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When Cupid Strikes: 3 Steps to Managing Office Love
Around Valentine’s Day, conversations about love and romance are everywhere – including the office. The holiday of love may be behind us, but workplace romance is not going anywhere. HR may not usually be viewed as a matchmaker, but they are hiring talented people who fit the values and cultures of the company. When building […]
3 Workplace Learning and Development Trends for 2020 and Beyond
While no HR professional has a crystal ball, it is possible to fairly anticipate what an effective organization might look like in the years to come. And one consistent theme is the importance of employee development. That’s why we wanted to kick off a new year of HR Break Room™ by sitting down with one […]
Why Managers’ Approval Duties Just Got Easier
At some point, every manager experiences the feeling of wishing he or she could be in two (or more) places at once. Usually, one of those places is a desk, where paperwork – or at least its electronic equivalent – seems to accumulate at a steady, unrelenting rate. Avoid unnecessary pileup But whether you’re managing […]
How HR Can Prevent Inheriting Managers’ Approval Tasks
Part of being a manager often includes being pulled away from the desk for large swaths of the day. As a result, work piles up, especially critical tasks involving the people they manage: timecards, expense reports, time-off requests and so on. Especially when managers work in a field where the desk isn’t necessarily “home base” […]
Using Mobile Tech for Management Tasks
Successful supervisors and managers are masterful jugglers – spearheading critical projects while developing staff, building strategic plans, completing administrative functions and more. Many of these responsibilities take them away from their desks during the workday. But obligations don’t stop coming in when they are in the field, working the floor, engaging with the team or […]
Self-Service Tech a Must for Employees – And HR
In the world of HR, would you say you find managing transactions fulfilling? That’s a trick question. Of course, most HR professionals wouldn’t say that. But to truly understand how hard we hold onto transactions in our profession, you must watch what your HR peers do, not what they say. When employees could access and […]
Goal-Setting: How HR Can Help
Virtually no organization can survive – let alone thrive – without actionable, measurable objectives. While managers carry much of the goal-setting responsibility, there are ways HR can help, too. As with so many organizational priorities, setting goals begins with proper communication. In this case, HR plays a role in ensuring managers understand the importance of […]
4 Tips to Help New Employees Set Goals
For employers, goal-setting increases employee engagement and retention levels, and benefits your organization overall. Goals also are key to employee success, as clear and challenging goals drive performance and productivity. So, how should employers approach goal-setting with new hires? They may not be as experienced as the rest of your personnel, but these workers will […]
What the Recent ACA Individual Mandate Ruling Means for Employers
On Dec. 18, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued an opinion on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). On a 2-1 vote, the court found the individual mandate – the requirement that individuals maintain health insurance or pay a penalty – unconstitutional now that Congress has reduced the penalty to $0. […]
Update on 2020 IRS Form W-4
This blog post was originally published on June 6, 2019 and updated on Dec. 31, 2019. This summer, the IRS proposed an important revision to the W-4. The goal of the W-4 has always been to ensure withholdings align with the employee’s ultimate tax liability, and this proposed revision is intended to ensure continued alignment […]
DOL Releases Final Overtime Rule, Setting Standard Salary Threshold at $684 Per Week
This blog post was originally published on Sept. 24, 2019 and updated on Dec. 31, 2019. In September, the U.S. Department of Labor released its final rule that increases the salary threshold for workers in the executive, administrative and professional exemptions. The threshold increased from $455 per week (or $23,660 per year) to $684 per […]
4 Tips for Preventing and Addressing Issues Arising From Office Parties
Ah, the holiday season. Presents, family and food are on the horizon, as are a few holiday jingles that will haunt you for the next few months. The ever-anticipated office party is also in the works to celebrate another successful year for you and your employees. Though the office party should be a fun time […]