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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 […]

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July 19, 2018

The 7 Benefits of An Onboarding Program

Today’s workplace moves faster, demands more, and waits for no one. If you want your new hire to hit the ground running, you’ve got to provide them with the tools, education, and information they need to be productive right from the start. The best way to do that? A comprehensive onboarding program. Onboarding: Much More […]

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July 18, 2018

The Pros and Cons of Allowing Employees to Work from Home

Thanks to today’s technological advances, supporting a work from home policy is increasingly accessible. It not only lets employers skip on the costs associated with an office, but it also provides the freedom and flexibility that more and more workers are demanding (especially millennials). However, there are undeniable advantages to the face-to-face time that only […]

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paperless payroll

July 18, 2018

Should Your Payroll Go Paperless? Pros and Cons of Paperless Payroll

The first known payroll records were carved out on tablets – clay, not electronic – as far back as 7000 AD. And clerks and treasurers from 5th century Greece kept chiseled accounts of payment entries and financial records, much like HRIS and payroll record-keeping systems do today. Fast-forward to the 1950s, when computerization entered the […]

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reducing stress in the workplace

July 17, 2018

How Experts Say You Can Reduce Stress in the Workplace

Work is pervasive in many aspects of our lives, from health insurance to retirement savings and even friendships. Therefore, it’s unsurprising that stress in the workplace can leak into the rest of our lives. While there’s some small level of workplace stress that might never entirely dissipate, there are ways to drastically reduce the inevitable […]

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July 17, 2018

Here are the 2018 Minimum Wage Changes for Small Businesses

On July 1st of this year, nineteen minimum wage increases occurred across the United States and your company might be affected. In total, two states, the District of Columbia, and sixteen other localities were impacted by these changes and for many, this is just the first of several increases that are scheduled to be implemented […]

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July 16, 2018

Understanding and Planning for the Upcoming Safe Harbor 401(k) Deadline

When you’re growing a business, one of the most pressing concerns that owners report is around retaining and attracting great talent. A surefire way to surpass this worry? By offering great benefits that your employees want and need. For many, planning for retirement is a priority, and by offering a 401(k) (one of the most […]

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July 13, 2018

Summer Fridays are the Sneakiest Flex Policy Employees Love

When summer returns, almost everyone shares the same goal: enjoying it as much as possible while it lasts. From camping excursions to vacation weekends on the lake and holidays like Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, and Labor Day, the reasons to take time off of work add up fast. One way that some employers mitigate […]

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communication in the workplace: key to success!

July 12, 2018

Here’s How to Increase Effective Communication in the Workplace

Communication is key in any relationship, and that includes professional ones. However, it can be especially challenging for those in small business environments. Unlike major corporations, there’s a good chance your team is small and intimate. Closer relationships will form and, just like a family, misunderstandings can lead to big blowouts if not managed well. […]

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July 12, 2018

When Creating the Perfect Compensation Plan Salary is Just the Beginning

Crafting or updating a compensation plan can be daunting for small to midsized business, but whether you have one or not, it’s important to align with prevailing conditions. To attract and retain talent in a tight applicant market, it’s crucial to create a structured compensation strategy or update your current plan to meet demand. What […]

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July 11, 2018

How to Survive (and Thrive) In the Mobile Workforce

In 2016, it became official. The majority of Americans use a mobile device rather than a laptop or desktop for nearly every facet of their online life, from shopping to answering emails. As the virtual working era continues to thrive, it’s only a matter of time before the majority of people will be using mobile […]

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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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