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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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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