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

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

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

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

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