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DOL Releases Final Overtime Rule, Setting Standard Salary Threshold at $684 Per Week
This blog post was originally published on Sept. 24, 2019 and updated on Dec. 31, 2019. In September, the U.S. Department of Labor released its final rule that increases the salary threshold for workers in the executive, administrative and professional exemptions. The threshold increased from $455 per week (or $23,660 per year) to $684 per […]
4 Tips for Preventing and Addressing Issues Arising From Office Parties
Ah, the holiday season. Presents, family and food are on the horizon, as are a few holiday jingles that will haunt you for the next few months. The ever-anticipated office party is also in the works to celebrate another successful year for you and your employees. Though the office party should be a fun time […]
Next-Level Employee Training and Development
Not all workplace learning programs are created equal. Effective ones can increase productivity and improve the employee experience, which is vital in today’s tight labor market where people’s jobs are changing rapidly. But one out of three employees says uninspiring content is a barrier to learning and can influence their decision to leave an organization, […]
Upskilling to Overcome Skill Gaps and Labor Shortages
In today’s competitive job market, filling open positions is a daunting task for many organizations. Jobs remain vacant for longer than desired with few qualified candidates applying, if any. And it doesn’t look like the situation is going to improve any time soon. As jobs continue to change due to technological innovations and the war […]
Employers: Don’t Learn This Workforce Development Lesson the Hard Way
Today’s employee loves to learn. In fact, Gallup research shows that for 87% of millennials, the opportunity to grow and develop is an important consideration when choosing an employer. Therefore, offering such opportunities will become increasingly important for attracting and retaining these workers. It’s definitely an investment, but a worthwhile one. As with any venture, […]
Do These 3 Things to Show Employee Appreciation
Your organization’s employees work hard. You know this, but they might not know you know it. For managers and HR professionals, displays of gratitude provide an opportunity to add much-needed touches of positivity, creativity and reciprocity to the workplace. Here are three ways to do just that! Celebrate anniversaries and birthdays When a worker’s service […]
Why HR Should Cultivate a Company Culture of Gratitude
With this being the time of year we give thanks, gratitude is on our minds as much as gravy. Of the two, gratitude should be a year-round practice. After all, it’s the only one among the pair to actually improve physical health. (No offense, gravy. You are loved.) It’s true: As reported in Psychology Today, […]
The Future of Work: Reskilling and Upskilling for Business Success When Change Is Constant
Ongoing advancements in automation, artificial intelligence and machine learning continue to propel the digital transformation, making the future of work a hot topic for years. People’s jobs – and the skills required to do them – are changing rapidly, as are the industries in which they operate. Despite the heightened awareness of this issue, 79% […]
3 Best Practices for Seasonal Hiring
The way you hire your employees directly impacts the experience your customers receive. Seasonal workers are certainly no exception! But many best practices are, in this case, dictated by the temporary nature of the work. With that in mind, here’s a quick rundown to help outline the best course of action for organizations with seasonal […]
Why Company Culture Isn’t Just for Full-Timers Anymore
The later part of the year often gives companies a chance to showcase their culture in its best light. From Thanksgiving potlucks to full-on, off-site Christmas parties, these are the moments for workers to revel in a shared sense of fun and belonging. However, if the term “worker” conjures an image of strictly full-time employees, […]
5 Practices to Help You Retain Seasonal Hires
Seasonal workers come with many perks, such as lower payroll costs and additional support for permanent employees during busy times. But retaining temporary workers can be challenging because they often are less motivated and less loyal than full-time staff. However, simply avoiding seasonal hires isn’t feasible for many organizations. In 2018, U.S. businesses brought on […]
The Time to Start Seasonal Hiring? Now!
How soon do you need to start recruiting for this year’s seasonal hires? Likely well before you think you do. Kohl’s, for example, announced open seasonal positions in July. Competition for seasonal employees this year is expected to be tight, just as it has been in the last few years. If you’re late to the […]