Coastal HR Blog- Mobile, AL

Tips to Have in Mind When Asking for Maternity Leave

 

Are you comfortable asking for maternity leave? You should be! Bringing a child into this world is a huge responsibility for any parent. It’s important to take time away to transition, bond and make your new baby a priority.

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How to Manage Diversity in the Workplace

Diversity in the workplace can make or break the environment and culture for any organization. With the diversity that is present in the country, it is inevitable that the workplace will begin to reflect that truth. According to a recent demographic analysis conducted by the Pew Research Center, by 2055, the U.S. will no longer have a single racial or ethnic majority. 

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2 Time & Productivity Workplace Apps You Need

 

Productivity and time-tracking are up and running for 2019. Especially with an increasingly remote workforce, employers need to ensure the best return on investment for those employee investments. But with so many platforms out there, how do you know which are the best for time and productivity? Coastal Human Resources has compiled for you the top time and productivity workplace apps for 2019.

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3 Perks You Can Offer Employees that Won’t Break the Bank

More and more, employees are looking for perks in the workplace. This is especially true for millennials. This is the first time in history that we have all 4 generations working alongside each other. How do you offer perks everyone will enjoy without hurting your bottom line?

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5 Inexpensive Ways to Celebrate Office Birthdays

 

Whether your boss or co-worker has a birthday coming up, show them some love by doing one of the following inexpensive ideas to help them celebrate their special day!

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How to Become a Boss People Admire

Strict. Commanding. Unapproachable. If any of these sound familiar it may be because they describe a former boss. Being a boss doesn’t mean you have to be a bully.

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3 Tips for More Productive Group/Team Meetings

Productive group and team meetings are crucial to moving business in your desired direction.

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How to Manage Time and Productivity in the Workplace

Time management is essential for achieving productivity in the workplace and can also boost your confidence and satisfaction if you do it right.

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Top 3 Qualities of An Effective Leader

Being a leader doesn’t necessarily mean being the CEO of a company. To be a leader, one must have quality people skills that take practice and time to develop in order to be collaborative. It will be easier to be an effective leader by evaluating yourself first, establishing a clear direction and becoming a role model. Here are the top three qualities to be an effective leader.

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7 Ways to Update Your Employee Handbook

Whatever your industry, nowadays workplaces go through change often. With that, it is important to update your employee handbook regularly. Updating an employee handbook is easily overlooked with many small changes or changes that occur quickly. However, taking the time to update the company handbook to reflect any and all changes will ensure expectations are clear. It protects from certain liabilities, too.

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Things that are Considered Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Sexual harassment issues have unfortunately become a large problem for businesses. It’s important as an employee to know what is considered sexual harassment in the workplace, in order to determine if you are being subjected to a behavior that is unacceptable. When it comes to sexual harassment, there are two types: quid pro quo harassment and hostile work environment.

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Signs an Employee Needs to Be Put on a Performance Improvement Plan

A Performance Improvement Plan (PIP), is a formality a company uses to address performance issues and deficiencies with an employee. These are not to cause alarm but are designed to help employees with their weaknesses and get them back on track. Before issuing a plan,  it is important to recognize the signs and implement changes.

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How Often Should Your Company Hold a Safety Review

When it comes to training and safety at your company, the best way to tell what safety training you should conduct is by checking with your local department of labor. They will be able to help guide you on what type of OSHA safety training your company and employees need. Your company should be having regular meetings that cover safety and health topics, but if you are a smaller business these meetings aren’t necessarily required. So, what is the point of safety meetings?

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Why Taking Paid Time Off is So Important

Some of us feel we can do it all. But trying to balance work and life can take a toll on us if we do not take time for ourselves. Encouraging your employees to utilize paid time off is not only essential to their mental health but can also improve work efficiency. 

 

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5 Healthy Ways to Unwind and Recharge After Work


After a long day at work, it can seem difficult to unwind. Many people struggle with leaving work at the office. However, it is important to relax and recharge after a long day in order to keep yourself healthy – mentally and psychically. If your one of the many people who find unwinding after work a struggle, you are not alone. Check out our five favorite, healthy ways that will help you feel more peaceful and rejuvenated after work.

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How To Have an Office Holiday Party That Includes Everyone

Everyone loves a party. People especially love a party that has good food, company and fun activities. But when the holidays roll around, it’s important to consider those who may celebrate the season in a different way. Throwing an office party that includes everyone can be done if you follow these simple tips. 

 

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How to Manage Difficult Personalities at Work

We’ve all had a coworker or two who made the workplace a challenging environment. They are always late, they never attend meetings, they gossip or they refuse to cooperate. All of these factors can make life in the office frustrating and stressful. But, you can easily manage a difficult personality by following these strategies. 

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Why Employees Leave Companies

Company loyalty has changed - on both the part of the company and the employees. This list highlights some of the main reasons why employees leave their companies.
 

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How to create meaningful work

Feeling stuck in your career can be a hard feeling to overcome. Maybe you are less motivated than you used to be and are sticking around because looking for another job can add more stress. If you are feeling down in the dumps about your career, there is a way to help resolve that. Research has found that the most critical aspect of any job is to do work that matters. Regardless of how you are feeling right now, there is a way to do meaningful work. Keep reading to find out how.

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How Hackathons Can Attract, Develop and Engage New Talent

In today’s job market sometimes it takes more than a modernized office space and catered lunches to attract the best talent to your company. If you are searching for new candidates, implementing a creative effort, such as a hackathon, may be the ticket to finding new talent. 

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How to Build Trust at Work

Being a trustworthy employee is one of the many components of having a successful career. If you are considered unreliable, you could miss out on career-building opportunities. Here are some tips on what you can do to build trust at work. 

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Ways to Recognize Your Employees That Go Above and Beyond

Employee recognition goes a long way. It boosts productivity, morale and overall performance. But some ways are more effective than others. Read on to find out some of the most beneficial ways to recognize employees.

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Negotiation Tips

You’ve made it past a round of interviews for your dream job. Congrats! Now comes the negotiation stage. Gone are the days of solely nailing down your desired salary. Today, you can negotiate for items outside of salary. Such items stand to make or break your work quality of life. Follow our negotiation tips to create the position you really want. 

 

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Thinking Outside the Box! Most Progressive and Innovative Employee Benefits You Should Offer 

Today’s job market is competitive and not with just potential candidates. Companies are offering more unique benefits in order to attract the best employees. People are choosing more flexibility and a relaxed atmosphere over higher salaries. Check out these unique benefits to help recruit the top talent your company needs. 

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When You Should Hire Contractors vs. Permanent Employees

 

In both small and large companies, the landscape is changing. And so are the needs for how and why you harness your manpower. Regardless of industry, companies grapple with when they should seek to employ their own permanent employees. Or, when they initiate certain roles as contractor roles. And, when to make those permanent. So, while there are no hard and fast rules in our evolving business world, you’ll want to take note of the following important details.

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Ways Employees Benefit from a Flexible Spending Account

Were you aware that a Flexible Spending Account has a grace period and that you have extra two-and-a-half months to spend your dollars in the account? While this is great news, most employees don’t understand the deadline or what all you can buy with your flexible spending account. Keep reading below to find out more information on the benefits of a flexible spending account, what is available to you, what is not and more information!

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Benefits of outsourcing your HR department


Human Resources is one of the most important functions of keeping your business running effectively. But maintaining in-house HR departments is not always feasible. Why is this? It’s important to recall that many various functions fall under HR. Payroll, benefits, recruiting and interviewing and compliance, to name just a few. With this complex set of required functions and skills outsourcing your HR department can reap huge benefits to your bottom line. 

Today Coastal HR outlines four benefits of outsourcing your HR department. 

Staffing cost savings
One of the most impactful benefits of outsourcing your HR department is to your fiscal bottom line. It can become very costly to maintain a full in-house HR department. From consistent salary requirements to providing ongoing annual licensing credits and providing the needed space to house a full department. It’s just not something many businesses can take absorb. However, outsourcing your department gives you the ability to staff as your bu