Nicole Roder

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Nicole Roder

Nicole is a freelance writer specializing in health, mental health, and parenting issues. Her work has appeared in Today's Parent, Crixeo, Grok Nation, Chesapeake Family LIFE, and the Baltimore Sun, among others.

hard skills vs. soft skills

January 18, 2019

Hard Skills vs. Soft Skills: What to Look for in Job Candidates

When you interview a candidate for a job, which skills are you looking for? And how do you assess hard skills vs. soft skills? That might depend a lot on the position you need to fill. Perhaps you need an employee with a Master’s Degree in your field. Maybe you’re looking for someone who can […]

How to handle compensation comparison

January 16, 2019

Best Practices for Compensation Comparison

Whether you’re a business owner looking to hire or a worker hunting for a job, one word is at the top of your mind: salary. For employers, compensation comparison can feel a bit intimidating. How do you know if you’re offering the right salary? And how do you keep your employees’ salaries correct down the […]

Top leadership books for you and your team

January 9, 2019

Top 10 Leadership Books You (and Your Team) Should Read

Depending on your company and industry, the winter months can be relatively slow for businesses. What do we recommend to keep your employees engaged and growing as leaders? Curling up with an engaging book is a good place to start! Here are our top 10 picks for leadership books that you and your team should […]

How to calculate your employee retention rate

January 3, 2019

Does Your Company Have a Healthy Employee Retention Rate?

How much money are you losing due to attrition? Turnover is expensive for any employer. But in today’s tight labor market, the cost of losing your best employees is even higher. You have to invest in hiring and training a replacement. But you also lose the value that those former employees were producing for your […]

mental health in the workplace

January 3, 2019

Young Workers Demand Emphasis on Mental Health in the Workplace

Are you ready for a new generation of workers to hit the scene? Well, ready or not, Generation Z is here, and their priorities could be changing American workplaces for the better. Beyond physical wellness programs, younger workers are demanding a bigger emphasis on mental health in the workplace. Who Is Gen Z? Definitions for […]

Here are the top hr trends and challenges we predict for 2019

December 13, 2018

Top HR Trends (and Challenges) of 2019

It’s the end of another year. For many people, this is a time to reflect on the previous 12 months and to look ahead at what might be coming soon. In the HR world, we’re no different. Let’s take a look at some HR trends for 2019 that we’re likely to see in US workplaces. […]

Heres how to determine if you have a toxic workplace

December 11, 2018

4 Questions to Determine if You Have a Toxic Workplace

Gut check time. How healthy is your workplace? We don’t necessarily mean physical health (though that will factor in.) But overall, how well does your organization function? Better yet, how poorly does it function? Do employees often feel “out of the loop” on essential communication? Do managers resort to bullying or intimidation to control employees’ […]

new trends in data regarding sexual harassment in the workplace

December 5, 2018

Data Show New Trends in Workplace Sexual Harassment Reports

Employers have a legal obligation to maintain a workplace that is free of sexual harassment. If you allow your employees to work in a hostile environment where they experience or witness aggressive, unwanted sexual advances, or they have to endure sexually suggestive jokes and behaviors, you are violating Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. […]

small business guide to holiday bonuses

December 4, 2018

Your Employer Guide to Holiday Bonuses

‘Tis the season for Grandma’s plum pudding, eggnog, and driving your Uncle home after he’s consumed a little too much of both. Here’s something else that a lot of employees look forward to this time of year: holiday bonuses. If you’re an employer, you might be wrestling with your decision to give a holiday bonus […]

what does pregnancy discrimination look like in the workplace

December 3, 2018

What Business Owners Should Know about Pregnancy Discrimination

A police chief relegates all pregnant officers to “desk duty” during their third trimesters. A supervisor repeatedly teases his pregnant employee about the size of her belly. A business owner won’t hire young women for jobs that require extensive travel because they might soon have children and become unable to fulfill those responsibilities. All of […]

Colorados new online sales tax rule

November 29, 2018

What Colorado’s New Online Sales Tax Rule Means for Small Businesses

For online retailers, the holiday season is the busiest time of year. That’s great for businesses who look forward to end-of-year sales to bring them into the black. But this December, a barrage of customers won’t be the only thing keeping companies busy. If your online business sells to customers in Colorado, you’ll have to […]

high turnover rates are costly and can be a massive detriment to small businesses

November 28, 2018

Top Reasons for High Turnover Rates (And How to Lower Them)

Ask any HR Manager about their company’s greatest asset, and they are likely to give you the same answer. Talent. Whether you work for a small business or a multinational corporation, your business can’t run without employees. Unfortunately, many companies are facing the challenge of doing just that– as turnover rates rise employers are experiencing […]