7 Tips for Conducting Positively Memorable Virtual Interviews

February 13, 2024

Thanks to a *certain* pandemic, virtual interviews are now a regular part of the hiring process for many businesses. You may have decided to remain remote, go hybrid, or simply build a remote team from the start. Maybe you’ve even conducted numerous remote interviews and hired talent around the country or the world.  But when… Read More »

360-degree Feedback: What is It + How Can It Benefit Your Team?

February 6, 2024

Effective appraisals are an essential part of employee development. They provide employees with positive feedback and constructive criticism that can help define their path with your company and motivate them. That’s why gathering comprehensive feedback is crucial—and 360-degree feedback is one of the most robust solutions.  Although employers have many performance review methods and techniques… Read More »

Bad Managers vs. Good Leaders: Fostering Effective Leadership

January 30, 2024

Just because someone has exceptional technical skills and you’ve promoted them to a leadership position doesn’t make them a good leader. A 2023 Gallup survey found that only 21% of employees trust their organization’s leadership, indicating a decline in employee engagement and morale. After all, building a positive workplace culture is tough when employees don’t… Read More »

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 »