Honor vets by hiring them, interns are in demand, and flexible work schedules rule for summer. It’s all in The Daily Rundown.
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We made it through another week! Before we dive into a three-day weekend of BBQs and boat rides (or however you spend your time away from the workplace), we want to take a minute to consider the different things Memorial Day means for small businesses and their employees.
Honor vets by hiring vets
First, and most importantly, Memorial Day is about veterans and honoring the women and men who’ve served in the US Armed Forces. Hiring veterans is a great way to show respect and support for the people who have put their life on the line in the service of our country.
Not only can vets bring variety of valuable skills, training and technical know-how to your organization, they can also help your company financially. The Work Opportunity Tax Credit offers some significant tax breaks for qualifying veterans of the Armed Services.
School’s out and the interns are in
Memorial Day not only signals the unofficial start of summer, it’s also means that colleges and universities are finished for the semester and interns have begun showing up at the office.
If your company doesn’t have one in place already, consider creating an internship program. Not only is a good internship program a great way to get extra support for your business, it’s also very useful for creating a pipeline of talent to meet your future hiring needs.
‘Tis the season for flexible work arrangements
Finally, the start of summer means that, more likely than not, employees are going to be itching to get out of the office and onto the beach, lake, theme park…basically anywhere that’s not work.
This is where having a policy for flexible work arrangements comes in handy. If you’re dealing with a rush of last-minute summer PTO requests you want to accommodate, but still need to keep things moving in the workplace, consider letting employees telecommute or create a non-traditional work schedule.