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Incentive Pay: A Balancing Act

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Since the beginning of commerce, organizations have looked for ways to motivate workers. Incentive pay has always been a go-to and grown in recent years. While there is some debate on whether or not incentive-based programs work long-term, the effectiveness of these programs relies heavily on effective management and healthy company culture. The Harvard Business Review (HBR) argues that reward-based incentives, be they financial or otherwise, do not inspire long-term motivation. While they may work in the short term HBR argues that long-term, they can have the opposite effect, encouraging employees to expect additional rewards for their work in order…

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Empowering Women in Your Organization

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Women make up more than 57% of the American workforce, but in many ways, they are still finding it difficult to succeed. Women are less likely to get promoted, less likely to work as an executive, and often are still battling for equal pay. In the modern world, it is essential that organizations strive to create an environment that empowers women, creating a space for success on an individual and organizational level. Companies that have successfully navigated creating a more friendly environment for their female employees tout their culture as the key. This  goes beyond recruiting and hiring women. In…

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Outplacement: Downsizing Made Positive

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For any organization, the term “downsizing” is a scary one, especially for employees who may be made redundant. No matter how the scenario plays out, down-sizing is rarely a positive experience for employees or employers. That said, there is a way that the process can be made easier for all parties; one that will allow employers a chance to provide support and alleviate negative PR while empowering employees to move on to other positions that will lead them to professional success. Outplacement service can provide resources, connections, mediation, and assistance to employees and employers throughout the transition of downsizing. They…

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CCPA is Leading the Way in Modern Consumer Protection

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On January 1, 2020 a landmark policy will become the first of its kind in the United States. The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) is leading the way in creating protections for consumers and restrictions for what companies can do with personal data. While the CCPA only applies to consumers in California, it will apply to companies that serve any consumers living in California, whether or not their operation is housed there. After heavy negotiation and some alterations, the bill was passed in September of 2019 and will go into effect as of January 1st. The CCPA will primarily affect…

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COBRA: Providing Benefits and Beyond

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As an employer, you understand that healthcare coverage for employees and their families is essential to their wellbeing and the success of your organization. Because this coverage is essential, in 1986 the U.S. implemented the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA). COBRA requires that private-sector employers, local, and state government agencies with group healthcare coverage extend those benefits to cover employees and families who have faced termination, reduction of hours, divorce or the death of the employee. COBRA benefits allow the employee to maintain their healthcare coverage (medical, vision, dental, etc.) for a period of time; this does not include…

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“OK Boomer”: Stopping Ageism Before it Starts

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“OK Boomer” memes and GIFs seem to be overtaking the internet. From Reddit to Facebook, the “Ok Boomer” craze has gained momentum as a way to dismiss commentary and fuel arguments among Millennials, Generation Z and the Baby Boomer generations. Initially contained to social media and online use, the phrase seemed harmless.  It gave individuals the ability to voice frustration and shut down arguments behind the anonymity of the internet.  But, as the phrase has grown in popularity, its use has extended into other social spheres, including the workplace. Today’s workforce is the most generationally diverse in American history. Employees…

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Difficult Feedback: How to Listen and Be Heard

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No matter how long you have worked as a supervisor, giving negative or difficult feedback is never easy. It can be challenging, stressful, and uncomfortable for you and your employees. While we are often tempted to shy away from the confrontations that can result from negative feedback, avoidance only results in frustration and stress for everyone involved. While there is no one way to provide feedback, approaching any feedback from a place of empathy and respect is the first step in ensuring difficult feedback goes down more easily. It is important to provide feedback in an environment that feels safe…

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Joint Employment: Understanding Liability

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Joint employment can be simply defined as the sharing of control or supervision of an employee by two organizations. While this seems relatively simple, joint employment can quickly become more complicated. In most instances, there is a primary employer and a secondary employer. The primary employer is responsible for hiring, scheduling, paying, and providing benefits for the employee. The secondary employer does not hire nor directly pay the employee but benefits from the employee’s services and often oversees a portion, if not all, of their work. Some examples of a joint employee are a temporary employee hired through a staffing…

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Phased Retirement: Empowering All Employees

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The retirement game is changing and employees are no longer stepping down in their mid-sixties to let their predecessors take their place. Research shows that this is not due to a lack of desire but more often because American workers do not feel equipped for retirement. And, neither do their employers. Letting go of your most experienced employees can leave holes in your organization, and with this loss of expertise, challenges can arise. One of the best ways to handle this is to implement a phased retirement program. Phased retirement offers a bridge to employee retirement, essentially providing employees with…

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Tips on Making the Most of Hiring Outside Help

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This article was written by guest author, Jim McKinley of Money With Jim, retired banker providing free financial counsel.  Hiring outside help for your business can be stressful since you likely have very specific needs that must be met. It can be a challenge to find just the right person for the job who also falls within your budget. But if you want to grow your business, it’s often just a part of the process. Thinking carefully about what your needs are is essential, as is figuring out what your goals are. If you want to boost your marketing and…

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