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Why Do Companies Use Staffing Agencies? And Why Yours Should Too

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 24, 2020 8:00:00 AM / by Michelle Nystrom posted in Managing Employees, Hiring the Best People, Management

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Why Do So Many Companies Use Staffing Agencies?

The use of staffing agencies is steadily increasing. You may be wondering why this trend is occurring and if it is something you should look into. Here are the top reasons we have been given by staffing agency users and situations where you should consider doing the same.

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How Workers’ Compensation Claims Affect Employers

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 24, 2020 7:57:00 AM / by Michelle Nystrom posted in Laws & Regulations, Company Culture, Management

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Workers’ Compensation: Claims And Premiums For Employers

As a small business owner, it’s imperative that you protect your employees from workplace injuries or illness and minimize your insurance costs.

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Explaining The Modern Performance Appraisal Methods

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 24, 2020 7:15:00 AM / by Michelle Nystrom posted in Managing Employees, Management

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Modern Performance Appraisal Methods For Your Business

Performance appraisals have existed in one form or another for decades. They have become more formal over time and, for years, the same methods that were originally developed worked. In today's workplace, however, the types of jobs being performed are different than ever before. In addition, many people don't work onsite but work from home, coming in only occasionally or not at all. New methods had to be developed that would accurately assess work performance.

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How To Build An Effective Talent Acquisition Strategy

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 24, 2020 7:05:00 AM / by Michelle Nystrom posted in Hiring the Best People, Company Culture, Management

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Building Talent Acquisition Strategies That Work

An effective talent acquisition strategy helps you stand out from everyone else clamoring for top talent. Companies that project their needs in advance and proactively scout the best talent are better positioned than companies that react to unanticipated needs and are unprepared for market challenges.

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How To Motivate Employees During Layoffs And Downsizing

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 24, 2020 7:00:00 AM / by Michelle Nystrom posted in Managing Employees, Company Culture, Management

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Keeping The Remaining Team Motivated During Tough Times

Corporate layoffs are a common feature in a volatile global economy that fluctuates at the slightest indication of political or economic instability. Most companies will put effort into helping the downsized employees cope with being out of work. In the process, they often forget about the employees who survived the layoff. The usual presumption is that the remaining employees are relieved that they have 'survived' the layoff. However, according to Charlie O. Trevor, an associate professor at the Madison School of Business at the University of Wisconsin, the remaining workers also need attention. Failure to deal with their concerns could erode the motivation of the remaining human capital. To prevent such problems, you should employ the following tips that will help boost the morale of the surviving employees and enhance their productivity.

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Employees and Social Media Use Outside of Work: Drawing A Line

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 24, 2020 2:14:00 AM / by Michelle Nystrom posted in Managing Employees, Company Culture, Management

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Guiding Employees And Social Media Use Outside Of Work

Controlling social media use of company employees is nearly an impossible task as there will always be someone who goes against the grain. However, making sure that rules and regulations are clear; minor mishaps may be able to be prevented.

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California Unemployment Claims: Avoiding Mismanagement

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 24, 2020 12:53:00 AM / by Michelle Nystrom posted in Managing Employees, Management, Unemployment

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California Unemployment Claims And Protecting Your Business

The labor market has been experiencing significant changes over the last few years. In California alone, the unemployment rate has dropped from 11.7% in August of 2011 to just 3.9% in October of 2019. Despite this massive increase in employment, businesses are still plagued by unemployment claims that can create a large expense. The Employment Development Department reported a rise in the number of people who filed for unemployment benefits. California has the largest unemployment system in the US. Despite the employment rate rising steadily over the years, the EDD stated that 2016 saw unemployment checks being distributed to over 800,000 people which translated to close to 33 million dollars paid out in unemployment benefits daily.

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Employee Motivation Value And Effect On The Bottom Line

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 13, 2020 6:30:00 AM / by Michelle Nystrom posted in Hiring the Best People, Motivating Employees, Company Culture, Management

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Setting a 401(K) Plan for Your Staff - Business Owner’s Guide

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 11, 2019 11:50:31 AM / by Michelle Nystrom posted in Managing Employees, Motivating Employees, Management

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How To Set Up A 401(K) Plan - A Beginner's Guide

If you're planning on hiring employees, you may want to set up a retirement plan as a part of their benefits package. Generally speaking, small businesses will go with a 401(k) plan, which allows employees to put a portion of their pre-tax income into a retirement account and which allows businesses to contribute to that account (businesses have different ways that they can contribute, including matching employee contributions up to a certain amount). However, setting up a 401(k) plan can be a bit of a challenge if you've never done it before. The following is a beginner's guide on how to set up a 401(k) plan for your business.

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Mandatory Overtime in California - What Is Legal?

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 14, 2019 7:04:00 AM / by Michelle Nystrom posted in Managing Employees, Management

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Is Mandatory Overtime In California Legal?

There are strict overtime laws both on federal and state levels that were implemented for a number of reasons. First of all, overtime laws help reward employees for working more than their standard eight-hour days or 40-hour weeks. Secondly, they help prevent workers from being taken advantage of by their employers. Lastly, they help discourage employers from getting their employees to work too much overtime, encouraging them to hire more workers instead and reduce burnout of their staff. In addition to understanding the costs of overtime, you will also want to know whether mandatory overtime is legal in California as a business owner. The answer--for the most part--is yes. Although both federal and California state laws allow employers to require overtime from their employees, there is a human element you should consider as well.

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