3 Employee Retention Strategies That Work

Finding top talent in today’s competitive market is a challenge. Unemployment rates are very low, and people have their choice of where they want to take their talents. After a long and arduous recruitment, the last thing you want to do is turn that person over six months later. You must make your company attractive […]

Are Dental Hygienists Exempt?

If you misclassify your employees, not only will you owe back wages, you will also have to pay back taxes and penalties on each quarter the employee was misclassified. You could owe even more if it was proven that you intentionally misclassified the employee.   Not sure what the difference is between exempt and non-exempt? […]

How to Fire Someone with Dignity

The Bozo Explosion. It’s what Steve Jobs described when he discussed hiring “real” managers during Apple’s explosive growth phase. Jobs said that when you hire a “B” player, they will hire another “B” or “C” because they are too insecure to hire “A” players. Next thing you know, you have a company filled with “B’s” […]

How to Create an Awesome Workplace

Have you ever had a job you didn’t like? I have and it sucks. What you don’t realize, is that it can impact other people when you don’t like your job. It made my spouse crazy because she wanted me to be happy, my friends were tired of listening to me bitch, and I was […]

BREAKING: New FLSA Overtime Regulations Postponed

In a shocking 11th-hour victory for small businesses everywhere, a federal judge in Texas granted a preliminary injunction against the FLSA overtime rule on Tuesday. The December 1, 2016 implementation date of the Final Rule is postponed and employers need not adjust salaries upward in order to continue to claim exempt status. The injunction is nationwide […]

Political Discussions in the Workplace

This election season has given us generous helpings of drama, and the general election itself is only two months away. With the final stretch before the candidates—and us—you’ll no doubt overhear political small talk in the office. Maybe even a heated argument or two!   While a respectful debate over lunch or a brief remark […]

HR Outsourcing for Dental Practices | 5 Reasons You Should Consider It

Your two most valuable resources as a small business owner are time and money. If you are wasting either of these valuable assets, you are doing yourself (and your team) a disservice. To save both, you may consider top hr outsourcing solutions. Whether you are a dentist, engineer, tech startup, or cat bed maker, you […]

Do You Need Job Descriptions?

If you have ever asked this question, you are not alone. This question comes up frequently with small to mid-sized businesses. Many employers are concerned and ask: “Won’t a job description just make it harder for me to add other duties to an employee?” The short answer to that is, no. “Other duties as assigned” […]

Bringing Performance Reviews Back to Life

As a consultant to small businesses, I have talked to a lot of business owners recently that stopped giving performance reviews over the last couple of years. Some stopped when they could no longer afford to give raises, others have just been inconsistent. Small business owners need to understand the importance of reviews and make […]

Form I-9 Completion and Maintenance

Cross your t’s, Dot your i’s, and Complete your I-9’s! An I-9 audit can be an intimidating event. If you have not focused on proper I-9 completion and maintenance it can also be a costly one. Here are some great tips and guidance on how to complete and maintain compliance with your I-9’s.

How to Give Employee Feedback

Old school organizations and HR professionals stand by the annual review and merit increase associated with the process. This system is antiquated and does not satisfy the performance expectations we have for employees today nor their desire for instant access to information.

Promoting Military Employees While on Leave

I was at a SHRM meeting recently and the topic of USERRA was covered by a great group of individuals from the ESGR. While this was a great review and helped to solidify some knowledge most of us already had, one topic came up that was not crystal clear: Promoting military employees while they are on […]