Navigating Workplace Gossip: Strategies for Employers & Managers

January 23, 2024
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Gossip in the workplace is like a wildfire—it can start from a tiny spark and quickly spread, leaving behind a trail of damage to employee relations and company culture. Whether it’s a casual comment at the water cooler or a rumor whispered in the hallway, workplace gossip can have significant repercussions if left unchecked.  Consider… Read More »

My Employees Want to Unionize. What Do I Do?

January 16, 2024
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So, you thought unions were a thing of the past—but then your employees started discussing unionizing. Perhaps they’ve even begun the process.  Before you panic, respond negatively, and harm employee relations, take a moment to breathe! Consider what it means that your employees want to form a union. Workers generally don’t organize unions with the… Read More »

A Complete Guide to the MA Paid Family & Medical Leave + NEW Top Off Legislation

January 9, 2024
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By now, most employers and employees in the Bay State are familiar with the Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML) program, which provides support for employees who need to take time off for family or medical reasons. However, new “top off” legislation went into effect on November 1, 2023, allowing employees receiving PFML benefits… Read More »

Employee Records 101: Employer Recordkeeping Checklist

December 26, 2023
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Employers are generally required to maintain various employee records to comply with legal regulations and ensure proper management. The specific data and retention periods can vary based on federal, state, and local laws, as well as industry-specific requirements.  We get it—another hefty responsibility for the small business owner to manage! What records do you need… Read More »

Building Employee Benefits on a Budget: 6 Areas to Start

December 19, 2023

You have a small growing business and want to provide employee benefits, but between the administrative undertaking and the cost, it’s an intimidating idea. So where do you start? How do you keep it manageable and affordable while doing your best for your team?  The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the average cost of… Read More »

This Meeting Could Have Been an Email: How to Have More Productive Meetings

December 12, 2023
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We’ve all been there—sitting through another session, thinking, This meeting could have been an email. After all, the saying has become a frequent joke about workplace culture, used on countless memes and novelty items. And while we may roll our eyes and laugh about it later, the truth is unproductive meetings cost companies significantly. One… Read More »

16+ Unique Employee Benefits to Keep Your Workplace Competitive

December 5, 2023
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Do employees still care about their benefits? Yes, perhaps more than ever—it’s not just about compensation! While they’re not willing to accept the bare minimum, Forbes Advisor found that one in 10 workers say they would take a pay cut as a tradeoff for better benefits. As employers strive to remain competitive, offering unique employee… Read More »

2024 HR Trends: 7 Areas to Prioritize for Your Team’s Best Year Yet

November 28, 2023

When it comes to 2024 HR trends, the emphasis on workplace culture is stronger than ever. In fact, McLean & Company’s HR Trends Report 2024  lists recruiting and providing a great employee experience as the top two priorities for organizations—the same as last year.  However, the way employers approach these areas continues to evolve out… Read More »

8 Ways to Embrace Inclusive Holiday Celebrations at Work

November 21, 2023

Many businesses prepare to celebrate and spread cheer among their teams with the holiday season approaching. But before you plan to celebrate holidays at work with an Easter egg hunt or Christmas party, take a beat to consider your workforce! Yes, holiday festivities can bring joy. However, these celebrations should be inclusive, respect the diversity… Read More »

Navigating Compliance Challenges in Multi-Location Businesses

November 14, 2023

For businesses with multiple locations that span different jurisdictions and states, maintaining compliance across the board is crucial and complicated. And for employers with remote employees based in various states, it’s become even more complex! The bigger your company and the more locations it includes, the more challenging labor law compliance becomes. That’s why multi-state… Read More »