Sunday June 16, 2019

Maternity leave benefits: Customizing options for the small employer

All companies can custom-design maternity leave benefits as a tactic to compete with larger firms in attracting and retaining talent while also creating a great company culture. Under FMLA, employers with 50 or more employees must provide new and adoptive moms up to 12 weeks to care for themselves and their infant. (Also, check your […]

Some states aren’t waiting for feds to update OT rules

Not content to wait on the federal Dept. of Labor (DOL) to update exempt/nonexempt OT rules, the state of Washington announced this week it’s moving ahead with consideration of a new limit of $80,000, more than three times the current salary exemption level of $23,660. Wow! The proposed rules being finalized by the state would […]

Workers are looking – and leaving – for career development

Prospective employees see career development as among the most important reasons to sign with —and stay with — with your organization. And, while you may think you are offering top-notch learning and development programs, they don’t think you are doing such a great job. Surveys show that workers and employers don’t agree on how well […]

Innovative debt relief benefits: They can help attract, keep workers

Employee surveys show that financial worry is a leading cause of workplace stress in the U.S., contributing to $250 billion in stress-related lost productivity each year. Because employee debt’s the biggest contributor to those worries, more firms are looking at offering debt relief benefits alongside more traditional benefits. Debt assistance is also proving a powerful […]

Walmart sweetens its college tuition offerings

As it struggles to fill open positions, Walmart is redoubling its efforts to attract high school students by sweetening its tuition assistance offers with free SAT and ACT prep as well as extending its $1 per day college degree program, according to published reports. Walmart is also offering graduation bonuses of up to $1,500 to […]

Attract more applicants: 7-step guide to stellar job postings

You might have a streamlined interview process, an eager hiring team and even a perfect onboarding experience for your new hires. But none of that matters if you aren’t nailing the very first step in the entire hiring process: Job postings! Getting it right When it comes down to it, your job postings are the […]

Study: Majority of American workers embrace their LGBTQ colleagues

American workers appear more ready and willing than at any other time to embrace their LGBTQ colleagues and co-workers, according to a study by the PR firm Bospar. The survey of 2,000 adults just released by the San Francisco-based firm for the 50th anniversary of Pride Month found that 60% of Americans have no preference […]

Employee retention ideas: Student loan perks; weekly profit sharing … and one more great idea

If you’re like most HR pros, you can probably use all the help you can get with employee retention ideas, right? With that in mind, here are three retention-boosting success stories, implemented in real time, and shared by HR pros just like you. One idea boosted retention from  57% to 78% Courtesy of Laura Rodnitzky, […]

Employee burnout defined by World Health Organization

When work stress escalates to the level of a chronic mental health issue, the UN health agency says, it becomes employee burnout and hurts employee’s ability to do their jobs. Everyone gets stressed at work once in a while, but a couple of productive days or a relaxed weekend is usually enough to move past […]

Better training to help managers enforce attendance rules (and stay FMLA compliant)

US businesses are struggling to keep track of employee absences, and it’s costing them big in productivity, revenue and legal fees. And it’s only getting worse. Recent stats from The Standard’s Absence and Disability Readiness Index show a growing need for HR and training managers to get out front and develop programs and policies that […]