5 Easy Ways to Improve Workplace Safety

5 Easy Ways to Improve Workplace Safety

We can all agree that working in a safe environment is vital in order to get the job done. Workplace safety should not only be important to employees, but also to employers, as it is their responsibility to maintain a safe and healthy work environment. According to the Occupational Safety Health Administration (OSHA), about 4,600 workers were killed on the job in 2012, and many other injuries occur each year, many of which could be prevented. There are many laws that protect employees when they get injured on the job, and it is the employer’s job to report all workplace injuries to the Occupational Safety Health Administration. I want to share some tips with you that can help encourage safety in the workplace and also prevent any injuries.

How Employee Self Service Will Make Your Life Easier

How Employee Self Service Will Make Your Life Easier

If you are in the HR industry, you are well aware that working with people can be difficult at times. As an HR professional you are always dealing with employees, answering their questions, reminding them to complete their tasks, reminding them to shop for their benefits during open enrollment, approving their time off requests, helping them understand their pay stub, etc, etc. This can become very daunting and time-consuming. Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a way where you could make one reminder and send it to ALL of your employees? Or a way you could communicate with them without having to deal with them in person? Or how about approving time with the click of a button? Luckily, there is. If you are not currently using an Employee Self Service application or haven’t even heard of this, then you’ve come to the right place. So what is Employee Self Service? Employee Self Service, or ESS, is a web-based application where employees can access and manage everything pertinent to their job. With ESS, employees have the ability to log into their portal and fill out all their information such as address, social security number, emergency contacts, phone number, dependents, and the like. They can also access all of their information ranging from pay stubs, to time off balances, to W-2s, and more. This can be done from anywhere, as long as the employee has a computer, tablet, or smartphone and has internet access. Need more convincing? Here are some ways ESS can make your life easier.

4 Steps to Shopping for Quality Payroll Software

4 Steps to Shopping for Quality Payroll Software

At the end of the day, virtually every business requires the use of some sort of payroll software. Whether your business has one employee or thousands, it’s important to have the tools necessary to administer payroll and ensure your business is staying in compliance with tax withholdings. Your method of processing payroll can range from doing it in-house, using a CPA, or by using a payroll provider.

3 Reasons Why You Should Invest in a Learning Management System

3 Reasons Why You Should Invest in a Learning Management System

It is no secret that finding top talent is getting harder because there are so many other companies looking for the same talent as you. There are many things you can do to attract top talent, but once you have it, how do you retain it? Keeping employees engaged and giving them the tools to succeed are vital for this. An LMS, or learning management system, can be the perfect solution for you. A learning management system is a software application that helps you track, document, report, and deliver educational courses and training programs to your employees. Smaller business owners may be hesitant to invest their money in an LMS due to tight budgets, but what they fail to realize is that an LMS will save them a lot of money in the long run. Managing, training, and tracking employee progress should be a priority no matter the size of your business, and an LMS is a great way to do all this on one single platform. Aside from saving time and money, implementing a good learning management system has many other benefits.

Discrimination in the Workplace and How to Handle It

Discrimination in the Workplace and How to Handle It

Discrimination in the workplace has become a common topic over the past few years.HR professionals are probably already aware of all the types of discrimination that can occur in the workplace, including age, disability, harassment, national origin, pregnancy, religion, disability, sex, and more. It is important to know how to deal with this if there is ever discrimination happening in your company. Being knowledgeable about the laws that protect your employees and knowing what is going on in your company are ideal places to start when dealing with discrimination. Here are some tips HR managers should follow when dealing with discrimination in the workplace:

Can You Terminate Employees For Off-Duty Behavior?

Can You Terminate Employees For Off-Duty Behavior?

I remember once when I was in high school and a senior girl got suspended for wearing her school uniform at a bar. Everyone was wondering why she got suspended since she was not drinking on the school campus, but the issue was that she was representing the high school, a Christian high school, and she was doing something illegal. This made me question, “Can employees get fired from their jobs for things they do outside of work?”. Last week I got an email in my inbox from HR Drive that I found it very interesting. I would like to share some of the key findings I got after doing some research.

3 Ways to Keep Your Employees Motivated During Holiday Shifts

3 Ways to Keep Your Employees Motivated During Holiday Shifts

With the long Labor Day weekend just around the corner, many of us are preparing for backyard parties with friends and family, attending the parade and all in all enjoying the day off. But what about those employees who don’t get the day off? Many small businesses stay open during the holidays in order to keep a constant stream of revenue, which mostly means employees will have to forfeit their holiday plans in order to help the company compete with larger businesses. If these businesses want to avoid a high turnover rate, it’s vital for owners to come up with some incentives in order to keep the employees motivated and appreciated.

A Breakdown of Michigan's Workers' Compensation

A Breakdown of Michigan's Workers' Compensation

Did you know that workers’ compensation results in the exchange of more money between hands than any other area of law in the state of Michigan? When it comes to workers’ compensation, there is a lot you have to be aware of if you’re going to be an HR professional. The Michigan Workers’ Disability Compensation Act, which was adopted in 1912, governs all of the details surrounding this unique law. Prior to 1912, injuries that occurred on the job were treated in the same manner as they would off the job. This was deemed unjust due to the high case of injuries that would occur because of the dangerous manner of many factory jobs at the time. Thus workers’ compensation came about. However, this law in the early 1900s was a very different law than we see today, so it’s important to know how complex and intricate this law can get.