Ready for open enrollment?

It’s time for open enrollment. This edition of HR Brief Newsletter discusses tips for preparing for open enrollment with a hybrid workforce, and provides details on how employers have even more time to submit equal employment opportunity (EEO-1) workforce data from 2019 and 2020. Don’t just think about benefits in October. Open enrollment is something […]

How to deal with a labor shortage.

It’s everywhere you look.  There are help wanted signs, we’re hiring banners, newsfeeds taken over by recruiting posts and it’s the biggest concern we hear on a daily basis.  A labor shortage is frustrating and bad for business at any time but we’re quickly learning that a global pandemic is only exacerbating the situation. We can’t change […]

Employee Engagement Surveys

Employee surveys focus on employee satisfaction, it’s assumed happy employees will be more productive and you’ll experience higher retention rates. However, a more telling determinant of productivity and performance is employee engagement. Employees can enjoy their work and be satisfied without being necessarily engaged. Engaged employees are more than just satisfied with their jobs; they […]

Is a self-funded benefit plan the way to go?

A growing number of U.S. employers are making the switch to self-insuring as a way to reduce costs and improve service. Self-insuring or self-funding is not right for every organization. Employers considering a switch from fully funded to self-funded health plans should analyze the advantages and disadvantages before making the switch. What is it?  According […]

Should You Rethink the Annual Performance Review

According to management research firm CEB, 42 percent of employees consider annual reviews ineffective, mainly due to the feedback coming at the end of the year when it has almost no relevance.   The primary purpose of annual reviews is to hold employees up to, typically, a quantitative standard, rather than to assess granular performance and […]

4 Recruiting Trends in 2021

The recruiting challenges that businesses faced pre-pandemic are not going away. In fact, COVID has only complicated matters. If you want to attract and retain the best talent, be prepared to adapt to the changing recruiting landscape. Here are some recruiting practice trends to monitor in 2021. 1. Looking Inward for Talent Recruiting is a […]

How do you know if your business is healthy?

Successful businesses may have struck some element of luck. They launched with a built-in customer source or maybe they entered a market when the timing was just right. A business that sustains a level of success, over a prolonged period of time, knows that luck will only take you so far. At some point, a […]

Q&A With Your HR Advisor

    With a workplace that looks quite different than it did 12 months ago, Hiring Managers want to know, “What are the 3 things I should focus on right now?”  Jamie Bierman has the answer and dives right in to #1.   Jamie Bierman continues her series on what guidance Hiring Managers are looking […]

Let’s Flip Back Through 2020

Does anyone still have a paper calendar?  There is something rewarding about calendars and agendas.  They serve as a physical reminder and provide a sense of accomplishment.  Before flipping to the last page of the year, it’s hard to resist the urge to turn back through the pages and take a quick flip down memory […]

Thanking Your Employees is MORE Important Than Ever

The 3 P’s of Showing Appreciation Let’s face it – we’re happier when we’re grateful.   Showing your gratitude to employees year-round is important, even more important this year.  Employees are experiencing increased levels of stress and anxiety, anything from health concerns to childcare challenges to continuing to do a great job in a rapidly changing work […]