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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...

Planning Your Company Holiday Party? How to Avoid Potential Legal Problems…

December 1, 2014

The holidays are truly a special time of year when we celebrate the season with family, friends, and colleagues. Many companies choose to sponsor a holiday gathering to reward employees for their hard work and allow them to socialize with colleagues. In general, holiday parties are a great way...

Best Ways to Celebrate National Walk to Work Day

April 3, 2014

Raise your hand if you told yourself you’d work out more in 2014. Now keep your hand up if you've stuck to your goal these past four months. Whether your answer is yes or no, I...

Best 10 Last Minute Ideas for Celebrating National Employee Appreciation Day

March 6, 2014

Did you know that National Employee Appreciation Day is the first Friday of March every year? That is tomorrow, March 7th, Don’t worry, it’s not too late to celebrate. Check out my tips below for some last minute ideas on how to show your employees you appreciate them.

Low Cost Ways to Celebrate the Holidays at Work

February 12, 2014

While the fall and winter months are jam-packed with holidays people often forget about all of the fun holidays in the spring. Between Valentine’s Day and Easter, there is so much you can do for your employees without spending a great deal of money. No matter the...

Furloughs, Holiday Pay, and Weather Closures: Legal Guidelines and Best Practices for Winter HR Woes

January 2, 2014

Remember when a snow day meant no school and neighborhood snowball fights? The challenges of navigating winter weather closures can be far more difficult when you’re running a company. What if your company closes for a week between Christmas and New Year’s; are you required to pay employees?...

Recruitment Challenges: Addressing Recruitment Problems During the Holiday Season

December 17, 2013

It's that time of year again where every holiday imaginable hits at the same time, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa and New Year's Day. Oh and let's not forget about Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve. Despite the holiday season, business must move forward and there is still a need...

Best Ways to Appreciate Your Employees All Year Long

November 27, 2013

Thank your employees, or coworkers, 365 days a year. It seems like a simple thing to do. Find something – anything – one of your direct reports or coworkers has does well on the job and compliment them about it. After informally polling a random sampling of friends, coworkers...

Ten Ways to Avoid Potential Problems at Your Company Holiday Party This Year

November 20, 2013

What happened to 2013? I cannot believe it is already November! Before we know it everyone will be hosting their holiday parties and we will be watching the ball drop and welcoming in the New Year! As an HR Professional, I am never sure if I should be...

What is Gratitude really? And why does it matter?

November 6, 2013

Merriam-Webster defines being ‘grateful’ as: grate·ful adjective ˈgrāt-fəl: feeling or showing thanks: feeling or showing thanks to someone for some helpful act Seems easy enough. Until you get to the office. A survey of 2,007 people for the John Templeton Foundation of West Conshohocken, PA, found that the workplace is the last place people express gratitude. On average, only 10% of adults thank a colleague each day, and worse than that, only 7% express gratitude to a boss daily. And 60% said they “either never express gratitude at work or do so perhaps once a year.”

5 Tips and Tricks to Engage Employees on Halloween

October 31, 2013

If you are familiar with Helios, you know that we are infamous for the color orange. Naturally, Halloween is one our favorite holidays to celebrate. Not only because our CEO loves practical jokes and “releasing her energy” around the office by hiding under desks, behind doors, or any...

How Strong Are Your Connections?

January 31, 2013

As we launch into a new year, my practice is to reflect on the year past and focus on the future. While no longer participating in the exercise of “making resolutions,” I do, however, identify goals. Goals that help ensure I execute on those priorities of importance to me....

Leap Year and the Payroll Predicament

February 29, 2012

By Andrea Parker, HR Business Partner A leap year contains one extra day in order to keep the calendar year synchronized with the astronomical or seasonal year. In each leap year, the month of February has 29 days instead of 28. Adding an extra day to the calendar every...

MLK Day of Service

January 16, 2012

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?” Each year, Americans across the country answer that question by coming together on the King Holiday to serve their neighbors and communities. The MLK Day of Service is a...