Sprout

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Sprout

Jeremy "Sprout" Brautman is a writer, problem solver, and big fan of growth. When he's not trying to solve problems to help small businesses grow, he can be found developing amenities to increase occupancy at his urban Ladybug Hotel.

FSA vs HSA

October 9, 2018

FSA vs HSA: Which is Best For Your Employees?

The topic of employee benefits has gone from watercooler conversation to national news, and employees are more engaged with their benefits than ever. Open Enrollment will be here before you know it, and your employees will be thinking about making changes—specifically: how to maximize the money they spend on medical care. Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) and Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) are two ways employers can […]

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Handson Bay Area nonprofit

April 26, 2016

How One Nonprofit Drives Hands-On Volunteers With Hands-Off HR

The San Francisco Bay Area is home to an abundance of volunteer opportunities, but logistics often keep would-be do-gooders from taking the time to pitch in. HandsOn Bay Area has been connecting people to volunteer opportunities and strengthening local communities since the late 1980s. In 2015, HandsOn Bay Area worked with over 16,000 volunteers to […]

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DIY entrepreneur Brooklyn Tweed

March 22, 2016

Balancing DIY & SOS: A Modern Tale of an All-American Business

Brooklyn Tweed is on a mission to change the way you think about knitting. Yes, knitting. The Portland-based small business makes 100% breed-specific, all-American yarn on a large scale, along with fashionably hip patterns for women and men. Ten years ago, it was rare to find wool yarn sourced and produced within the U.S. Wishing […]

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how to keep your high performers

February 17, 2016

How to Keep Your High Performers

Turnover is a costly reality of doing business, but why you’re losing headcount should never be a mystery. When employees leave the company, their departure is either voluntary (quitting, retiring) or involuntary (termination, layoff). High voluntary turnover is often due to workplace policies, and high involuntary turnover can be a result of poor training. Reducing […]

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workplace dating & office romance

February 8, 2016

6 Tips for Crafting an Employee Dating Policy

As Valentine’s Day approaches, there’s an uptick in whiteboard hearts and watercooler gossip. Love is in the air alright, but chances are, it’s been there all year long: 56% of business professionals say they’ve been in relationships with coworkers. That percentage is on the rise, and it’s no surprise: we spend one-third of our lives […]

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HR Errors

January 20, 2016

Top 5 HR Errors (and How to Fix Them)

“To err is human; to forgive, divine” wrote the poet Alexander Pope. Two centuries before the release of Microsoft Excel, Pope couldn’t have possibly imagined the types of errors that would one day fill the popular software’s tidy columns and rows. While forgiveness is a virtue to strive for in life, in business, errors can […]

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Same-Sex Marriage and Employee Benefits

August 18, 2015

Same-Sex Marriage: All Employee Benefits Are Now Created Equal

This summer, the United States Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage—its impact quickly carried from the court to the chapel to your company. The landmark decision in Obergefell v. Hodges overturns prior policy which had allowed some states to deny marriage licenses—and by default, employee spousal benefits—to same-sex couples. Now, same-sex couples across America are able to exercise their fundamental right to marry, […]

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