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How to Limit Distractions at Work

Tue, 05/14/2019 - 04:00

Distractions not only cause us to take longer to complete tasks but also decrease our quality of work once it’s completed. However, there are ways we can help mitigate and minimize these distractions, and The New York Times best-selling author Joseph Grenny suggests five. 1. Monitor Emotions Grenny recalls an experiment he conducted with college...

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Confusion Clouds Two More IRS Adjustments to Determination Letters for Individually Designed Plans

Tue, 05/14/2019 - 04:00

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) starting September 1 will accept determination letter applications for a few more categories of individually designed plans, it announced in Revenue Procedure (Rev. Proc.) 2019-20, released May 1. Once the change is effective, determination letter requests can be made for “merged plans,” which have had other...

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How New Tech Can Prevent 5 Top HR Process Disasters

Tue, 05/14/2019 - 04:00

From recruiting your organization’s next superstar to ensuring all employee payrolls are accurate, the Human Resources (HR) department adds unparalleled value—but these pros are often bombarded with high-touch, time-consuming, and manual processes. While replacing every broken process within HR overnight isn’t an option, implementing new...

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7 Reasons You Need a Global HR Tech Strategy

Mon, 05/13/2019 - 04:00

Adoption of human resource management technologies has skyrocketed over the past few years and shows no signs of slowing down. The Human Resources Management (HRM) tech market is expected to hit $30 billion over the next 5 years, growing at an over 10% compound annual growth rate, as demand for automation and tools to help […] The post 7...

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How to Offer the Right Benefits Advice to Clients

Mon, 05/13/2019 - 04:00

Human resource professionals need to consider company characteristics when offering benefits consultancy to clients. Depending on a company’s size, makeup, and market, there are many benefits offerings that you can piece together to create the best package for each one of your clients’ needs. In this article, we outline how to advise your...

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#MeToo Mustn’t Ignore That Men Can Be On Receiving End of Harassment

Mon, 05/13/2019 - 04:00

We are all too familiar with the #MeToo movement and the countless stories that are a reminder of the continuing prevalence of sexual harassment in the workplace. The movement has done much to bring to light the pervasiveness of previously unreported claims during the decades since Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 […] The post #MeToo...

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4 Ways to Take the Bias Out of Performance Reviews

Mon, 05/13/2019 - 04:00

Researchers at Stanford University have recently found that despite a lack of gender differences in objective performance metrics (e.g., grades, fitness scores, or class standing) and decades of equal opportunity efforts, the language used to describe women hurts their advancement opportunities. It’s not just that women are more often ascribed...

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Flight Risk Models: How to Avoid Analysis Paralysis and Take Action

Fri, 05/10/2019 - 04:00

Flight risk models have gained in popularity and can certainly be useful as these models boast the ability to predict which employees will stay and which will leave. The caveat is that a flight risk model alone is a tool, not an approach. And the key to success is to act on the data at […] The post Flight Risk Models: How to Avoid Analysis...

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EEOC Regains Quorum, But Key Vacancies, Questions Remain

Fri, 05/10/2019 - 04:00

The Senate’s confirmation of Janet Dhillon to take a seat on the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) means the agency has a quorum—for now—but the five-member commission still has two vacancies, and the term of one of the current members expires on July 1. Dhillon, an attorney whose career has included executive positions with...

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Creating a Bereavement Leave Policy for Your Company

Fri, 05/10/2019 - 04:00

In a previous article, we addressed the benefits of having a bereavement leave policy. Here we examine how to craft the right type of bereavement policy for your workplace. What type of bereavement leave should you offer and how much? Who will be eligible for leave? How should employees notify you of their need for […] The post Creating a...

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5 Preparations to Help You Become the Best HR Manager

Fri, 05/10/2019 - 04:00

As an HR manager, you’ll be many things to many people. Keeper of records and secrets. Translator of cold and distant (and important to be followed) policies. Easer of tensions among employees and between leadership and their reports. You’ll be a safe place for team members to discuss concerns and voice complaints; a beacon who […] The...

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Could ‘Workism’ Be Killing Your Culture?

Thu, 05/09/2019 - 04:00

It’s no question that for most of us, what we do and where we do it are key elements of our identity. After all, if we’re working 40 hours per week, that means about half of our waking lives is spent working, and for many professionals, it’s much more—not to mention the amount of time […] The post Could ‘Workism’ Be Killing Your...

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New Mandatory Electronic VCP Submissions Add to IRS Online Filings

Thu, 05/09/2019 - 04:00

In 2008, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) established a voluntary program aimed at retirement plan sponsors and administrators to encourage correction and resolution of plan document or operational failures as soon as they are discovered. The Employee Plans Compliance Resolution System, or “EPCRS” as it is most often called, stresses the...

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Effectively Managing Communication and Information

Thu, 05/09/2019 - 04:00

The efficient and effective management and distribution of information, as well as improving morale, engagement, and productivity, are hallmarks of any successful organization. Unfortunately, a lot of time and effort is wasted when parts of the organization are relying on information that is inconsistent or conflicting. It seems as though it should...

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What the New Overtime Threshold of $35,000 Means for Your Business

Wed, 05/08/2019 - 04:00

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has released its highly anticipated proposal to change the minimum salary threshold for overtime eligibility. Placing the new threshold at $35,000 per year (or $679 per week), the proposed regulations would make over a million more workers eligible for overtime pay. What Are the Changes? Up from workers making...

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Tips from a CHRO: Creating a Robust Talent and Development Program with Purpose

Wed, 05/08/2019 - 04:00

Let’s face it: The majority of us struggle when we first try something new. In careers and in life, hard work and determination are the keys to developing passion, purpose, and meaning. Finding meaningful work is essential to feeling fulfilled at work. As Human Resources (HR) professionals, we have the unique role of helping employees...

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Lorena: John Bobbitt and the HIPAA Privacy Rule

Wed, 05/08/2019 - 04:00

Producer Jordan Peele has worked to shed new light on the Lorena Bobbitt case that dominated headlines and spawned an international media circus. As discussed in the new Amazon Prime documentary, Lorena, what began as a typical night in 1993 ended with Lorena cutting off her husband’s penis and throwing it from her car window.  […] The...

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Q&A: How HR Tech Can Benefit Employees, Too

Wed, 05/08/2019 - 04:00

The goal of HR technology is to make HR tasks easier for the employer. But what about the employee? Just because software can make things easier for an HR manager doesn’t mean it’s actually going to benefit your workers—and that could be a real problem. I recently had a chance to interview Deena Fox, CEO […] The post Q&A: How HR...

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Employee Experience Must Focus on the ‘Human’ Aspect, Says Expert

Tue, 05/07/2019 - 04:00

Candidate experience has been a popular focus for many employers, as this experience can make or break an employer’s chance at hiring top talent. However, once you’ve got the candidate in the door, you don’t want to risk losing them because your company has a poor culture or offers a terrible employee experience. Deloitte’s recent...

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The Pros and Cons of Using a Recruiter

Tue, 05/07/2019 - 04:00

For the HR team, recruiting and hiring can take up a significant amount of time, and it’s easy to wonder, would the company be better off hiring a recruiter to handle the most arduous aspects of finding new hires? Let’s take a look at some of the pros and cons of taking this route. Potential […] The post The Pros and Cons of Using a...

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