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Employers Should Prepare for Autumn and Winter Now: Risk Assessment

In normal years, fall is flu and cold season. Beginning around October, fall and winter conditions tend to facilitate the spread of contagious illnesses. That’s because more people spend more time indoors, and diseases like the flu also seem to favor the cool, dry conditions of winter. This fall is not going to be like[…]

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It’s Time to Update Your Nondiscrimination and Anti-Harassment Policies

Between the nationwide protests against racial inequality, the recent Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court, and the small matter of a massive pandemic turning American workplaces upside down, employers have had to navigate a great deal of upheaval in a short period of time. One of the consequences of all this:[…]

Flex Schedules and Remote Working, Part 2: The Challenges Facing Employers

In part 1 of this series, examining the advantages and disadvantages of flexible work options, including flex scheduling and remote working, we assessed the evidence-based benefits employers can potentially accrue. But flex work options are not a slam-dunk in all situations. Specific challenges and disadvantages can undermine potential rewards, and employers need to understand what[…]

Three Best Practices to Prevent Presenteeism

Presenteeism – when employees show up to work when they shouldn’t – is the flip side of absenteeism, and it’s just as corrosive to productivity and worker morale. Typically, presenteeism refers to workers who are actively sick and potentially contagious. At best, they’ll be unproductive. At worst, they’ll spread their illness around the workplace, causing[…]

Flex Schedules and Remote Working, Part 1: The Evidence-Based Advantages for Employers

Flexible work options, including flexible work schedules and remote working, have only grown more common over the past few years. The 2019 Global Talent Trends Report from LinkedIn, for example, notes a 78% increase in the mention of “workplace flexibility” in job posts since 2016. But while it’s easy to understand what makes flex working[…]

Time Off Programs: Separate Categories for Paid Sick & Vacation Leave or a Single PTO Bank?

The U.S. federal government does not mandate that employers offer either Paid Time Off or paid sick leave. “The United States is the only advanced economy in the world that does not guarantee its workers paid vacation days and paid holidays,” says John Schmitt, Vice President of the Economic Policy Institute, in a report for[…]

How to Structure Your Incentive Programs for Maximum Effectiveness

Employers routinely establish incentive programs in order to motivate employees to improve production and generate better results. But not all incentive programs are equally effective. Moreover, it can be complicated formulating incentive programs. Options abound, including bonuses, commissions, profit sharing, prizes, trophies, travel, extra time off, merchandise, and more. Incentives can then be offered under a variety of circumstances, including individual productivity achievements,[…]

The Top 4 Benefits Most Desired by Employees

Fundamentally, employers offer employee benefits to attract employees to work for them. Particularly in today’s tight labor market, with unemployment falling under 4%, employers struggle to differentiate themselves and attract (and keep) the best and the brightest workers. One way to stand out is to offer a stellar benefits package. But what are the benefits[…]

How Different Benefits Quantifiably Affect Recruitment

Employers already know that employee benefits are key to remaining competitive in the talent marketplace. But did you realize that specific benefits can have quantifiable impacts on employee retention and recruiting? MetLife’s 15th Annual (2017) U.S. Employee Benefit Trends Study identified four benefits that can significantly increase an employee’s loyalty to their employer – or,[…]

Top 3 HR Issues Facing Newly Formed Businesses

Newly formed businesses and startups may be tempted to bypass Human Resources in favor of other business units, like marketing, sales, finance, etc. After all, if they’re newly formed, they probably don’t have many employees yet anyways, so why worry about HR at that point? Well, here are three HR issues that every new business[…]

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