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Five Suggestions for Setting Up Successful Teams

Posted by Christy Putnam on April 9, 2018 at 10:24 AM


“Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.” - Andrew Carnegie

Not everyone is a born leader, and it is not an easy skill to learn. One sign of a good leader is the success of their teams and those teams' ability to function when the leader is not present. Managers who lead with trust, transparency, and honesty are typically much more successful than those that attempt to lead with fear and intimidation. Following are a few additional helpful hints for setting up successful teams.

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Topics: Human Resources

How much do you know about current HR trends?

Posted by Christy Putnam on March 28, 2018 at 4:24 PM

Everybody needs a short break in their day. So grab your cup of coffee, tea, or water, and let’s play a game! See how much you know about current HR trends. Which of the following multiple choice questions can you get correct:

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Topics: Human Capital Management, Human Resources, HR Compliance, connections 2018

What impact can workplace culture have on your business?

Posted by Christy Putnam on March 27, 2018 at 4:28 PM

What kind of culture do you have?

If asked, how would you describe your workplace culture? If your employees were asked to describe it, what would they say? For the first time in history, five different generations are in the workforce at the same time. This historical situation brings cultural expectation challenges for human resources, as each generation has experienced different eras in time, world events, communication styles, and technology advancements. It is important to remember that generational context is about common experiences, and different people require different approaches.

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Topics: Human Capital Management, Human Resources, connections 2018

Employee Terminations: Nobody's Favorite Job!

Posted by Christy Putnam on March 22, 2018 at 2:10 PM

Most managers consider their least favorite task. It's never easy to tell another person that he or she is being terminated from their current position. The termination process should be carefully planned and, in most cases, well documented. Following are a few tips to help make the difficult event of employee terminations a little easier:

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Topics: Human Resources

Back to Basics with Your Employee Benefits

Posted by Christy Putnam on February 21, 2018 at 2:55 PM

Employee benefits are typically an employer’s second largest expense after payroll. They are also a critical tool for attracting and retaining top talent. The Bureau of Labor Statistics issued a very interesting News Release: Employer Costs For Employee Compensation – September 2017. The study estimates that employee benefits make up 31.7% of an employee’s total compensation, on average.

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Topics: Human Capital Management, Human Resources

Long Term Care Insurance: sometimes forgotten...until it’s too late

Posted by Christy Putnam on February 7, 2018 at 10:54 AM

"Why do I need Long Term Care Insurance? I already have health insurance!"

This is a common response when people are asked if they have considered Long Term Care Insurance (LTCI). What people don't realize is that their health insurance will typically not cover long-term care needs in a nursing home, assisted-living facility, or in one's own home. Another common misperception is that it's just the elderly population that has these needs. Unfortunately, this is not true, as young people also experience accidents as well as chronic and debilitating illnesses, all of which can create a need for long-term care.

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Topics: Healthcare

Do new tax tables mean more money in my paycheck?

Posted by Christy Putnam on January 19, 2018 at 10:51 AM

President Trump signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act into law on December 22, 2017. Under the new law, the individual tax rate will be reduced to a maximum of 37%, which is down from 39.6% prior to the new bill being passed. The bill kept a seven-bracket tax structure, but the ranges have been adjusted to 10%, 12%, 22%, 24%, 32%, 35%, and 37%. These brackets are currently set to expire in 2025.

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Topics: Human Capital Management, Taxes

If there was an Employee Handbook Best Sellers list, would yours make the cut?

Posted by Christy Putnam on January 10, 2018 at 1:13 PM

When was the last time you saw that a state or federal employment law had been updated? Today? Yesterday? Last week? In fact, when was the last time your company's employee handbook was reviewed and updated? If your answer is, "More than 12 months ago," it may be (past) time to take another look. With all of the political chatter, sexual harassment claims, updates in state minimum wage, as well as parental and sick leave laws, things are constantly changing, and the need to update the employee handbook in a timely manner has become critical.

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Topics: Human Capital Management, Human Resources

New year, new laws! What's your scheduling solution?

Posted by Christy Putnam on January 8, 2018 at 9:56 AM

Ushering in a new year means accommodating new employment laws. Oregon is the first state to pass a predictive scheduling law. On August 8, 2017, Senate Bill 828 was signed into law with a majority of the provisions becoming effective July 1, 2018. This bill applies to employers in the retail, hospitality, or food services industries with 500 or more non-exempt employees (temporary or leased workers are not included). It requires these employers to provide seven days’ notice (14-days beginning July 1, 2020) to employees of their work schedules. The intended purpose of the bill is to help hourly workers juggle additional priorities like child care and other employment.

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Topics: Human Capital Management, Human Resources

IRS Delays Deadline for Forms 1095-B and 1095-C

Posted by Christy Putnam on December 28, 2017 at 7:14 AM

Notice 2018-06 was released by the IRS on Friday, December 22, announcing that the 2018 reporting requirements for insurers and employers under Section 6055 and 6056 has been extended by 30 days. The notice extends the due date - from January 31, 2018 to March 2, 2018 - for furnishing to individuals the 2017 Form 1095-B, Health Coverage, and the 2017 Form 1095-C, Employer-Provided Health Insurance Offer and Coverage. The 30-day extension is automatic and does not need to be requested.

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Topics: Human Resources

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