When it comes to time off policies, no two businesses seem to do things the same way. Some offer unlimited PTO while others don’t offer anything at all. That’s because every business is run differently, so their policies have to be adjusted accordingly. For instance, industries such as food service and retail have a number of employees who do essentially the same job, so if one needs a shift covered, he or she simply has to get an associate to cover them. However, most office jobs don’t function this way, which is why they typically offer some form of paid time off. But what happens when that PTO bank runs dry well before the reset date? Perhaps the employee got a little overzealous with her PTO early on, or maybe she got sick and had to take PTO that she hadn’t anticipated. Many factors can result in an employee running out of PTO, but the fact of the matter is many supervisors or managers will end up having to confront an employee requesting unpaid time off at some point or another, so it’s a good idea to have a policy in place.
Dominion will be releasing a product update that will improve two main areas of our software: supply ordering and our report scheduler. These changes will take effect on the evening of Thursday, October 19th.
In order to have a successful and productive team, it is important to unite your employees by working on their strengths and weaknesses as well as boosting their morale. Having a strong workplace culture has become a main concern for businesses, so as a manager, it is your job to help make this happen. The most successful team building activities can not only help your team get stronger and closer, but it can also help them get away from the monotony of work. A team that communicates effectively and is on the same page while being positive and having great energy are the main parts of building your company culture. If you are not sure how to build your team to improve your company culture, here are some fun and creative ideas.
Holiday season is quickly approaching. Do you have an effective, organized way to manage your employees’ time off requests? Depending on the industry you are in, it might be inevitable to have staff work during holidays. Let’s face it, no one wants to skip Thanksgiving or Christmas because they have to be at work, so be prepared to receive many time off requests from your employees. Handling employee time off scheduling conflicts can be a nightmare, but some planning and clear policies can make it easier for you.
Whether your open enrollment period is around the corner or further down the road, there are a few things you must do in order to prepare for it in order to have a smooth process. As you may already know, open enrollment can be a very stressful and hectic time of the year, not only for HR professionals, but also for employees. It is during this time when employees get handed paperwork that must be filled out before a certain date, and let’s be honest, not every employee will do this. So, is there an easier way to prepare yourself and your employees for open enrollment? The answer is yes.
One of the biggest struggles with working long hours is finding the focus to be productive the entire time. We’ve all had those days where it feels like we got 4 hours of work done over the course of 8 hours. Recently, Dominion partnered with Michelle Steffes, CPS, CPLC, and president of IPV Consulting, to put on a webinar called Mastering Energy, Focus, and Time. During this webinar, she discussed some ways that can help you remain focused during the work day and ultimately improve productivity. Today I would like to go through those tips and give some examples of how you can accomplish the task of developing and fine-tuning your focus.