15 Office Holiday Party Ideas for Teams of Every Size (and Budget)


It’s that time of year again at the office! Holiday lights, pies in the break room, end of year excitement.and boring or played-out holiday events. The holidays are a time when everyone feels festive, and offices often want to share in that feeling. And any holiday party should be a quality team bonding experience. But the result is often a waste-of-money gift swap or a bad cookie plate. The holidays should be relaxing and fun, even if we're still at the office and not on vacation just.

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Employee Productivity: Encourage Deep Work With These 5 Tips


There’s work, and then there’s deep work. We’ve all engaged in deep work at some point — it’s that experience when you’re on a roll. Deep work makes a task more enjoyable as everything else melts away. Unfortunately, deep work is also an increasingly rare experience in the age of computers and mobile phones. According to Cal Newport, author of Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World, constant interruption is more of a problem than we’d like to admit. As an NPR feature on.

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10 Affordable Ways To Improve Team Morale at Your Company


What is morale? And why is it important to a team's success and a company's business goals? Morale is the capacity of a group of people to pull together persistently and consistently in pursuit of a common purpose,” says sociologist Alexander Leighton. Clearly, this is something everyone wants for their company. Good morale means employees are productive, collaborate better, miss fewer workdays, and feel more satisfied by their work. If people feel good about their team, they’ll work.

10 Ways to Reduce Workplace Stress


Have you ever had a day at work when your mind was somewhere else and you couldn’t focus? It might have had something to do with stress, or maybe even stress at work itself. According to the Harvard Gazette, 36% of U.S. workers suffer from workplace stress — and it costs U.S. businesses $30 billion a year in lost workdays. Stress is a normal part of work and life, but too much of it can have dire effects on team morale and productivity. As a business leader, how can you de-stress your. Read mor

Turbocharge Your Talent with Real-time Feedback & Drive Tangible Results

Download the eBook “Real-time Feedback, Tangible Results” to learn 8 awesome tips designed to help you tap into the power of “anytime/anywhere feedback” and the benefits it can bring to your organization.

Want More Happy Employees? Check Out Our Great Place to Work Toolkit


Are you looking for ways to boost employee satisfaction, but need some ideas or guidance? As the statistics have proven time and again, happy employees are more productive, take fewer sick days, and outperform their competition. On top of that, building a great place to work helps employers attract and retain the best talent. Employee Happiness Toolkit Justworks understands the importance of cultivating a great place to work, which is why we’ve made this employee happiness toolkit. Read more

19 Easy Ways to Improve Communication in the Workplace


As humans, we’re bound to misunderstand each other and get frustrated from time to time. However, taking concerted efforts to improve your workplace communication skills will go a long way in establishing strong relationships and getting important projects done. Communication doesn’t only feel good, it also shows results. According to a Watson Wyatt study, companies that communicate the most effectively are 50% more likely to report low turnover levels compared with the industry. Read more

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Master Employee Appreciation With These 35 Inexpensive Ideas


We all work long, hard hours. And that hard work can sometimes go without much recognition or appreciation. But it’s important to reward your employees for a job well done.

CEO Jennefer Witter Wants Women to Build an Old Girls' Network


As Founder and CEO of The Boreland Group Inc, Jennefer Witter has headed a successful public relations business for 14 years. Jennefer is author of The Little Book of Big PR: 100 + Quick Tips to Get Your Small Business Noticed. She wears many hats — from business leader to networking expert to public speaker — and Justworks was proud to have her as a panelist for women in business at our recent Justwomen event in New York City. The secret to her success? Jennefer quickly points to the. Read mor

The Complete Guide to Buying an Applicant Tracking System

With 200 + offerings in the market, choosing the right applicant tracking system can be a challenge. To help, we have developed a comprehensive buying guide highlighting what you should look for along each step of the decision process. Download the guide and ensure that the ATS you choose is the right fit for your organization.

Learn How the PEO Model Works in 96 Seconds [Video]


If you run a small- or medium-sized business, you’ve likely heard the term “PEO” floated around before. But what is a PEO? And how can it help your business?

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To Keep a High-Growth Company on Track, Scale Wisely


If your company is growing — especially if it’s growing at a fast-pace — there is plenty of cause to celebrate. But there is also cause to look cautiously before you run full-steam ahead. Tech startups with significant venture-backed funding have especially face the unique challenge of scaling a business while maintaining quality and integrity. So, what steps can you take to keep your company on the right track? Justworks has experienced some explosive growth in the past couple years. Read more

13 Ways to Encourage Employee Development (and Strengthen Your Team)


Boost Employee Development In your company's day-to-day routine, professional development activities may not seem like a priority. After all, the workday should be focused on, well, working! But it’s important that your employees continue to learn and grow professionally. According to go2HR, 40% of people who receive poor employee training leave within the first year. Employee development not only benefits the individual, but it will benefit your company as well. So, how can you encourage.

13 Ways To Onboard Happy Employees and Increase Retention


We've also built an infographic on how to best create a warm welcome for employees. You can check it out here. The onboarding experience is crucial for employee retention. This is the moment at which you can set someone up for success within your company.

What's the Difference Between an Employee Benefit & Perk?


A compensation package from an employer is about more than just salary. Employee benefits like health insurance and 401(k) contributions should also factor into an employee's offer package. Great work perks also go beyond salary and guaranteed benefits speak to your company's culture. It’s important to know the difference between a perk and a benefit. Want to learn more about both? Download our free guide here. . Employee Benefits Vs. Perks What are Benefits? Benefits are non-wage.

The Path To Creating A High-Performing Resilient Organization

Leaders who practice 'active listening' across the organization will tap into a wealth of actionable insight that would otherwise be difficult to access. Enabling and encouraging people to communicate inclusively and transparently helps to cultivate a 'listening culture'.

3 Questions To Ask Before Picking Your Company's Health Insurance


If you’re one of the many small- to medium-sized employers looking for the best health insurance plan, you’re not alone. The right plan is not just about the price, but also how useful it is for your employees. Before determining the right health insurance your employees should have access to, these three questions might help you out. How Much Does the Plan Cost? Generally, there are two different types of health insurance plans. Your company can go with a low-deductible, high-premium. Read mor

Does Your Digital Brand Speak Human?


“We want more people to know and talk about us.”. This is the fundamental request Julie Weber most often gets from clients. And as the CMO and Principal at Brllnt, a full-service creative agency, achieving that is her specialty. Julie moved to Washington, D.C. at 20 to finish college and pursue her career as a journalist. But when Julie started writing, she quickly realized she wanted to tell people’s stories in a more creative medium. After earning her agency chops working for. Read more

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How to Turn Business Networking Into Authentic Connections


Let’s be real for a minute. Sometimes, networking can feel, well, fake. This makes sense — a lot of networking environments have a contrived feel about them. After all, how often do you walk around hotels with a nametag and ask a roomful of strangers what they do for a living? 6 Ways to Connect at Networking Events The good news is, business interactions don’t have to be so dry and awkward. In fact, they can be fun, beneficial, and long-lasting, like the many quality friendships and. Read more

How to Make a Phenomenal Health and Wellness Program [eBook]


If you don’t have a health and wellness initiative at your company, you’ve certainly heard about them — workplace wellness programs are on the rise in 2017. But is all the hype worth it? We’re inclined to say yes. According to an Aflac Workforces Report, medical costs decrease by about $3.27 for each dollar a business spends on wellness programs. Those savings can add up quickly. However, it’s not just a monetary return that your business will gain from offering employee wellness. Read more

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The 2017 Agency Recruiting Benchmark Report

Critical Roles Need This: Get the Best Offers and Top Candidates. Discover key trends in salaries and fees with the Annual Agency Recruiting Benchmark Report by BountyJobs. Learn core metrics to track against your third-party search investment, and see how your organization stacks up against your peers and the market.

Professional Networking for Introverts: Yes, It is Possible


Sweaty palms. Hot cheeks. That overwhelming feeling of awkwardness. If you’re anything like me, networking with a roomful of strangers might give you the impulse to run and hide rather than get out and socialize. However, after speaking with several experts about networking, I’m convinced: networking as an introvert (and doing so successfully) is actually easier than you’d think. In fact, introverts have innate networking strengths that not all extroverts possess. Introverts are great. Read mor


13 Fun Team Building Ideas That Employees Will Enjoy


Team building is important for uniting coworkers, working on strengths and weaknesses, and boosting employee morale. So how can we make team building exercises less mind numbingly boring? Believe it or not, activities do exist that are fun, unique, and unite coworkers together. They can range from a simple game to start off a meeting to a day-long offsite. Look no further for team bonding ideas that are actually enjoyable! 13 Fun Team Building Exercises 1. Kick Your. Read more

The Muse’s Kathryn Minshew Shares 9 Tips to Expand Your Network


If you’re looking for networking tips, Kathryn Minshew is the person to talk to. Kathryn is the co-founder and CEO of The Muse, a company that has helped over 50 million people with their careers, including looking for jobs, getting professional coaching, building a personal brand, and growing in entrepreneurship. She contributes on career and entrepreneurship to the Wall Street Journal and Harvard Business Review, and was named to Forbes’ 30 under 30 in Media. Kathryn wrote in to Justblog.

Level Up Your Networking Skills with Tips From Six Experts [eBook]


Networking is pivotal to a successful career, yet it’s something most people have little to no formal instruction on. We probably don’t need to convince you much of the importance of networking. According to a survey conducted by LinkedIn, a whopping 85% of jobs are filled through networking. But in this eBook, we will explore beyond networking just to land your next job and take the the long view instead. Professional networking is a way to enrich your interests, create long-lasting. Read more

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Are You Closing Candidates and Getting Them Onboarded Efficiently?

Once you choose a candidate to hire, the real work begins of trying to get them to accept your offer. And even if they do, you still need to get them onboarded efficiently. Are you doing a good job managing these steps? Take a 30-second assessment for a free evaluation of your job offer and onboarding processes.

Ageism in the Workplace is Real. Let’s Talk About It


Age can be a sensitive subject, no matter where (or if) it’s broached. At Justworks, we believe that the most vibrant workplaces are cultivated through inclusion of people across many generations. That’s why we've created DECADES, a new series to facilitate open and honest dialogue about ageism in the workplace. Our inaugural event takes place on July 25th, with the theme of investing. We are bringing together four incredible panelists, each in a different decade of their life, to discuss.

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Use Our New Hire Checklist To Create A Warm Welcome [Infographic]


Bringing a new employee into the office is an exciting and also somewhat intimidating day for both parties. It’s also the perfect opportunity to set the stage for a long and fruitful working relationship. According to SHRM, a new employee who attends a well-structured employee orientation program is 69% more likely to stay at the company for up to three years. At Justworks, we have welcome swag packages waiting for our new hires. Some teams also sign a postcard welcoming the new addition to.

CareConnect Alternatives: How to Switch Health Insurance Providers


Finding a health insurance provider for your small business is a monumental task — especially when you have no other option but to switch. As more health insurance companies are pulling out of the markets, employers are scrambling to find solutions — like the tens of thousands in NYC now looking for CareConnect alternatives. If you've ever changed your company’s health insurance provider, you know it's a crucial decision for your business. And there are so many different factors to.

How To Hire, For Startups At Every Level


Hiring as a small company is crucial. Your team is small, company potential feels huge, and every team member matters. So how do you identify what role you need to fill first? We spoke with three entrepreneurs about how to hire and when to scale your startup's team.

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7 Steps to Attract and Engage More Candidates

Want to improve the candidate experience of your job application and drive more candidates to apply? This guide covers: presentation of your careers page and jobs, length and complexity of your online application, application technology, and candidate acknowledgement.

Slideshow: What’s the Difference Between an HSA and an FSA?


There are hundreds of acronyms in the health insurance industry, and it’s hard to keep them all straight. You’ve probably heard of HSAs and FSAs before, but only have a vague idea of what they actually entail. An FSA, or Flexible Savings Account, is an employer-owned account that allows employees to save pre-tax money to pay for out-of-pocket healthcare costs. An HSA, or Health Savings Account, is an employee-owned account used to save pre-tax dollars for health. Read more

17 Excellent Workplace Wellness Ideas That Don't Break the Bank


Have you decided it’s time for your company to invest in a health and wellness program? There are many reasons to offer an employee wellness program, such as reducing absenteeism, increasing employee engagement, and attracting top talent with competitive benefits and perks. Now more than ever, many companies ranked as a Great Place to Work have robust health and wellness programs to attract great employees. In fact, employee wellness programs have mostly become an industry standard. Read more

8 Productivity Tips to Maximize Working Time at Your Desk


Our work lives are fast paced, jam packed, and seem to get longer and longer. 9:00-5:00? Not anymore. Most of us feel like we have an ever-growing pile of work and not enough time in the day to actually sit down and finish it. How can we save time at work? And more importantly, how can we better utilize the active work time have between meetings?

5 HR & Payroll Mistakes That Startups Make All Too Often


Startups are natural rule breakers. You’ve got to ruffle a few feathers and disrupt the status quo if you want to build the next Facebook. But there’s one area where startups definitely don’t want to break the rules: payroll and HR. Startups that don’t comply with payroll and HR laws can face serious legal and financial consequences. Some penalties are even severe enough to (almost) drive them out of business.

5 Key Aspects of Accurate Human Resource Management Systems Pricing

Simplify your software evaluation process with this free Human resource Management Systems software pricing guide! Don't let price confusion keep you from selecting the best HR software for your organization's needs. Download your free guide today!

Justwomen 2016: 5 Questions with Emily Menchel


As General Counsel for Persado, Emily Menchel does far more than just advising on legal matters.

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10 Surprising Statistics About Paid Time Off and Flexible Work


What benefit would your employees like even more than a raise? And how much do employers actually feel paid time off helps their companies? Justworks and TheSquareFoot surveyed a total of 314 US small business employees and 47 small business owners in order to shed light on shifts occurring in the workplace, specifically shifts related to paid time off and workplace flexibility preferences. What we found was sometimes surprising. Take, for example, that most employees actually valued. Read more

The Many Benefits of Peer Mentoring in the Workplace


Peer mentoring has been around since ancient times, as people have taught fellow friends, classmates, and partners how to acquire new skills. Although this sometimes occurs naturally in the workplace, there is also a real value to more formally establishing a peer mentorship program to benefit the long-term growth of your employees. As Mentorcloud put it, “As employees turn to their mentors for advice, they make fewer mistakes on the job, cutting losses to the employer.” This post outlines.

Why Happy Employees Are the Real Key to Happy Customers


As someone who is running or growing a business, you’ve probably given thought on how to keep your customers happy and coming back for more. It’s an important, ongoing initiative for any business to keep a healthy customer base. Over the years with my experience — from working the retail floor at Sears to heading customer success at Indeed and now leading Justworks’ customer and employee success departments — I’ve realized one common theme: the best way to support customer happiness is.

Creating the Ideal Candidate Experience

Modern job seekers have high expectations when applying for jobs. Download Newton’s guide for creating the ideal candidate experience to learn how you can attract top candidates and drive them to apply to your positions.