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.

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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BetterCloud

February 2, 2016

How a CFO and HR Director Collaboratively Grew Their Company with Zenefits

People are a business’s most valuable asset, and, in most cases, its greatest expense. Because of this, a company’s workforce falls under both the HR and finance functions. While the CFO allocates the financial resources to deliver the company’s strategy, the HR director ensures the right people are in place to execute that strategy. And […]

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Air Comm x Zenefits

January 26, 2016

How This CFO Streamlined A Growing Company’s Insurance with Zenefits

Which one of these things doesn’t belong on a modern CFO’s mind: productivity, profitability, or paperwork? When Fritz Van de Kamp joined Air Comm last Spring, there was a ton of paperwork, and health insurance, in particular, was “a complete mess.” Employees had been able to choose their own insurance plans, but nothing was standardized. […]

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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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Instrument

January 19, 2016

How A Design Agency Bridged the Digital Divide with Zenefits

Instrument is a digital creative agency with dream clients and culture. When Google needed an online campus for budding entrepreneurs, Instrument developed a network of intuitive websites. When Nike wanted to celebrate everyday athletes, Instrument designed cutting edge web tools. But when Instrument needed to onboard new hires, the company—known for its simple, elegant solutions […]

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business bottlenecks

January 13, 2016

10 Business Bottlenecks That Are So 2015

At the start of each year, people of many cultures resolve to change their lives by beginning new habits and abandoning practices that weren’t serving them well. Business culture is no different, and offices are full of pain points. Now that 2016 is upon us, what are some bottlenecks business leaders are leaving behind? Keep […]

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20 Business Trends Leaders Will Adopt in 2016

December 31, 2015

20 Business Trends Leaders Will Adopt in 2016

It’s the end of December, which means everyone becomes clairvoyant. So what’s in store for businesses in the new year? In 2015, changes to workplace structure became part of mainstream conversation. Companies experimented with flattened hierarchies and flex time. Employees focused less on climbing the corporate ladder, and more on acquiring a diverse set of […]

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Volkswagen integrity

October 7, 2015

What the Volkswagen Scandal Can Teach Us About Leading With Integrity

On a scale of 1 to Volkswagen, what’s the biggest lie you’ve ever told on the job? You might say “great work” to an employee whose work is merely ok, but would you tell the world “clean diesel” when your cars are emitting 40 times the legal limit of environmentally toxic pollutants? Recently, Volkswagen was […]

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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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ACA employer mandate

February 23, 2015

ACA Employer Mandate: The Ultimate Guide

The Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate went into effect two months ago. Is your company ready? Sometimes known as Employer Shared Responsibility or “ACA play or pay,” the ACA employer mandate aims to reduce the number of uninsured people in the U.S. by promoting employer-sponsored health coverage. When people talk about ACA compliance, they’re typically referring to the government’s […]

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