Lola Kakes

Aug 292014
 
FMLA - Not Just Coverage for Pregnancy

Many business owners think of FMLA only when an employee is ready to go out on maternity leave or if an employee is facing a catastrophic illness such as cancer. FMLA also covers migraine headaches, back pain, influenza – and other illnesses that are considered to be “chronic or a serious health condition”. Employers and their supervisors and managers need to know the “red flags” on what to consider to be a FMLA occurrence and how to manage it. As a reminder, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) provides certain employees with up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave per year. It also requires that their group health benefits be maintained during the leave.  FMLA is designed to [...]

May 242013
 

By Steve Miranda In my 17 years as a senior level HR practitioner, I’ve seen good and bad corporate policies. The only real difference between the two is that good policies are those that employees follow. Social media policies are no exception. But the most effective policies don’t just keep employees in line. They set consistent, clear, and common-sense guidelines that free employees to do their jobs better. Here are three key characteristics that should define your social media policy: 1. It’s Clear Your employees need to understand why the policy is needed; this doesn’t mean they have to agree with that reason. It’s unrealistic to believe people will automatically support your policies. And telling employees to follow policies “because [...]

Apr 222013
 

“The whole is greater than the sum of the parts.” Everyone’s heard that expression. And we’re all familiar with what it means: An effective team can accomplish more as a whole than its individual members can accomplish on their own. The key word here is effective.  Building an effective, high-performing team requires more than simply throwing a group of outstanding individuals into a room and telling them they can’t come out until they have a solution. And maintaining an effective team requires planning, communication and decision-making. Assess individual strengths and weaknesses, build support, establish the conditions for effectiveness, agree on your goals—and you’re on the road to building a championship team. But lead with your emotions, shy away from hard [...]

Apr 152013
 
What Gets Your Attention ...?

The other day I was talking with my mentor and he asked an interesting (I thought) question.  “What does EffortlessHR offer a CEO that would make them want to use your product?” I, of course, went through all the benefits and features of EffortlessHR (which I can also recite for you if you don’t know what they are), but it made me stop and think – what is it that the busy CEO/Owner of a company is looking for in any program or service?  How do you get their attention and make them want to learn more? Let’s face it – there are a lot of products and services out there and more are available every day.  So, how do [...]

Mar 292013
 
HR Practices - Do You Have Zombies in Your Office?

A hit show (just finishing up their 3rd season) is “The Walking Dead”, about a zombie apocalypse.  Whether or not you have ever watched it or heard of it, the show is scary and if you put the concept into your office, it can be REALLY frightening.  Do you know if you have ‘real-life zombies and ghosts’ walking around your office on a daily basis? We all like a good scary movie every now and then, but nothing is scarier than hiring someone who appears to be perfect for the job, and then finding out quickly that he or she is a nightmare. Every day we see organizations use scary hiring practices! Why should you be spooked out by scary [...]

Sep 072012
 

Tucson, AZ – September 1, 2012 – In response to the growing need of small to mid-sized businesses, EffortlessHR and the Tucson Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce have entered an Affinity Agreement.  The Agreement will offer Chamber member’s access to an affordable and user-friendly Human Resource Information System (EffortlessHR) at a discount to members only. Lola Kakes, CEO and Founder of EffortlessHR stated, “We are very excited about this Affinity Agreement with the Chamber and believe it will provide an additional tool for the busy business owner to better manage and grow their business.  It shows how active the Chamber is in providing additional resources for their members and we are proud to be affiliated with them in this endeavor.” “Winging [...]

Sep 072012
 
Make the Right Decision! - Exempt vs Non-Exempt vs Independent Contractor

Employers are always looking for ways to cut costs.  Be aware, however, that it can be easy to make risky decisions on how to classify your employees.  Whether it is with existing employees or additions to staff, be sure you are making informed decisions on what category your employees should be in and why. We understand that with these challenging times, business owners try to find as many ways as possible to control costs. Many are not aware that there are risks in making the wrong decision, even if it is out of “ignorance”. We all know that when it comes to the law, ignorance is no defense. Employers look at the rising cost of health benefits, coupled with high [...]

Aug 142012
 

Do you really know what your employee brings to the workplace?  Oh, you may know that they have the knowledge and skills needed to get the job done in an effective and efficient manner.  But, do you know the “soft” skills or attributes they bring that could be just as important as the “hard” skills they offer. What are competencies?  They could be a personal trait or an observable aspect of performance.  Competencies represent the behavioral, technical, and motivational requirements for successful performance in a given role or job.  A competency is usually defined as a grouping of related: Behaviors Activities Types of knowledge Technical skills, or Motivations So, why are competencies important?  They can give us a better understanding [...]

Jun 252012
 
Mission: Small Business

Thanks to a program sponsored by Chase and LivingSocial called Mission: Small Business℠, your support could translate into a     $250,000 grant.  But we need at least 250 votes.  Log in at www.missionsmallbusiness.com and search for EffortlessHR (no space between) and the State is Arizona, city Tucson. Vote for your favorite small business at www.missionsmallbusiness.com. Mission: Small Business℠ www.missionsmallbusiness.com Chase and LivingSocial are awarding $250,000 Grants. Vote for your favorite small business at www.missionsmallbusiness.com. Searches for this article:mission small businesseffortless hr blogmissionsmallbusinesssearch effortlesshr comwww effortlesshr com blog flead-articles

May 072012
 
Recipe for Success

Watching the news every night and the news talk shows on Sunday, you might be confused as to where we (as a country) are now and where we are going.  I’m not a politician or an economic expert, by any means, but I do use common sense and bit of “kitchen” know-how to plan for the future. What do I mean by that?  Well, I believe if you want to succeed in business you must mix your ability to think clearly (common sense) with key ingredients (kitchen know-how) to build your success.  Let’s start with the kitchen know-how. I was always told, and passed these words of wisdom on to my children, that if you could read a recipe you [...]