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July 19, 2019

Employee Turnover Is a More Costly Problem than Researchers Thought, Here’s Why

Researchers have been studying employee turnover—the causes of it, and how to prevent it—since the 1900s.  Unsurprisingly, there are countless reasons why employees quit or leave their jobs: better pay elsewhere, relocation, family emergencies, changes in career, hating a boss or work culture, and the list goes on.  Trying to unpack the full motivations for […]


July 17, 2019

5 Signs Your Employee Is About to Quit

They seem so happy – chatting in the breakroom, volunteering for projects, contributing to the quarterly newsletter – but then comes the dreaded email: the 2 week notice. How did you not see it coming? Zenefits surveyed 600 business owners to find out the top 5 signs that an employee is about to quit. According […]


July 11, 2019

How to Create a New Hire Onboarding Survey

The onboarding process is crucial for good company culture and maximizing the efficiency of new hires. Get them caught up with everything they need to know about their role and the company so they can hit the ground running. The end, right? Wrong—sort of. Limiting the onboarding process to basic training without building in a […]


July 8, 2019

Research: Employee Retention a Bigger Problem Than Hiring for Small Business

Intuition might suggest that it’s harder to hire someone than to keep them. But according to new research of more than 600 US businesses with 50-500 employees, 63.3% of companies say retaining employees is actually harder than hiring them.  This means, in spite of our tight job market—or maybe because of it—businesses see a greater […]


July 1, 2019

What is a Paternity Leave Policy? (And Should My Business Have One?)

One of the hottest topics in HR — and in business more generally — is the paternity leave policy. Working dads are looking for more time to bond with new children and help out at home. Family leave is covered under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). But it’s often considered protection for new […]


June 27, 2019

How Do I Rescind a Job Offer Letter?

A lot can happen in the time period between interviewing a prospective employee and their first day on the job. What if they don’t pass their background check? Will you have to start the interview process over again from the beginning?  When issues do arise, questions can add up, making the way forward unclear. Here […]


June 24, 2019

How to Reduce Employee Turnover? 3 Academic Models to Learn and Steal From

Employee turnover is a costly proposition for business. In a plentiful applicant market, replacing staff can be lengthy and expensive. In a tight applicant market it can have devastating effects on productivity and profit. Creating an environment where staff is engaged with their company, work and peers is achievable. Some established motivational (and de-motivational) models […]


June 19, 2019

How to Attract and Retain Qualified Workers

Hiring qualified employees is challenging, but retaining qualified employees could be harder. As much as 20% of turnover occurs in the first 45 days on the job, and 4% of new hires won’t come back for a second day of work if day one was disastrous. It’s important for businesses to figure out how to […]


June 17, 2019

What Is Employee Turnover (and Why It Matters)

At some point, if your business is more than one person, you’re likely to deal with employee turnover. According to a Gallup’s 2015 Workforce Panel study, 51% of employees are actively looking for a new job at any given time. If and when any of those people actually leave, the cost isn’t trivial. And they […]


June 13, 2019

How to Decrease Employee Turnover

One of the most common complaints from business owners is a lack of employee loyalty. The turnover rate is too damn high. The data suggests they’re right. A study from the Work Institute estimated that 42 million — one in four, employees — left their jobs in 2018. Yet, the same study suggests that nearly […]


June 12, 2019

The Essential Components of an Onboarding Checklist

The onboarding process isn’t just about paperwork and forms. it welcomes the new employees into the fold, immersing them in connections and culture. The result can mean getting past the initial ‘hump’ that often leads to high employee turnover. Onboarding checklists help streamline the process, while ensuring each critical stage, phase and task is completed. […]


June 7, 2019

3 Employee Evaluation Examples

Conducting employee evaluations can be a daunting task for even the most experienced managers. Delivering necessary–and sometimes difficult–feedback, while maintaining a good rapport with your employees can be tricky, but it’s not impossible.   A good practice is to start the conversation with positive feedback about the employee’s performance before moving on to the areas […]