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Finding Meaning In Employee Recognition

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The goal of employee recognition is to reinforce positive behaviors, praise individual contributions, and create a more productive workplace. The regular use of employee recognition not only increases productivity but also trust, job satisfaction, and organizational loyalty. No matter how you approach employee recognition and rewards, it is essential to employee tenure and your organization’s success. A 2017 study of the American workforce found that only 1/3 of employees found meaning in their work, and of that third 93% reported regular recognition in their organization. The other 2/3 of American employees reported little to no recognition in their organization within…

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The Slow Death of the Five-Day Workweek

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Borne out of necessity, the five-day workweek was introduced in the early 20th century. In an age of new technology and increased awareness of workers’ rights, a limited workweek allowed employers to meet employee demands while ensuring organizational productivity. In 1926, Henry Ford adopted the five-day work-week for his company, creating a standard that the rest of the world would follow. Over the next decade the trend would spread across the United States and in 1938 this standard, along with the forty-hour work week, would become law. For employees, this allowed them control over the number of hours an employer…

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Should You Use Brain Teasers When Interviewing?

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Creating interview questions and processes can be a challenge, and it is tempting to follow in the footsteps of larger organizations, turning to brain teasers as a way to assess an applicant’s ability. After all, a brain teaser gives us the opportunity to see a candidate in action, allowing them a chance to think creatively and on their feet, right? The short answer is no; brain teasers may seem like a fun addition to a dry interview but studies show they do little to assess the skills of an applicant and add an unnecessary amount of stress to the process….

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Mentoring: An Important Developmental Tool

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Mentoring has always been a way for employees to build relationships and employers to maximize low-cost training time. Traditionally, a senior member of a staff would take a newer, less experienced employee under their wing to teach them skills, help them to integrate into the company culture, and provide them with a support system. While mentoring still offers those invaluable benefits, it has also become a way for companies to build a positive and collaborative company culture, promote employee development, and to decrease turnover. Providing a mentoring program can assist with recruitment and training of new employees. Job candidates often…

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3 New Year’s Resolutions for Small Business Success in 2019

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This article was written by guest author, Jim McKinley of Money With Jim, retired banker providing free financial counsel.  New Year’s resolutions are a great opportunity for personal growth. Whether you want to improve your health, finances, or habits, the start of a new year inspires change. But resolutions shouldn’t be limited to your personal life! The new year is also the perfect time to make plans for growing your small business. If you want to improve your business in 2019 (and what small business owner doesn’t?), these are three resolutions you should make. Improve Your Online Presence A strong…

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Should You Hire Candidates with a Criminal Background History?

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While the bill has yet to go into effect, the recently passed, bi-partisan First Step Act will reform federal prison sentencing and may prompt a shift in our judicial system that means more individuals with criminal backgrounds are entering the workforce.  While many organizations maintain a blanket policy ruling out candidates with a criminal background, this may be a mistake and unlawful in some cases.  In the current job market, finding the right candidate can be difficult enough, and immediately discounting an entire group of potential employees seems to be leaving organizations with a hole that could easily be filled….

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DOL Audits: A How To

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Even with all your ducks in a row, an audit from the Department of Labor (DOL) can be nerve-wracking experience for any business. The goal of a DOL audit is to ensure your organization is in compliance with employment laws. These audits can occur at random but are most often spurred by employee complaint. Compliance is important, and equally important is your ability to prove it. Throughout a DOL audit, the auditor will need verification of your compliance. They will do their best to maintain an open line of communication but the key to making it smoothly through an audit…

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Should You Stay or Should You Go? Tips for Small Business Owners on Building for Expansion

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This article was written by guest author, Jim McKinley of Money With Jim, retired banker providing free financial counsel.  With your small business growing by the day, there are probably signs it’s time to increase your office or workspace. An excess of happy customers, having a great team, and the need for more workspace are all valid reasons to expand. But you want to do it right and keep costs low. Keep reading for a few ideas on how to successfully expand your business and keep riding that wave of growth. To Stay or to Go.  Your first consideration is…

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The Influence of Feedback in the Workplace

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For most companies in the United States, annual performance reviews are still the norm. They assist organizations in determining compensation, employee development, promotions, and, in some cases, terminations. While many businesses feel annual reviews are necessary, they were never intended to replace on-going feedback, and studies show they leave a lot to be desired. Well, more than half of American workers feel that they are not receiving enough feedback and in this age of increasing turn-over, it’s easy to see the importance it holds. Adequate and consistent feedback can make the difference between an empowered employee and a failing employee….

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In the Face of Corporate Goliath: Be an HR Hero

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On November 13th Amazon announced it would split its second headquarters between Arlington, Virginia and Long Island City, New York. This will allow the company to pull from talent in both New York and Washington D.C., and, they suggest, limit their impact on these communities. While it is difficult to anticipate the impact of Amazon’s second headquarters, there is no doubt that bringing 50,000 jobs with an average salary of $150,000 will impact local employers. Amazon employees’ average salary is 20% higher than the national average and in cities already well above average, Amazon has promised high salaries and extensive…

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