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5 Things to Consider When Creating an Employee Attendance Policy

The employment attendance policy is one of the most important components of the employee handbook. Companies that get attendance right can offer employees better work-life balance and flexibility without sacrificing business objectives. Those that get it wrong often...

What to Consider When Creating Tuition Reimbursement Programs

Employee compensation and benefits planning can be a tricky challenge with four generations currently in the workforce. The ability to pursue continuing education and develop as professionals is popular at most career stages, and surveys show that Millennials strongly...

How to Recognize Employee Disengagement

Workforce productivity is strongest when employees are actively engaged. Engaged employees tend to stay longer with their employers, lowering the recruitment and training costs associated with employee turnover. Unfortunately, disengagement is common in the modern...

How to Design for Privacy in the Office

Office spaces with open floor plans were originally designed to inspire collaboration and drive innovation. However, recent research suggests that this strategy actually creates stress for employees and lack of privacy in the workplace is a serious issue. Too much...

What to Consider When Creating a Pet Friendly Office Policy

By some estimates, Millennials will comprise 50% of the workforce by next year. Their priorities when choosing employers and their preferences for office culture and workspace design will dominate the next 20 years in recruitment strategies. Surveys have shown that...

Pros and Cons of BYOD

In today’s global economy, enterprise mobility plays an important role in driving business agility and success. Mobile devices, especially the use of employees’ personal devices, empower the workforce to be more productive, accessible, and accountable. To make the...

How Facilities Management Became Part of HR

Traditionally, facilities management was thought of primarily as a blend of asset management and cost containment. Facilities managers focused on buildings and equipment in order to maximize the use of those items to the benefit of an organization. Research continues...

Celebrating Mother’s Day at Work

Women make up about half of the US workforce. According to Pew Research, seven in 10 mothers with children younger than 18 years of age are in the US labor force. Yet working mothers face significant challenges when juggling a career and family. In fact, working...

5 Things the Modern Worker Looks For In a Job

In today’s dynamic workplace, modern talent expects their employer to prioritize learning and career development. LinkedIn’s 2018 Workforce Learning Report found that 93% of employees would stay with a company longer if it invested in talent development. In the same...

Employee Benefit Trends for 2019

Today, four generations occupy the workplace at the same time. They all need adequate compensation and basic benefits like healthcare, but beyond that, no two employees are exactly the same. Employee trends vary dramatically by generation, so most HR departments face...

End Multistate Payroll Tax Insomnia

Lost sleep has a cost in American workplace productivity estimated at more than $63 billion, according to one study, with between 50 and 70 million Americans experiencing sleep difficulties that leave them with lingering effects on the job.The problem is not limited...

A Pain-Free Approach to Adding Payrol

From CPAs to bookkeepers, benefits brokers, insurance companies, HR consultants and timekeeping businesses,  a growing number of accounting and financial services businesses are discovering many good reasons to consider adding payroll to their array of service...

5 Ways to Improve Employee Performance in 2019

Improving Employee Performance in 2019 With 2019 just weeks away, HR organizations are evaluating the past year’s employee performance and what turning their attention to identifying what will be the most impactful employee training needs in the year ahead. The most...

Paid Family & Medical Leave Update

Washington Paid Family & Medical Leave (1/1/19) All Washington employers must provide paid family and medical leave under a bill signed by Gov. Jay Inslee on July 5, 2017. The new law creates an insurance fund that employers and employees both pay into, with a 0.4...

How to Build Your HR Budget for 2019

Can you demonstrate a return on HR programs? It’s the last quarter of the calendar year—a busy time for most HR departments. The odds are good that you are in the middle of open enrollment and trying to complete an HR departmental budget for 2019.In this digital age,...

Pros and Cons of a Pet-Friendly Workspace

In today’s competitive labor market, employers are definitely looking for perks, especially inexpensive ones, that will appeal to younger generations of workers. In the US and Canada, pet ownership has been on the rise over the past decade. Nearly 75% of Millennials...

How the Mid-Term Elections Will Impact Employers

This week in the US, it’s pretty much impossible to escape the pending mid-term elections, in which 435 seats in the House of Representatives, 35 seats in the Senate and 39 state or territorial governorships are to be contested, in addition to other state and local...

The Form I-9: From Immigration Document to Critical Employment Form

Any business owner knows the importance of paying attention to detail in order to thrive. At Payroll Specialties Northwest, we realize how crucial it is for businesses to spend more time growing than worrying about complex details. Our country is built largely on...

Taking the Pulse of Talent a Decade After the Great Recession

The fourth business quarter of 2018 marks the ten-year anniversary of some of the more notable events of the Great Recession, including record drops in the stock market, the enactment of TARP (Troubled Asset Relief Program), and the federal bailouts of AIG, Chrysler,...

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