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3 Issues That Could Cause Your Background Checks to Backfire

Background checks are nearly universal, with 96% of employers conducting some form of background screening, according to a survey by HR.com and the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS). They’re a valuable way to mitigate the risk of bad hires. They’re also tricky territory. Employers must navigate host of obstacles and challenges when conducting[…]

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[…]

What Science Says about Leaders: A Brief Survey of Research into Leadership

Leadership is a surprisingly scarce and valuable resource in the business world, and most businesses are very concerned with finding or developing good leaders in their organization. But what is a “good” leader? What qualities define them? What’s the difference in the workplace between a “good” leader and a mediocre one? Thanks to their importance,[…]

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[…]

Q&A: How to Handle Workplace Relationships

It should come as no surprise to employers that the workplace can facilitate more than just business relationships. It turns out it’s also a great place to spark romance. “Colleagues start with something huge in common, which is the work,” says Susan Heathfield, a management and organization development consultant. “They tend to be educated about[…]

HR Outsourcing Trends for 2020

In our series on the outlook for 2020, we’ve identified the biggest HR trends, like workplace flexibility and an evolving role for HR organizations; and we’ve discussed some of the biggest issues facing small businesses, like recruitment challenges. But what about HR outsourcing trends specifically? What’s new or important for companies that outsource some or[…]

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[…]

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,[…]

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,[…]

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