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 [...]

Mar 122012
 
Are We There Yet?

How often as parents we have heard those words – and how often have we said, “Stop asking!  We’ll be there when we get there!” It seems like we have reverted to childhood as businesses and citizens we are still asking, “Are we there yet?”  And, all too often the response is the same as we told our children – we’ll be there when we get there.  All this is telling us is that those in charge may not know where we are or how to get to where we need to be.  We don’t like to think of parents, or business owners, or leaders of being “lost” or unsure.  We want them to be our all knowing, all capable [...]

Feb 282012
 
Magnificent Seven

One of my favorite movies was the “Magnificent Seven”, an American Western film which was directed by John Sturges.   It is a story is about a group of seven American gunmen who have been hired to protect a small agricultural village in Mexico from a group of marauding bandits.  Every time I hear that wonderful music, I can picture Yul Brynner riding across the screen to help the under-privileged Mexican village.   You might be asking why that old movie classic would be a topic for a Human Resource blog. Well, I think the storyline of the “Magnificent Seven” provides the business owner of today with some unique perspectives on how to build their business.  Each one of the 7 was [...]

Aug 012011
 
Back To School – Already?!

When you think of the phrase, “back to school” it can bring up several images – it could bring up memories of when you were a youngster, enjoying the summer and all of a sudden faced with the reality that school would be starting up again very shortly. It could also bring up the parent’s checklist of making sure all the required shots and immunizations are in place, enrollment forms completed, paper and pencils purchased, new shoes bought, etc. As a business owner it could mean one of two things and that is what I am going to go over.  What are those two things? Back to school could mean looking at your current programs to see if you have [...]