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How to Get Results From Your Team Building Activities

At some point in your career, you’ve probably participated in team-building exercises that made you wonder, “What’s the point?” Maybe they were useless group activities that everyone mocked under their breath. Or maybe they were inconsequential events with colleagues that, while fun, didn’t change the way anyone interacted in the workplace. Team-building activities don’t have to be this way. They can improve a team’s productivity and efficiency. The key is to approach team building strategically. To do that, you have to know what it means to build a team and how to measure a team’s performance. What It Means to Build a Team It would be nice if building an efficient a

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Reducing Exempt Employee Salaries

We’re often asked whether the pay of exempt employees can be reduced if they work less than 40 hours in a week. And the answer is almost always no. The very idea of the overtime exemption, at least in the case of White Collar employees, is that you are paying them to complete important tasks that require use of their own discretion and are less (or not at all) time-clock-sensitive. You pay them more than the bare minimum and can expect more than the bare minimum in terms of time commitment. But if they can complete their tasks in less than 40 hours – because they have used their discretion well – that’s okay too. However, there are situations where a pay deduction is allowable:

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Best Practices for Welcoming New Employees

At one time or another, many companies have struggled with employee satisfaction and retention. It is all too easy to focus on the goals of production and the needs of the client, leaving employees to feel undervalued and unmotivated. Without setting priorities to cultivate a healthy work environment for your staff, it is likely that your company will also face difficulty in retaining satisfied employees. The positive environment you create for your employees should start on their very first day in your office, if not sooner. From the moment your offer for hire is accepted, your new employee should feel like a valued member of the team. In order to make each new hire feel welcome and comf

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Five Tips for Effective Meetings

If you want to get a snapshot of your organization’s efficiency and the health of its culture, look at your meetings. Are they efficient and productive? Do their results justify the time and expense? Are meetings an occasion for collaboration, knowledge-sharing, and team-building? Or are they a waste of time and a cause of needless frustration? The answers to these questions matter. Meetings aren’t cheap, so you want to make each minute count. The less efficient and productive meetings are, the more they cost. One employee’s lost hour is bad enough. When meetings are a waste, the costs are multiplied. Too many bad meetings and you risk creating a culture marked by disorganization an

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Partner With An HR Outsourcing Team

The Risk (And Cost) Of Failing To Conduct Background Checks Running your organization effectively sometimes means prioritizing some functions over others in order to simply keep things moving. This can prove particularly true when hiring new employees. A hiring gap in your organization can often mean your already overstretched staff having to absorb even more responsibilities. In an effort to fill the void fast, you may feel tempted to hire a seemingly qualified candidate as quickly as possible, without performing any background checks to expedite the time between offer letter and start date. Some entrepreneurs don't feel pressured to hasten their hires, but simply don't want to incur th

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OSHA Reporting Deadline Delayed

On July 24th, OSHA announced that it is launching a new website for electronic injury and accident reporting. Electronic injury and accident reporting was slated to go into effect for certain large employers on July 1, 2017, but was put on hold. OSHA has published a notice of proposed rule making to extend the deadline to December 1, 2017. Employers subject to OSHA recordkeeping should continue to maintain hard copies of OSHA Form 300, Form 300A, and Form 301, as they have in the past. Content provided by TPC HR Support Center.

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Challenges Companies Face in the Hiring Process

According to a recent study by Glassdoor.com, the time required for the hiring process in the U.S. and abroad has grown exponentially in recent years, averaging almost 23 days from first contact to offer acceptance. Employers and HR departments are struggling, now more than ever, to find and acquire great talent to complement their teams. Let’s take a look at a few common road blocks in the hiring process. Sourcing Talent The job market is overflowing with talented, skilled workers seeking a career path. So why does it seem like there is never enough talent to go around? The answer lies in the processes by which HR departments seek and source candidates. Hiring Strategy: Many

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Unpaid Internships

The Department of Labor has six specific and hard-to-meet criteria for when an employee can be classified as an unpaid intern. If the position doesn’t satisfy all six, the worker must be classified as a paid intern (or simply an employee). Before advertising for or hiring an unpaid intern, ensure the following: The internship is similar to training which would be given in an educational environment; The internship experience is for the benefit of the intern; The intern does not displace regular employees, but works under close supervision of existing staff; The employer that provides the training derives no immediate advantage from the activities of the intern (on occasion it

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HR Tip of the Month

Most employers are familiar with the core list of federally protected classes: race, color, religion, sex, and national origin. These come from Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and have become part of our collective employment consciousness. Other federally protected classes include military or veteran status, pregnancy, and citizenship and immigration status. What employers may not realize is that most states have added their own groups to this list. For instance, many states protect marital status, and a growing number protect credit information and arrest records. Lawful off-duty conduct, political activity, and wage garnishments are also protected in a number of states. Mana

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Benefits Of Partnering With An HCM Company

Why Partnering With An HCM Company Matters How are you currently managing your human capital competencies in your organization? If you're like many small business owners, chances are, human capital management isn't currently making it to the top of your priority list. This can prove a costly mistake. Understanding the concept of human capital management, as well as the benefits associated with an HCM company partnership can help you understand how to best leverage the most critical component of any organization: its employees. The Beginnings Of Human Capital Management While some entrepreneurs think human capital management is only a recent trend, the concept has roots dating back ove

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