Winter can be one of the hardest times to exercise. Less daylight hours and colder weather might cause you to want to hibernate for the next few months. If you are heading out to exercise, check the forecast. Temperature, wind, and moisture, along with the length of time that you’ll be outside, are key considerations in what you should wear. Wearing layers is the best option since exercise generates a considerable amount of heat. read more »
Because driving in winter conditions is fraught with hazards such as icy roads, poor visibility and the threat of snowstorms, ask yourself the following questions before you get behind the wheel and put your safety at risk.
Is this trip absolutely necessary? If you can wait out a storm or until roads are cleared, don’t take the risk.
Do I need to drive a car to get to my destination? Consider public transportation if it’s available.
Are roads icy? If so, stay put. Black ice is especially slick and dangerous on bridges and overpasses. read more »
We map out plans for many things such as budgets, growth into new markets and even marketing efforts, but what about your most important asset? Do you have an employee plan? Employees make an organization what it is, and it’s important to not only plan for ways to grow your employees, but also, to include proper support and management into that equation.
Here are some ways you can make sure you are planning for an effective 2015. read more »
Something many dread in the business world is the performance review. Whether you are giving or receiving the review, they take a lot of time and can involve uncomfortable moments. But from an HR perspective, performance reviews are very important as they not only give employees much needed feedback, but also keep managers accountable for knowing their team and the work they provide.
So how can you make such an important task less dreadful and more productive? Follow these do’s and don’ts. read more »
In recent years, we are seen an increased amount of companies utilizing independent contractors rather than hiring full-time employees. The birth of the virtual office has occurred through laptops, tablets and smart phones, as well as a new view of what it means to work full-time. The days of sitting at a desk from nine to five are all but gone, and people are working remotely and teaming with individuals from across the world at times. Now this new work style can be done with contractors and full-time employees. read more »
Whether they were a valued team member or someone who is no longer a great fit, losing an employee is not a pleasant occurrence. Studies show that retaining employees rather than training new employees is truly a more cost effective and smarter way to do business. An obvious pro for retaining an employee involves the time and money you will save. Within retention, yes you have annual raises and training costs that come with an employee who grows within your organization, but the cost to replace that person is much higher. read more »
As more and more of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is implemented nationwide, small businesses will have more options for providing employee healthcare. They also stand to benefit from tax breaks specifically designed for small businesses that utilize the ACA marketplace. The idea is to give small businesses more choices and access to coverage options that were previously only available to large companies. The tricky part, of course, is navigating the details, which can seem overwhelming (especially as there are some differences in implementation state by state). read more »
The phrase "be proactive, not reactive," has become a term synonymous with many elements of life and business. When it comes to HR, being proactive is probably the first rule that you as a business owner should follow. From a hypothetical standpoint, wouldn’t you prefer to be in the position of taking preventative measures than being forced to react to a problem that arises with an employee?
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Chances are someone you know has battled breast cancer. Due to the great work of the Susan G. Komen Foundation, the worlds awareness of this disease has grown exponentially. From online breast cancer education to fundraising events, there are numerous ways to effectively involve your workplace this October and every day. read more »