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10 Actionable Tips to Get The Most Out of Your Staffing Agency

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 26, 2018 7:51:00 PM / by Michelle Nystrom posted in Hiring the Best People, Management

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Follow These 10 Tips to Get The Most Out of Your Staffing Agency

Your business is important. You have spent countless hours and invested a sizable sum getting it to where it is now. The biggest resource you have is your staff. A staffing agency can be a lifesaver in helping you keep up with staffing your business with top talent but they aren't miracle workers or mind readers. There are some things that you can do to help the staffing agency you hire do the best job possible.

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The Importance of Personal Protective Equipment in the Workplace

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 20, 2018 7:30:00 AM / by Michelle Nystrom posted in Laws & Regulations, Company Culture, Management

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Personal Protective Equipment Plays a Key Role in Workplace Safety

Anytime there is a task or workplace that involves some kind of an environmental risk to an employee, the employer is required to provide personal protective equipment. Not only does it protect the employee from direct harm, PPE also reduces the cost of accidents, workers’ comp premium increases, and employee down time due to preventable injuries.

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California Workers’ Compensation Premiums Explained - Breaking Down the Costs

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 8, 2018 7:30:00 AM / by Michelle Nystrom posted in Laws & Regulations, Managing Employees, Management

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We Run Through How Your Premiums Are Calculated for Workers’ Compensation Coverage

In the state of California, employers of all kinds, big and small, are under a legal obligation to take care of their workers when they are injured in the course of doing their jobs. This legal mandate, generally known as workers’ compensation protection or coverage, comes in the form of an insurance policy every employer has to have in place and pay for if operating within California. The cost of this coverage for the employer is determined by a specific formula and cost factors that the employer is expected to accept but has no control over. This is an ongoing matter of concern for employers because the cost of the coverage is an unavoidable operating cost to do business in the state.

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Employees and Social Media Use Outside of Work: Where is the Line Drawn?

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 19, 2018 11:12:34 AM / by Michelle Nystrom posted in Managing Employees, Company Culture, Management

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Employees and Social Media Outside of Work: Drawing a Line in the Sand

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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Benefits of Using Proper Workers’ Compensation Class Codes

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 4, 2018 8:10:00 AM / by Michelle Nystrom posted in Laws & Regulations, Company Culture, Management

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Save Money and Time Using Proper Workers’ Compensation Class Codes

Like most businesses in California, almost anyone who employs workers is required to also have workers’ compensation insurance in place to protect such employees from injuries and harm while working. This is well known as general business practice. However, what is not well understood are the codes used by the coverage industry to determine the cost and premium the business pays for the necessary coverage.

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Is it a Good Idea to Use Social Media to Assist With Hiring Decisions?

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 13, 2018 7:15:00 AM / by Michelle Nystrom posted in Managing Employees, Hiring the Best People, Management, Interviewing

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Using Social Media to Help Make Hiring Decisions-What’s the Risk?

With great risk comes great reward is how the saying goes, but does this great risk and reward apply to social media assistance in the subject of hiring new employees? It absolutely does. Social media is mainstream, it is in use every single day and thousands of people are utilizing it in multiple ways. Hiring candidates while utilizing social media has become an ongoing trend that has its pros and cons.

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Social Media Background Checks, What Are You Actually Looking For?

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 6, 2018 7:37:47 AM / by Michelle Nystrom posted in Managing Employees, Hiring the Best People, Management, Interviewing

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Social Media Background Checks and What to Look For

When onboarding a new hire, it can be tough to determine from just a standard background check who these candidates really are. Sure, it can shed light on their past, so an employer can see what they’ve previously been involved with. However, social media background checks can give you an updated idea of what candidates have recently been up to.

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Planning For a Workers’ Compensation Audit

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 23, 2018 7:30:00 AM / by Michelle Nystrom posted in Laws & Regulations, Company Culture, Management

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Getting Ready for a Workers’ Compensation Audit

People are familiar with tax audits from the IRS, their state tax agency and from state industrial relations when it comes to running a business with employees. However, the one area that tends to confuse new business owners and managers  is the workers’ compensation audit.

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Deciding if you Should be Adding Employees as Friends on Facebook

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 16, 2018 7:15:00 AM / by Michelle Nystrom posted in Managing Employees, Management

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Employees: To Facebook Friend or Not to Facebook Friend?

Building relationships with employees can sometimes be tiresome. You have to get to know their personal likes and dislikes. Figuring out what they like to do for fun can be time consuming. However, adding an employee on Facebook can streamline this process and maintaining a healthy work relationship can seem simpler. It is best to be careful though; friending an employee on Facebook can become a job in and of itself by having to remain professional and fair to all other employees.

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Modern Methods of Performance Appraisal Explained

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 9, 2018 7:15:00 AM / by Michelle Nystrom posted in Managing Employees, Management

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Modern Methods of Performance Appraisal

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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