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teammates celebrating company core values

July 10, 2018

How to Choose the Best Company Core Values

These days it’s pretty easy to figure out the company core values behind any given organization. Just a glimpse at their website will likely show you a section dedicated to the company’s core values. However, just because core values have become a necessity doesn’t mean the construction behind them is easy. Values can sometimes seem […]

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July 9, 2018

How to Create the Best Company Mission Statement

Creating a mission statement for your company sounds simple enough – just summarize the values and goals of your organization. But many companies stumble in the actual writing of that mission statement. After all, how do you effectively encapsulate your “why?” What is the mission of your company? Before you get started creating a mission […]

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remote work

July 6, 2018

Is the Remote Workforce On the Rise?

America is having a love affair with remote work, and according to Gallup’s State of the American Workforce, remote work is slated to continue in boisterous growth. Throughout 2015 and 2016, over 31 million people responded to the Gallup Q Client Database. The results? Both businesses and employees are loving remote work. Unsurprisingly, technology is […]

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July 6, 2018

What’s the Difference Between Remote Work and Telecommuting?

Remote work and telecommuting are often used interchangeably, but there can be small differences between the two. Remote work suggests that the employee is just that—remotely located. It’s not a technical definition, but it does imply that the employee is too far away from the company to come into the office. They may “work remotely” […]

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man using a flexible work policy

July 5, 2018

It’s Time to Reconsider Your Flexible Work Policy

Is your flexible work policy a little too flexible? Gauging the effectiveness of your current flexible work policy (or lack thereof) can be challenging because there are many confounding factors, and it requires testing of all kinds. Turning employees into guinea pigs can be dangerous because they may not care for the new policy—or they […]

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employees with flexible work arrangments

July 3, 2018

7 Types of Flexible Work Arrangements

There are many types of flexible work arrangements, and choosing the right one can make a big difference. Whether you’re a manager or a job seeker, it’s important to know the differences between the various types of flex arrangements. Different setups might attract different employees or apply better to different job descriptions. Regardless of which […]

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man holding business analytics tool

July 3, 2018

Data Analytics Tools are the Magic Wand for Small Businesses

Small and Medium Businesses (SMBs) drive the US economy by contributing close to 50 percent of the overall $19 trillion. But the importance of SMBs goes beyond just the economic contribution; they have also contributed to growth and vitality in socioeconomic metrics by creating jobs and further opportunities for women and minorities to achieve necessary […]

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stacks of employee records

July 2, 2018

The Small Business Guide to Employee Records

If you’re thinking about tossing out that personnel file on the employee who quit last week, hold off. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) requires you to keep all employee records for a year. And if you terminate someone, you must keep the employee’s personnel records for a year from the termination date.  Companies […]

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marijuana in the workplace policy

June 29, 2018

Should Your Company Have a Marijuana in the Workplace Policy?

Cultures change. And when cultures shift, so do laws and so do workplaces. The legalization of marijuana for either medical or recreational purposes in individual states across the country is an example of a cultural shift — one that is likely to impact workplaces. However, many small business owners and HR professionals are grappling with how […]

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what is Erisa?

June 28, 2018

What is the ERISA Law?

ERISA is a popular acronym, but few know how it applies to them as employees. ERISA, which stands for the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, became law in 1974. The law sets standards for pension and welfare plans to protect employees and their beneficiaries, safeguarding any employer-sponsored plan. If the employer/employee contributes in any fashion, […]

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June 26, 2018

Recruiting the Next Wave of Millennial Employees? Follow These Steps

The arrival of summer might have most people thinking about watching waves from the beach. But for employers, there’s another wave coming in: millennial employees. As of today, millennial employees already represent the largest generation in the workforce. What’s more is that this trend will only continue to grow as 20.4 million students were expected to be enrolled […]

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working remotely as part of FWAs

June 25, 2018

How Companies are Creating Flexible Work Arrangements

The demand for flexible work arrangements (or FWAs for short) is on the rise among job seekers. In a recent study by SHRM, 55% of employees said the flexibility to balance work and personal life was very important to their job satisfaction. According to the study, that number increased by 10% from just the previous […]

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