Workest Weekly: Focus on Total Well-being in 2023, Scheduling and Forecasting to Improve Employee Productivity, Is the 3-Day Workweek Coming?

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


Happy holidays and Merry Christmas to those who celebrate! We wish you joy and peace today and all through the year. If you have time off this week and are looking for fresh inspiration and a good read, check out our list of the best books for HR operations management. We have some additional free resources for you this week — including a list of places to find free or low-cost legal help for your small business and a 2023 tax deduction cheat sheet. Enjoy this last week of December!

Small Business and HR Compliance dates this week:

December 26

Last Day of Hanukkah: The 8th and final day of the Jewish celebration known as Hanukkah.

Kwanzaa Begins: Kwanzaa is a 7-day African-American and Pan-African holiday that celebrates family, community, and culture.

December 27

No Interruptions Day: Set aside this day to get organized for the new year!

December 31

Illinois Anti-Harassment Training Deadline: Illinois employers must provide their employees with a sexual harassment prevention training by December 31 every year.

New Year’s Eve: At the stroke of midnight we will welcome a new year — 2023!

Focus on Total Well-being in 2023
In 2023, companies are pivoting to a focus on total employee well-being. Here’s how to integrate it into your company’s benefit offerings.

Focus on Total Well-being in 2023

Many businesses big and small have shifted their company benefits to include both physical and mental health. But well-being has to do with more than just our bodies and our minds. In today’s complex world, everything from finances to our social lives can help or hinder our overall well-being. That’s why, in 2023, companies are pivoting to a focus on total well-being. Find out how to incorporate this into your company’s benefit offerings.


The 2023 Tax Deduction Cheat Sheet
Ready to file your 2022 taxes? Check out our 2023 tax deduction cheat sheet to jump-start your tax preparations.

The 2023 Tax Deduction Cheat Sheet

There are several types of deductions that business owners can leverage for their taxes. The specific amounts you can deduct will depend on your particular business. But it’s important to leave no stone unturned when preparing for April. To get you started on your tax preparation for your 2022 taxes and beyond, here is a mega-list of standard deductions and additional tax credits to consider.


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Find out how a voluntary 3-day workweek can improve employee productivity and reduce turnover.

Is the 3-Day Workweek Coming?

We’ve heard plenty about the 4-day workweek, but what about the 3-day workweek? Many employers may be scratching their heads at the thought of reducing the working week even more. But many of the studies we know about work suggest that it could be an option for some businesses. While there aren’t many companies offering this benefit, the ones that do say that a 3-day workweek has improved retention, reduced burnout, and increased productivity.



Although obtaining and maintaining productive employees is no simple feat, you can increase the odds through scheduling and forecasting.

Scheduling and Forecasting to Improve Employee Productivity

Productive employees provide their employers with a positive return on investment and contribute to a healthy workplace culture. They also tend to be more engaged and fulfilled in their work. Although obtaining and maintaining productive employees is no simple feat, you can increase the odds through scheduling and forecasting. Find out more about the importance of technology to these processes.



Here are ways to find free (or low-cost) legal assistance for your small company.

Finding Free Legal Help for Your Small Business

Lawyers’ fees can range from $100 to $400 an hour. Sometimes it’s not even cost-cutting measures that keep small businesses from getting legal help. Sometimes the cost is simply so high that getting legal help isn’t financially feasible. However, expert legal help on the front end can often mitigate potentially large (and even more costly) legal issues later on.



These books provide insight into automation, optimization, and successful team building.

The 10 Best Books for HR Operations Management

Today, HR managers juggle compliance, retention tips, recruiting needs, limited budgets, and more. But getting inspiration in a sea of entrepreneurial content creators can feel overwhelming. To help you accelerate your learning and leverage tried-and-true strategies, we asked business owners and HR professionals what their favorite HR operations management books are.


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 Should I Be Doing to Train, Develop, and Grow Leaders in My Organization?

It’s no secret. If you want to build a great company, you must start by investing in your people. Without this proactive approach, it’s hard to grow.

In this episode, Morgan Furchner, Associate Product Marketing Manager at TriNet Zenefits, shares how you can help train, develop, and grow leaders to push your business to the next level.



Start putting your employees first. Discover tips and a checklist for applying People Operations principles to boost employee well-being.

People Operations Guide and Checklist for Employee Well-being

An actively disengaged employee can cost their organization $3,400 for every $10,000 of salary — or 34%, according to Gallup.

Further research from Gallup suggests that as many as 87% of workers are disengaged from their jobs.

How can employers start putting their employees first and prioritizing their well-being? They can apply People Operations principles.

In the People Operations Guide and Checklist for Employee Well-Being, you’ll find guidance on:

  • Offering tools that make employees’ jobs easier
  • Allowing flexible work arrangements
  • Understanding and driving employee motivation
  • And more

Start boosting employee well-being today! When your people are at their best, your business is too.


New to workforce data and how it can impact your bottom line?

Download the Insights With Impact Ebook to see how to use #peopleanalytics and potentially save millions of dollars from the insights.

— Zenefits
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