What the Employee Experience Is … and Is Not
August 14, 2017
HR departments and C-suites nationwide are abuzz with talk of the “employee experience,” often abbreviated as “EX.” It is the sum of all interactions, good or bad, that an employee has during his or her term of employment with a company. As defined by author and futurist Jacob Morgan in his new book on the […]
3 Ways an Employee’s Vacation Improves the Bottom Line
June 13, 2017
Temperatures are rising, days are longer and blockbuster movies are being released faster and more furiously. It must be summer – a season when most employees take time off to relax and unwind. In fact, approximately 46 percent of all travel occurs in July, the heart of summertime. If you’re worried productivity might take a […]
Why HR and PR Need to be Friends
May 23, 2017
Today’s tech has created an environment with 24/7 access and instant communication. Anyone, anywhere, at any time can share live company updates, photos and videos to countless followers, media outlets, investors and competitors. This live and on-demand style of communication directly impacts your HR department, since employee actions and consumer satisfaction can be shared in […]
Employees Stay for Meaningful Work
March 30, 2017
Employees Stay for Meaningful Work Finding meaningful work is one of life’s greatest challenges. Some people spend their whole life trying to identify their purpose, yet never figure it out. Millennials, who will continue to make up a growing percentage of our workforce, are especially driven by their pursuit of personal development and purpose. Most […]
Workplace Communication Across Different Generations
March 29, 2017
Workplace Communication Across Different Generations Managers face many difficult challenges in the workplace, but one obstacle that often is overlooked is the need to communicate with up to four different generations in a single office setting. From the 18-year-old intern to the 72-year-old seasoned professional, human resources professionals need to find a balance between them […]
You Are 2 Steps Away From Being More Productive
March 24, 2017
You Are 2 Steps Away From Being More Productive Productivity often is touted as the Holy Grail of today’s workforce. Countless books and apps are packed to the brim with tips promising to make you more efficient, while today’s managers scour for — and promote — candidates with past episodes of grand productivity. You would […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
7 Deadly Sins of Employee Engagement
February 28, 2017
Even with the best of intentions, some of the methods chosen to improve employee engagement can backfire. Engaged employees can improve retention, strengthen a company culture and increase productivity, but all that is quickly ruined when any of these seven deadly sins are committed.
3 Management Lessons Past Presidents Can Teach Today’s Leaders
February 8, 2017
3 Leadership Lessons from Lincoln, Kennedy and FDR Every year, Americans celebrate Presidents Day as a day of remembrance — a day to look back and learn from our nation’s leaders. In today’s competitive market, business leaders are looking for the edge that will put their organization and workforce ahead of the curve. This Presidents […]
Why Your Company Should Celebrate Have Fun at Work Day
January 25, 2017
Why Your Company Should Celebrate International Have Fun at Work Day International Have Fun at Work Day is Friday, Jan. 27, and while it might be an unofficial holiday, that shouldn’t stop you from bringing a little levity to the workplace. Laughter is Good for Productivity Humor can be strong medicine that lowers tension and […]
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 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.
3 Ways to Retain Great Restaurant Employees
September 25, 2015
Earlier this year, Starbucks announced it will offer tuition reimbursement to employees. In a headline-grabbing, 4,000-employee hiring binge, Chipotle showed candidates a career path where entry-level employees eventually could find themselves working in the corporate office. And in related news, restaurants in Seattle, San Francisco and St. Paul, Minn., are competing for top-chef talent with wage wars.
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.
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.
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.
Individualism vs. Collectivism: No Man Left Behind
April 9, 2014
Whether in a business or educational environment, our culture is dazzled by the idea of collaboration as a means for creativity. Managers are so insistent on finding “the right fit” for the team that a whole group of people are forgotten: the individualists. With collaboration becoming the new way of thinking, those with introverted personalities are left on the outside looking in.
The Five-Step Plan for Millennial Workers
January 27, 2014
Ready or not, millennials are storming the workforce, most with a hunger to make it to the front lines and quickly. By 2020, they will make up almost half of workers nationwide. While arguably overeager, millennials aren’t a generation to overlook. Rather than dismissing these estimated 80 million Americans for weaknesses real or perceived, employers should consider leveraging their strengths in addition to developing those deficits.
Shooting for the Stars – Long Term Healthcare
November 13, 2013
Long-term health care facilities aim for the Five-Star Quality Rating created by the federal government’s Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Five stars indicate a facility has “much above average quality”; one star, far below. Is your organization capable of achieving the Five-Star goal, but falling slightly short? Or perhaps you and your staff have earned the rating, but find it difficult to maintain that level?
Four Steps to Talent Management Success
April 8, 2013
Employers are painfully aware of the challenge to acquire the top talent needed to thrive in today’s business climate. How are you retaining your talent? Even top performing companies need a talent strategy to keep employees engaged throughout their careers. As part of a unique infographic, Paycom provided the four necessary steps to create a talent management strategy for your business.
How to Break Down Silos: A U.S. Military Formula for Today’s Business Execs
July 14, 2017
Some business leaders find that “silos” develop within their organization, where departments do not communicate effectively with one another, hindering efficiency (particularly in interdepartmental goals and projects). Implementing interdisciplinary task forces when appropriate can give your organization the agility necessary to innovate and respond to external challenges. In Deloitte’s 2017 Global Human Capital Trends survey, […]
U.S. Job Market Reports Foreshadow a Résumé Tsunami
June 8, 2017
As costly quitting rates rise and the employment-to-population ratio reaches new heights, employers should expect to receive more and more applications than in years past. This impending “résumé tsunami” will make finding and retaining top talent even harder. That’s why now is a good time for HR pros to consider developing labor trends and their […]
New York to Implement Nation’s Most Comprehensive Paid Family Leave Program
April 14, 2017
Private employers in the state of New York will soon be required to provide up to 12 weeks of paid family leave. The new law will apply to all employees of employers covered by the state’s worker’s compensation law and will be completely employee-funded via payroll deductions. Public employers are permitted to participate by opting-in […]
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 […]
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 […]
What Do Millennials and Today’s CEOs Have In Common?
March 23, 2017
What Do Millennials and Today’s CEOs Have In Common? HR industry experts have devoted a lot of time and research into demystifying millennial employees, only to discover that this younger generation has more in common with mature, seasoned employees than once thought. This is especially true when it comes to the desire for day-one productivity. […]
4 Ways to Advance Your Career with Emotional Intelligence
March 16, 2017
4 Ways to Advance Your Career with Emotional Intelligence Emotional intelligence (EQ) is the capability to recognize your own and other people’s emotions then allow this knowledge to guide thinking and behavior and to emotionally adapt to environments. As you can imagine, this is very important to your career. In fact, according to Psych Central, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
4 Ways to Make Your Employees Want to Come to Work
October 28, 2016
How to Make Your Employees Want to Come to Work Disengaged employees don’t feel motivated to work. A 2015 survey by Gallup revealed that 50.8 percent of American workers were not engaged in their jobs. Consequently, disengaged employees may arrive to work late, miss deadlines, submit poor-quality work, alienate themselves from co-workers or seek employment elsewhere. […]
4 Tips for Empowering Employees in the Modern Age
December 17, 2015
As I walk down the hallway to get to my office, I read the Tom Peters quote painted in big, bold letters on the wall: “Leaders don’t create followers, they create more leaders.”
Reaching Champion Status: 3 Leadership Lessons from Coach Urban Meyer
September 11, 2015
At the collegiate level, there are a lot of really good players, but every once in a while, a coach snags a great one. In the case of Urban Meyer, the Ohio State head football coach, he found himself in a unique situation with two strong, experienced leaders going head-to-head for the top quarterback spot.
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.
It’s Five O’clock Somewhere
August 19, 2014
It’s five o’clock somewhere; can you access your payroll information? For instance, can you easily pull past pay stubs, enroll in benefits, request time off or submit your time sheet right from your phone or laptop? If not, you’ll be delighted to know this is all possible with the proper technology.
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.
Hey, C-Suite: The Workplace Is Changing!
February 20, 2014
The modern-day workplace is much different than just a few years ago, and so are its people. Because new requirements have popped up and workers’ expectations have evolved, motivational models should be reconstructed to reflect these changes.
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.
Love the One You’re With: Three Keys to Increasing Employee Loyalty
September 25, 2013
The success of your company depends on a variety of factors working in concert – a great service or product, efficient tools and protocols, strategic marketing. But perhaps most of all, the success of a company rides on the people who inhabit it. Your employees bring your business to life and when they’re at their best, you thrive. Employees who are prospering want their companies to prosper and they’ll work to make beautiful music on your behalf. Unfortunately, the opposite is also true; when employees feel underappreciated or overworked, your reputation, turnover rates, talent acquisition costs and market value can suffer.
How to Promote Engagement and Efficiency with Employee Self-Service Software
June 27, 2017
Employee self-service software often is adopted as a way to improve efficiency within an organization, especially as it pertains to the responsibilities of your HR department. While that’s a common and effective use, organizations also can use robust self-service software as a way to improve employee engagement and productivity. A recent white paper by Paycom […]
The Highs and Lows of Medical Marijuana Laws
June 6, 2017
Medical marijuana laws are being adopted by states at such a quick pace that employers may be struggling to keep their drug-testing policies up-to-date – especially employers with multistate operations. The rapidly changing landscape of medical marijuana laws should prompt employers to review drug-testing policies and procedures to ensure conformity. Listen to expert and attorney, […]
5 Ways to Pre-Board Hires and Improve Employee Experience
March 31, 2017
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 six months of employment. Tackling that ambivalence early is crucial. One […]
3 Tips for Your Next Performance Review
March 30, 2017
3 Tips for Your Next Performance Review Are you dreading your next annual performance review? Not sure what to expect, or how to prepare? Annual performance reviews should encourage growth, celebrate achievements and set goals for the coming year. Here are a few tips to help you get the most out of your next review. […]
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 […]
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 […]
Honoring Women in Business: Q&A with 3 Paycom Clients
March 10, 2017
Honoring Women in Business: Q&A with 3 Paycom Clients Exactly 30 years ago, Congress designated March as National Women’s History Month as a time to commemorate the contributions and achievements of American women throughout history and today. This year’s theme is “Honoring Trailblazing Women in Labor and Business,” so we are taking a moment to […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
5 Reasons Employee Training Is Worth It
November 20, 2015
Poor performance results from people who do not know what they’re supposed to do, how they should do it and why they are doing it.
From Ladder to Lattice: The “New Normal” in Talent Management
August 20, 2015
New advances in talent management have rendered the corporate ladder of yesterday obsolete. Studies show that less than 20 percent of employees have better than a 50 percent chance of succeeding at the next level, making the traditional concept of career progression rather passé.
4 Talent Management Pitfalls and 4 Easy Ways to Debunk Them
February 10, 2015
Every job candidate hopes to hear these words from prospective employers: “Opportunity is bountiful here.” If your organization makes such a claim, but cannot live up to it, you’ll find yourself stuck in a revolving door of turnover.
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.
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.
Building Champions in the Workplace
January 31, 2014
Being the best in a NFL is a tough feat, because a lot of “greats” exist in the league. Players work their entire careers trying to be faster, stronger and better-equipped than their competition. When entire teams play with the same inherent motivation, winners are made and championships are secured.
Talent Management: Cultivating the Best of the Best
January 9, 2014
Cultivating top talent is at the top of any good recruiter’s list, but hiring is merely one piece of the puzzle. A successful recruitment process will transition candidates smoothly from hiring to developing and retaining. The process is continual and involves attracting talent, cultivating a solid company rapport, fostering positive employee engagement, and nurturing skills through consistent, ongoing training. Ultimately, it’s about building a strong and reliable workforce that can bring added value to your organization.
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.