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Active Shooter: Prepare, Prevent, Recover

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American’s have struggled to find solutions as the rise in mass shootings continues. According to Homeland Security, 44% of mass shootings occur in a place of business. As conscientious employers, we seek to prepare our organizations for that unfathomable possibility. We hope that violence in the workplace never occurs but have a responsibility to ensure the safety of employees, clients, and anyone visiting our workplace. What can we do to protect our organizations, ourselves, and our employees? The best is through planning for prevention, preparation if an active shooting should occur, and recovery and response. All of these, of course,…

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Measles: How to Protect Against an Epidemic

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The spread of the measles across the U.S. has left many in fear of an epidemic. With cases in more than twenty-three states, the public and employers are left wondering how to best defend themselves, their families, and their community. While the majority of adults in the U.S. are vaccinated against the measles, some are not due to social/religious reasons or underlying health concerns that may leave their immune system compromised. The worst case scenario for an employer is that a sick, unvaccinated employee comes to work unknowingly spreading the infectious disease; making vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals a carrier of…

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Help Your Employees Unplug

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Loyal, motivated employees are the foundation of any good organization. Their dedication and passion create a positive work environment and increase organizational productivity, but sometimes loyal employees find it difficult to avoid burnout. Studies show that the average American full-time employee works 47 hours each week and 52% of those employees report not taking their allocated vacation time. While you may appreciate their enthusiasm and loyalty, HR professionals realize that extended engagement without self-care can result in burnout. For this reason, many employers are offering additional incentives to their employees to not only take vacation days but to unplug during…

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Recruitment Pipeline: A Must in a Modern World

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Traditionally, small businesses seek out job candidates when they are ready to hire. Making decisions about the recruitment process is based on open or soon to be open positions. While many companies still approach the hiring process this way, there is a better way. Creating and maintaining a recruitment pipeline can help companies to hire faster, remain competitive and lower the ever-increasing costs of recruitment. A recruitment pipeline is essentially a maintained pool of qualified job candidates. Potential candidates go through an initial screening and develop a relationship with the recruiter and/or hiring manager. This not only allows them to…

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Your Employees Will Think You Don’t Care If…

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We know that employees want to feel valued and appreciated in the workplace and it can be difficult to gauge where your employees are, how they feel, and what contributes to that. The unfortunate reality is that your actions a manager are the key factors in your employees feeling unappreciated – and guess what?  Many do. How you engage, or don’t, with your employees makes all the difference in employee satisfaction and organizational success. So, what do managers do that leave employees feeling under-valued? Take a look at these ten managers may be leaving their employees feeling unappreciated and potentially…

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When is Training the Answer?

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Often, when employees are not performing or have behavioral issues, our instinct is to go back to their training: what went wrong? Can we fix it? What additional steps can we take to set them up for success? Training is a tool for employers that can help to mitigate risks, revitalize employee performance, and improve morale. That said, training is not always as effective as we would hope; there are times when the more appropriate response is another intervention. When evaluating intervention vs. training, it is important to know what you hope to achieve. Knowing what your company needs, how…

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The Future of Health and Wellness Benefits: LSAs

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For years, Canadian companies have been providing employees with Lifestyle Spending Accounts (LSA) in addition to traditional benefits and the trend is catching on in the U.S. Studies show that providing employees with LSAs improves satisfaction and productivity. They empower employees to take control of their well-being, while providing employers a way to positively contribute to and increase organizational productivity. LSAs encourage employees to live healthier, more active lives, while still retaining some control over what funds can be used for. Similar to a Health Savings Account (HSA) or Flexible Spending Account (FSA), LSAs are employer-sponsored accounts offered in addition…

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Telecommuting: A Must in the 21st Century

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Over the last two decades, the number of knowledge workers in the American workforce has grown at an astounding rate. This new generation of workers has brought creativity, insight, and change. Unlike traditional workers, they only need access to information and the space to be creative in order to thrive. As the number of knowledge workers has grown, so has the number companies utilizing telecommuting. Research shows that telecommuting increases employee morale and productivity by as much as 80%, while decreasing stress, absenteeism, and the negative effects commutes have on the environment. In order to keep up with modern knowledge…

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Employee Nourishment: Feedback

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From an informal ‘well done’ to a performance review, feedback is the key to growth for your employees and ultimately your organization. Employees not only value feedback from their supervisors but, when it is given in a consistent, kind, and constructive way, it results in increased productivity and job satisfaction. So, how do you, as a leader or manager, best give feedback? Studies reinforce the value of feedback and how employees respond to both positive and negative interactions with management. Employees react up to six times more strongly to negative interactions with their supervisors, and this is especially true when…

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Protect Your Employees From Identity Theft

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In today’s world, it’s not uncommon for everyone to feel some level of concern surrounding identity theft. Headlines regularly tell of individuals who have fallen victim or large corporations that have experienced massive data breaches. To combat the concern and the reality of identity theft, many corporations are turning to identity theft protection benefits for their employees. Not only does it make benefits offerings more competitive and attractive, it has real world benefits for both employee and employer. Identity theft protection is assurance that if any of your employees experience a breach, their money and ‘digital reputation’ are safeguarded. Ongoing…

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