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fringe benefits

July 30, 2018

Why Are Fringe Benefits Important?

In 2018, employee benefits are no longer limited to offering health insurance and a matching 401(k). Thanks in part to the demands made by millennials and younger generations, organizations today are being asked to give much more to their employees. Queue fringe benefits: this is the category of perks and additional programming that are beginning to […]

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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 […]

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What to include in your next job offer letter

July 30, 2018

What Goes In a Job Offer Letter

The ability to write a strong job offer letter is one of the most important steps for building and maintaining a qualified workforce. Unfortunately, many employers fail to execute this task correctly – which can result in major financial repercussions. To learn more about creating a strong offer letter for your new hires, read on. […]

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irregular shift schedules hurt both your team and sales

July 27, 2018

Is Unstable Shift Scheduling Hurting Your Sales?

Few things are predictable in business. Shop owners and proprietors can’t be sure whether a shipment of goods will arrive on time before a big sale, whether revenues will meet the projected goal by year’s end, or if employees will be available to work on a moment’s notice due to a last-minute scheduling change. For […]

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July 27, 2018

How to Increase Employee Satisfaction

There’s no way around it: employee satisfaction matters when it comes to driving business success. As a report from SHRM puts it, “in 2015, 88% of U.S. employees reported they were satisfied with their job overall, with 37% reporting they were very satisfied and 51% reporting that they were somewhat satisfied.” While this is this […]

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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 […]

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July 26, 2018

How to Get Reimbursing Employee Expenses Right

Business expenses are often paid for by employees, then reimbursed by the company. These reimbursements have can have significant tax implications for the company and the staff member, so making sure you have a comprehensive reimbursement plan in place is important. Continue reading for how to go about reimbursing employee expenses correctly.  Creating a Reimbursement Policy […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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July 24, 2018

5 Budget-Friendly Ideas for Launching an Employee Learning and Development Program

In today’s work environment, equipping your employees with the skills they need to succeed at your company and in subsequent career steps is the key to numerous positive outcomes. First and foremost, when employees embrace a learning mindset, it’s more likely that they won’t tire of their jobs and roles. A learning mindset is the […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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