Coastal HR Blog- Mobile, AL

How to keep track of employee time and attendance

How to keep track of employee time and attendance

Help better manage employee time and attendance with a time clock system that works with your business. Coastal Human Resource Group, Inc. can make payroll processing easier.

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Payroll Service for Small Business

Payroll Service for Small Business

Enjoy the many benefits of working with a payroll service provider for your small business year-round. Coastal Human Resource Group, Inc. is a Human Resource Outsourcer (HRO).

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What is Included with Coastal HR's Payroll Service?

What is Included with Coastal HR's Payroll Service?

Accounting for your own payroll service is quite the responsibility, especially when you are faced with a growing business and little time.

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Things to Look for When Shopping for a Payroll Service Provider

Things to Look for When Shopping for a Payroll Service Provider

A payroll service provider can help with many aspects of saving money, time, filing and more. Make sure to look out for the following things when shopping for a payroll service provider!

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How To Get Restaurant Payroll Right

How To Get Restaurant Payroll Right

Getting your restaurant payroll right is vital because your employees are counting on their checks to pay bills and expenses. Here’s how you can ensure you’re getting your restaurant payroll right every single time.

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How Does Covid PPP (Paycheck Protection Program) Affect Payroll?

How Does Covid PPP (Paycheck Protection Program) Affect Payroll?

If you’re a small business owner, you’ve probably experienced some hard times during the last year and a half. The pandemic has made life tough for business owners and employees alike. One thing you might be wondering about is how the COVID-19 PPP (Paycheck Protection Program) will affect your payroll. We are here to break it down for you.

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Preventing Burnout At Work

Preventing Burnout At Work

Recent reports from the job hunting site Indeed indicate that over 50% of workers feel some sort of burnout from their job. Burnout is something that affects workers of all ages in every single field. While burnout is not something employers can fully wipe out, it is something that can be fought with the right strategy. Here are a few tips on how to help prevent burnout in your employees.

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What You Get When You Choose Coastal HR for Your Payroll

What You Get When You Choose Coastal HR for Your Payroll

If you’re a small or medium-sized business that wants full service payroll, look no further than Coastal HR! We understand that not every business is the same, so we cater to your business needs. So, what exactly do you get when you choose Coastal HR?

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Things to keep in mind when scheduling employees

Things to keep in mind when scheduling employees

As a business owner, you do it all. From scheduling important conference calls to making quarterly reports, it can all become a daunting task without proper planning. When it comes to employee scheduling, it too requires careful planning ahead of time so that everything runs smoothly. The human resource department specializes in creating an employee scheduling system that works with many things in mind that are worth noting.

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How to Select the Right PEO For Your Business

How to Select the Right PEO For Your Business

What does a professional employer organization have to offer? Besides having a return of investment being the number one goal, most business owners look for good company performance. This can be done by focusing on what other human resource departments might lack: PEO services and resources. Leaders across all industries will want to select the right PEO for their business organizations, and the search begins with a few but very important factors to look out for.

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Effective Ways to Manage Remote Workers

Effective Ways to Manage Remote Workers

The pandemic that struck at the beginning of 2020 has created nationwide work adaptability. So much so, in fact, that industries changed from fully onsite to completely remote. Specifically, managers and HR departments know the importance of using effective methods for all employees to adhere to and better manage remote workers. Whether work circumstances changed because of safety measures, or the simplicity of allowing employees to choose to work from home as an option, there is always room to better manage workers through a form of an outsourcer.

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When is it Time to Update the Employee Handbook?

When is it Time to Update the Employee Handbook?

Employee handbooks are vital for maintaining a healthy employer/employee relationship. They allow you to spell out exactly what you expect from your employees, while also giving the employees guidelines and clear instruction.

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What is included in compliance screening?

What is included in compliance screening?

A compliance screening often includes a variety of tests, checks and verifications. Compliance screenings differ from company to company depending on their policies and the position being filled. Here are a few of the things that may be included in a compliance screening.

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How to Pass a Compliance Screening

How to Pass a Compliance Screening

If you’re being asked to complete a compliance screening by a potential employer, you might be nervous. Compliance screenings are nothing to be scared of. Compliance screening is a process used by a human resources department or business to collect information about an employee’s past. In most employment situations, it is the final step before an offer is made for permanent employment.

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What is Workers’ Compensation?

What is Workers’ Compensation?

Workers’ Compensation is a form of insurance held by businesses. When a business has Workers’ Compensation Insurance they protect not only their business, but they protect their employees in the case of an accident.

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Why use a time and attendance software?

Why use a time and attendance software?

When you own a business you usually end up wearing a lot of hats. If you don’t have a dedicated human resources department, or if your team is small and stretched thin, sometimes one of those hats includes scheduling employees, tracking their hours and finding people to fill shifts.

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Different types of payroll options

Different types of payroll options

When hiring new employees, an employer must let them know how often they will get paid. However, this could become a difficult payroll process down the line due to employees not meeting the necessary payroll requirements to get paid, such as situations including no prior checking accounts, difficulties with visas or living conditions for foreign individuals. Employers also play a role in how payroll processing is done. For example, not having advanced tools to protect the safety and security of employee information or simply staying behind on delivering the payroll period. Luckily, there are different types of payroll options available from outsourcing services provided by companies like Coastal Human Resource Group, Inc.

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What is Included in Human Resources?

What is Included in Human Resources?

When you hear the term “human resources” what is it that comes to mind? What do human resources departments really do? Most businesses have a human resources department, but unless you’re in human resources yourself, chances are your knowledge of the job is limited.

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Why Hire a PEO for Your Company in 2021?

Why Hire a PEO for Your Company in 2021?

Business owners know that every cent counts, and, as your business grows this year, your HR may begin to pile up. You may want to think about hiring a PEO, professional employer organization, to take on your heaviest burdens in HR. Not only will PEOs save you lots of time and stress, but PEOs are a great way to help businesses save money by avoiding costly falls and steering clear of HR issues! Here are five advantages of hiring a PEO for your business.

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What to Look for in a Payroll Company?

What to Look for in a Payroll Company

Getting your business organized for the new year often begins by hiring a good payroll company. By doing so, you can start seeing your employees enjoy full access to what matters most, all while saving time and money from paying late fees. Upon searching, you want to look out for certain qualifications in payroll companies to make sure your business runs smoothly.

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What is a PEO and How Does It Operate to Help Your Business?

What is a PEO and How Does It Operate to Help Your Business?

More and more companies are choosing to outsource their human resources departments by utilizing Professional Employer Organizations (PEOs). So what is a PEO and how can it help your business? We are here to answer those questions and more.

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Things to Look For in Any Job Candidate

Things to Look For in Any Job Candidate

Recruiting potential candidates in today’s world requires a great amount of integrity during the interviewing process. They usually consist of open-ended questions that do not highlight personal and confidential information regarding drug testing programs. With the help of a compliance screening, you are able to take the lead and provide policy developments, collection procedures and reporting of test results to candidates before taking the initiative to hire. So what are some key highlights to look for in any job candidate?

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Why Choose Coastal HR for your employee benefits?

Why Choose Coastal HR for your employee benefits?

Corporate America has seen some of the toughest times thus far especially during a worldwide pandemic that struck due to Covid-19. But even long before this, there has always been a common denominator between businesses: finding the right type of PEO services and HR departments to fit a company’s needs without forgetting about their employee benefits. Many small and medium-sized businesses are taking advantage of the benefits offered by outsourcing companies such as Coastal HR.

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How can a PEO benefit my business during COVID-19?

How can a PEO benefit my business during COVID-19?

COVID-19 has continued to worsen and affect many small businesses. With many unemployed and remote work rising, businesses are working harder than ever to keep up with lockdowns and remain open while following appropriate mandates. If you’re a business owner, then this is a good time to look into PEO services. PEO stands for professional employer organization. Through this type of service, small and medium businesses receive human resource assistance and can benefit in many ways as discussed below.

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Should you outsource your payroll or DIY?

Should you outsource your payroll or DIY?

You have expanded your team of employees for your small to now medium business and have somewhat found a system that works. You hope for the best and that your operations run as smoothly as planned. Most companies that decide to DIY will find it convenient to do in-house work as it saves money amongst other personal factors. On the other hand, business owners that choose outsourcing payroll in Mobile, AL have also found it cost-effective and a time-saving way compared to in-house programming without the risk of running mistakes. Which one will you choose?

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Ways to Give Back to Your Employees During the Holidays

Ways to Give Back to Your Employees During the Holidays

The holiday season is upon us and it’s time to start thinking about giving back. Who better to give to than the employees who make your company what it is, day after day. They are the backbone of your business and the holidays are the perfect time to show them how much you care and appreciate them.

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How a Human Resource Company Can Benefit Your Small Business

How a Human Resource Company Can Benefit Your Small Business

Successfully managing the human resource aspect of your business is especially important for small businesses. Here at Coastal Human Resources, we will provide all the help you need to correctly manage HR within your small business. Here is how a human resource company can benefit your small business.

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10 Skills Every Leader Should Have

10 Skills Every Leader Should Have

Whether you are an office manager or a project leader, all leaders require a soft number of skills to help things run smoothly within an office or company. No matter if you are at an entry level position and looking to move up the ladder or are seeking a promotion, leadership skills will be your most valued aspect. Here are the top ten skills all leaders should have.

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Timesimplicity Explained and Why You Need It

Timesimplicity Explained and Why You Need It

If you are a manager of a team that works off of a weekly or monthly schedule, you may have heard of TimeSimplicity. If you are still using an excel document, a white board or even print off papers for your employees, give your method of creating a schedule an upgrade and allow yourself more time to get work done.

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Employee Benefits Offered by Coastal HR

Employee Benefits Offered by Coastal HR

Employees are always looking for companies that include some form of employee benefits. Of course, taking full advantage of those benefits is, in return, known to help with employee retention within the company. It is in the best interest of organizations, big or small, to provide employees with benefits that will create positive reinforcements and stability. At Coastal HR, we have made it easy to provide employee benefit programs and products that fit your employees’ needs accordingly.

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Why Payroll Service is Vital for Your Small Business

Why Payroll Service is Vital for Your Small Business

We know your employees play a big role in your small business. But sometimes as employers we tend to wear a few too many hats. For example, attempting to do payroll yourself may seem convenient, but might cost you more in the long run. By working with a human resource outsourcing, or HRO company, they can do the work for you and provide you with many vital resources you did not think were possible through payroll services for your small business needs.

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Questions You Should Be Asking in Performance Review Meetings

Questions You Should Be Asking in Performance Review Meetings

There’s a saying that goes: “be loud about the things that matter to you”. And like any leader, there is always room for improvement on both ends. Conducting performance review meetings is an important part of an employer’s career that helps better evaluate their employees. While there isn’t a firm set of questions, here’s a round-up about questions you should reflect on asking. Remember to keep it professional but casual conversations are encouraged.

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Should You Retrain Your Employee or Hire a New One?

Should You Retrain Your Employee or Hire a New One?

One question all employers will ask themselves is if they should retrain or hire a new employee. What many of them don’t realize is that there is a large talent shortage in the United States. So, before you decide the answer to that question about retraining versus hiring, here are some things to consider.

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Growth Mindset vs. Fixed Mindset Employees

Growth Mindset vs. Fixed Mindset Employees

Let’s dive into the topic of mindset and how much or how little it can do for your employees. Today, we talk about the difference between growth versus fixed mindsets that employees may find themselves personally drawn to rather consciously or unconscious. The mindsets are known as psychological beliefs, both of which can be learned through characteristics. Although they may be interchangeable, the growth mindset tends to be more effective especially in any work field.

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Frequently Asked Job Interview Questions

Frequently Asked Job Interview Questions

As you prepare for job interviews, you might wonder what questions the employer will ask. While there is no way to know what topics will be covered in the interview, there are several popular questions you can expect. Every interviewer is different, but preparing answers for these common questions will help you make a great impression in your job interview.

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Why Outsourcing Payroll Makes Sense for Your Business, Big or Small

Why Outsourcing Payroll Makes Sense for Your Business, Big or Small

Payroll is a time-intensive job for any company, which is why many corporations have chosen to alleviate the stress of handling it in-house. Employees who handle payroll in-company must be kept abreast of tax and labor laws as well as individual employee deductions.

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Challenges Small Businesses are Facing After COVID-19

Challenges Small Businesses are Facing After COVID-19

While people are staying at home to socially distance themselves and are taking part in quarantine to stay safe, small business owners are using this time to try and figure out how to keep their doors open after the restrictions end. Small business owners are facing many challenges like the ones below.

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How To Hire the Right Way for Your Company

How To Hire the Right Way for Your Company

Is there a right way to hire? Besides checking for a resume that stands out and hiring an experienced worker with many years, there might be more to the list to add than you think. The hiring process can be a tedious task, especially if your company recently had to let go of someone or has a growing business in need of more help. Whatever the case may be, there is always room for improvement on both ends. You want to make sure you aren’t just hiring because you need it, but because you want to make your employees and your company feel valued. We briefly talk about how your company can hire the right way in our blog below.

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Is Pay Go Workers’ Compensations Insurance Right For You?

Is Pay Go Workers’ Compensations Insurance Right For You?

Firstly, what is pay go worker’s compensation? While there are many definitions to what it means, pay go workers’ compensation can allow you to make a certain amount of payments each time you do payroll. You are allowed to make a premium payment. While every workplace is different on how it’s spread out, it usually follows throughout the year. In this day in age, it is very popular in the business world. All in all, pay as you go is another way of making premium payments.

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Why You Should Have A Great Employee Handbook

Why You Should Have A Great Employee Handbook

The second most important thing next to your company is your employees. Not only are they an essential part of the company, but they will ultimately dictate how to move forward with the help of an employee handbook. So why do you need a grand manual? Read the reasons below.

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5 Ways to Encourage Teamwork in the Workplace

5 Ways to Encourage Teamwork in the Workplace

In most people’s experience, teamwork ‘makes the dream work’. More minds working together on the same project get things done more efficiently and better quality. When a workplace is divided, employees often clash because work becomes a never-ending competition to be the best and make the most money. Teamwork and collaboration are the foundations of creativity; here are five ways to encourage teamwork in the workplace.

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Family and Medical Leave Act Explained

Family and Medical Leave Act Explained

This law was enacted for private and public employees to be able to take an unpaid leave from work with health benefits under the right circumstance. The 12 weeks of unpaid leave can be taken to recover from illness, take care of a newborn, take care of a seriously ill family member or any other reason covered under the FMLA law.

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5 Signs of a Disengaged Employee

5 Signs of a Disengaged Employee

Active employee involvement in the workplace is an integral part of achieving a successful and productive business. According to Leigh Branham, the author of The Seven Hidden Reasons Employees Leave, 89% of bosses believe their employees leave the organization because they desire more money; this is not true.

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Five Traits That Make a Good Leader

Five Traits That Make a Good Leader

Leaders are everywhere, and the special thing about them is that each one is different. There is no “perfect” mold to create a leader—each leader is entirely unique and has their own distinct sets of skills and traits. But while each one has their own set of traits, there are a few traits that are more common in leaders than others.

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5 Reasons Why You Should Outsource Your HR Management

5 Reasons Why You Should Outsource Your HR Management

As a business owner, your company’s productivity and growth should take center stage, but sometimes other areas need more attention, and take away from your main focus. Managers need to put their energy to growing their business and not towards payroll problems that can steal time. Shift focus towards your business by learning why you should outsource your human resource needs.

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What Can You Do For Employees and Their Retirement Dreams?

Who doesn’t dream about retirement? It’s fun to think about what you will be doing and where in the future. If you are a business owner, you may feel you’re not offering your employees enough when it comes to their future financial plans. Help turn your employees’ retirement dreams into reality by using these helpful tips.

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What is a Professional Employer Organization?

As a business owner, you’ve already got a lot on your plate. Taking care of everyday personnel and compliance matters may hinder your ability to focus on your company’s mission. If you need a helping hand in managing your company’s human resource concerns, then outsourcing a professional employer organization (PEO) may be your answer. There are many advantages of hiring a PEO for your company, which you can read more to learn about what a PEO can do for you.

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Compliance Screening and Why it Matters

Like most businesses, you may have a compliance screening process already in place. It helps verify the people you’ve hired have a clean background, free of use of illegal substances and unlawful activity.

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Outsourcing Payroll is Like Having a Life Vest

Managing the day-to-day aspects of your business can leave your mind swimming. Keeping track of your employees’ pay, time and deductions is a lot to handle along with everyday challenges. 

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New Payroll Law Could Go Into Effect

Many of the jobs in the United States are governed by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), which protects employees from unfair practices and regulations. They control things like setting the minimum wage and overtime pay. You can be considered exempt or non-exempt from the overtime laws. 

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The Future of Human Resources

For years, human resources has played a significant role in the functionality of a company. And while the necessity of human resources will never go away, big changes are in store for the way things are done. From enhanced technology to increased use of social media, you may be surprised at what the future holds for human resources.

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Top Challenges for Small Business Owners

Small business owners have big dreams of building a successful brand. But sometimes those big dreams come with even bigger problems. That’s why it’s important to know what you are up against when it comes to running a small business.

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My Coworker isn't Performing Well, But is Getting a Lot of Praise

Employee recognition in the workplace is important. It helps boost company morale and keeps your team working efficiently and diligently. Plus, praising employees is a great way to keep them motivated. But what happens when one of your coworkers seems to be receiving all the praise and isn’t performing in a way that warrants such praise?

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Manage Your Employees’ Time and Attendance More Easily

Hiring good employees is the first step toward a successful business. While you have a stellar team on hand, did you know they are also your business’ biggest expense? 

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What a PEO Can Do For You

If you are a business owner, chances are you’ve probably encountered a professional employer organization, also known as a PEO. You have probably heard things like a PEO can help your business expand and operate more efficiently on the international scale.

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How to Choose the Right Payroll Service for Your Business

You also want to choose a payroll service that you can rely on for support with any questions or issues that arise. Keep reading as we go over how to choose the right payroll service for your business.

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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

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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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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