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 [...]

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 [...]