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Goal-Setting: How HR Can Help
Virtually no organization can survive – let alone thrive – without actionable, measurable objectives. While managers carry much of the goal-setting responsibility, there are ways HR can help, too. As with so many organizational priorities, setting goals begins with proper communication. In this case, HR plays a role in ensuring managers understand the importance of […]
4 Tips to Help New Employees Set Goals
For employers, goal-setting increases employee engagement and retention levels, and benefits your organization overall. Goals also are key to employee success, as clear and challenging goals drive performance and productivity. So, how should employers approach goal-setting with new hires? They may not be as experienced as the rest of your personnel, but these workers will […]
The Cost of Not Using HR Tech? $4.51 Per Data Entry
This blog post was originally published on Nov. 19, 2018, and updated on Jan. 7, 2020. We often hear HR technology providers tout the time self-service software can save. It makes sense, given that it automates and streamlines laborious manual processes. A 2016 nationwide study by HR.com found that to be absolutely true. The large […]
What the Recent ACA Individual Mandate Ruling Means for Employers
On Dec. 18, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued an opinion on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). On a 2-1 vote, the court found the individual mandate – the requirement that individuals maintain health insurance or pay a penalty – unconstitutional now that Congress has reduced the penalty to $0. […]
Update on 2020 IRS Form W-4
This blog post was originally published on June 6, 2019 and updated on Dec. 31, 2019. This summer, the IRS proposed an important revision to the W-4. The goal of the W-4 has always been to ensure withholdings align with the employee’s ultimate tax liability, and this proposed revision is intended to ensure continued alignment […]
DOL Releases Final Overtime Rule, Setting Standard Salary Threshold at $684 Per Week
This blog post was originally published on Sept. 24, 2019 and updated on Dec. 31, 2019. In September, the U.S. Department of Labor released its final rule that increases the salary threshold for workers in the executive, administrative and professional exemptions. The threshold increased from $455 per week (or $23,660 per year) to $684 per […]
4 Tips for Preventing and Addressing Issues Arising From Office Parties
Ah, the holiday season. Presents, family and food are on the horizon, as are a few holiday jingles that will haunt you for the next few months. The ever-anticipated office party is also in the works to celebrate another successful year for you and your employees. Though the office party should be a fun time […]
Next-Level Employee Training and Development
Not all workplace learning programs are created equal. Effective ones can increase productivity and improve the employee experience, which is vital in today’s tight labor market where people’s jobs are changing rapidly. But one out of three employees says uninspiring content is a barrier to learning and can influence their decision to leave an organization, […]
Upskilling to Overcome Skill Gaps and Labor Shortages
In today’s competitive job market, filling open positions is a daunting task for many organizations. Jobs remain vacant for longer than desired with few qualified candidates applying, if any. And it doesn’t look like the situation is going to improve any time soon. As jobs continue to change due to technological innovations and the war […]
Employers: Don’t Learn This Workforce Development Lesson the Hard Way
Today’s employee loves to learn. In fact, Gallup research shows that for 87% of millennials, the opportunity to grow and develop is an important consideration when choosing an employer. Therefore, offering such opportunities will become increasingly important for attracting and retaining these workers. It’s definitely an investment, but a worthwhile one. As with any venture, […]
Do These 3 Things to Show Employee Appreciation
Your organization’s employees work hard. You know this, but they might not know you know it. For managers and HR professionals, displays of gratitude provide an opportunity to add much-needed touches of positivity, creativity and reciprocity to the workplace. Here are three ways to do just that! Celebrate anniversaries and birthdays When a worker’s service […]
Why HR Should Cultivate a Company Culture of Gratitude
With this being the time of year we give thanks, gratitude is on our minds as much as gravy. Of the two, gratitude should be a year-round practice. After all, it’s the only one among the pair to actually improve physical health. (No offense, gravy. You are loved.) It’s true: As reported in Psychology Today, […]