Workest Weekly: Keeping Your DEI Efforts on Track with Remote Work, Choosing a PEO or HRIS, Will SMBs Thrive or Fail This Holiday Season?

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


We hope you’re having a great weekend! Many people are still adjusting to the time change and less daylight in the afternoons. If you’re looking for fresh ways to keep yourself and your staff energized, check out 10 ways to beat the afternoon slump. In a survey, a majority of employees expressed that it’s essential to work somewhere supportive of giving and volunteering — and with the holidays coming up, many organizations want to give back to their communities. Discover creative ideas for company-wide volunteer days. Finally, what impact will inflation have on SMBs this holiday season? Find out what reports show.

Small Business and HR Compliance dates this week:

November 15

Entrepreneurs Day: This day honors entrepreneurs — all those dreamers, inventors, and innovators who have helped shape the way we live today and how we’ll live tomorrow.

Payroll Tax Payments Due: If you deposit monthly, deposit the tax for payments made in October.

November 19

International Men’s Day: A great excuse to remind your male employees of their health benefits!

With inflation’s impact, many people, both buyers and sellers, are paying high prices for goods, commodities, and services. Spending could be tight this holiday season.

Will SMBs Thrive or Fail in This Inflation-Threatened Holiday Season? Here’s What Reports Show

The holiday season — usually retailers’ most profitable time of the year — could be financially troublesome for businesses in 2022. Based on various reports, the U.S. is in, or is about to face, an economic downturn that could financially cripple some companies, especially small businesses.

Find out what the statistics say and how they’ll impact your company.


How to Keep Your DEI Efforts on Track in the Era of Remote Work
Discover how your organization can keep its diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts thriving in the work-from-home era.

How to Keep Your DEI Efforts on Track in the Era of Remote Work

Survey results show that most people favor working from home, and workers from underrepresented groups have an even greater preference for it. As a small business, your organization can keep its diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) efforts on track in the remote-work era, whether fully offsite or hybrid.

The first step is understanding what WFH means to underrepresented groups of workers, DEI’s challenges before WFH, and how remote work can derail DEI plans.


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PEOs and HRIS offer different solutions to the same issue: a chaotic HR process. Keep reading to learn how to choose the best option for your business.

HR Headaches: Should I Choose a PEO or HRIS?

While staff management plays a vital role in any organization, it can also be a massive drain on time and resources. PEOs and HRIS represent different approaches for streamlining HR management. Both save companies time and money by taking on some of the HR responsibilities that would otherwise fall on your shoulders. But which one is right for your business?



The afternoon slump is real. Try these tips for keeping energy and productivity levels up after lunch at work.

10 Ways to Help Employees (and Yourself) Beat the Afternoon Slump

Did you know that the peak times for wanting sleep are between 2 to 4 a.m. and between 1 to 3 p.m.? The afternoon slump is probably costing your business in productivity and customer care. The majority of workers experience it, so offer these suggestions to prevent the energy drain. Anything you do to help can boost their mood and your bottom line.



A survey of employees showed that 71% say it’s essential to work somewhere supportive of volunteering. Try these ideas for volunteer days at your organization.

10 Creative Ideas for Company-Wide Volunteer Days

Want to improve engagement and retention rates at your organization? Volunteering is an excellent way for businesses to get involved with the community, show their company’s commitment to social responsibility, and build a more robust team culture. Here are some creative ideas for your next company-wide volunteer day.



Businesses are beginning to understand that Generation Z communication in the workplace has a style all its own.

Generation Z Communication in the Workplace: 3 Things to Know

Learn more about Gen Zers and how to best communicate with them in the workplace. We take a look at how your up-and-coming Gen Z workers are likely to communicate, how to foster employee engagement with them, and how to create an environment where they make a positive impact on your company.


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 1: ADA Administration

If you’re a company with over 15 employees, it is a federal requirement that you comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

In this episode, Lucy Henry, People Operations Advisor at TriNet Zenefits, helps describe the ADA and the steps involved in complying with the interactive process.



Don’t fall victim to starting off on a weak foot with new employees.

Join Our Employee Onboarding Webinar

Join us for just 30 minutes Tuesday, November 15 as we run through how Zenefits not only supports your hiring and onboarding process — but how we can help you optimize it. Your new hires will be so impressed by this process, you’ll set the new standard for starting a new gig.


In today’s tight #labor market, client Employ Inc.’s SVP of People & Talent Corey Berkey shares with @zenefits on the top ways to find high-quality #talent:

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