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Avoid firefights with careful strategic planning

When people talk about strategic planning, many images come to mind. Most imply careful thinking about what is intended to be accomplished. In the world of business, it is typically a process organizations follow to put actions in motion to achieve their mission or...

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Onboarding: Is there serious value or is it hype?

Riding around town these days, it’s easy to see a number of signs that indicate an organization is looking to hire staff. Quite a change from the not too distant past. So, it is a bit surprising to see people on some corners who have signs looking for a handout....

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Mandatory as of September 18th, 2017!

Employers must use the revised I-9 Form which shows a revision date of 7/17/17. Click here for a simple article summarizing the change. Click here for a PDF of the new form for printing. Click here for a PDF of the I-9 guide. Click here for the U.S. Citizenship and...

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What ever happened to the DOL’s overtime rule?

Commonly known as the FLSA overtime rule, a regulation intended to modernize those governing the exemption of executive, administrative and the professional employees from the minimum wage and overtime pay protections of the Fair Labor Stands Act (FLSA).  The new exemption levels for annual salary were to go from $23,660 to $47,476.  This was slated to become effective 12/1/16. 

BUT WAIT . . . and that, is our current status.

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Aretha Is So Right . . . .

Whether ‘Boomer, X-gen or Millennial’ we are all looking for the same thing . . . RESPECT.

Awhile back, I found an interesting article that shared not only a few statistics from a survey of over 20,000 employees worldwide. The author said, “Being treated with respect was more important to employees than recognition and appreciation, communicating and inspiring vision, providing useful feedback – or even opportunities for learning, growth and development”. In addition, she indicates “that no other leadership behavior affected commitment and engagement from employees than respect.”

Check out the full article which reports the survey scores as well as tips on how to enhance the level of respect felt by their employees, . . . . .

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“To Tell the Truth” . . . really?

According to the 10th Annual HireRight Employment Screening Benchmark Survey:

** 85% of survey respondents uncovered a lie or misrepresentation on a candidate’s resume or job application during the screening process – up from 66% five years ago.

** 77% said screening uncovered an issue with a candidate’s background that would not have been caught otherwise.

** Yet, only 49% of respondents verify candidates’ education credentials today, despite the many headlines in recent years of executive-level scandals involving falsified degrees.

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Is Your Job Making You Fat?

As the weather is warming up and outdoor activities are on employee’s minds, so are their summer bodies. CareerBuilder recently conducted a survey that found 56% of the workforce in the United States believe that they are overweight. On top of that, 45% believe that they have gained weight at their current job. And we aren’t talking about just a couple pounds here, 25% have gained more than 10 pounds and 1 in 10 have gained more than 20 pounds. Respondents blame the workplace.

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Early Projections for U.S. Compensation Budget

By Stephen Miller, CEBS May 31, 2017

In the U.S., salary increase budgets are expected to grow by 3.2 percent in 2018 up from a 3.1 percent increase in 2017 and 3.0 percent in 2016, according to a May forecast.

The 2018 pay projections were reported in Planning Global Compensation Budgets for 2018 by ERI Economic Research Institute, a compensation analytics firm in Irvine, Calif.

Please keep in mind, salary budgets represent funds that employers are planning to spend on employee compensation but do not necessarily represent the average salary or wage increase that workers will receive.

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Positive Drug Testing Reaches a 12-Year High (no pun intended)

Thanks to a ‘quick hit’ published by American Society of Employers and resourced through a May 1st Wall Street Journal article, we now know our employers continue to be plagued by potential and existing workers who are illicit drug users. And the following data also speaks to the seriousness as it relates to work related accidents. For more details, check out this very short but info chocked article . . .

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Does Onboarding Really Matter?

And once we’ve caught the attention of our ‘chosen one’, most folks give thought how to make more connections with this person – places to meet, how to learn more about each other, what’s important to you and vis-versus. In other words – they ‘make a plan’. If done right, the plan will foster mutual respect and encourage positive ‘engagement’ in a mutually satisfying relation of a long-term nature.

While the analogy may seem odd – it’s really not. Good business is merely people relationships with a dollar sign attached and both require courtesy, caring, communication, a plan and the objective of meeting one another’s needs.

For more to consider and tips to implement . . . read on.

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