Does Your Policy Checklist Include a Time Reporting Policy?

Posted by Christy Putnam on December 5, 2018 at 11:26 AM

A critical part of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) is making sure employees are classified and paid correctly. Does your organization have a current Time Reporting Policy that accomplishes this? Such a policy is easily as important as other standard company policies like your Leave of Absence, Code of Conduct, Benefits, or Communications policies. If you do not have one, it's a good idea to draft a written policy that clearly and thoroughly explains how and when staff should track their time. This will a likely apply to both exempt and non-exempt employees, but the application may be slightly different. Key elements that should be included in this policy include:

Read More

Topics: Human Capital Management, HR Policies, Human Resources

How to Develop a Social Media Policy for Your Company

Posted by James on November 13, 2018 at 10:39 AM

In our blog post last week on the topic of addressing the use of social media in the workplace, we suggested that companies develop a sensible social media policy to help set guidelines and rules around acceptable and unacceptable behavior when it comes to socializing online. That sounds reasonable, but where do you begin? We have a free template for download to help you with that starting point. Whether you use this resource or develop your own from scratch, here are a some key elements that any social media policy should consider including.

Read More

Topics: HR Policies, Human Capital Management, Human Resources

Approaches to Performance Management

Posted by Christy Putnam on October 16, 2018 at 10:00 AM

If you recently became a manager, you may be looking forward with some trepidation to the dreaded performance review process. Employees are now looking to you for guidance regarding the jobs that they are doing, and you were probably promoted to this position because, among many reasons, someone thought you have wisdom that others can benefit from. But what's the procedure for this task, and what do you need to think about to prepare for it?

Read More

Topics: Human Resources, Human Capital Management, Leadership

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.

Read More

Topics: Payroll, Human Capital Management

"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.

Read More

Topics: Human Capital Management, 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.

Read More

Topics: Human Resources, Human Capital Management

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.

Read More

Topics: Healthcare, Human Capital Management, 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:

Read More

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

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.

Read More

Topics: Human Capital Management, Human Resources, connections 2018

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.

Read More

Topics: Human Resources, Human Capital Management

Subscribe to B/P Impressions

Impressive Impressions

a blog that is also a resource for businesses

Bennett/Porter's Impressions blog provides sensible insight into the places where technology and business intersect. Yet beyond practical reflections, you'll find actual resources to help keep your business operations optimized. These resources include:

  • critical announcements about the ERP systems we support
  • efficient strategies for network management
  • tips and tricks on using business software
So read on, and get the inside track from the Pacific Northwest's premier experts in ERP software and Managed IT & Cloud Hosting services.

Recent Posts