Jan 272016
 
6 Factors Contributing to Poor Health of Workers

A business is only as healthy as its workforce. When employees of a business are always calling in sick, missing hours and days, and performing poorly because of health issues it has a direct impact on a business. It is important to take note that the workplace has a crucial role to play in employee health. With more than ten million Australians spending an average of eight hours each working day in their place of work, it is easy to see why it has such a huge impact. Image by Pixabay In a private study conducted by Medibank, it was revealed that the healthiest employees in Australia are three times more productive than those who are not. While that might be […]

Jan 202016
 

Across developed nations all over the world, the number of workplace complaints and discrimination lawsuits has increased at an exponential rate. This is particularly true in the U.S., where the state of Cleveland has recently reported a dramatic increase in the rate of religious discrimination in the workplace. While this is not an issue for all workplaces, it underlines the need for brands to create a culture of acceptable behavior that all staff members can adhere to. How to create a culture of Responsibility in the workplace With this in mind, here are some simple steps that will enable you to create a culture of awareness and responsible behavior in your workplace. For example: – Set a selection of Fundamental […]

Oct 212015
 

Today, many businesses are moving to private exchanges, and the trend is expected to grow. In 2014, consulting firm Accenture reported that an estimated 9 million people would be covered through private exchanges in 2015 — and the same report predicts that by 2018, more than 40 million Americans will receive their health care coverage through a private exchange plan. Though what kind of impact do private exchanges have on the human resources staffers? Do private exchanges streamline the process, or do they create more headaches for already overtaxed HR employees?  Most experts say private exchanges will make HR managers’ lives much easier, and here’s a look into why. Private exchanges reduce administrative tasks Because a private exchange gives the […]

Jun 012015
 
Why lack of employee engagement in 2015 is the top issue?

It is difficult for company managers and CEOs to find top talent and hold on to that talent. Believe it or not, employee engagement is now harder to achieve than ever before. This is happening because many companies focus on quality and very few on quality. A recent survey that included business leaders from 106 countries and 3,300 HR centered its attention on finding the main issue for this lack of employee engagement. Believe it or not, 87% of business leaders struggle with keeping their best employees. Lack of employee engagement weakens a company’s productivity From a statistical perspective, company owners have only recently started to value engagement. In 2014, only 26% of business leaders thought it was important to […]

Nov 182014
 
Innovative ideas to drive employee engagement

Employee engagement is important for business results. Turnover has high costs in recruiting and training new employees, and by improving engagement, you can reduce employee turnover. Also, various studies have shown that engaged employees are more productive, produce higher quality work, and provide better customer service. Here are some innovative ways that you can boost your employee engagement. Listen to employee suggestions Get employees involved more with the company by soliciting their ideas and suggestions. Often, employees may have great ideas about how your company could improve certain things, which management has never thought of. Knowing that their opinions are valued makes people feel more engaged. Make sure that you act on some of the suggestions, too, and then employees […]

Sep 152014
 
5 Ways For Employees to Trust One Another

No matter the industry a business is operating in, an efficient and effective workplace involves having employees who trust one another. Trust helps to boost productivity levels, enhances exceptional customer service, and provides a workplace where employees enjoy working. Trust is not instantaneously established among workers, so it is important for managers to create this atmosphere.   5. Create and enforce rules and standards Your employees will have a hard time trusting one another if there are no rules to follow. No one will know what to expect from one day to the next, and not only does this hinder trust, but it also lessens productivity. When you create rules and standards, don’t make them so strict that no one […]

Sep 082014
 
Employee engagement - is it becoming a concept to rethink?

Employee engagement is a big topic these days, as companies recognize what this can mean to their productivity and performance. A 2014 survey reported that 78 percent of executives surveyed rated engagement as an important or urgent issue. Research has shown that engaged employees are more productive, provide better customer service, and stay in their jobs longer. Employee engagement is moving from an annual survey, to an on-going business concern. Are your people engaged? Do you think they’ll keep working for you 5 years from now? Every now and then, organizations should rethink the way they treat their staff. Surveys are an excellent way of finding out if your company’s production goals are being met or not. Of course, there […]

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 […]

Jul 282010
 

Many employers are facing turnover issues that they may not have had to deal with in the past. Some of the turnover is downsizing due to a tough economy. That type of turnover is not the common turnover that employers deal with consistently. It is usually a one time issue and hopefully will go away as the economy turns around. The turnover I’m talking about is the “revolving door” of employees being hired, staying for a little while, and then leaving. This type of turnover can be symptomatic of a deeper, organizational problem. Some employers say, “So what. Turnover is inevitable and if the employee doesn’t want to stay, they should leave.” These employers don’t seem to understand how costly […]

Dec 222009
 
If You Don't Own a Circus... You Shouldn't Be Hiring Clowns!

A Layman’s Journey to Effortless Human Resources, author Lola Kakes As a business owner, you want to expand your company by building a solid team, not a three-ring circus. There’s a reason human resources work is often compared to running a daycare center. Managing employees can cause headaches for a company of any size, but especially for a small company where one person is doing the hiring, managing and firing. Written as a layman’s guide to human resources, this book provides the tools you need to operate your company professionally and legally before your organization grows large enough to hire an entire HR department. You’ll find essential tools that include checklists, tips, sample forms and letters, charts of important legal […]