By now you have probably already seen the viral video that is going around involving the arrest of two African-American men at a Philadelphia store. These two men entered a Starbucks and asked to use the bathroom, but an employee informed them that it was only for paying customers. When the men sat down in the store without ordering anything, the manager decided to call the police. When the police arrived at the establishment, the two men were arrested for trespassing as the friend that they were waiting for arrived at the store. This viral video has triggered many different reactions. Members of Black Lives Matter PA held a rally outside of Starbucks and some protesters even went inside the store to confront the manager. Celebrities and politicians have also been calling for action, including Kevin Hart and Jim Kenney, who are both Philadelphia natives. After apologizing for the incident, Starbucks’ CEO, Kevin Johnson, announced that all stores will be closed on May 29, 2018, for racial-bias education.
I spend a lot of time preaching about the importance of Payroll and HR Software in the business world. After all, most businesses would certainly benefit from a seamless connection between their payroll, time and attendance, and hr software. However, the total cost of it all is simply too much to expect for many businesses, so it becomes necessary to pick and choose the features you best feel would benefit you. That being said, there is often a difference in opinion between who will benefit most from the software and who makes the final decision.
When you’re tired at work, what do you do? Do you become lazy and wish the day away? Do you find your mind wandering off, thinking about how nice a nap sounds? While these are responses most people have, the first step to becoming more awake and productive is to notice the way you’re feeling and the second step is to take action to be more focused and productive. We may all dream about the 4-hour workweek, but the reality is, most of us work at least 8 hour days with a lot of early mornings and late nights. The next time you’re struggling to stay awake at work, sharpen your focus by trying some of these ideas before chugging that sugary energy drink or downing another cup of coffee.
Staying compliant is an important part of any business, no matter the size. Because your HR department deals with a variety of issues on a daily basis, staying compliant becomes a bigger responsibility for them in particular. Being aware of the most common compliance issues allows your HR department to prevent any problems if your company were to get audited. There are specific guidelines and regulations that your HR staff should follow in order to stay compliant such as the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Uniform Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act, Federal Civil Rights, and so on. Make sure your HR staff is aware of all these and are following them correctly. There are many compliance issues that your HR staff might have to face at some point and I would like to address 3 of them in this blog that you might find helpful, regardless of whether you are new to HR or experienced.
As a small business owner, you don’t always have the luxury of affording the software that your competitors may use to improve their processes. You learn pretty quickly that you have to do more with less in order to stay ahead of the competition. Because of this, you have to pick and choose what expenses you’re going to invest in since every dime counts. By definition, you have a smaller budget than larger corporations and are forced to operate on a much more frugal structure. This often means that small business owners sacrifice seemingly pricey software options and opt for more manual processes because they appear to be cheaper on paper. This is particularly true when it comes to the hiring process.
As an HR professional, I am sure you are very aware of the long and arduous process of finding the perfect candidate to fill a position. Reading resumes, going over applications, checking in with references, interviewing, running background checks and so on are tasks that take a long time and keep you from focusing on other important responsibilities. It's a long process and we all wish we didn’t have to do it so often. Depending on the level of turnover at your company, some might be doing this more often than others. Is there a way to make this process easier? Does focusing on entry-level candidates help the process? Many employers believe that hiring experienced professionals is the smartest thing to do because they don’t need as much guidance or training, they have already worked in professional settings, and they know what they need to do in order to get things done in a timely manner. Whatever the reason may be, employers tend to prefer hiring experienced professionals rather than entry-level professionals. What employers need to realize is that there are many pros to hiring entry-level candidates over experienced professionals.
What do you know about job costing? Payroll software has many fundamental features that benefit most organizations, yet there are features that your payroll provider probably has, that you might not be aware of, that can assist and help you reach your organization's goals. What’s more, they might come at no additional charge. Whether you’re satisfied with your current payroll and HR software provider or shopping around, I strongly suggest learning more about the valuable secondary features offered, such as Job Costing, Group Scheduling, and Report Scheduling to name a couple. I’m here to share more about job costing and help you decide if it would be a beneficial feature for your organization.
To help organizations become agile with their HR process, Jeff Mike explains how they can evolve into a more effective business model. Thank you to one of our partners, Verified First, for providing this article through their HR thought leader network. This article was originally published here at Bersin by Deloitte.
On the evening of Thursday, March 29th, there will be a Product Update release that will improve the functionality of your Applicant Tracking System. Almost every page will be updated to some extent, but you’ll find the biggest changes on the Posts, Post List, and Job Board.
Think about all the people you work with. Do they all look the same? Do they have the exact same beliefs? Probably not. Over the years, the demographics of the American workforce have changed dramatically. Before, the workforce was comprised of mostly white males, whereas today, we are able to see a mix of genders, race, religion, age, and so on. Diversity is probably one of the most common buzzwords that make employers nervous. Why? Because nowadays, it seems that diversity is wrapped up in legalities and controversial issues, making it a hard topic of discussion.