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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,[…]

Is Your Business Guilty of These Top 4 Onboarding Mishaps?

Onboarding – the process of introducing new hires to the company and getting them started in their role – is crucial to success with new workers. A well-executed onboarding experience can have a tremendous impact on future employee success: Glassdoor found that a strong onboarding process boosts new hire retention by 82%. Unfortunately, most companies[…]

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 a PEO Strengthens Employee Relations

Many employers who have never used a Professional Employer Organization (PEO) worry that a PEO would hurt their relationship with their employees or somehow damage company culture. This is not at all true, but it’s understandable why this would be a concern. The PEO manages aspects of the employee experience that can affect the employee’s[…]

Handy Tips for a Successful Employee Handbook

Not all employers assemble a formal employee handbook, but all employers should. A handbook is enormously helpful in the workplace. It creates an informational resource for employees (especially new hires) that can reduce the demands placed on HR to answer questions. It provides consistent guidelines and procedures for management to follow. And it can ensure[…]

How to Document Employee Performance

Documentation is armor against labor law litigation. “No matter what type of employment litigation is at issue, the amount of documentation an employer has dramatically increases the odds of prevailing in litigation,” writes litigation attorney Anthony Zaller in a blog post. Surprisingly, however, many employers neglect creating and retaining documentation outside of records specifically mandated[…]

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[…]

Are Flexibility-Related Benefits the Key to Employee Satisfaction?

The usual suspects of employee benefits – like retirement plans and health insurance coverage – remain critical to attracting and retaining top talent in today’s labor marketplace. But a new class of benefits also seems to be growing more important to a growing segment of today’s workforce. We’re talking about benefits that give employees flexibility[…]

The Facts About Performance Management

Good performance management is critical to maximizing employee engagement and productivity. Studies of performance management show clear benefits for both employees and employers when feedback is handled well. For example, companies see 14.9% lower turnover rates for employees who receive regular feedback than for employees who do not. Even better, Gallup has found that units[…]