Workest Weekly: How to Prevent an EEOC Investigation, Best Practices for Posting Job Listings, Can Labor Hoarding Help Your Business?

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


Happy Lunar New Year to those who celebrate! We wish everyone a wonderful year ahead. Have you heard of the “labor hoarding” trend in business? Many companies are finding it to be a smart decision for them — find out if it’s right for your organization. Plus, EEOC investigations can be costly to businesses in terms of both expenses and reputational damage. Learn more about how to prevent an EEOC investigation. Finally, discover how to help employees prevent and overcome 2 issues that may be affecting their well-being — and your bottom line: sleep deprivation and work addiction.

Small Business and HR Compliance dates this week:

January 23, 2023

Community Manager Appreciation Day. Don’t forget to recognize and celebrate the efforts of your community manager. Whether they manage your social media or your online community of followers, they too help to improve your customer experiences. #CMAD

January 24, 2023

National Compliment Day. A wonderful way to brighten your employee’s day and give them credit for a job well done! #NationalComplimentDay

January 28, 2023

Data Privacy Day. 43% of data breaches involved small business victims. Protect yourself and your business. #PrivacyAware

What Is Labor Hoarding — and How Can It Help Your Business?
If you’ve never heard of or considered labor hoarding in the past, it might be a trend worth considering.

What Is Labor Hoarding — and How Can It Help Your Business?

Labor hoarding occurs when businesses hold on to staff members even if it’s not in their immediate economic best interests. Talent shortages; ever-increasing recruitment costs; the time it takes to hire; and the difficulty in doing so have led many businesses to absorb the losses of retaining staff as the smarter decision for their organization.

Is it right for your company?


How to Prevent an EEOC Investigation
EEOC investigations are best avoided, making the prevention of claims a desirable strategy.

How to Prevent an EEOC Investigation

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission investigates and enforces the nation’s federal equal employment opportunity workplace laws. The laws forbid discrimination based on several legally protected factors, including race, age, religion, and more.

An EEOC investigation can have an enormous impact on an employer’s business. The ending of the investigation can include fines, penalties, and, in some instances, years of government monitoring. Here are tips to prevent an EEOC investigation.


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Middle managers have become even more important as remote work increases. Read on to learn about what they do, the challenges they face, and how to help them succeed.

Who Are Middle Managers and Why Are They Important?

Middle managers play a vital role in a company’s day-to-day operations. They serve as communicators for upper management, improve morale by acting as employee advocates, and help ensure employees follow the company’s policies, procedures, and culture. Find out more about how middle managers benefit organizations and how to support them.



Applying these 10 tried-and-true best practices can help you get the most out of your job listings and attract top talent.

Best Practices for Posting and Updating Job Listings

A job posting is an employer’s first opportunity to get qualified candidates interested in a position. Even though posting a job listing seems simple enough, it’s easy to go wrong and miss your chance to land the best candidates. We’ll show you exactly what to include to help ensure your job postings are as effective as possible for drawing in top talent.



Sleep deprivation among workers is too harmful and costly for employers to ignore. Try these strategies to help your staff get the sleep they need.

How to Help Your Sleep-Deprived Employees Stay Awake on the Job

With a significant number of adults not getting enough sleep, the CDC has declared sleep deprivation a “public health problem.” If workers are “falling asleep at the wheel,” the problem could be more serious than employers think. Statistics show that people who don’t get enough sleep — or get too much in some cases — are at risk for developing certain chronic illnesses and having productivity issues on the job.



Work addiction can cause burnout and physical illness. Here’s how employers can help work-addicted employees become healthy and productive again.

Work Addiction: How to Help Employees Overcome It and Stay Productive

Scientists generally agree that work addiction is difficult to detect because of the high value society places on hard work and because some hard workers simply love what they do for a living. However, this subject needs the attention of small business leaders who may not have thought about the difference between a diligent, committed employee and one who’s tethered to the job in ways that cause burnout and physical illnesses.


POPS The People Podcast

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

How Do I Know I’m Hiring the Best Candidates?

The hiring process can be overwhelming, and it can often feel like a guessing game trying to find that perfect candidate for your company and the role you’re trying to fill.

Lora Patterson, a People Operations Advisor at TriNet Zenefits, joins the show to go over the steps your company can take to find those great employees.



Download this free comprehensive guide and calendar with 100+ key dates, deadlines, and reminders for HR staff.

2023 HR Compliance Calendar and Guide

Navigating federal compliance is no easy feat.

That’s why we created the 2023 HR Compliance Calendar + Guide for small and midsize businesses.

What comes in each download?

Professionally created — and legally vetted — assets that integrate with iCalendar, Google Calendar, and Outlook. You’ll get 100+ key dates and protocols for:

What’s included:

  • ACA compliance
  • Tax deadlines
  • Workplace compliance rules and regulations
  • Anti-discrimination regulations
  • Sexual harassment in the workplace
  • Breach of personal HIPAA data
  • And much more!


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