Workest Weekly: Balancing Employee Time Management With Flexible Work, How to Avoid Anti-Perks, Hiring Process Compliance Checklist

Welcome to Workest Weekly — a newsletter for small business owners, HR leaders, and their growing teams.


Who’s ready for some pie this Thursday? We are! We hope you get the chance to have some quality time with your friends and family this week. It’s also a great time to show gratitude to your employees and colleagues. With that in mind, we’ve put together 10 creative ideas for your office Thanksgiving celebration. If you go shopping this weekend, check out this list of holiday gifts employees will love for 2022. Many employers are on the lookout for fantastic employees. Learn more about ways to find top talent. When you do find excellent new hires, you’ll want to ensure your hiring process is compliant. Use this checklist to help you achieve that.

Small Business and HR Compliance dates this week:

November 21

Prepare Your Q4 Performance Reviews: Time for Q4 performance reviews! Spend time developing employees, not managing processes. Zenefits can manage your performance reviews.

November 24

Thanksgiving: Offer a note of thanks and appreciation to your employees for all of their hard work!

November 25

Black Friday: ….good luck! Be safe!

November 26

Small Business Saturday: Here’s a day dedicated to supporting small businesses across the country. Do you have your gameday strategy ready?

Anti-Perks: How to Avoid Them and Get Employee Benefits Right for 2023
Have you heard of “anti-perks?” Many employers are offering them, but many employees don’t want them. Here are the perks and benefits workers actually want.

Anti-Perks: How to Avoid Them and Get Employee Benefits Right for 2023

Exotic and unusual employee perks may sound “cool” but they’re not necessarily what employees want or need. In many cases, they’re not even what employees say they like, which makes them what are being called “anti-perks.”

The challenge for employers is to offer the perks that workers want and avoid those that will end up on the “anti-perk” list. Discover what employees really want for 2023.


Put the “thanks” and “giving” into your office Thanksgiving celebration with this list of 10 creative ideas.

10 Creative Ideas for Your Office Thanksgiving Celebration

You don’t need to give your employees a full-blown feast to show how thankful you are for them and all they do. Check out these 10 Thanksgiving employee engagement ideas that will successfully kick the holiday season off regardless of whether your employees work in-house or remotely.

If you’re looking for Thanksgiving office activity ideas, we have your solutions.


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How are job seekers looking for work and can that information help employers find outstanding employees? An overview of the current labor market may provide some answers for today’s SMBs in the ongoing struggle to recruit and hire workers. Use these tips to optimize and streamline your recruiting and hiring processes.



Hiring new employees is always exciting, but the process must comply with the law. Use this checklist to ensure you cover all your bases.

This Checklist Will Help Ensure Your Hiring Process Is Compliant

When hiring, you want to move quickly to bring in the right talent — but you also have to be careful not to violate your internal policies, industry practices, and employment regulations. By following this set of tried-and-true steps, you can be confident that you are not cutting corners and still get the job done efficiently.



Effective time management is a major win for companies. Try these tools and techniques to support your remote and flexible workers in achieving this.

Balancing Employee Time Management With Flexible Work

Time management is tricky for both employers and their workers. In fact, 91% of people feel that better time management would reduce stress at work. While many remote or flexible work employees are good at staying on top of their workloads, there are always individuals who need extra support. Discover how to implement flexible policies while providing the right tools for time tracking.



As the year comes to a close, look for new ways to give holiday gifts to bring on the holiday cheer that meet the needs of all staffers.

Holiday Gifts Employees Will Love for 2022

A survey found that almost 60% of workers said they’d be more likely to stay with an employer who provided meaningful holiday gifts to staff members. The small investment may reap significant rewards in terms of retention. Rewarding the employees who helped you make it through the year with a little extra this holiday season recognizes what they’ve done in 2022 and anticipates more great things from them in 2023.


POPS The People Podcast

The POPS! Podcast by Zenefits helps small business leaders build people teams and succeed in the new world of work.

Podcast Q&A: Part 2: ADA Administration

With a wide range of disabilities that exist, it can be hard to keep track of all the accommodation options you can offer employees needing assistance.

In this episode, Lucy Henry, People Operations Advisor at TriNet Zenefits, shares examples of what accommodations can be made under the ADA and resources to help you find solutions that fit the needs of your employees.



Use these retention tips to commit to employee well-being and keep your top talent.

Employee Retention Strategies: An HR Checklist

More than 50% of employees who leave their jobs say their manager or company could have done something that would have stopped them from quitting, according to Gallup.
As an employer, the best investment you can make is in your people — they’re your greatest asset.

Check out Employee Retention Strategies: An HR Checklist for tips on how to keep your top talent. In it, you’ll find guidance on:

  • Boosting workplace flexibility
  • Providing work/life balance
  • Offering superior benefits packages
  • Recognizing and appreciating your employees
  • And more

This checklist of employee retention strategies will help you commit to your employees’ well-being, stay competitive in this labor market, and solidify your company’s spot as a top place to work.


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