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10 Ideas to Enhance the Employee Experience

August 21, 2018

The employee experience, otherwise known as EX, is a hot topic right now in the corporate world, but what is it? The employee experience is the summation of the events an employee experiences throughout his or her career lifecycle with an organization. From the very first phone screen to...

Payroll Vs. HR: How the Departments Work Best Together

July 24, 2018

Does Payroll fall under Human Resources? Across various clients over the years, I have encountered different departmental structures. Sometimes Payroll is housed in the HR department, other times HR is housed in the Finance department along with Payroll, or both functions are separated into two completely different departments.  There is...

There’s an App for That! The Best On-the-Go Apps for HR

April 18, 2018

It seems like in today’s technology-centered world, there is an application (app) for everything! You could run your whole life on your smartphone if you had the right tools at your fingertips. A lot of companies are cashing in on this trend and creating apps that are convenient to its...

Pros Vs. Cons of an Active Shooter Policy

June 24, 2016

We have all seen those straight out of the movies scenarios on the news when tragedy strikes at work. An active shooter comes in and wreaks havoc on anyone and everyone. The haunting images of people running for their lives or the aftermath usually stick with me for days...

The Best Tools for Onboarding New Employees

June 17, 2016

Onboarding a new hire is a very exciting time! The energy a new team member brings can add a fun, fresh dynamic to the team along with the exciting possibilities of what this new meeting of the minds could achieve.  There is so much to do to bring your...

Best Tips to Study for Professional HR Certifications

October 7, 2015

PHR & SPHR vs. SHRM-CP & SHRM-SCP: What’s the Difference Between these HR Certifications? In several industries, professionals have the option to obtain certifications in their area of expertise. Many companies require certifications as insurance that their employees have the knowledge necessary to perform the job they were hired for. In the...

DC Commuter Benefit Review: Who Will It Effect?

October 1, 2015

I am sure by now that if you commute anywhere in Washington, D.C., you have seen the signs encouraging employees to ask their employers about transit benefits for 2016.  The District of Columbia passed a new Commuter Benefit Ordinance that will take effect January 1, 2016.   The ordinance will...

5 Best Practices for Communicating a Separation

July 14, 2015

As HR professionals, one of the hardest parts of the job is communicating to an employee the decision to separate them from employment.  Whether it be a performance related termination, or a financially related layoff; it is never an easy task. I find layoffs particularly difficult when it has...

DC Law Review: Wage Theft Prevention Act

April 28, 2015

As HR consultants, it’s our job to stay on top of the evolving laws that govern the workplace.  Laws can change day by day, or keep us waiting for months for a final outcome.  The DC Wage and Theft Prevention Act was no different. Originally signed by Mayor Vincent...

What a Toxic Culture Can Cost You

February 10, 2015

We have all seen it. Whether it be firsthand experience, or tales that were shared by the water cooler, you are probably aware of the toxic cultures that exist in the working world. A toxic culture is like an ominous cloud that hangs over a company threatening to unleash...