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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[…]

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:[…]

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,[…]

Top 3 Holiday Overtime Compliance Questions, Answered

For many employers, the holidays are their busiest time of the year, and employee workloads can increase to meet customer demands. At the same time, more employees than normal will be requesting time off to celebrate Christmas, New Year’s, and other seasonal holidays. Altogether, employers may find themselves requesting or even mandating overtime from workers,[…]

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,[…]

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,[…]

The 4 Quirkiest Local HR Laws in the U.S. (And Elsewhere)

If you think you’ve got it bad when it comes to labor law compliance requirements, think again: there’s almost certainly a place out there that’s got it worse. Federal laws in the U.S. are only one source of employment regulations. States and municipalities can set their own requirements, and some of them can be more[…]

Change Management: How to Solicit Buy-In from Company Leaders

Change management is one of the most difficult endeavors to undertake at any organization because human nature resists change. For that reason, when Human Resources needs to institute or oversee some kind of change, HR leaders will want to do everything they can to facilitate the organization’s ability to accept and integrate the changes. That[…]

What Should You Look for in a Payroll System?

Payroll is vital to any business, and getting payroll right is critical to employee retention. According to The Workforce Institute at Kronos, half (49%) of American workers would start looking for a new job after only two issues with their paycheck. That may be because 87% of American workers live paycheck to paycheck; they can’t[…]