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 [...]

Dec 192012
 
The Best Wordpress Anti-Spam Plugins for 2012-2013

I’ m sure that there are plenty of posts on this topic, but we have had first-hand experience for several years in dealing with comment spammers. Each of the plugins below are in use by the EffortlessHR Blog and they all work in uniquely different ways to stop bots and spammers dead in their tracks. Today we are going to share our winning combination, in order of importance: G.A.S.P. (GrowMap Anti Spam Plugin) This plugin also comes installed with CommentLuv Premium. It’s very simple in design and adds a checkbox to “Confirm you are NOT a spammer” to your comment form. It also performs some validation and limits the maximum number of links that can be present in comment text. It [...]

Dec 042012
 
How to Choose Professional Organizations to Join

In these challenging times when every dollar spent must be a wise investment, one of those decisions is where you should spend both  time and money  in terms of business development.  One thing is for sure, you will need to contribute in order to gain.  If you join a networking group thinking I’ll just attend and business will come my way, you’re going to be sorely disappointed. You will get out of a professional organization what you put into it.  Have a plan when you attend the various events on who you want to meet.  If there is a directory or listing of the members, identify at least 5 new prospects you would like to meet that either can directly [...]

Nov 152012
 
Suffusion theme, CommentLuv Premium, live chat, oh my.

New Blog Theme After what seems like forever, the EffortlessHR blog has a new theme (Suffusion). For your enjoyment and to be forever archive, the blog looked like this before:  CommentLuv Premium If you don’t know what CommentLuv is, then you are in for a treat. To keep it short: each time you comment, you can choose to link directly to one of YOUR blog posts. This is great for SEO and really encourages discussion. Since we love spreading the love around, if you Tweet, Like on Facebook, or Google +1 the post, your link will also be dofollow (followed by search engines — a good thing). An example of CommentLuv Premium is below: Live Chat For those of you [...]

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.

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 [...]