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Leading During a Pandemic

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No one knows what the workplace is going to look like in three months. COVID-19 continues to spread. School reopening and attendance plans remain tenuous. Further action from Congress is uncertain.

Back to School FAQs for Employers

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Here are some of our most frequently asked questions about leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act ( FFCRA ). hr Compliance COVID19

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Is Your Workplace a Safe Place to Speak Up?

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Right now, organizations across the country are asking themselves what they can do to make their workplaces more inclusive, diverse, and equitable, particularly for Black employees.

How to Boost Employee Morale

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When an employee's feelings towards their workplace go sour it can negatively affect not just their productivity but it can also be toxic to the team, ultimately impacting the company's bottom line. company culture retention

Use Chaos to Build a Stronger Organization

Speaker: Stacey Harris, Chief Research Officer & Managing Partner at Sapient Insights Group

As we look to tomorrow, it is time to ask ourselves what lessons have we learned and how do we create flexible organizations that can survive what the future holds. Stacey Harris, Chief Research Officer for Sapient Insights Group, will share insights, data, and tools that are helping organizations adapt and even thrive in this difficult environment. She’ll discuss the emerging trends in the Learning technology market, and how these exciting new approaches to creating micro, adaptive, and personalized content is changing the face of workforce development while creating strong connections to business outcomes.

6 Tips for Managing Workplace Stress

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We’re all supposed to feel stress from time to time. It’s the way the body responds to demands and dangers. A stressful event triggers the release of hormones. These hormones, according to Psychology Today , “increase heartbeat and the circulation of blood to support quick action, mobilize fat and sugar for immediate energy, focus attention to track the danger, prepare muscles for movement, and more.” This fight-or-flight response helps us overcome these challenges.

Effective Tactics for Dealing with Under Performing Employees

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There are a lot of reasons why an employee or a team may be under performing, and sometimes it takes a little digging to get at the root of the problem. Under performance could be due to a skill gap, unclear expectations, or a lack of incentive to perform.

Remember to Document, Document, Document

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With all of the changes everyone has had to make over the past few months, not to mention the heightened stress we’re all feeling, it may be tempting to let certain practices slide or be less strict about following particular workplace policies. Flexibility during crisis situations may make sense in certain situations, but there are some areas where you don’t want to fall short of your usual standards. Documentation is certainly one of those. hr Compliance risk management

Understanding the New CARES Act Options

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The President recently signed legislation that includes important provisions to help you keep your employees on the payroll during the COVID-19 crisis.

Benefit Spotlight: Long Term Disability Insurance

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When a worldwide pandemic upends the financial security of people all over the globe, it's natural to want to examine your own financial security, or lack thereof, and learn what you can do to protect yourself and your family. This is likely why there is currently an increased interest in various types of insurance coverage. This week we take a deeper look at long term disability insurance, and how it can help protect your financial future.

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How Businesses are Managing the New Reality of Work: A Paycor Survey

We wanted to know how COVID-19 impacted businesses and their workforces. Did they need government funds? How many workers did they layoff or furlough? Are employees working from home now? How’s team morale? And perhaps most importantly, what are their plans for the future? This guide offers a pretty good idea of how business leaders are feeling, what keeps them up at night, and what approaches they’re taking to solve problems. Download the guide to see all the survey results and where your organization might stand comparatively.

Return to Work Considerations for Employers

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As some states relax their restrictions on non-essential businesses and daily activities it’s a great time for employers to review their company handbook, and reevaluate their policies, which may need updates for compliance, or even work to create new ones. Of course, it is best to do this before reopening or allowing employees back into the workplace in order to help ensure a compliant and unified company.

How to Support the Mental Health of Your Employees During COVID-19

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The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on everyone’s mental health. People have experienced financial hardship, additional challenges with childcare and school cancellations, job loss, reduced hours, sickness, and grief. The future is uncertain, and the present is extra stressful. And to make matters worse, many of the networks and practices that people use to support their mental health are currently unavailable due to social distancing. hr COVID19

Federal Law Update

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Reminder—New Minimum Salary for Exempt Employees Starting January 1, 2020, most employees who are classified as exempt under the executive, administrative, professional, and computer employee exemptions will need to be paid at least $684 per week or $35,568 per year.

Year End To-Do List

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The end of the year is a hectic time for everyone, but small business owners in particular feel the strain. There is so much that needs to get done-- benefits, finances, HR, planning for next year, etc.

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The Best Sales Forecasting Models for Weathering Your Goals

Every sales forecasting model has a different strength and predictability method. It’s recommended to test out which one is best for your team. This way, you’ll be able to further enhance – and optimize – your newly-developed pipeline. Your future sales forecast? Sunny skies (and success) are just ahead!

Tis the Season for Seasonal Employees

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With the holidays here and year-end quickly approaching, many businesses will be looking to ramp up their workforce even more for the final holiday push.

How to Help Your Managers Communicate Better

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Here’s a startling statistic: Nearly 70% of managers are uncomfortable communicating with their employees. That number comes from a Harris Poll conducted on behalf of Interact, and it indicates that managers may at times shy away from doing basic management duties. hr training

Understanding the Value of a Good Employee Onboarding Experience

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Starting a new job is both exhilarating and nerve-wracking and what happens in those first days, and even in those early months, sets the stage for an employee’s future with the company.

Working With Summer Scheduling Challenges

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With summer underway employees have more scheduling challenges than usual. Vacations, summertime child care concerns, and the desire to take advantage of nice weather with an afternoon (or day) off all contribute to employees missing more work in the summer months. hr company culture retention

Benefits benchmarking data for better employee and organizational wellbeing

Recognize your strengths and identify opportunities to retain valuable employees, increase employee engagement and achieve organizational goals. See where you stand against trends informed by nearly 4,000 employers and face your future with confidence.

DOL Releases Final Overtime Rule, Effective Jan. 1, 2020

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The Department of Labor has announced the new minimum salary for certain exempt white collar employees. The new minimums will take effect January 1, 2020. hr Compliance Employment Law

Federal Law Alert

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New I-9 Policy Due to COVID-19. hr Compliance Employment Law COVID19

Why Training Your Employees is Good for Retention

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There’s an old joke about an executive who worries that training their employees will be a bad investment because they might leave, to which the sage CEO says, “What if we don’t train them and they stay?”. hr training

Cyber Attacks Often Aimed at Small Businesses

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It seems every month we are reading about another cyber attack at yet another large corporation. Because the stories we most often hear about involve big names like Equifax, Marriott or Yahoo it is common for people to consider cyber attacks a "big business" problem. The reality, however, is quite the opposite. Outsource risk management

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How to Elevate Employee Voice to Guide a Culture Transformation

2020’s boldest people leaders are building and living core values along with their employees. Elevating Employee Voice engages an organization’s “collective hearts and habits” to drive transformation at scale. It connects every individual, manager and team in an authentic dialogue to create shared alignment, ownership and trust in the path ahead.

How To Make Meetings With Remote Employees More Effective

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According to the latest telecommuting, mobile work, and remote work statistics from GlobalWorkplaceAnalytics.com, regular work-at-home, among the non-self-employed population, has grown by 159% since 2005. And yet, despite advances in technology including video conferencing and messaging apps, fully involving remote employees in team company meetings still remains a challenge.

Washington Law Alert

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Washington Governor Jay Inslee Creates Protection for High-Risk Employees During COVID-19 Washington Governor Jay Inslee issued a proclamation creating certain job protections for employees in Washington who are at a high risk of severe illness or death from COVID-19. Employees are considered high risk if they are 65 years or older, live in a nursing home or long-term care facility, or have certain chronic underlying health conditions, as listed on the CDC’s website here.

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Four Keys to Improving Your Culture

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There’s no easy formula to fixing all cultural problems because each workplace is unique. The rules and traditions that lead one team to success might bring a different team to ruin. Some teams will thrive in a highly centralized environment, while others will reach new heights through delegated decision-making. Much depends on individual situations and circumstances. Nevertheless, successful groups have something in common: their people work well together. hr Recruiting company culture

The Truth About Hiring Your 50th Employee

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About to hire your 50th employee? Congratulations! Reaching 50 employees is an important milestone for any organization. Now you need to make sure you’ve got the following four HR bases covered so you can celebrate with confidence. hr Compliance Employment Law risk management

Group Demonstration Webinar: 100% Remote New Employee Onboarding

Speaker: David Secunda, CEO, WorkBright

Companies are looking to adjust their new hire onboarding to accommodate unique ‘social distancing’ challenges like securely collecting personally identifiable information and understanding new compliance regulations like Form I-9 verification. Join Workbright on Thursday, August 27th, to get a first-hand look at how a 100% remote onboarding process works using their system. They'll cover a few of the new COVID-19 related legislation changes and how they can be easily facilitated with their platform.

FAQs for PEO Clients on Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loans

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Q: I have heard that only businesses with fewer than 500 employees (outside of limited exceptions) can qualify for a PPP loan. My professional employer organization (PEO) provides services for over 500 co-employees. Does that mean I can't qualify for a PPP loan? COVID19

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News Brief: Families First Coronavirus Response Act

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The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) was signed into law on March 18, 2020 and goes into effect today, April 1. hr Compliance Employment Law COVID19

10 Reasons to Immediately Review Your Employee Handbook

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While your employee handbook should receive a regularly-scheduled review to ensure compliance with state and federal law, there are some events that may require additional policies or updates to be added to your employee handbook sooner than your next scheduled update. Most notably, many state and federal employment laws only become applicable to an employer once it reaches a certain size, such as 5, 15, 25 or 50 employees. hr onboarding Benefits Compliance company culture

EEO-1 Reporting Requirements Finalized

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The hotly contested issue of what exactly needs to be filed for EEO-1 reporting this year has been resolved—at least for now. Pay data for both 2017 and 2018 must be reported to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) by September 30, 2019. The data that has been required in years past was still due by May 31, 2019.

The D&I Garden: Seeds of Innovation that Grow into Creative Breakthroughs

Speaker: Donald Fan, Senior Director of the Global Office of Culture, Diversity & Inclusion at Walmart Inc.

In the digital era, rife with uncertainty and ambiguity, innovation plays an essential role in sustaining organic growth and outperforming the global competition. Research proves time and again, there exists a robust bond between innovation and diversity & inclusion (D&I); our challenge is to help our leaders understand how to plant the seeds of innovation in the fertile D&I garden in order to drive a strategic and competitive advantage from the office and in the digital landscape.

7 Ways to Know if Your Company Needs a PEO

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With so much on their plate, it is not uncommon for business leaders to become so bogged down with the day-today tasks of running their company that they no longer have time to focus on growing their company.

FAQs for Employers Navigating COVID-19

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Employers are facing an unprecedented challenge navigating COVID-19. As the virus spreads, it is generating fear and uncertainty. Employers need clear answers they can trust. They want to know how they can protect their employees, what their obligations are under the law, and what steps they may need to take if the situation gets worse. We've put together this FAQ in the hope that it helps you manage this challenge and adapt to the circumstances ahead.

3 Tips for Effective Employee Coaching

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The performance of your company is directly tied to the performance of your employees, so one of the best ways to develop your company is to develop the people who work for you. While you can motivate your employees by rewarding success and disciplining failure, these incentives and disincentives will only get you so far. If your employees only perform well to get a reward or avoid discipline, they’re not truly invested in your company’s success.

The Ins and Outs of Conducting Background Checks

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Have you considered conducting background checks as part of your hiring process? The practice is fairly typical in the banking and financial services industries, as well as with those who work with children, the elderly, or people with disabilities. If you’re wondering whether you should do so as well, then check out our overview of the process below. hr interviewing hiring

5 Culture Trends for 2019

As we approach 2019, major shifts in the work environment will continue to affect the ways companies do business. Companies that are looking to attract, engage, and retain top talent should leverage these trends to create workplaces where employees thrive.