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Managing Employees

Keeping Your Remote Team Motivated

Are you finding it difficult to keep your team motivated and focused, especially if they are working remotely?  This is more common than you think. After all, you do not have the benefit of all the face to face social interactions and informal conversation that can give you a sense for how the team is…Continue readingKeeping Your Remote Team Motivated

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HR Policies Paid and Unpaid Leave

Breaking Down Your Vacation Policy

All employees look forward to a little vacation. Some look forward to a lot of vacation.  Meanwhile, you have to keep the business running.  As the employer, how do you handle this? Vacation policies can be grouped into three categories: Case-By-Case Some businesses do not have a formal policy.  All requests are on a case-by-case…Continue readingBreaking Down Your Vacation Policy

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Compliance

Compliance Issues and Your Multi-State Work Team

Remote, distributed work teams have become a mainstream approach to business.  There are many advantages.  You can attract talent from anywhere, independent of the “home office.”  Many employees enjoy a more flexible and balanced lifestyle without long commutes.  Technology has made communication and collaboration doable in real time over long distances.  However, having employees in…Continue readingCompliance Issues and Your Multi-State Work Team

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Hiring

6 Tips to Supercharge Your Recruiting Results

All employers are challenged by recruiting. It can seem a long and complicated process with uncertain results. But there are proven ways to turn the process to your advantage. Here are 6 tips to give your recruiting a supercharge. Write a Clear Job Description If your job description doesn’t make sense, reduce it to a…Continue reading6 Tips to Supercharge Your Recruiting Results

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Hiring

How Employers Should Discuss Salary During a Job Interview

The Scene:  Final interview for a position.  After several interviews, the hiring manager thinks that the candidate is right for the job.  Only one question . . . how much salary to offer? Traditionally, at this point the hiring manager would ask the candidate, “what is your current salary?” Often that would used as a gauge of how…Continue readingHow Employers Should Discuss Salary During a Job Interview

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HR Policies

Managing Employee Risk

Managing employees also means managing risk.  Unhappy employees may start legal actions; so may former employees.  Issues can include discrimination, sexual harassment, wrongful termination, or complaints for back pay or overtime.  Many business owners and managers do not have basic policies and procedures in place to protect their business in such cases.  Implementing some simple personnel policies will greatly…Continue readingManaging Employee Risk

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HR Policies

Tips on Breaks and Meal Periods

Give me a break!   Employee breaks and meal period requirements are confusing to employers and employees alike.  I will attempt to make it clearer, or at least less confusing. The Fair Labor Standards Act, the federal law better known for regulating minimum wage and overtime, divides breaks into two categories, rest breaks and meal periods. Rest breaks The FLSA…Continue readingTips on Breaks and Meal Periods

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Compliance

Connecticut Paid Leave Program – What to Know and Do Now

The State of Connecticut is instituting a new Paid Leave program (CTPL), allowing employees who work in CT to take paid leaves for certain events, starting January 1, 2022.  Up to 12 weeks of benefits may be paid in connection with approved reasons for the leave, with an additional 2 weeks for certain medical conditions…Continue readingConnecticut Paid Leave Program – What to Know and Do Now

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HR Policies

How to Handle Late or Absent Employees

Since the invention of the time clock, employers have obsessed over their employees’ time and attendance.  Why are employees late to work or absent? Personal duties outside of work, primarily childcare. Transportation issues such as heavy traffic or mass transportation delays. Physical issues, such as illness or injury. Rules resisters. Written policies are meant for others. Internal clock issues, often…Continue readingHow to Handle Late or Absent Employees

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Managing Employees

5 Tips to Reduce Turnover

Turnover is costly and disruptive.  Here are five tips to reduce your turnover and find and keep your good employees. Know what you want.  Before you hire someone, decide what you are looking for and the the best way to attract good candidates.  Write a job description, post an attractive ad answering the question, “why should a…Continue reading5 Tips to Reduce Turnover