As the weather warms up, and employees wear fewer sweaters and more sundresses, dress code complaints to HR skyrocket. Are you confused by what an employer can and can’t require in a dress code? You’re not alone![More]
A thriving organization has employees who are invested in and fulfilled by their work. Fostering a positive attitude in the workplace, being a strong and innovative leader, and guiding your business towards good short and long term goals are all necessary strategies to develop and maintain a great overall company environment.
But how can you make your employees more satisfied, on a day-to-day basis? What differentiates companies with high turnover and miserable employees from companies with decades-long employee loyalty? Here's some tips to help make and keep your employees happy.[More]
Cloud-based payroll software is safer and more secure than ever. Cloud based technology users can do their part to ensure that their data is as secure as possible. Implementing and following a few basic company-wide “security best practices” for all employee users can protect your sensitive financial data even further.
2014 seemed like the year of the cyber-attack. Every news outlet swirled with constant whirlwind stories about hacked data systems and large-scale security breaches of retail stores, financial institutions, and credit card operators. Despite the media storm, however, cloud based technology is actually more secure than ever before.
Expense reimbursement is usually pretty ho-hum: meals, mileage, rental cars and hotel charges make up the bulk of requests. But employees submit expense forms (with receipts!) for all manner of expenses – some of which are justifiable business expenses, and some of which are … well, definitely not.[More]
In addition to requiring health care coverage, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires that employers keep detailed records and reports to ensure they comply. Especially if your workforce is part-time, hourly, seasonal, or otherwise inconsistent, keeping track of this information can be overwhelming. In fact, the majority of employers – over 60% -- are still unprepared to comply with the law, according to a recent survey by benefits consulting firm ADP. Do you know what your company’s required to do under the ACA?[More]
Dealing with disciplining employees is never easy, but it can be even more challenging when you’re an HR professional in a unionized industry environment. In addition to state, province or local rules, you must take collective bargaining agreements and union agreements into account. Here’s some tips to help you best manage these perilous situations and avoid turning disciplinary actions into HR disasters.
Last week, U.S. President Barack Obama vetoed a bill to move forward with construction of a proposed 1,179-mile (1,897 km), 36-inch-diameter crude oil pipeline beginning in Hardisty, Alberta, and extending south to Steele City, Nebraska - the Keystone XL pipeline. This project would have an immense impact on heavy industry companies in both Canada and the United States.[More]
Guest blog post from Janis Strathearn:
A few years ago workforce planning was one of the hottest issues every business was talking about. At the time it was aimed at the C-Suite and did not seem to go any further. Today, workforce planning is back on the table -- some say with a vengeance. The difference this time is that the discussions are more strategic and definitely more inclusive.[More]
As the winter months stretch longer, and spring seems endlessly far away, employees get restless. A well-played April Fool’s Day prank can do wonders to re-energize your coworkers, enhance office morale and keep your employees happy. A poorly-considered one, however, could be catastrophic – damaging relationships permanently and possibly resulting in discipline or worse.[More]