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3 Issues Facing Small Businesses in 2020, and How HR Outsourcing Can Help

We recently outlined the biggest HR trends for 2020, noting how HR’s role is shifting (from transactional to advisory), how businesses are adapting (emphasizing employee experience and workplace flexibility), and what challenges are looming (hiring and skills development). But what are the trends and challenges facing small employers specifically? Recruiting Remains A Major Challenge The[…]

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[…]

6 Facts to Shine Light on the Importance of Careful Job Screening

In a world in which many job candidates will do whatever it takes to get in the door – including lie, cheat, and steal – employers must exercise extreme caution and care during the recruitment process. Background screening is an important element of performing due diligence on potential hires, but many employers may not realize[…]

Top 5 HR Trends for 2020

1) Workplace flexibility continues to grow in importance. In the 2019 Global Talent Trends Report from LinkedIn, nearly three-quarters (72%) of talent professionals say that workplace flexibility – including flexible work schedules and remote working options – will be “extremely important in shaping the future of recruiting and talent.” Employers are certainly highlighting it more:[…]

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[…]

Stay off the HR Naughty List, with These 5 Office Holiday Party Tips

Holiday parties are incredibly common events in the workplace, with nearly 80% of employers hosting them, according to a survey by Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc. But should they be so popular? Employees, for their part, are lukewarm on them. One survey found that only 36% of employees would describe company holiday parties as fun,[…]

HR Risk Management Part 4: How to Spot the Risks You Don’t Even Know to Think About

In our first post in this risk management series, we discussed how important it is to identify HR-specific risks. Then, in our next post, we laid out the three foundational steps to managing those risks. But comprehensively protecting against HR risks requires ongoing monitoring, which we covered in our third post in the series. Today,[…]

The 3 Keys to Hiring Seasonal Workers When Unemployment Is Below 4%

It’s that most wonderful time of year: the race to staff up with seasonal holiday workers. Every year, hiring reaches new heights during the holiday season. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics confirms that employment surges during the holiday months: “Employment in the retail trade industry typically rises in the final months of the year,[…]

Conquering the Biggest HR Holiday Challenges

Though we usually associate the holidays – starting with Halloween at the end of October and running through New Year’s Day – with fun events and time spent with loved ones, this time of year can pose some serious challenges. It’s often stressful for workers to manage so many personal obligations, especially during a time[…]

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,[…]