Catlyn Origitano

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Catlyn Origitano

As a writer, Catlyn enjoys helping to demystify HR and compliance for business owners and HR professionals nationwide. She's also finalizing her PhD in Philosophy and enjoys spending time with her dog, Dottie.

October 31, 2018

6 Issues Haunting Your HR and How to Exorcise Them

What do clowns, claws, and compliance all have in common? Usually, we don’t want to touch any of them. While we can’t do much to help you with your coulrophobia, our guide can help you face the horrors of HR. Not only will we spell out the major concerns, we’ll be the proverbial mob to your […]


January 23, 2018

How to Align HR & Business Goals in 5 Steps

What’s the most critical skill of an HR leader? Thorough knowledge of employee health benefits software? Strong culture ambassador? Superior conflict resolution skills? According to recent research, it’s the ability to connect HR initiatives to the strategic initiatives of the business. But how do you do align business goals with HR goals? We’ve outlined a […]

HR Software: Onboarding Remote Employees

February 21, 2017

Is Onboarding Remote Employees Right For Your Business?

Whether or not your company uses an HR software solution for hiring and onboarding, there are a number of logistical issues (e.g. interviewing, paperwork), as well as unique challenges (e.g., building culture, communication) to consider before onboarding remote employees. The face of the American office is changing, from long commutes and chatting around water coolers, […]

Employee Leave of Absence (LOA)

February 17, 2017

Everything You Need to Know About Employee Leave

Employee leave of absence (LOA) is always a timely topic for human resources (HR) professionals. It’s one of those topics that can be addressed with the help of payroll software, but it also requires an understanding of the legal requirements. Keeping track of all these types of leaves, as well as knowing what is required of you, […]


February 17, 2016

For the Record: Making Sense of Employee Recordkeeping

One of the most time-consuming and confusing parts of managing employees is managing their paperwork. From the moment you first meet a candidate to their eventual last day on the job, the employer/employee relationship generates a paper trail that includes resumes, offer letters, signed employee handbooks, I-9s, performance reviews, benefits and compliance documents, and much […]


February 1, 2016

How to Handle Employee Snow Days and Other Bad Weather Woes

When bad weather rolls in, precipitation, flooding, and lost power can turn into a real nightmare for companies and their employees. We’ve put together a guide to help unpack different bad weather policies, and plow through any other weather-related challenges. How to Handle Bad Weather and the Workplace The US Department of Labor has issued a number of opinion letters […]


December 17, 2015

Quiz: Which Work Habits Can You Improve in the New Year?

New Year’s Day usually means renewed vows to get to the gym, quit a bad habit, or start saving. Make this year different by also vowing to improve your work habits. After all, you spend at least eight hours a day at work, so why not make those hours a bit more productive and positive? […]


December 16, 2015

How to Get Your HR Ready for the New Year: A Checklist

Santa has his list, which we know he checks at least twice to guarantee he gets the job done. But what about you? How do you ensure that all of your end-of-the year HR tasks are taken care of? We’ve put together an HR checklist to help get you get through your year-end HR tasks […]


December 14, 2015

How to Build a Knockout Tech Stack that Gets You (and Your Team) Organized

If you’re feeling overwhelmed with emails, meetings, and tasks, getting organized is necessary to regain control. But, organization isn’t a one step process. True, thorough organization requires that you set priorities, simplify processes, and automate where you can. Trying to organize a never-ending to-do list, or wall-to-wall meetings is frustrating and futile. The good news […]


November 24, 2015

How to Build a Dynamic People Ops Tech Stack

Whether you’re an HR professional looking for the hottest new applications to spark employee engagement, or a business owner looking to grow your team for the first time, you might not know where to begin. While you’re building HR strategies, it can help to have an efficient tech stack to support the day-to-day work of […]


November 23, 2015

When Does My Growing Company Need to Think About HR?

You wouldn’t leave your marketing or sales strategy until years into your company’s growth, so why do so many do the same for HR? Instead of seeing HR for its strategic importance from day one (engagement, productivity, learning, development) and understanding how these practices impact a company’s bottom line, HR is often viewed (dangerously) as […]


November 2, 2015

How to Identify and Grow Your Leadership Style

Gallup’s State of the American Manager report, found that only 10% of working people possess the talent to be a good manager. As it turns out, being a natural-born leader doesn’t come naturally to most people. If you aren’t one of the lucky few, it’s important to cultivate the leadership skills needed to be a […]