Christy Putnam

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Complex Pay Strategies

Posted by Christy Putnam on September 12, 2018 at 10:55 AM

Not all compensation is as simple as an hourly wage or a set salary. Following are some pay types that may cause questions and confusion.

Piece Rate Pay

What is “piece rate” pay? This is an alternative system of pay that may benefit both the employer and the employee. Employees are paid based on the per unit of quality work completed rather than an hourly rate. This approach has the dual advantages of helping to increase productivity while providing employees with rewards for extra effort. This form of pay is commonly used in construction and agriculture.

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Topics: Human Capital Management, Payroll

"If We Stay or If We Go": Conducting Non-hiring Interviews

Posted by Christy Putnam on September 7, 2018 at 9:35 AM

Interviews are no longer just for potential new hires. A lot of employers are choosing to implement stay and/or exit interviews. The difference between the two is that stay interviews are kind of like preventive check-ups; making sure everything is good and, if it's not, finding a resolution. Exit interviews, on the other hand, are performed with employees who are leaving an organization, and, while it may be too late to be beneficial to the departing employee, they may help the company realize the need for change.

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Topics: Human Capital Management, Human Resources

Strategies for Reducing Workplace Injuries

Posted by Christy Putnam on August 17, 2018 at 11:23 AM

Let’s play a game called 'How much do you know about workplace injuries?' According to the Bureau of Labor Statics:

1. How many fatal work injuries occurred in 2016?
A. 1,500
B. 3,507
C. 5,190

2. How many non-fatal workplace injuries and illnesses occurred in 2016?
A. Nearly 100,000
B. Nearly 1,000,000
C. Nearly 2,900,000

3. Which of the following is NOT a leading cause of non-fatal workplace injuries?
A. Falls
B. Exposure to harmful substances
C. Slips/Trips
D. Struck by object or equipment

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Topics: Human Resources

What is your company's succession plan?

Posted by Christy Putnam on July 18, 2018 at 12:29 PM

Is your organization in a constant scramble when someone suddenly leaves the company?

Have you ever had a key employee leave that you thought would always be there to do the job?

Do you have a plan?

A succession plan, to be more specific.

“I know I have heard of that. But what is it, and why do I need one?” you may be asking. A succession plan is defined as “a process for identifying and developing new leaders who can replace old leaders when they leave, retire or die. Succession planning increases the availability of experienced and capable employees that are prepared to assume these roles as they become available.” Succession planning is not just for large employers. It's critical for small ones, too. They benefit employees as well as employers.

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Topics: Human Capital Management, Human Resources

Cost Effective Healthcare Options Available to Small Employers

Posted by Christy Putnam on July 17, 2018 at 3:03 PM

The Department of Labor (DOL) has made it easier for small employers (i.e. generally 50 employees or less) to join together to buy health insurance coverage with big company benefits and potential large group savings. The DOL's recently released Association Health Plan (AHP) final rule expands access for these organizations. AHPs have been around for many years, but the rules on them have now been loosened a little with the newly adopted legislation. AHPs have a better negotiating position due to the health risks being spread over a larger pool than if the members participated individually. The final rule also bestows upon them the ability to self-insure without being required to meet all of the essential benefit mandates of a small employer.

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Topics: Human Capital Management, Human Resources, Healthcare

Exempt or Non-Exempt? That is the Question.

Posted by Christy Putnam on July 9, 2018 at 10:03 AM

There are a lot of questions around whether an employee is considered exempt or non-exempt. This determination is made by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The FLSA determines minimum wage rates, overtime pay, youth employment regulations, and record-keeping requirements for nonexempt workers in the private sector as well as Federal, State, and local governments. Here are a few commonly asked questions about exempt employee status.

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Topics: HR Compliance

Are you ready for employment changes taking effect July 1, 2018?

Posted by Christy Putnam on May 16, 2018 at 3:57 PM

 

In addition to the (hopefully) sunny days of summer, July 1 of this year brings with it a host of legislative changes that will impact employers and their employees. Here are three of the most critical employment changes that you'll want to know about. 

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Topics: Human Resources, Payroll, Taxes

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

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