Jean Spencer

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Jean Spencer

Jean Spencer is the Managing Editor at Zenefits. She’s a prior journalist, a current marketer, and always an entrepreneur. Her first job was selling homemade puzzles (cardboard boxes, painted, cut up, and assembled into plastic baggies) at the bottom of the driveway for $0.25.


June 11, 2019

5 Example PTO Policies from Actual Small Business Owners

While enterprise businesses are creating “astronomical salary” offers that are hard to turn down, small businesses may have lucked into an unsuspecting strategic recruiting advantage. Specifically, they are more flexible to workers’ wants and needs. The State of PTO report (a study of more than 600 small business employees) reveals what employees really want when […]


June 10, 2019

The Data Says We Have an Employee Onboarding Problem

Business owners, at large, are failing to execute structured employee onboarding programs, despite recognizing the importance of such programs, according to an analysis of several small business reports. 79% of business leaders say onboarding is an “urgent” and “important” priority, but only 30% admit to executing a plan. That’s unfortunate. Onboarding isn’t a process that […]

HR grader quiz

April 18, 2019

Test Your HR IQ: The HR Grader Quiz

Human resources is a department that’s difficult to measure. Sales teams are measured by quota attainment, marketing teams by web traffic or lead generation, and even recruitment teams can be measured by applicant pool size and conversion-to-hire metrics. But what about HR? In an effort to give HR professionals a little something to get their […]

colorado company saved their future with a strong company culture

April 16, 2019

How One Colorado Company Saved Its $165M Firm Through Strong Company Culture

David Shigekane, whose last name is so hard to pronounce that people shorten it to “Sugar,” knows what qualifies for bold leadership. He’s lived it. David was appointed the president of The Neenan Company in 2014 after scaling internal ranks for 18 years and weathering what would be a near collapse of the $165-million-revenue company. […]

How do I calculate an hourly rate from salary

February 19, 2019

How Do I Calculate an Hourly Rate from Salary? Use this Calculator.

How do I calculate an hourly rate from salary? It’s a question we receive a lot. The answer has never been easy– until now. Check out our salary to hourly wage calculator towards the bottom of this post for an immediate answer. Usually we get this question when small business owners are trying to determine […]

hiring employees for your business

February 7, 2019

The 4 Myths of Hiring Employees for Your Business

There are a lot of myths when it comes to hiring employees for your business. Here are 4 truths around hiring and recruitment to help you find top talent. Myth 1: People Don’t Hold Jobs as Long as They Used To There’s a common cultural story around today’s workforce is that’s comprised of three main […]

download your 2019 hr calendar for compliance dates

January 24, 2019

Your 2019 HR Calendar: Tax Deadlines, National Holidays, and More

There are many dates small and midsize business owners need to keep in mind throughout the year to properly report their business operations to the federal government. But the litany of tasks can be inundating if not confusing. In case you find yourself asking: When are quarterly filings due to the IRS? When do I […]

cities with the lowest average salaries

January 24, 2019

20 US Cities with the Lowest Average Salaries

In a recent post, we listed America’s 20 highest paying cities, and then thought it would be interesting to look at the opposite side of the spectrum too: US cities with the lowest average salaries. Geo-specific salary information is a reflection of many factors, including (but not limited to) local costs of living, minimum wage […]

Cities with the highest salaries

January 23, 2019

20 US Cities with the Highest Salaries

Ever been curious about the US cities with the highest salaries? Perhaps unsurprisingly, salaries range widely from location to location, making one’s home address arguably more important than one’s qualified skillset in terms of earnings potential. The national average salary, calculated across all occupations and all regions, is $50,620. But if you want to make more […]

federal compliance is tricky: here are 5 FAQs

December 20, 2018

5 FAQs About Federal Compliance for Small Businesses

It’s a good thing American business owners “pull themselves up by their bootstraps” because wading through the muck of federal compliance and tax codes is a messy business indeed– those boots might come in handy. Research from several companies, small business groups—and even the government itself—confer federal tax complexity is one of the most bewildering […]

Get ahead of compliance in 2019 with our calendar

December 17, 2018

Here’s the Ultimate Tool for Tax Compliance in 2019

I’m not a compliance expert, financial analyst, or tax advisor. I am a 30-year-old entrepreneur navigating the business world, attempting to get ahead in life by building new businesses and hopefully discovering that pot of gold along the way that leaves me happily retired. Sound familiar? If you’re one of the more than 25 million […]

big payroll stats for small businesses

November 13, 2018

Payroll Stats for Small Businesses

According to a number of studies and payroll states, every year the IRS penalizes small businesses billions of dollars for payroll errors– a burden that’s time-consuming, costly, and potentially hurtful in terms of attrition. But, who can blame the small business? US tax codes and the nuanced detail of payroll compliance are overwhelming at a […]