Workest Weekly: How to Retain Employees Long-Term, Updated CDC COVID Workplace Guidance, How Much to Increase Wages During Inflation

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


This Thursday marks the beginning of fall — can you believe it? If you’re like us, you may have already had a pumpkin spice latte or 2 to celebrate early. Have you heard about companies that have candidates go through as many as 12 interviews? Find out what the risks are of conducting too many interviews and what the magic number is to aim for. If your company offers remote work, it’s essential to clearly define your company’s definition of what remote work is to candidates. Check out this story to discover how to properly list your virtual job openings. Finally, once you do find your perfect employees, discover what makes workers stay with a company long term to ensure you hold on to them.

Small Business and HR Compliance dates this week:

September 22

American Business Women’s Day: Honor the accomplishments of the businesswomen across the nation. #AmericanBusinessWomensDay

Fall Begins: Get ready for pumpkin spice lattes! #FirstDayOfFall

September 25

Rosh Hashanah: Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year, and one of Judaism’s holiest days.

Keep Your People: What Makes Employees Stay with a Company Long-Term?
The cost of employee turnover can be as high as 100%-300% of an employee’s salary. Discover strategies to help you retain your top workers.

Keep Your People: What Makes Employees Stay with a Company Long-Term?

Many companies today are struggling to find and keep employees. A growing skills gap and a generation of Baby Boomers nearing retirement age are complicating the issue. Companies that figure out the magic equation of how to keep employees long-term have a clear advantage.

So, what causes these workers to job-hop rather than pick a company and work there until retirement? What makes employees stay with a company long-term? We have the answers.



The CDC maintains that COVID-19 “remains an ongoing public health threat.”

The CDC Updated Its COVID-19 Guidance: Here’s What It Means for Your Workplace

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued updated guidelines on preventing the spread and minimizing the health risks of COVID-19. Now the agency has eliminated precautionary quarantine and is focused on preventative measures.

Check out this review of what’s changed and what remains the same in handling the pandemic to help you continue to keep your employees and workplace as safe and healthful as possible.


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What Is a Digital HR Strategy and Why Do You Need One?

The days of managing HR largely through manual processes have basically ended. HR has gone digital — a trend that shows no sign of slowing or stopping. In fact, digitization in HR has accelerated, especially among cloud-based platforms. But it’s one thing to go digital, and another to successfully implement it. To get it right, you need a digital HR strategy. Discover how to create the best strategy for your business.



What are the risks of a lengthy job interview process, and what’s the magic number of interviews that employers should strive for? We have the answers.

Hiring Journey: How Many Interviews Are Too Many?

Companies understand the importance of finding the right person for the job. They will often use a series of interviews to ensure the person they hire is the absolute best choice. But what happens when a company puts candidates through too many interviews? Candidates may grow weary of showing up for interview after interview, with no end in sight. So, how many interviews are too many? Find out, here.



Most companies realize the need to give employees a raise, but how much is enough? Where do organizations draw the line? Learn more here.

How Much Should Organizations Raise Wages to Combat Inflation?

Inflation continues to dominate the conversation in the boardroom and around the American dinner table. Giving employees a pay raise is not just a good idea, it’s essential for organizations that want to retain key talent and build an image of being a top employer. Discover factors to take into consideration when determining the amount to increase your workers’ wages.



A remote work strategy should be customized to your business needs and employee preferences to be truly effective. Find out how to craft yours.

How Remote Should Your Remote Strategy Really Be?

Over 60% of employees prefer working remotely full-time. Plus, working from home can boost productivity and reduce turnover. However, the combination of returning to work and ongoing remote services can leave businesses and employees confused. Here’s how to define a clear, long-term remote work strategy to help prevent confusion in hiring and retention.


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 to Incorporate Fair Chance Hiring Into Your DEI Strategy

70 million Americans have some form of a criminal record in their past. This means there are 70 million Americans who aren’t give a fair chance and are overlooked as viable job candidates.

Believe it or not, fair chance hiring is a key part of DEI strategies, and it’s something companies don’t really think about.

In this episode, Jordan Martinez, Marketing Manager at Checkr, interviews Ken Oliver, Executive Director of, Checkr’s corporate social responsibility program in philanthropic initiative.

Listen in as he shares insight into what fair chance hiring is, the benefits it can generate, and how organizations can incorporate it into their DEI strategy.



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

Hiring and Recruiting Infographic

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.


When it comes to retirement plans, one size doesn’t fit all. Our partnerships manager Richard Lane joined @Zenefits' #POPSPodcast to discuss how a Safe Harbor 401(k) can add flexibility to your company’s retirement plan.

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