Tips for keeping employees motivated, engaged and productive.

Orient and onboard your new employees online

There is a lot of chatter about the importance of onboarding and orientations for new employees and there is good reason for that. Finding the best candidates and employees takes creativity, time, energy and money. Once you find these talented individuals, you want to keep them!

Using an electronic onboarding system is a time-saver, helps make a great first impression with your new employee and creates a better new employee experience. Read more

Gossip can be costly and disrupt your workplace

Gossip in the workplace is disruptive and can be costly to businesses by reducing productivity. So what should you do when you discover that an employee is gossiping?

Conversations that are negative about others, or are intended to elevate the gossiper, rarely have a positive outcome and can be a form of workplace bullying. Whether it is about another employee or the company, it is important that this toxic behavior is addressed immediately and be disciplined if necessary.

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Ensure safety at work: Training is a must in 2020

Safety is important for economic reasons: When an employee is involved in an accident, you spend money through lost production and absenteeism. Safety training is important so workers and managers know the hazards which cause these things.

Working safely eliminates that injury and promotes greater production. This saves you money through a sustained safe work environment every day.

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How employers should approach at-will employment

At-will employment means that either employer or employee can end an employment relationship at any time, with or without notice, and with or without explanation.

But employers should beware of using it in the same way in all situations. At-will employment is not a one-size-fits-all solution for employers parting ways with an employee. Employers must comply with all federal, state, and local anti-discrimination laws. And employers firing an employee in a protected case should tread carefully if citing at-will employment as the separating reason.

Michigan, as well as many other states, recognize at-will employment status although some states have exceptions for public policy or implied contract.

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3 strategies to avoid workplace teamwork disaster

Getting your employees to work in teams can be difficult, especially when you have employees with drastically different emotions and interpersonal dynamics.

When announcing teamwork assignments, half of the employees tend to get worried, annoyed, and resistant about working together; the other half may feel excited, optimistic, and confident.

So how can you help employees come together despite their initial hesitations? Below are three easy strategies that may be useful when carrying out group projects.

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Age diversity: An underemphasized and underappreciated competitive advantage

It seems that our culture focuses diversity attention on the areas of gender, race, and ethnicity. Why don’t we focus on age diversity, too? Workers of all ages have something of value to bring to the workplace.

Having a broad range of employees will give your company the advantage of perspectives that help make your products or services relevant to a broader market.

Consider that in 2016, almost 20 percent of Americans 65 years old and older were working, according to Bloomberg. That’s a higher percentage than ever before in the United States. Some societal factors impact why workers who may have retired at a traditional age continue to work, including increases to the full retirement age for Social Security benefits, loss of traditional pensions and stock market fluctuations that can impact retirement savings for many.

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The world of hiring is time-consuming; here are some tips

If you have hired anyone recently, you know how difficult and time consuming it can be to find the right talent. A lot of time, energy and expense goes into a recruiting strategy: Crafting a job description, posting and socializing the opportunity, then filtering, screening and interviewing candidates before presenting a job offer and onboarding the new employee.

Much of this is done before an employee has even started with your organization. Once you find someone great for your team, you absolutely want to keep them and find more of them. Here are some ideas on how to attract and retain these great employees.

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Safety critical as numbers of younger, millennial workers increase

Millennials will overtake baby boomers in 2019 as the largest U.S. population group, according to government data analyzed by the Pew Research Center. The Pew Center also notes that about 56 million millennials (those born from 1981 to about 2000) now work compared to 53 million baby boomers remaining on the job. Millennials make up about 33 percent of the U.S. population, according to Pew.

This is changing the workplace in many ways and will impact worker safety. These younger workers are more likely to be injured and they take safety issues in the workplace seriously. So should you.

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Peanuts and other food allergies are on the rise; employers should take notice of this trend

I am in the process of planning my son’s fourth birthday party and a mother of one of the children invited asked me to accommodate her son’s peanut allergy as I select birthday treats for the party.

That made me consider how adults with food allergies may be affected in the workplace. I learned that 32 million Americans have food allergies, including 5.6 million children under the age of 18, and that number is on the rise. A study conducted in 2013 reported that food allergies among children increased approximately 50 percent between 1997 and 2011, for example.

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‘Summer Fridays’ at work becoming popular among employers

More employers and organizations now offer employees an option to leave early on Fridays or take the whole day off during traditional summer months from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Sometimes known as “Summer Fridays,” this paid-time-off benefit is most often offered on the last day of the work week, but sometimes allows flexibility to other days of the week.
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