Performance Coaching: What is your style?

Posted by Christy Putnam on October 31, 2019 at 8:11 AM

Fall is here, and so are the world series, football season, and the start of basketball. What does this have to do with our November HR topic, Performance Evaluations & Effective Coaching? Many famous (and maybe not so famous) coaches have spoken words of wisdom over the years that can be applied by any manager leading a team. Take a look and see how these might apply to everyday coaching of your employees:

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Topics: Human Resources

LAST CHANCE! Don’t Miss this Month’s HR Webinar! Taking Care of Business: Employee Handbooks

Posted by Christy Putnam on October 22, 2019 at 1:06 PM

Can you believe we are at the end of October already? The end of the year is a great time to review existing documents, systems, and HR administrative practices. If you are looking for a new HR system, we can help, and we encourage you to reach out to us to find out how. It’s also a good time to review your employee handbook. Here are 8 valuable reasons why:

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Topics: Human Resources, HR Policies

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

Does Your Business Need an Employee Handbook?

Posted by Christy Putnam on October 14, 2019 at 12:43 PM

Are all employers required to have an employee handbook? If you answered "no" to this question, you are technically correct. There are no federal or state laws that specifically require companies to create and maintain employee handbooks. HOWEVER, we strongly suggest doing so since, regardless of your company's size, having an employee handbook is a good business practice. There are many laws requiring employers to notify employees of workplace rights (e.g. EEO, sexual harassment, ADA, FMLA), and this document can help with that. In fact, a well-crafted employee handbook helps protect both employer and employees. Following are five specific reasons why having a handbook might be a good idea for your organization.

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Topics: Human Resources, HR Policies, Benefits

HR Alert! Overtime Rule Change

Posted by Christy Putnam on September 24, 2019 at 11:57 AM

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued a final ruling today for overtime pay when employees work more than 40 hours in a week. Employees who make less than $35,568 will be eligible for overtime effective January 1, 2020. This is expected to affect approximately 1.3 million American workers.

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

The Cost of Employee Terminations and Turnover

Posted by Christy Putnam on September 23, 2019 at 1:38 PM

As an HR professional or manager, employee terminations are something that will need to be addressed, whether frequently or infrequently - and we all hope it end up being less frequent. However often it happens, the resulting turnover can end up being a very costly expense to organizations. A look inside the numbers illustrates how important retention really is.

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Topics: Human Capital Management, Human Resources, Recruiting, Employee Terminations

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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