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HR Tips & Trends

August 14, 2018

5 No-Sweat Ways to Manage the Last-Minute Summer PTO Rush

Year over year, employees are earning—and taking—more and more time off, much of that during the prime summer vacation months. With more people stepping out of the office from May through September than ever before, how do you ensure that you’re still meeting your goals in spite of the summer PTO rush? We have a […]

fringe benefits are sweeteners

August 9, 2018

Answers to 6 FAQs About Fringe Benefits

Fringe Benefits are confusing. What exactly is a fringe benefit? Are they all taxable? Are they the same from company to company? Fringe benefits are the large range of work perks you enjoy in addition to your salary. For employees and employers in the 21st-century, fringe benefits are becoming better incentives than just salary-based compensation […]

remote work with food

August 6, 2018

What I Learned From My Week of Remote Work (Not for my manager’s consumption)

Here at Zenefits, we’re constantly searching for the latest trends in modern work. Employee learning? Check. Unlimited PTO? Check. Open office floor plan? Check. Working remotely for an entire week? Not until today. In the name of delivering valuable content that will help you build better, happier teams, we wanted to give ourselves fully to […]

the remote workforce

July 31, 2018

Can You Grow with a Remote Workforce? These Startups Are Doing It

We’ve all heard the employer objections to remote workers – how do I know anyone is actually working? Meetings are impossible when people aren’t all in the same room. How can we have a company culture and a cohesive workforce if there’s no office? The back and forth between the “yes” crowd and the “no” […]

What is employee engagement?

July 30, 2018

Understanding Employee Engagement (and How to Increase It)

When an employee is genuinely engaged, they are invested in their work and their company. However, truly engaged employees are a rarity. The State of the American Workplace 2018 report noted that only 33 percent of workers in the U.S. are engaged. That’s much better than the 13 percent average on a global scale, but […]

lookback period on a planner

July 26, 2018

What is a Lookback Period?

Taxes. For many small businesses, keeping up with the laws and regulations surrounding taxes – especially employer payroll taxes – is an ongoing challenge. Navigating applicable tax codes can be nearly a full-time job. As you strive to stay current with evolving legislation and payments that need to be made, there’s yet another aspect of tax […]


July 26, 2018

What You Need to Know Before Sending A Termination Letter

Few tasks that HR professionals and hiring managers perform are more challenging than terminating an employee. On top of the emotional stress of the situation, there can be significant legal pitfalls to avoid. Whether separating the employee for cause or simply ending their career at-will, the termination meeting and subsequent documentation must be managed professionally. Continue […]

employee benefits

July 25, 2018

Employee Benefits Can Increase Productivity

Are you offering the employee benefits your workforce wants and deserves? Benefits make for happy employees, and happy employees are naturally more productive. There are many studies backing this up, including research that involved 700 people by the Social Market Foundation and the University of Warwick Centre for Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy in […]

workplace safety programs

July 24, 2018

The 411 on Workplace Safety Programs

A proper workplace safety program can ensure the mental and physical wellbeing of everyone on your staff. Here’s how to protect your company’s reputation and prevent costly mishaps through a dedicated workplace safety program. What is Workplace Safety? Workplace safety is a broad term that can vary greatly depending on the job at hand. On […]

HMo vs. PPO

July 24, 2018

HMO vs. PPO: What’s the Difference?

When it comes to selecting employee health benefits, there are a lot of choices and a lot of acronyms. The biggest decision for medical coverage is often whether to pick a Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) or a Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) plan. So, what’s the difference between these two? HMO vs. PPO: An Overview By […]

millennial employees on a couch

July 23, 2018

The Truth about Millennial Employees: The Largest Generation in the Workforce

Audacious, lazy, and addicted to technology– there are a lot of blanket statements and misconceptions spread about Millennial employees. Can we text faster than we can hand write a note? Sure. Do we decide where to travel based on optimal Instagram posts? Maybe. But there’s a bit more to us than that. We millennials grew […]


July 19, 2018

5 Company Retreat Ideas That Won’t Break Your Budget

Company retreats have gotten a reputation for being an extravagant perk that only large businesses can afford. Even small businesses can—and should—host company retreats for their staff. The team bonding that occurs when your company interacts outside of office doors is invaluable in building strong teams, and in turn, a strong company.  While we agree […]