Alexandra Hicks

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Alexandra Hicks

Alex enjoys creating engaging and informative pieces about a variety of HR topics that help small businesses succeed. She received her masters degree in journalism and previously worked as a reporter, mostly covering business and technology. In addition to writing, she (unashamedly) enjoys crime shows, craft beer, and pretending to go to the gym.

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April 23, 2018

10 Ways To Prepare For An Employee’s First Day

We all know that an employee’s first day at a new job can be overwhelming– not only for the new hire but for employers as well. Beyond the responsibility of teaching someone an entirely new role, the employer is also expected to help him or her transition into a new company culture and work environment. […]

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January 17, 2018

10 Ways to Promote a Healthy Work-Life Balance

With summer just around the corner, have you thought about carving out personal time from your office life? “Work-life balance” is a hot buzzword amongst corporations these days, but acknowledging its importance and actually putting it into practice are two different things. Try these 10 tips for promoting a healthy work-life balance for your employees: 1. […]

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December 1, 2017

How To Create An Inclusive Company Holiday Policy

As colder weather sets in, your mind is probably turning to the upcoming holiday season – Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years… and the paid time off they typically bring, right? But, what about holidays that aren’t as high profile in the United States? Because employer-given holidays in America typically line up with our federal holidays, holidays […]

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November 14, 2017

10 Creative Ideas for Your Office Thanksgiving Celebration

Turkey, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie… everyone knows the key ingredients to a perfect Thanksgiving dinner. But what about the ingredients for the perfect office Thanksgiving celebration? This year, you don’t need to provide your employees a full-blown feast. Instead, focus on the reasons for the holiday: showing your appreciation, and encouraging them to […]

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October 11, 2017

Top 5 Ways to Prevent the Flu at Your Office

Sniffling, coughing, hundred degree fevers…that’s right folks, flu season is upon us. But no need to worry: there are plenty of things your office can do to protect your employees (and yourselves) from catching the dreaded influenza. We’ve put together a list of 5 ways to prevent the flu from spreading at your office. Give […]

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May 30, 2017

8 Impactful Ways to Avoid Employee Burnout

Employee burnout is a huge issue for many companies, and a major reason why talented workers leave. So this year, rededicate yourself to your employees’ well-being and check out these eight ways you can help avoid employee burnout. #1 – Learn to spot it As a leader, learning to recognize the signs of burnout is […]

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March 10, 2017

Top 10 Ways to Improve Employee Efficiency

As daylight savings approaches, it’s a good time to think about different ways you can, well, save time. These days, employees are spending more and more time at the office–certainly exceeding the typical 40-hour work week. However, increasing hours worked does not necessarily translate to increased efficiency. So, how can leaders and managers improve employee […]

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December 9, 2016

101 Gift Ideas for Coworkers, Managers, and Team Members

This post was originally published on December 15, 2015, but was updated on December 9, 2016.  The holiday season is upon us—a time for joy, love, and stressing out about what to get your colleagues. Finding the perfect gift is never easy, and it’s even more difficult to choose one for those you work with. […]

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November 28, 2016

How To Plan a Company Holiday Party Your Employees Want to Attend

Note: This article was originally published in December 2015, but has been updated as of November 2016.  With Thanksgiving behind us, many employers are now focused on end-of-year holiday parties. However, in recent years, many employers have said “bah humbug” to the company holiday party. In fact, 30% of employers did not throw a holiday party in […]

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December 17, 2015

The Weekly HR Roundup: Expert Tips to a Merry Holiday Season

It’s the most wonderful time of the year… that tends to present quite a few HR challenges. But no need to get your tinsel in a tangle, our favorite HR elves are here to help! Here are five outstanding blogs to help you get through any obstacle you might face this holiday season: How to […]

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December 10, 2015

The Weekly HR Roundup: Getting Organized for 2016

Now that we’re midway through December, you’re probably trying to get organized for the holidays, and maybe even already thinking about your goals for the new year. While you’re at it, you might as well start getting your HR world organized for 2016 as well! We know this is much easier said than done, so […]

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December 3, 2015

The Weekly HR Roundup: Leadership Lessons from Top HR Influencers

Perhaps John F. Kennedy said it best: “Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” The reality is nobody is born knowing how to be the perfect leader. It takes time, practice, and–you guessed it–a great deal of learning. Luckily, these HR leaders and bloggers have quite a few tips on leadership to help you […]

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