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Holacracy: Operating System or Workforce?

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In 2014, Zappos became the largest organization to take on the organizational system known as Holacracy, something they call “an operating system for your organization.” Excited to begin this new journey, Zappos began and continues to, promote Holacracy and what the effects it has had on their organization. Zappos website claims that Holacracy gives “every employee (not just management) the power to innovate, make changes, and have a voice.” While Zappos continues to tout the benefits of Holacracy they have had record rates of turnover since implementing the new system. In 2014, after the announcement that they would be migrating…

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Ten ‘Must Have’ Benefits

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Benefits are no small consideration for employees.  While 60% say that benefits are the deciding factor in taking a job, 80% say it is a factor in keeping a job. We know benefits are important and to keep employees you need to remain competitive. But what does that look like to the modern worker? What benefits will keep you competitive and attract the best job candidates to your organization? While no benefits package is one-size-fits-all, here are our top ten offerings to keep your benefits package comprehensive and attractive. Improved health, dental, and vision insurance. Perhaps the most obvious and…

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Micro-Internships: The Next Generation of Interns

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Micro-internships offer college students an opportunity to complete small projects in place of a more traditional longer-term internship. Micro-internships consist of projects that require the student to work between five and forty hours over a span of a few days to a few weeks. These students are often compensated, similarly to freelance work, and given the opportunity to get a sneak peek at a potential career path. Micro-internships provide an opportunity to those who might not be able to follow the path of a traditional summer or semester-long internship, opening the door to minorities and low-income college students. While this…

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Laughter is the Best Medicine

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It is said that “laughter is the best medicine” and experts agree that this is just as true in the workplace as it is in your personal life. In a world where 83% of Americans report unhealthy levels of stress at work, more laughter might be exactly what the office place needs. In fact, research shows that if your employees are not laughing it may be detrimental to organizational success, decreasing productivity and innovation. Employees who laugh in the workplace not only have increased levels of job satisfaction and improved mental health but are more competent and creative in their…

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Combatting Rising Healthcare Costs

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Navigating employee healthcare is never easy. In a country where employer costs have been steadily rising while employee coverage is shrinking, finding the right health benefits for your employees can seem impossible. Experts anticipate additional rises in costs in 2019, with the average employee healthcare cost increasing to $15,000 per person, a more than 5% increase. As costs rise, employers, especially those running small business, look for cost-cutting measures to allow them to stay within budget and provide adequate healthcare to their employees. Here are a few things that you can do in order to increase the effectiveness and cost…

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Combatting the Opioid Epidemic

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The opioid crisis has created circumstances in the American workforce that no employer was entirely prepared for. While many employers have a no tolerance policy in place for illegal drug use, the opioid crisis has presented its own unique challenges. Today, more than 71% of employers report that they have been affected in some capacity by prescription drug abuse. Opioids are often less detectable and less prominent in our policies, but no less dangerous than non-prescription drugs. Despite the prevalence of the issue, many employers feel unequipped and unsure of how to broach the subject with employees at all, let…

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He Said, She Said: What Do You Do?

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It can be unfortunate to imagine a sexual harassment complaint happening in your workplace. While you hope your employees are never put in that position, it is vital that you are prepared to conduct a prompt investigation and come to a decision, which can often come down to determining the credibility of those involved. Particularly in small companies, investigations can produce a tidal wave of disruption — employees are distracted, rumors fly, and productivity falls. While you do your best to hire well and create a culture where sexual harassment is unlikely, ensuring a speedy investigation and solid resolution can…

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Pay Equity: More than Equal Pay for Equal Work

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Since the Industrial Revolution, American women have been fighting for pay equality. Social activism and political pressure eventually led to the Equal Pay Law of 1963, but despite this step forward progress has continued to be slow. Today, women make an estimated 80% lower median income than their male counterparts. This statistic is frustrating enough but becomes even more extreme when minority women are compared to their white male counterparts, many making as low as 63% of the salary their white male coworkers make. While the argument has never really disappeared, it was brought back to the limelight this year….

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Complying with the FCRA

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The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) was enacted in the 1970s to help consumers resolve inaccuracies in their credit reports. Later, in 1996, it was expanded to include employment background checks, now defined under this law as consumer reports. Under the FCRA, employers using a third party to provide background checks on their employees must follow specific regulations and procedures as well as provide specific documentation to job candidates throughout the process. In this context, background checks can include credit reports, education and employer verification, criminal history reports, driving records, or drug tests, among other investigative reports. If an employer…

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Servant Leadership and Empowering Employee Success

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A term coined in the 1970’s, ‘servant leadership’ describes a person-focused style of leadership. A servant leader will put their employees and their community first. Rather than placing their focus on personal success, they strive to empower team success, putting the needs of their employees before their own.  While this style of leadership can feel extreme, studies show that it can be very successful. Large corporations, like Starbucks and Southwest, encourage their management teams to take a servant leadership approach. Servant leadership is revolutionary in its focus on a serve-first mindset, where management is consistently doing their best to serve…

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