Benefits, Communication, Employee Relations, Human Resources

HR: What Are Your New Year’s Resolutions for 2017?

Hey, everybody has been talking "New Year's resolutions" so why not!  Just kidding...but now is a good time to tackle of a couple of compliance things to make sure you are kicking off the New Year on the right foot. With everything else that comes with the New Year and end-of-year paperwork (like those W2s… Continue reading HR: What Are Your New Year’s Resolutions for 2017?

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Benefits, Employee Relations, Payroll

2017 HSA and Health FSA Contribution Limits Announced

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has announced the inflation-adjusted contribution limits for health savings accounts (HSAs) and health flexible spending arrangements (health FSAs) for tax year 2017. 2017 Contribution Limits The tax year 2017 contribution limits for HSAs and health FSAs are as follows: • HSAs: The annual limitation on deductions for an individual with… Continue reading 2017 HSA and Health FSA Contribution Limits Announced

Benefits, Employee Relations, Human Resources, Leadership, Performance

Jumping on the “Employee Engagement” Bandwagon: Part 2

In Part 1, we talked about first getting to know what your employees would like to see.  Here in Part 2, we will talk about some general ideas to consider integrating into your workplace.  While there are plenty of different options available, sometimes its best to start with some simple ideas and let the company… Continue reading Jumping on the “Employee Engagement” Bandwagon: Part 2

Communication, Employee Relations, Human Resources, Leadership, Performance

Jumping on the “Employee Engagement” Bandwagon: Part 1

Last Friday, I had the opportunity to lead a session at #HRU’s first Chicago conference focused on Employee Engagement.  (For upcoming dates in other U.S. cities, check them out here at: http://www.globalhru.com) Employee Engagement is the latest “buzz” phrase in HR with so many companies now realizing that they have to step up and do something… Continue reading Jumping on the “Employee Engagement” Bandwagon: Part 1

Benefits, Employee Relations, Human Resources, Leadership, Performance

Employees Skipping Breaks – Why You Should NOT Encourage It

The dynamics of the workplace have changed from employees simply punching a timeclock to this world of “working until the job is done”…regardless of the number of hours it takes.  As employers, we push our employees to give 100% and employees, in turn, have had it burned into their brains that they need to give… Continue reading Employees Skipping Breaks – Why You Should NOT Encourage It

Benefits, Communication, Employee Relations, Human Resources

“Cough…Cough… I’m Sick” – But Are They Really?

Whether its because the weather is just awful outside and they don’t want to leave the house, they are feeling stressed from the job and tell themselves they need a “mental health day” or they truly have personal issues that need to be taken care of but are afraid to reveal to you, absenteeism in the workplace… Continue reading “Cough…Cough… I’m Sick” – But Are They Really?

Benefits, Employee Relations, Human Resources, Leadership, Performance

Wellness Programs….They Do A Company Good Too!

It’s not the latest corporate “fad” or a substitute for performance raises.  Wellness Programs truly are a tool for companies to use to increase productivity among their employees and decrease health care costs…and more should be embracing it! Baseline Magazine did a recent study with the following facts (and the numbers might surprise you!):   70%… Continue reading Wellness Programs….They Do A Company Good Too!

Benefits, Employee Relations, Human Resources, Leadership, Performance

Creative Employee Benefits: Positive or Negative?

For the small businesses that have continued to struggle in order to survive in this market, there has been a focus on providing new and various “benefits” in place of the annual raises that many can’t afford.  They are realizing that many of their employees are either already looking for higher paying positions or soon… Continue reading Creative Employee Benefits: Positive or Negative?

Benefits, Employee Relations, Human Resources, Leadership, Performance

Unlimited Vacation Time: Newest Perk?

One of the hardest things for a HR professional to track is vacation time, especially when it comes to salaried employees.  There’s always the argument that because salaried employees aren’t require to track their working time that we can’t really track their vacation time…so why do we “award” them a specific block of vacation time… Continue reading Unlimited Vacation Time: Newest Perk?

Communication, Employee Relations, Leadership

Yes, Your Company Needs a “Snow Day Policy”

Growing up in Chicago, I have seen my share of blizzards.  Just last night we had one that dropped 20 inches on the city, making it the 5th largest snowfall to date.  Other areas have seen their share this season as well, especially those on the East Coast.  Are we “equipped” to deal with such… Continue reading Yes, Your Company Needs a “Snow Day Policy”