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Is Your Workplace Ready for Generation Z?

Pew Research Center defines Generation Z as anyone born in or after 1997. That means this generation is just now beginning to enter the workforce, with more to come as college-bound Gen Zers begin to graduate. What do employers need to know as members of this generation come knocking? 1: They are not just digital[…]

5 Hidden Workplace Hazards

Not every safety hazard is obvious. Many workplace injuries and health-related problems can sneak up on employers and employees alike. In turn, these hidden hazards can lead to further injury, lost productivity, and other serious accidents. Here are five “invisible” safety risks every workplace should consider. 1: Posture and repetitive strain Resume and job posting[…]

How to Facilitate In-House and Outsourced HR Staff Working Together

If you contract out to a Professional Employer Organization (PEO) partner, or are considering doing so, how can your organization ensure that your in-house staff and outside HR partner work together seamlessly? Here are three best practices to employ. Communicate. Communication is key to any successful relationship. Very often, businesses outsource transactional HR tasks specifically[…]

Evidence-Based HR 102: Best Practices

Evidence-based HR (EBHR) can offer a powerful mechanism for organizations to make better workforce-related decisions; and better decisions mean better results. Yet transitioning to an evidence-based way of tackling HR objectives can be tricky. Here’s how to make that move successfully, step by step. 1: Articulate your goal. Imagine that your organization is considering a[…]

15 Ways Brokers and Benefits Consultants Help Employers

According to MetLife’s 15th Annual (2017) U.S. Employee Benefit Trends Study, brokers and benefit consultants play an unsung role in helping employers navigate employee benefits. That’s because employers tend to overestimate how clear and helpful their communications about benefits actually are. For example, while 74% of employers agree that “the company’s benefits communications effectively educate[…]

How to Deal with Narcissists in the Workplace

As any employer knows, workplaces mix all kinds of personalities together. When hiring, employers hope to find the right personalities to catalyze success and productivity. Unfortunately, that’s not always how it works, and sometimes individuals who are disruptive, dysfunctional, or toxic can find their way into the workplace. Narcissists are an excellent example: their behavior[…]

Evidence-Based HR 101: What Is It and What Do You Need to Know?

What is evidence-based HR? All too often, professionals today make important business decisions mostly by “winging it”. Their decisions are fueled less by facts and more by factors like time (a fast decision is more important than a considered one), by gut instinct (it feels right), by hearsay (after hearing a decision worked another time[…]

HR Risk Management Part 2: Creating Your Risk Management Plan

Once you’ve identified HR-related risks as described in our first article in this series, it’s time for the next step: creating a plan to (1) reduce or eliminate the probability of that risk turning into an actual problem and (2) to minimize the damage done by the risk if it manifests anyway. The good news[…]

HR Risk Management Part 1: The HR Risks That Need to Be Managed

Risk is intrinsic to business (and life). Even if you closed your business down today, you wouldn’t totally escape the risks; your former risks would simply morph into new ones. At heart, a risk is anything that can go wrong, and many businesses underestimate their HR-related risks. According to consultancy group EY: “HR risks continue[…]