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Why Employee Happiness Is So Important

A study shows that employees are 12% more productive when they are happy…so the simple answer is Yes! The study out of the University of Warwick shows that when employees are happy our profits increase. This also helps to explain why companies like Google and Zappos have invested in employee

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What You Need to Know About Compensating Employee Travel

Compensating Employee Travel

It’s a question I get all the time: If an employee travels for work, what hours does the company have to pay for? The Fair Labor Standards Act guides all rules relating to employee pay. While there are state laws that are more generous toward employees and must be followed,

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Workplace Privacy: How Closely Should We Monitor?

Open office designs became popular to break the traditional barrier between management and employee. The idea of open space is to increase collaboration among work groups and allow for more flexible work environments. But have we gone too far? We all value privacy in our daily lives. There are times

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Is Unemployment Really the Expense You Think It Is?

Unemployment expense is a line item in all businesses. Businesses often don’t realize that unemployment is an insurance product which covers the benefit to those that are unemployed. The business is only responsible for a small amount paid per employee as an insurance premium. As such, the cost to a

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Terminating Employees May Be a Blessing!

There are those employees that will never be top talent, and no matter how hard you try, you just can’t get them on your page. You aren’t doing them a favor by just letting them coast in a job. They aren’t learning anything new, and know quickly they are in

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Engaging Employees

We spend more time with our co-workers than we do with the people we choose to spend our life with. But we don’t get a choice in who our co-workers are. It’s this reason that employee engagement is a priority today. This is not a new concept. We’ve had company

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What Should HR Be?

We’re talking so much these days that HR should not focus on administration, what does it really mean to focus on strategy? HR may not be planning the strategy for the organization, but they need to be involved. More importantly what I tend to stress is that they need to

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Retaining Employees is NOT as Hard as You Think!

Employees today see work as part of their personal brand. They want to work for organizations they are proud to say they are affiliated with. And this benefits the business as they talk about you, your products, and services within the community. We know employees are looking for collaboration and

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Top Talent: How Do You Keep ‘Em?

The task of retaining top talent is the responsibility of all team members. When creating a plan for retention of employees, step one is identify your top talent. The truth is, you don’t want everyone to stay. What you want are those team members that understand where you are going

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Big Ideas and New Tools Gained at SHRM National!

The national HR conference was held 3 weeks ago in New Orleans. Over 15,000 professionals attended, and I was glad to see that once again small organizations were represented in force. There were a number of hot topics, and lessons learned on the exhibit floor. Since many of community are

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