Workest Weekly: Crafting a Successful Employee Spotlight Program, What You Need to Know About Wage and Hour Lawsuits, What Will the U.S. Supreme Court’s Ruling on Affirmative Action Mean for Employers?

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


We hope your December is off to a great start! Some people are feeling the effects of the days getting shorter. Discover ways to help workers with seasonal affective disorder that can also have a positive impact on all employees. You may have heard of the “antiwork” movement — how can you help ensure that your people are engaged and motivated at work? Find out more about it, here. One cost-effective strategy that can boost morale and productivity is an employee spotlight program. Check out our guide on how to create one at your company (complete with a list of employee spotlight interview questions).

Small Business and HR Compliance dates this week:

December 10

Human Rights Day: #HumanRightsDay honors the adoption and proclamation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) on 10 December 1948.

December 11

National App Day: National App Day is a day to celebrate mobile applications as they play an important role in our everyday lives.

Crafting a Successful Employee Spotlight Program
Increasing employee morale and productivity requires a solid retention strategy. Implement a worker spotlight program for a cost-effective solution.

Crafting a Successful Employee Spotlight Program

An employee spotlight program is a cost-effective retention strategy where employees are appreciated in public. Your business may choose to present a story highlighting an employee’s success and their journey to achieve results.

Such employee appreciation programs can contribute to high morale, increased productivity, and increased business sales. And for HR professionals, these programs can help improve employee acquisition and reduce high turnover. Here are the steps to take to craft your program — plus, a list of questions you can reuse for each employee interview.


What Will the US Supreme Court's Ruling on Affirmative Action Mean for Employers?
Affirmative Action has been challenged throughout its history by high-profile academic-based court cases such as Regents of the University of California v. Bakke (1978) and Fisher v. University of Texas (2016).

What Will the U.S. Supreme Court’s Ruling on Affirmative Action Mean for Employers?

The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing arguments for and against Affirmative Action in the cases of Harvard University and the University of North Carolina. The high court is expected to decide by late spring 2023 whether to uphold AA as a remedy for past discrimination in college admissions or rule it unconstitutional because of what its opponents think is an unfair advantage based on race rather than merit.

So, how will the high court’s decision on whether to uphold AA or declare it unconstitutional impact employers’ efforts regarding recruiting, hiring, and DEI efforts?


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Complying with federal, state, and local wage and hour laws can be intimidating. But comply you must — or risk a wage and hour lawsuit.

Everything You Need to Know About Wage and Hour Lawsuits

A wage and hour law is any federal, state, or local legislation regulating the payment of wages to employees for services rendered. These wages relate to minimum wage, overtime, and other forms of pay for hours worked. Wage and hour lawsuits are not only prevalent but also on the rise — and they can be costly for employers, in monetary and non-monetary ways. Learn more about what legal experts say employers need to know.



We look at the differences between social purpose and social responsibility, why they’re important, and how your small business can get started.

What Is a Corporate Social Purpose and Social Responsibility?

For companies looking to stay competitive, having a strong social purpose could be your magic ingredient for standing out and differentiating yourself. If your company doesn’t already have a thoughtful social purpose, now is the time to make a meaningful change. We take a look at the difference between social purpose and social responsibility, why it’s important, and how your small company can get started.



An estimated 10 million Americans are impacted by SAD each year. Here’s how to support your employees through the dreary months ahead.

How to Support Workers With Seasonal Affective Disorder This Winter

Winter can be a tough time for mental health. While colder months are challenging for most people, those with seasonal affective disorder are particularly impacted. Luckily, there are plenty of ways that employers can support their workers with SAD this winter and every winter. Employees — those with SAD and even those without — benefit from these measures, as do employers. When workers are happy and healthy, they’re more engaged in their work and more productive as a result.



Discover what managers can do to help keep their employees engaged and decrease the frequency of quiet quitting within their teams.

Antiwork and the Rejection of Hustle Culture: A Guide for HR Leaders

Recent research has shown that employees adopting “quiet quitting,” “antiwork,” and “anti-hustle” mentalities are on the rise. While these trends are cause for concern for managers and employers, the “antiwork” or “quiet quitting” mindset isn’t the issue itself. Rather, they are symptoms of larger company-wide red flags to be addressed. With this in mind, what can managers do to help keep their employees engaged and to decrease the frequency of quiet quitting within their teams?


POPS The People Podcast

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

What Is the CEO’s Role in Building a Culture of Employee Growth?

There’s been a shift among organizations to focus more on their employees, because if employees are thriving, it will in turn help customers. So who is responsible for this culture of employee growth?

Ankur Patel, Director of Product Marketing at TriNet Zenefits, joins the show to share how the CEO fits into the puzzle.



Discover trends in hiring and recruiting using proprietary and third-party data.

Download This Hiring and Recruiting Infographic

Did you know:

81% of recruiters have said attracting top talent has become more challenging in the last year?

63% of recruiters expect to increase their recruiting budget over the next 6-12 months

Gain access to these data and more in this infographic pulled from a unique combination of third-party and proprietary data from TriNet Zenefits and JazzHR.


What Will the U.S. Supreme Court's Ruling on Affirmative Action Mean for Employers? How will it impact:

Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) efforts

We spoke with @Zenefits about it:

#AffirmativeAction #futureofwork #DEI

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