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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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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]