We’ve all seen it—one of our employees has a bad cold, maybe even the flu, but they come to work anyway. In some cases, the employee has the option of taking time off, and you’d prefer they do so, but still they show up, putting everyone in the workplace at risk. The reasons vary. Sometimes the employee can’t afford the reduced hours. Sometimes they can take the financial hit, but they’re worried about falling behind on their projects, missing an important meeting, or looking bad next to their co-workers who never seem to take a day off.Read More
What Are the Paid Sick Leave Laws In Your State?
3 Effective Ways to Recruit Millennials
By: Emily Sharp, Marketing Specialist
The millennial generation is different from any working generation in the past. This generation has received a great deal of negative attention, but it turns out that not all traits they possess are bad for business. In the next few years, millennials will make up at least 50% of the workforce. Some of the major reasons they are in such high demand for companies throughout the business world are they are tech-savvy, not necessarily motivated by money, team players and much more. If you are looking to recruit millennials to your business, here are three of the most effective ways:Read More
What Kind of Impression is Your Workspace Leaving on Visitors?
By: Sam Nosrati, HCM Specialist
When you stop by your favorite coffee shop or bookstore, the first thing that greets you is not the friendly barista or salesperson, but the custom-tailored ambiance. Think of the music that you may hear upon opening the door, the smell of coffee or the neat stack of books, and the comfortable chairs dispersed across the room. The coffee may be great, and the books may be fantastic reads, but the environment and presentation are key. You could, after all, brew the coffee in the comfort of your own home, and purchase the books online at a more reasonable cost.Read More
How to Get Results From Your Team Building Activities
At some point in your career, you’ve probably participated in team-building exercises that made you wonder, “What’s the point?” Maybe they were useless group activities that everyone mocked under their breath. Or maybe they were inconsequential events with colleagues that, while fun, didn’t change the way anyone interacted in the workplace.Read More
5 Ways to Create an Engaging Workplace
Most employees are not engaged at work—70% according to Gallup. This is no new trend. The combined number of unengaged and actively disengaged employees remains high from year to year. Poor engagement results in less productivity, less creativity, higher absenteeism, and higher turnover.Read More
What Do Millennials Look For In Employers?
By Sam Pierce
The past few decades have been a whirlwind of new technological advances, from computers to cell phones to the internet. In a relatively short period of time the world went through a drastic amount of change. For the first time in human existence there is a whole generation of people who grew up in a society completely immersed in digital technology. This generation has been coined as the “Millennials”, “Generation Y”, “Gen Next” and the list goes on. The time period that Millennials fall into is varied but I like to consider it to include anyone who was born from 1980 to 2000. This generation is joining the workforce and all the older generations are scrambling to figure out how to deal with them. So what do Millennials look for in employers?Read More
5 Tips for Effective Meetings
If you want to get a snapshot of your organization’s efficiency and the health of its culture, look at your meetings. Are they efficient and productive? Do their results justify the time and expense? Are meetings an occasion for collaboration, knowledge-sharing, and team-building? Or are they a waste of time and a cause of needless frustration?Read More
Email Etiquette: Things to Consider Before You Click "Send"
By: Sam Nosrati, HCM Specialist
Whether you are communicating with a colleague on an exciting business prospect or resolving a client’s needs, you will most likely choose electronic mail (email) as your go-to means of communication. This medium is as efficient as it is cost effective, and it allows you to communicate in a nearly instantaneous fashion while retaining a paper trail for future reference purposes.Read More
Avoid Hiring Mistakes with Working Interviews
Few things are more frustrating for employers than finding out that a new hire oversold their knowledge, skills, and abilities. The employee looked great on paper and appeared confident and competent in the interview, but when it came to doing the basic duties of the job, they just didn’t have what it took.Read More
How to Improve Employee Retention with Stay Interviews
Your workforce is your most valuable asset. A recruited, well-trained employee is an investment, so companies go to great lengths to retain their employees. These days successful organizations seek to improve employee retention with stay interviews. Whereas exit interviews are reactive and conducted after an employee has already decided to leave, stay interviews are prophylactic in nature. Stay interviews are held periodically in a one-on-one setting with managers and employees to discover why employees decide to stay at (or leave) their jobs. Conducting stay interviews can motivate and inspire your workforce, improving team morale and giving them a tangible sign that their workplace experiences are taken seriously.Read More