The US Department of Labor has changed the salary level that an employee must earn in order to be considered exempt from being paid overtime. Although this was effective on January 1, 2020, if companies have not made this change they are accruing potential penalties until such time as the change is made and employees are correctly classified. If an employee is not eligible to be considered exempt then every..
When the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) was signed into law in December 2017, sweeping changes to Form W-4 became a matter of “when,” not “if.” Those changes—arguably the biggest since the form debuted in 1943—are finally materializing for the 2020 tax year, after a one-year implementation delay prompted by feedback from payroll and tax communities. Let’s provide some context for the current W-4 situation bef..
What impact does dysfunctional conflict have on your workplace? High tensions, stress, and anxiety? Reduced effectiveness, productivity, and quality? Increased absenteeism, turnover, hostility, and possibly violence? Is conflict displayed as outward aggression and dominance or are their issues with conflict avoidance where important issues are unresolved?The dysfunctional conflict has destructive consequenc..
Nothing is so predictable as change - and change is painful, sometimes devastating. Those who survive major changes are those who keep their spirits up and never stop looking for new ways to perform more efficiently, market more effectively and apply more creativity to their real estate practice. Drawing on well-documented research and 22 years of investigation and consulting experience with some of the wor..
The bottom line is that you will acquire new tools to help you be a more effective virtual team leader. All the research tells us that people are our most important resource so it makes sense to develop that resource as best we can. Join Larry for a one-hour webinar that will give you the tools to maximize the power of those who work for you.Whether your employees are occasional home-workers, or out of th..
An engaged workforce is a major competitive advantage for any business. It is clear that engaged workers work harder, produce more, generate greater profits, have more satisfied customers, have fewer attendance issues, and are better in almost every regard. Yet about two-thirds of employees are NOT engaged. That is a problem and an opportunity.Simply put, employee engagement is the extent to which employees..
Businesses today are striving to generate greater productivity, quality, customer satisfaction, and profitability with fewer employees. And Employee Engagement is a proven method for doing just that. Engaged employees:Expend discretionary effort doing more than they are askedAre motivated toward the organization’s successWork the hardest, stay the longest and perform to their capabilitiesEmployee Engagement..
As Human Resources, we are always balancing a the tightrope between keeping the C-suite happy and effectively working with our employees. It is neither simple nor easy. Our jobs are a lot easier when we work in a culture of highly motivated employees who want to do their best every day. But how to reach that pinnacle? Motivating employees is difficult, but not impossible; using a few tried and true techni..
It can be difficult to maintain a positive attitude when dealing with stressful situations and pressing deadlines, but choosing to do so can play a big role in career success and stress reduction.Attitude, whether it is positive or negative, can be contagious. A positive one motivates others, reduces stress, increases quality and productivity, creates teamwork and encourages creative thinking.Your team me..
It is Important for Managers and Supervisors to understand the Importance of Documentation regarded their represented employees. It is critical for them to understand the impact and depth that Documentation has on multiple areas of the workplace and operation of the business.One Key area of impact is the Just Cause Standard and how the failure to properly a document will result in the costly loss of Grievan..
Independent Contractors: Issues, Practices, and Steps to Successfully and Legally Staff Your Company
Companies meet their staffing needs by using a variety of arrangements. Besides the hiring of traditional employees, employers can use contingent employees such as temporary employees, seasonal employees, and leased workers hired through temporary staffing agencies. A growing number of companies are leveraging independent contractors, especially because a larger percentage of the workforce is preferencing “..
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has come knocking -- uh, oh....what do you do now? Well, this program has the answers. Too many employers think that the EEOC process is a hazard to be survived, and the next, even more evil, step, also known as litigation, is a bridge crossed at a later date. Believe it or not, going through the EEOC's process can provide a lot of useful tips and tools to a savvy..
Civility training is a new term for an old concept. It refers to professional business training related to etiquette, diversity awareness and cultural sensitivity. Research indicates that inclusion policies are actually the keys to diversity management success. As economies, markets and industries around the world merge together, the need for thoughtful and perceptive employees continues to grow among globa..
Since it is impossible to completely avoid conflict, the potential for issues is usually higher in complex social systems where the players compete for resources, like the organization. This becomes particularly critical in ethnically diverse and multicultural work environments, in which not only “regular” work disagreements may occur but in which also different languages, worldviews, lifestyles and ultimat..
It Smells and It’s Making Me Sick: Employer Responsibility Around Fragrance and Odor Sensitivity and Workplace Accommodation
When the subject of workplace accommodations comes up, most managers and supervisors think about the more common situations such as an employee recovering after surgery. Or perhaps, they recall an employee who had an ongoing physical – and mostly visible - disability. These days, however, employees are approaching their employers with health problems triggered and perpetuated by odor and fragrance sensitivi..