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Is it time to restructure your incentive program?

Within the last decade the shift from “living to work” to “working to live” has forced human resource departments to restructure their incentive programs to benefit their employees’ lifestyles. Companies encounter high turnover rates and fatigue when their benefits do not match their employees’ needs.


Employee Promotion - Internal or External?

Promotion is one of the human resource’s core tasks that determine the direction of an organization. As simple as it may sound, it is one of the difficult undertakings that keep human resource managers hoping that the decision they make will help the organization achieve its goals. The hardest part is choosing one person to fill a vacant position from a large stack of resumes from many potential applicants, some of whom have been within the organization and those who have never worked there but have impressive CVs. Which would be the best choice? The person who has worked within the organization doing a great job, working hard to help the organization achieve its goals or a new face with an impressive CV but has not worked within the organization and has not been tested before? The reality here is, you have all these options at your disposal. Here are the benefits of promoting employees internally that might help you make the right decision:


Preparing Non-Compete & Non-Solicitation Agreements for Your Employees

Many new businesses squirm at the idea of preparing and enforcing Non-Compete and Non-Solicitation agreements for their employees. The truth of the matter is that both legal documents are common especially in certain industries like the tech world. With data breaches happening regularly – a company must take precautions to protect their intellectual integrity.


Are You Minding These Payroll Issues?

Payment of employees is one of the seemingly easy tasks in an organization. Simple as it may appear, there are many mistakes that many people make that have ended up costing human resource departments in many companies. Payroll errors can cost organizations money but can damage their reputations as well. Here are some common mistakes that small businesses make and how they can be avoided.


Should you get a certification?

In certain industries certifications are mandatory to advance a person’s career further.  In other domains certifications are a helpful tool in the pursuit to earn more money and obtaining a coveted promotion. Certifications look great on a resume and can help a candidate stand out from their competitors. Not everyone can obtain a certificate – it takes hard work and dedication – not to mention some certification are more expensive than others. Before registering for a certification course it’s important to weigh the positives and negatives. Is the amount of time and effort worth obtaining? Is the monetary benefit from the certificate going to more or less than the cost of the certificate itself?  


US Paycheck Protection Program - A Forgiven Loan to Cover Employee Payroll Costs

In the midst of the US version of the COVID-19 pandemic, the US government is offering loans to small businesses so they can pay their employees whether the business is in operation or closed down due to virus exposure concerns. The terms are extremely simple, requiring only the basic information about the business, number of employees, and average monthly payroll expense for 2019. View the information sheet below and follow the link if you want to apply. Applications for businesses open on Friday April 3 while contractors and freelancers can apply begining Friday April 10, 2020. The first paragraph is headed "Fully Forgiven" and seems like it may be the most interesting part of the offering.


Is It Time To Refresh Your Company Handbook?

Standard operating procedure for the company handbook usually requires new hires to attest with a signature that they have read and understood the information within the handbook. We deliver the handbook, request their signature, and then retain the documents for our records. However, you have an opportunity to do more with this important business practice.


Legal documents for Independent contractors

The first thing that everyone asks when they are ready to engage an independent contractor is whether the latter has all the necessary documents. Although the papers needed to hire independent contractors are not as many as those needed for the employees, they are still important for both the contractors and companies wanting to hire them. As such, getting them ready before the beginning of any contract is invaluable as it leads to the establishment of a steady working relationship and trust.


Methods That Can Make Or Break Your Interview

Finding the right person for a role may be the hardest part about having direct reports. Interviews give you a very short amount of time to assess and determine a person’s capability and fit, and much rides on these hour-long discussions, for both you and the candidate. So, make the most of your time by following best practices and avoiding a few fatal flaws of interviewing.


4 Ways to Help Employees Love Their Jobs

Bosses might want to take notice if employees view their jobs as “the daily grind.” A disgruntled and disengaged workforce can undermine production and harm customer relations, while a happy, engaged workforce does the opposite. “If you take care of your employees, they will be better prepared and far more motivated to take care of your customers,” says Shawn Burcham (, founder and CEO of PFSbrands and author of Keeping Score with GRITT: Straight Talk Strategies for Success.


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