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 »

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 »

Positive Change at Work: 9 Steps to Improve Corporate Culture

November 7, 2023
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Have you noticed a spike in tension, disengagement, productivity issues, or even conflicts in the workplace? These could be signs of a deeper cultural problem—but how do you improve corporate culture? It sounds like a MASSIVE undertaking! True, when you begin to consider the effort and resources involved in strengthening your team, it can be… Read More »

The Recovery-Friendly Workplace Guide: Supporting Employees in Recovery

October 31, 2023
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So, you want to become a recovery-friendly workplace and support employees in recovery. Implementing an effective and inclusive program requires training, time, and effort, but it’s worth it considering the difference employers can make. Recent research has found that: 90% of Americans suffer from some kind of mental health issue 50% of employees sought help… Read More »

11 Creative & Thoughtful Ways to Celebrate Employee Birthdays

October 24, 2023
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Are you looking for unique ways to celebrate employee birthdays? Or maybe you’ve been doing the same old thing for everyone for years and want to spice it up?  Either way, you’re on the right track! Even though it may seem small, it’s worth celebrating birthdays at work as a form of recognition and boosting… Read More »

Reaching the Right Candidates: 7 Steps for Effective Social Media Recruiting

September 19, 2023
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When small business owners think of recruiting and job postings, job sites like Indeed and Glassdoor are often the first that come to mind—but there are many more options, including social media recruiting. And we know what you’re thinking, but when it comes to social media, there is more than LinkedIn, too! If you haven’t… Read More »

5 Strategies for Successful Everyday Performance Management

August 23, 2023
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Annual performance reviews are out—and regular, ongoing performance management is in. This looks different for every business, with leaders turning to various combinations of dynamic strategies like quarterly reviews, incentive management, frequent and consistent feedback, and coaching/training. Forward-thinking organizations have finally realized that setting goals and expectations once a year, never to revisit them (ok,… Read More »

Form I-9 Update: All About the New Alternative Verification Procedure

July 26, 2023
Form I-9 Update: All About the New Alternative Verification Procedure

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced a new version of Form I-9 and a final ruling on a new alternative procedure allowing for remote Form I-9 inspection. The new optional procedure will be available beginning August 1, 2023.  During COVID, flexibilities were implemented, allowing employers to conduct remote I-9 verification. With this exception… Read More »

Maternity and Paternity Leave vs. Parental Leave: What’s Right for Your Team?

July 18, 2023
Maternity and Paternity Leave vs. Parental Leave: What’s Right for Your Team?

As employers contemplate ways to stay ahead of the competition, boost employee morale, and enhance their diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives, many are debating between maternity and paternity leave or parental leave policies.  America is one of the only developed countries that doesn’t offer nationwide paid parental or family leave. The Family and Medical… Read More »