Workest Weekly: September SMB + HR Calendar, Student Loan Debt Assistance, Creating a Workable Salary Strategy for Your Startup

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


Happy Sunday! As we welcome a new month, take a look at our free small business and HR compliance calendar for September. It’s packed with dates that HR and business leaders need to know. President Biden’s student loan relief plan was one of the hot topics across the nation this week. Here’s why employers should consider offering student loan debt assistance to attract and retain talent. Detail-oriented employees are a major asset to your business — but do you know how to identify that trait in job candidates? Find out what to look for to verify detail orientation in workers. Finally, if you’re building a startup, discover how to create the right salary strategy to attract top candidates while staying on budget.

Small Business and HR Compliance dates this week:

September 1, 2022

Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. This month is an opportunity for mental health advocates, organizations, survivors, allies, and community members to unite to promote suicide prevention awareness.

Q3 Performance Reviews. Need tips on conducting virtual performance reviews? Check out our guide here.

Free Small Business and HR Compliance Calendar: September 2022
Labor Day, National Hispanic Heritage Month, the start of fall … download our free calendar with September dates you need to know.

Free Small Business and HR Compliance Calendar: September 2022

And just like that, September is upon us! Summer is coming to an end and fall is around the corner.

Labor Day, the 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance, Rosh Hashanah, and National Hispanic Heritage Month are also coming up in the next few weeks. To help you stay on track during all of September, here’s our easy-to-use calendar with compliance reminders, social media events, and other dates to know.



Student loan relief continues to be a huge topic of discussion for the American workforce, especially following President Joe Biden’s announcement of his student loan forgiveness plan earlier this week.

Can Student Loan Debt Assistance Help You Retain Top Talent?

For many employees, student loan debt is a significant concern. They may not be able to get ahead in their careers because they are locked into a debt repayment program. They may also be unable to afford education for an advanced degree. Offering a way to alleviate their student loan debt could help you attract and retain top talent.


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Find out how you can create a compensation strategy that makes your startup attractive to the best talent without straining your budget.

Creating a Workable Salary and Benefits Strategy for Your Startup

Getting the ideal team together is critical for any startup’s success. However, attracting and retaining the right employees without jeopardizing your startup’s future requires you to maintain a delicate balance between overspending and lowballing potential employees.To give you the best shot at success, check out these 7 tips for creating a workable salary and benefits strategy for your startup.



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How to Encourage Employees to Take Alternate Transportation to Work

In addition to environmental benefits, studies have shown that commuters who opt for alternative transportation options over solo driving tend to enjoy increased levels of productivity and job satisfaction. Plus, UCLA found that the use of alternative transportation from biking to public transportation can lead to job creation, economic growth, a health boost, and more. Ready to bring some of those benefits to your workplace? Here’s how.



Employees who are highly detail-oriented get their work done accurately and reliably — and are great brand ambassadors for your organization. Here’s what to look for to verify this desirable skill.

Why Detail Orientation Is a Top Soft Skill — and How to Spot It

If you can find candidates with high attention to detail, they should be top choices when you hire. Detail-oriented workers look for glitches and potential. They find issues before they become problems, and spot opportunity when it presents itself. If more than 40% of your customers are experiencing diminished products or services, it might be time to spot talent with high attention to detail — we’ll show you how.


POPS The People Podcast

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

Can I Revoke a Job Offer?

Sometimes you extend a job offer to someone, and, due to various reasons, it just isn’t going to work out. So how do you revoke the offer?

In this episode, Dan Marzullo, Founder of Drafted, gives some pointers on how to go through this process and shares insight on how to reduce the risk of it happening in the future.



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