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Part-time HR During the Time of COVID-19

Posted by James on July 8, 2020 at 1:50 PM

Coordinating Human Resources wasn't in your job description when you were interviewed and hired at this little company of 47 employees. But you're a fast study and have a friendly personality, and so after six months at work you were asked to show a new hire around. Afterwards you thought, "There should probably be an orientation and initial paperwork process for when new people are hired," and so you took the initiative and created one. The benefits enrollment process interested you, and so you became the main contact with the broker. One day, somebody asked if the minimum wage poster in the break room was current. It wasn't, so you retrieved the latest version from the Department of Labor website and started checking and replacing the other notices from time to time. HR tasks didn't take up too much of your time, and it was kind of fun keeping on top of things.

Then a pandemic hit.

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Topics: Human Capital Management, Human Resources, HR Compliance, HR Policies

Preparing Your Company for the Workforce of Tomorrow...Today

Posted by James on June 30, 2020 at 9:35 AM

A couple years ago, Gallup conducted a survey that categorized employee engagement into three levels. The results showed that, in any given organization, 30% of employees are actively engaged in propelling the company along, half of the employees are just coasting on the efforts of the others, and 20% are actively attempting to disrupt progress within the business. Do you know which of your employees fall into which categories? More importantly, do you know how to improve these conditions?

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Topics: Business Intelligence, Business Technology, Human Capital Management, Human Resources, Management, COVID-19

How much time are you going to waste managing Workers' Compensation cases?

Posted by James on June 9, 2020 at 10:31 AM

As employees begin returning to the workplace from an extended period of home isolation, it is quite possible that we'll see a short-term bump in accidents and Workers' Compensation claims. It's going to take some time to restore old routines and form new ones in the offices, warehouses, and work spaces that have been quiet over the past few months. Mistakes are going to happen, and some of those mistakes are going to cause accidents that result in Workers' Compensation cases. How much time will you waste juggling all the different tools you use to manage those cases? With an integrated Human Capital Management solution like People Savvy HCM, the answer might be, "Not much."

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Topics: HR Compliance, Workers' Compensation

Were you ready for a remote workforce?

Posted by James on March 25, 2020 at 3:18 PM

You may have previously considered, or even had plans for, giving your employees the ability to work remotely. Due to the recent social changes in response to COVID-19, those considerations may have accelerated into a necessary reality to keep your business running during this time that we're all supposed to remain at home.

A few days ago, our I.T. Manager, Dionne, published a blog post about the various technologies that you might need to rely on so that your employees can get their work done seamlessly and securely from a remote location. That post addresses how people can stay connected to your organization. But how does your organization stay connected to them...informationally, culturally, practically?

A cloud-based Human Capital Management system offers many built-in solutions to keep your organization aware of your employees' activities and help them stay informed in the face of rapid change. The following features keep everyone working together, even when they're in different places.

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Topics: Human Capital Management, Human Resources, Technology Services, Time & Labor Management, COVID-19

Making Sure Employees See Your Company's Handbook

Posted by James on October 15, 2019 at 1:48 PM

In our recent post addressing the need for and benefits of an employee handbook, we mentioned the importance of having employees sign off on having received and read an organization's employee handbook. This is a vital step in creating and distributing a handbook because it encourages employees to read the document, ask questions about its contents, and signal that they understand the information provided. We also noted that sign-off should occur when each new edition of the handbook is given out.

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Topics: Human Capital Management, Human Resources, HR Policies

How Good Technology Engages Your Workforce (free white paper)

Posted by James on October 15, 2019 at 1:01 PM

Why are these statistics so significant? For one reason, the employment market is extremely tight right now. In order to recruit forward-thinking employees into your company's workforce and retain them, you need to appeal to the way they work.

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Topics: Business Technology, Human Capital Management

HR Infographic - Tips for Handling Employee Terminations

Posted by James on September 17, 2019 at 10:20 AM

Terminating an employee may be the worst task that HR professionals are required to undertake. Even if they occur only infrequently, the meetings almost always have the potential to be unpleasant or, in the worst cases, contentious. The best approach is to put your head down and just get through it, right?

Wrong.

There are actions you can take in advance of a termination meeting to increase the possibility of the relationship ending calmly and perhaps even amicably, with minimal disruption to your business. Follow these tips, approach the situation confidently, and you may be surprised at how well things actually go.

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Topics: Human Resources, HR Policies, Employee Terminations

The Importance of Documenting an Employee's Termination

Posted by James on September 11, 2019 at 2:31 PM
Whether an employee is asked to leave or leaves on his or her own, it's critical that the employer thoroughly document all specific details of the process through to its conclusion. Memories are not perfect, and rarely do multiple people remember the same event the same way. Even just a couple days after the termination meeting, individual accounts of what happened can vary wildly; especially if the employee is not leaving on good terms and/or tempers were running high throughout the exit. If the events are ever called into question - especially legal question - the employer will be in the best position possible if everything that happened is recorded, organized, and readily accessible.
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Topics: Human Capital Management, Human Resources, Employee Terminations

Habit 3 of Highly Productive Organizations: Improvement

Posted by James on September 9, 2019 at 2:33 PM

The research* provided by The Aberdeen Group on successful approaches to managing a workforce has so far focused on automation of employee management tasks and integration of workforce management systems.

The final and least technical practice is for an organization to always be improving an its approaches and methods of managing their overall workforce. Such improvement is a long-term proposition that takes place gradually. It requires persistence and a commitment to merging modern HCM tools with a consistently advancing workplace culture. As both become more developed and in aligned with one another, an organization's workforce shifts from a practical cost to a strategic and competitive advantage that provide the business with a true edge in the marketplace.

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Topics: Human Capital Management, Human Resources, Payroll, Time & Labor Management

Habit 2 of Highly Productive Organizations: Integration

Posted by James on September 3, 2019 at 10:40 AM

This four-part series takes research* done by The Aberdeen Group on successful approaches to managing a workforce and presents it in graphical form. Businesses that practice all of these behaviors tend to function efficiently and reduce - or eliminate - the wasteful costs involved in managing people.

Integration is the second beneficial practice. Many organizations still manage time and attendance with one automated system, payroll with another, and human resources with no intelligent business system at all. The systems that are in place tend not to communicate well, which is unfortunate, since they all fulfill critical functions with regard to workforce management and coordination, and miscommunication just means more time and more cost spent on otherwise simple tasks. Implementing a unified Human Capital Management system can store all of your employee information in a single location and transform your workforce from an expense to a strategic asset. Here are just some of a unified system.

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Topics: Human Capital Management, Human Resources, Payroll, Time & Labor Management

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