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  • Auditing your HR Program, Policies, and Procedures

    Auditing your HR Program, Policies, and Procedures

    As we start the new year, it might be a good time to review your HR program, including your policies and procedures. Too many accept the status quo and never consider modifying, dropping, or adding new policies to address today’s work environment.

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  • Are Compensation and Benefits Earned or Entitled?

    Are Compensation and Benefits Earned or Entitled?

    When does a benefit earned become a benefit entitled? In many businesses, all employee benefits start as earned. That can include healthcare coverage, time off, annual increases, savings plan contributions, and bonuses, even work schedules.  

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  • Setting Performance Expectations

    Setting Performance Expectations

    As we start the new year and think about achieving success for the company and as individuals, it is important to set targets and expectations to measure performance. Many businesses look at the overall performance or year-end results and consider how to measure this, and how various aspects should be weighed based on their importance […]

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  • Employee Recruitment in Today’s Business World

    Employee Recruitment in Today’s Business World

    Employee recruiting has changed completely since the COVID-19 pandemic. It started with interviews and meetings being conducted virtually via Zoom or Teams.

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  • Hiring Behaviors vs. Technical Capabilities

    Hiring Behaviors vs. Technical Capabilities

    In today’s recruiting environment, there is an important debate going on about whether you should hire for behaviors or technical expertise. Employers are seeking candidates who can not only perform the job but also align with the organization’s culture and values.

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  • Succession Planning

    Succession Planning

    Succession planning is a process that very few companies do well. The keys to succession planning are creating a process including areas to evaluate each candidate and you need to stick to it for that period.

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  • Employee Benefits – Open Enrollment

    Employee Benefits – Open Enrollment

    Open enrollment is fast approaching for the majority of businesses and it’s time to start thinking about your employee benefits.  As an employer, you will be looking at your cost expectations and managing the costs against budgets while trying to maintain programs that offer great coverage and reasonable cost share for the employees.

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  • Recognize that you have Unconscious Bias for Better Communication in the Workplace

    Recognize that you have Unconscious Bias for Better Communication in the Workplace

    Of the many issues in the world today, one of the major ones is communication, or rather, the lack of it. We struggle to find the right words. We speak too hastily.

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  • HR: What is its Role in a Business?

    HR: What is its Role in a Business?

    In many businesses, the HR department is often associated with compliance and policy enforcement. However, that wasn’t how I looked at the discipline of human resources.

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  • Downsizing Decisions: A Difficult and Delicate Decision in Challenging Times

    Downsizing Decisions: A Difficult and Delicate Decision in Challenging Times

    As the economy shifts, businesses often face the need to cut costs. One area of a business that produces significant costs are employees. The high price of base salaries, benefits, and retirement plans can lead to complex and difficult reductions in staff.

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  • What Motivates Employees Today?

    What Motivates Employees Today?

    Everyone is motivated in different ways. I used to believe that money was the ultimate motivator, but didn’t last very long. The more I earned, the more I wanted, leading to a never-ending pursuit of higher income and material possessions.

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  • Remote Work: The Good and the Bad

    Remote Work: The Good and the Bad

    The COVID-19 pandemic forced businesses to rapidly adapt and implement remote work processes to ensure operational continuity.

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