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What HR Functions You Can Outsource?

Human resources (HR) refers to far more than just one function. Your HR people handle a huge array of tasks and duties; that’s partly why HR can easily overwhelm small teams. Fortunately, it’s possible to outsource only individual pieces of your HR needs, when appropriate. Here are the most common HR functions that you can[…]

How to Benchmark Your Benefits in Two Steps

Are you staying competitive in the employment marketplace by offering the benefits everyone else does? Do you stand out? Can you still attract top talent even if you drop an expensive benefits program? The process of comparing your benefits programs to other employers in your field is called benchmarking, and it’s a hugely important and[…]

The 4 Biggest Factors That Promote Employee Satisfaction

A satisfied, engaged employee is a productive one. One study found that an increase in job satisfaction was directly related to a 6.6% increase in hourly productivity. Other research has found that satisfied employees enjoy 31% greater productivity overall and 37% higher sales. Sometimes the effects of engagement and job satisfaction can even have unexpected[…]

Drug and Alcohol Testing in the Workplace

Drug abuse can be a costly problem for employers. According to the National Safety Council, absenteeism, workplace injuries, workplace violence, and workers’ compensation claims are all more common among employees who abuse prescription drugs. However, drug testing is also a compliance minefield, subject to a host of laws and regulations. Here are the most pertinent[…]

How Much Time Do You Spend on Administrative, Non-Core Tasks?

How much time do you spend on non-core tasks? The answer is too much. Running a small business (and especially starting one) is becoming increasingly laborious. Nearly two-thirds of small business owners work more than 40 hours a week (and one-third work more than 50), according to the 2017 Bank of America Small Business Owner[…]

Tips for Transitioning into a PEO Relationship

So, you’ve decided to hire a Professional Employer Organization to help handle the employer side of your business. You’re not alone; the PEO industry has boomed over the last decade, and no wonder. PEO clients grow faster than average, have lower employee turnover than average, are more likely to be profitable, and have double the[…]

10 Reasons Companies Partner with a PEO

Outsourcing HR is the only way to get the employer out of the employer business. That enables them to get back to business instead of idling on staffing issues; it also means they can eliminate liabilities in terms of payroll taxes etc. as the Professional Employer Organization (PEO) partner becomes the employer of record. Here[…]

Innovations in Interviewing

LinkedIn’s 2017 Global Recruiting Trends Report found that “innovative interview tools” was one of the top new trends defining the future of recruiting. The 2018 report confirms the finding and takes it even further, revealing that traditional interviews fail to properly assess candidates (e.g., identifying their true weaknesses and strengths, particularly when it comes to[…]

A Basic Checklist for Ensuring Your Compensation Strategy is Compliant and Effective

Too many organizations are too disorganized when it comes to compensation. They make compensation-related decisions in a haphazard manner that (1) discounts applicable laws and regulations, (2) obscures whether their approach to compensation generates appropriate ROI, and (3) makes compensation and payroll management unnecessarily difficult. This kind of ad hoc approach to compensation often results[…]

Do Employee Sabbaticals Really Pay Off?

Sabbaticals often make big news – Fast Company and the Harvard Business Review (HBR) have both extolled the virtues of the practice – yet relatively few U.S. employers offer this as a benefit. According to SHRM’s benefits report, only 12% offer an unpaid sabbatical option, and a meager 5% of U.S. employers offer paid sabbaticals.[…]