Interviewing Compliance

Interviewing represents the first step into the relationship with a potential new employee. It will set the tone for your ongoing professional relationship and lay the ground work for the candidates impression of you. While interviews are a crucial step in the hiring process, they also carry several risks that you should be mindful of. […]

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Unconscious Bias in the Workplace

In an effort to create more diversity-friendly workplaces, tech giants like Google and Facebook have been training employees to recognize their unconscious biases. As the term implies, these biases are below the surface, unintended, and often undesired. They’re implicit rather than explicit. Explicit biases are evident in what people say and do, and chances are […]

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April 2016 HR Newsletter

Welcome to our first Spring HR Newsletter of 2016! Spring time signals that changes are coming. With snow showers here at our headquarters, it is hard to imagine that spring is upon us. While we prepare for warmer days, we also begin to prepare for upcoming changes to the FLSA white collar exemptions. We will […]

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Managing the New Manager Moment

Starting from day one, a brand-new manager immediately steps into a challenging role. Just the other day, the employee was the expert with all the technical answers and all the know-how to complete tasks and assignments. Now, in everyone’s eyes, this person also needs to be an expert in successfully managing people. To live up to […]

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Motivating Employees with the Performance Review

Most managers and supervisors see the annual employee performance review as one of the most dreaded work tasks.  Most employees, however, view it as one of their defining moments. Money incentives alone do not increase employee motivation levels.  The development and communication of accurate, comprehensive performance reviews can significantly increase an employee’s motivation and thus performance.  […]

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Determine the True Cost of Your Employees

Have you ever calculated the actual cost of your employee(s)? Determining the actual cost of an employee can help with cost analysis, bidding jobs, and pro forma financial statements. While the information is powerful, determining the “true cost” of an employee is more complex than most people realize. First, you need to determine the cost for each […]

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Employee Political Activity and the Workplace

With 2016 as a presidential election year, employers could likely observe a surge in political activities among their employees. Political conversations around the water cooler can easily erupt into personal confrontations with water coolers being thrown around. Thus, employers need to be especially aware of federal and state laws regarding the ability to limit employee participation […]

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Ninth Circuit Rules on Tip Pooling

A three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently released a 2-1 decision that would essentially outlaw tip pooling arrangements in which tips are required to be shared with employees who do not usually receive them. Such employees would generally include dishwashers, cooks, and janitors. The ruling affects employers in Alaska, Arizona, California, […]

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Recognition Programs

One of the most important aspects of successful retention is an effective employee recognition program. When examining what employees are looking for in terms of benefits and pay, organizations often overlook employee recognition programs, which can be a very low-cost benefit that not only builds positive corporate culture, but also contributes to an overall high […]

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Sharpening Your Screening Interviews

The interview process is an important part of running and building a company. Many employers adopt some sort of interview process. Unfortunately, many employers also abbreviate the process by hastily moving from the resume review stage right into the hiring interview stage.  In between those two stages, however, the prudent employer will conduct screening interviews to separate […]

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