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Best Practices

How to Create & Maintain a Respectful Workplace

November 1, 2017

There is so much in the news today about our culture in the United States. With the recent #MeToo campaign, in which people are indicating they have suffered sexual harassment or assault, to the troubles in Hollywood, people are growing tired of not being treated with respect and dignity....

4 Tips to Help You Best Prepare for Open Enrollment

October 9, 2017

        Fall is here and this is the time of year that some employers dread…Open Enrollment season. It’s never too early to prepare for open enrollment and engage your employees to make health care choices for the following plan year. Being overwhelmed during the process is...

What You Need to Know About Employee Engagement Surveys

September 20, 2017

Take a minute to imagine all of the different generations working together in today’s society…with so much diversity…from Traditionalists (born before 1946) to Generation Z (1997 – today) to employees from different cultures, religions, and the like. This begs the question, how can these employees work together and be...

The 4 Key Factors of Employee Engagement

August 14, 2017

Buzzwords in business are overused to the point of becoming fads at times. We hear phrases daily such as “culture”, “engagement”, “wheelhouse”, “synergy”, “incentivizing”, “strategic”, and the list goes on and on. When these buzzwords become so common in our workplace, it shouldn’t be surprising to hear so many...

Why Not Taking Time Off from Work Creates Business Problems

May 19, 2017

Paid Vacation is Best For Business! Paid vacation is an employer optional benefit – a very important benefit.  In fact, it is the #2 ranked benefit contributing to employee satisfaction (#1 is healthcare) according to Glassdoor. It is now officially Summer 2017 and all employees, managers alike, need to...

Recruiting Solutions: How to Gain Greater Effectiveness

May 17, 2017

You would be hard pressed to find a C-level executive who does not think that successfully staffing their organization can either make or break their organization in the long run. Aside from some roles directly impacting company revenue, losing out on top talent to competitors typically signals the slow...

Title VII Review: Sex Discrimination – Where Does Sexual Orientation Fall, In or Out?

April 19, 2017

Most of my clients’ view Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as Sex Discrimination as adverse action taken against an employee on the basis of his/her sex, male or female.  Pretty straight forward….right? Well, as of April 4, 2017, the legal waters have just gotten very...

How to Best Approach Reducing the Gender Wage Gap at Your Organization

April 4, 2017

What Organizations Can Do to Reduce the Gender Pay Gap During a recent interview about gender pay equity on Freakonomics with Harvard economics professor Claudia Goldin, she noted that the reasons for the existence of the gender pay gap in the United States are varied and complex. For organizations...

How to Know When to Hire HR for the First Time

March 21, 2017

As an outsourced HR consultant, I regularly work with small businesses in need of support in Human Resources. Often these businesses are either in a start-up mode or have a small footprint and need part-time, efficient support to move their businesses forward. That work can sometimes be tactical, and...

Do You Know the Real Cost or Value of Your Employees?

March 16, 2017

One KPI You Should Be Tracking! Now that the first quarter is almost over, it is time to focus on how the strategic goals set for 2017 are tracking to last year’s results. Organizations spend an immense amount of time and resources tracking revenue and retention of clients, as...

Risk Still Exists With FLSA Status Even After Injunction

January 3, 2017

Mitigate Risk with an FLSA Audit December 1st has come and gone, and like many others, you may be relieved that businesses did not have to comply with the Department of Labor’s Final Rule on FLSA White Collar Exemptions because of the Injunction issued on November 22nd by a...

How to Plan a Company Holiday Party for Your Diverse Team

November 25, 2016

Around the holidays employers can run into a few bumps when planning a company holiday party… Years ago my colleague Jane, a devout Jehovah’s Witness, had a small handful of observances that we, as courteous colleagues, tried to be mindful of at work. Oddly, the most challenging and humorous of...

Creating a Culture of Gratitude: A Simple Practice With Great Impact

November 18, 2016

During the first year of marriage, my wife and I decided to make a gratitude jar; well more accurately, my wife decided that we would make a gratitude jar. For those of you like me, that had never heard of this, it is a simple concept. Every time something...

How to Know if Your Business Needs Strategic HR

November 9, 2016

“Strategic HR”. It’s a buzzword in the HR industry that has been around for some time and I anticipate it will be around for a while longer. This concept of strategic HR is floated frequently and it’s quite possible that like many other business owners, you find yourself asking...

The Cost of Punishing Overachievers

October 28, 2016

We all accept that good leadership requires a balanced, equilateral approach to our team members. Of course, we should never have a favorite employee; HOWEVER as human leaders, every one of us has had that one superstar team member that we rely on greatly and yes, even like a...