, so what’s your point?” Although the concept may seem obvious, it is something with which businesses constantly struggle. Engagement is a continuous process, not a one-and-done kind of initiative – a valuable lesson learned from shopping at warehouse retail stores.
5 Tips for a Successful Wellness Fair
June 12, 2014
Employee wellness affects more than just medical costs. For companies, an unhealthy employee hinders office productivity. Often times these medical costs are caused by preventable and modifiable health concerns. Rather than risk losing thousands in productivity costs, promoting healthier lifestyles has shown to be advantageous for companies.
Do Healthy Workers Create a More Profitable Business?
May 21, 2014
From workplace politics to government compliance issues, businesses are presented with a slew of challenges, but one that often times goes unnoticed is the health of your workers. Did you know that the Health and Safety Executive reported around 27 million working days were lost in 2011 and 2012? Of those missed days, 22.7 million were due to work-related illness and 4.3 million were due to workplace injuries. How is a business supposed to stay in the black, improve their bottom lines and increase employee retention?
Are You A-OK with BYOD?
April 24, 2014
In growing numbers, businesses are experimenting with the concept of allowing their employees to use their own mobile devices (laptops, cellphones and tablets) at work, for work. Since 2007, the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) craze has seen an increase in popularity because it reduces employer costs while increasing productivity by giving employees added flexibility, both personally and professionally.
How to Forecast Your HR Budget and Staffing in the Coming Year
February 6, 2014
No one said forecasting talent and your budget was easy. It’s extremely difficult to try to see into the future and anticipate what your organizational budget and staffing needs will be in the coming year. It is, however, a necessary evil of planning for the future of your human resources department. Not only is it imperative to plan for spending but also it gives you a sense of what your department’s priorities are, what challenges you may face and what your staffing needs will be. In order to do so successfully, there are several strategies you can utilize along the way.
New Changes to the I-9 Form Hiring Managers Must Know
May 3, 2013
After 10 years HR’s favorite new hire document, the I-9, recently had a facelift. The new form – available now by clicking here – was released by the Department of Homeland Security in March 2013 and employers are required to begin using the new form by May 7, 2013. While the form was upgraded, the same rules regarding the completion of the I-9 apply.
2 Surprising Benefits of Employee Self-Service
March 30, 2017
2 Surprising Benefits of Employee Self-Service Times are a-changin’, and HR leaders are feeling it. According to a 2016 Pew Research Center report, technology-driven shifts have increased a sense of self-reliance and independence in individuals. According to the study, “Nearly nine-in-ten Americans today are online up from about half in the early 2000s […]. Roughly three-quarters […]
4 Reports Every HR Pro Should Bring to the C-Suite
March 22, 2017
4 Reports Every HR Pro Should Bring to the C-Suite As an HR leader, you are the trend master. You know that businesses generate more data than ever. Because of this, they have developed an acute desire for metrics. You know that even though the goals of businesses continue to be product- and output-centered, the […]
Employee Engagement vs. Employee Motivation
March 9, 2017
Are Employee Engagement and Employee Motivation the Same Thing? Frank Sinatra said it best in his classic Love and Marriage, “you can’t have one without the other.” Both are crucial to driving your employees to do big things for your business. Before we dive in, it’s important to explore the idea of motivation itself. Intrinsic […]
3 Finance-Technology Skills CFOs Should Seek
March 6, 2017
3 Finance-Technology Skills CFOs Should Seek Technology has changed every industry. From the technology in our hands to the software that revolutionizes how we do business, few areas remain untouched. In the case of finance and HR solutions, the proper technology can provide great insight into how organizations can lower debt, expand EBITDA margin and […]
LMS 101: Why Technology is Crucial to Onboarding
March 2, 2017
Learning Management Systems 101 is a weekly blog series exploring how employers can rethink traditional employee training and move toward e-learning solutions, which are faster, easier to access, and more cost effective. “LMS 101: Why Technology is Crucial to Onboarding” is the third post of the series. LMS 101: Why Technology is Crucial to Onboarding A staggering […]
How to Find Your (HR Tech) Soul Mate
February 9, 2017
How to Find Your (HR Tech) Soul Mate Shopping for the right HR software for your business is not unlike dating. But with no apps or online match sites for human capital management (HCM), how do you compare and sort through all those vendors vying to win your company’s heart? How do you sort through […]
LMS 101: The Evolution of Corporate Learning
February 3, 2017
Learning Management Systems 101 is a weekly blog series exploring how employers can rethink traditional employee training and move toward e-learning solutions, which are faster, easier to access, and more cost effective. The Evolution of Corporate Learning is the first post of this series. LMS 101: The Evolution of Corporate Learning With a history that spans hundreds […]
4 HR Mistakes to Avoid on Groundhog Day … and Every Day
February 1, 2017
4 HR Mistakes to Avoid on Groundhog Day … and Every Day In the 1993 movie Groundhog Day, Bill Murray’s character of Phil Connors finds himself stuck in a time loop that keeps repeating Feb. 2. Brash and egotistical, Phil views the situation as a pass for misconduct, since technically, there is no tomorrow. And […]
The Increasing Responsibility of CHROS: Proving Strategic Value
January 3, 2017
The Increasing Responsibility of CHROS: Proving Strategic Value Much has been written about HR’s emerging role as strategic business partner. But, a study involving over 100 directors reveal that executives still view HR as a highly transactional support function that usually does a great job with compensation and benefits – but not as an influential strategic […]
HR Technology: Evolving to Full Business Partner
November 29, 2016
HR Tech: Evolving to Full Business Partner In the early 1990s, legacy enterprise resource planning systems (ERPs) dominated the HR technology landscape. But, these systems have many shortcomings, including being difficult or impossible to integrate with other applications – leading to employees wasting time on tasks that should be automated. Fortunately, HR technology has come […]
How to Train Your Workforce Using 1 Item in Your Pocket
October 19, 2016
How to Train your Workforce Using 1 Item in Your Pocket Everyone needs training, whether it’s basic, new-hire, how-to-get-started training or professional development. Training employees provides your company with a competitive edge in business for a number of reasons, not the least of which is that you end up with knowledgeable, capable employees who are […]
From Hire to Retire: Guiding Top Talent Through to the Finish Line
August 23, 2016
Retirement is an inevitable stage of the employment journey. Even high performers hang up their hats eventually. But to retain them up until retirement, organizations must be willing to optimize every stage of the employee lifecycle – from recruiting through offboarding. Recruiting for the long-term First impressions are the most lasting. To recruit people who […]
4 Ways to Evaluate HR Tech Like a CFO
July 20, 2016
In recent years, the gap between finance and HR has narrowed. Among more than 550 CFOs and CHROs surveyed in one study, 80 percent said their relationship has become more collaborative
Declare Your Independence from Multiple HR and Payroll Systems: 5 Tips to Finding the Total Package
July 1, 2016
In today’s restaurants, HR and payroll technology plays an increasingly important role in effectively managing labor costs, mitigating compliance risk and streamlining operations.
Pathways to Building a Successful HR Technology Strategy
June 9, 2016
It’s no secret that organizations are increasingly buying and implementing new HR technology to improve their human resource processes.
Is There a Disturbance in Your Workforce? May the 4th Be With You
May 4, 2016
A short time ago in an employee suggestion box not far, far away, this note from a disengaged staffer was found.
Choosing the Right HCM Software Provider Is Essential to ACA Compliance
April 6, 2016
The complex nature of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is well documented, and for good reason. The criteria for applicable large employers (ALEs) contain a sea of intricacies, which are tough
This Easter, Put ALL Your Eggs in ONE Basket
March 23, 2016
Go ahead, do it: Put all your eggs in one basket.
3 Ways to Improve Employee Engagement: Equip, Educate, Empower
February 22, 2016
For some employers, having happy employees would be nice, but it isn’t a priority.
3 Must-Follow HR Trends for 2016
January 13, 2016
If there is one constant in HR, it’s change. Each new year brings its own set of challenges and innovations. As we begin 2016...
E-Verify to Delete Records Older Than 10 Years
November 13, 2015
Have you been using E-Verify for more than a decade? If so, a recent action by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) may affect you.
HR Technology: From Chore to Choice
October 20, 2015
The countdown is over and the 2015 HR Technology Conference & Exposition is in full swing in Las Vegas. More than 3,000 attendees are finding out what’s new, what’s changing and how it can help their businesses work better.
You Don’t Have to Be a ‘Best Company to Work For’ to Be a Best Company
October 12, 2015
There’s constant buzz in the HR community about being named a “best company to work for.” But HR executives should be careful in assuming that meeting those awards’ criteria is all it takes to be a “best company.”
One for All: Tomorrow’s HR Tech Empowers Everyone
September 22, 2015
The future of HR technology lies in software that is an intrinsic part of your culture, workforce processes and employee training and development. Its permeation throughout your organization will help distribute the administrative responsibilities that often burden HR departments, as well as align the goals of your people with the organization. This foundation will reduce compliance risk, deliver more comprehensive analytics and foster a strategic environment where HR is a proactive business partner.
Dressing Down, Moving Up: How Your Employees Can Successfully Do Both
September 1, 2015
Since its inception in the early ‘90s, the business-casual dress code has become a norm in the modern workplace. It has its perks: Employees say a relaxed dress code has the power to motivate them, boost morale and act as a powerful recruiting tool.
5 Secrets to Finding and Keeping Top Talent
August 6, 2015
Finding, retaining and engaging top talent is more important than ever before, as more than 2 million Americans voluntarily leave their jobs every month, and 74 percent of the workforce would consider finding a new job. Forward-thinking companies already invest their time and resources in identifying top talent, because they know that if they don’t, someone else will, and the cost of losing high performers can be anywhere from 1.5 times to more than triple their burdened salaries.
North Dakota Alters Income Withholding Tables
July 1, 2015
In an effort to reduce income tax rates for individuals, North Dakota recently released new tax withholding tables that will affect businesses and their employees immediately for tax years beginning on or following Jan. 1, 2015.
3 Steps to Ace a Learning Culture
June 8, 2015
In 2013, U.S. businesses spent nearly$162 billion on learning initiatives, according to the Association for Talent Development, and yet questions linger whether organizations are getting their money’s worth.
3 Ways Businesses Shape HR
April 24, 2015
The role of HR professionals is almost unrecognizable compared to that of yesteryear. Once a transactional operation, HR now has become a business of highly skilled consultants. The rapid evolution of cloud technology gives HR more time to be strategic advisers versus their historical HR (e.g. hiring, benefits enrollment and payroll). Now faced with new […]
Collecting Time Data: Who Has the Time?
March 19, 2015
Businesses find that labor is one of the expenses taking a big bite out of their budgets every year. They strive to find a balance between labor and workload for optimal performance and cost effectiveness, but leave themselves vulnerable to serious risk without the proper tools and processes in place. Although a large cost, labor can be controlled with a few best practices.
Ready or Not, FMLA Standards are Changing
March 13, 2015
In late February, the U.S. Department of Labor announced a final rule to revise specific conditions in the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). The new rule modifies the definition of a “spouse,” extending federal job-protected leave benefits to eligible workers in legal, same-sex marriages.
4 Significant Steps to Make the Most of Your Mentorship Program
February 18, 2015
You've made up your mind to start a mentorship program at work, the research is clear and the boss approves … now what?
Don’t Ask, Won’t Tell: 10 Questions You Should Be Asking Your Employees
February 5, 2015
Some employers believe they know everything about the company, but we believe your employees would disagree. And it’s not entirely your fault. As businesses scale from small start-ups to large enterprises, the lines of communication between management and the rest of the workforce begin to blur, making it all the more challenging to remain in tune with all parts of your organization.
3 Employee-Engagement Trends Employers Can’t Afford to Overlook
January 23, 2015
When it comes to employee engagement, 2015 looks to be a year of trial and error. Employees are engaged, but they are restless and an improved economy has empowered more of them. Businesses need to engage them earlier and more often; ask what they need to be happier at work, then double up on retention efforts.
3 HR Challenges Facing Nonprofits in 2015
January 13, 2015
Every business will face its fair share of challenges, whether from stiff competition, government regulations, economic downturns or HR issues. The truth is that challenges are the stuff of life; overcoming them is what makes people and companies great. But for nonprofit organizations, the impact of tribulations can be amplified by restricted budgets and a smaller workforce. Key to surviving and growing in the midst of today’s obstacles are knowledge and preparation.
A Holiday Miracle
December 23, 2014
‘Twas the night before the Holidays when all through HR, not a creature was stirring, except for Randi Tokar. The papers were stacked on his desk with care, overwhelmed, he looked at them with a blank stare.
Step Three: Protect Your Stash
October 29, 2014
Should a zombie apocalypse take over, would your documents be safe? According to research by the University of Texas, “Only six percent of companies suffering from a catastrophic loss survive, while 43 percent never reopen and 51 percent close within two years.” Don’t fall prey to these ghoulish stats; have a survival plan ready to go in case any “creepy crawlies” come lurking around your business.
3 Spousal Benefits Gained by Same-Sex Couples in Supreme Court Ruling
October 13, 2014
Early October marked a turning point for same-sex couples, as The Supreme Court let lower court rulings stand that overturned bans on same-sex marriage in five states. This decision granted same-sex spouses equal state tax treatment for employer-provided benefits. The court declined to review decisions from three federal appeals courts, therefore legalizing same-sex marriage in Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin.
5 Ways Businesses Can Engage Employees … and Keep Them!
September 16, 2014
Every successful company knows the key to employee retention is engagement, yet according to a study by Dale Carnegie & Associates, 71 percent of all employees are not fully engaged. That means nearly three-quarters of the workforce are not performing to their best ability, which negatively affects revenue and morale.
Become a Strategic Partner to the CFO: 5 Tips every HR Professional Should Know
July 29, 2014
When HR and financial executives are in sync then operations run more smoothly and there is opportunity to advance the bottom line. CFOs are concerned with cost and HR handles a companies’ biggest budget item… its people, so doesn’t it make sense that these two work hand-in-hand? Let’s face it; we’re all in this together. But how do you foster this type of relationship? Where do you begin?
Fool Proof Your 401k Plan Today
July 10, 2014
The harsh reality is you may pay more in fees than what is in your retirement! This is the unfortunate reality many are facing, as the Department of Labor estimates 77 percent of 401k plans are out of compliance. To be deemed “qualified,” a 401k plan must satisfy the requirements listed under the Internal Revenue Code Section 401(a). If a plan fails to meet these requirements, then the plan is deemed “disqualified” and favorable tax benefits may be lost.
Job Fulfillment – Not Work-life Balance
June 25, 2014
Bottom line: We need to redefine how we think about work. Work-life balance presumes that work is a burden, when it doesn’t have to be. The problem is not what we are trying to accomplish with “work-life balance,” but in how we address it. Instead of work-life balance, why not focus on job fulfillment? Doesn’t that already sound better?
3 common Misconceptions of Performance Reviews
June 10, 2014
Some say performance reviews are a thing of the past; a waste of time for everyone involved. If you’re part of these naysayers then most likely you haven’t been part of a culture that embraces the year-round significance of performance reviews. Performance reviews are essential to workplace management yet often times they hold lower weight amidst a sea of projects, to-do lists, meetings and more. Supervisors tend to look at performance reviews through jaded lenses, but what they may be overlooking is the fact that effective performance management leads to improved productivity.
What Employees Want (Hint: It’s Not Just Money)
May 16, 2014
Do you know what your employees really want from your organization? You should, and it pays to find out. A 2013 Gallup study shows that companies in the top quartile for employee engagement outperform their bottom 25% competitors with: 147% higher earnings per share (no, that’s not a typo), 22% higher profitability, 21% higher productivity and 41% fewer quality defects.
Be Smart: Go Green to Save Green
April 22, 2014
With Earth Day here once again, it’s a perfect time to remind businesses looking to cut costs that going green is a smart way to get more green in your revenue stream. Embracing the sustainability of people and technology in these five tips ultimately should improve your bottom lines. Going green is also a smart way to leverage award opportunities, recruit millennials and instill a reputation as a world partner.
Are Your Employees Looking to Leave in 2014?
January 15, 2014
With the economy strengthening, businesses need to review their talent management practices or risk losing workers. According to a Career Builder survey, “21 percent of full-time employees plan to change jobs in 2014, the largest amount in the post-recession era and up from 17 percent in 2013." Regardless of your notion about the economy’s growth, the numbers suggest a positive outlook and companies should be cautious.
Three Leadership Traits Sharp HR People Possess
April 8, 2013
Tips for the aspiring HR professional. By Jenny Stepp HR professionals have a lot on their plates these days, now more than ever. There are the usual day-to-day activities and a lot of fly by the seat of your pants duties that come up daily, if not hourly. What are the three key components that […]