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How to encourage employees to vaccinate

Posted by Anchor Staff on Oct 13, 2021 11:22:18 AM

Question: We have under 100 employees and are not required to mandate the COVID vaccine. We’re considering doing so anyway, but we’re also interested in other ways of encouraging our employees to get vaccinated. What incentives have been most effective?

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Topics: covid, employees

Employees Want More – Can You Offer It?

Posted by Anchor Staff on Aug 17, 2021 5:53:37 PM
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Topics: employers, employees, hr, humancapitalmanagement, tips

Ten Steps to Effectively Review Resumes

Posted by Anchor Staff on Jun 30, 2021 3:34:25 PM

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate in July 2009 was 9.4% compared to 5.8% in July last year.  In turn, many employers have observed from their growing stacks of resumes, a wider availability of experienced workers as interested job applicants. As the employer, to effectively determine which resumes will lead you toward the top job candidates, keep in mind the following helpful steps:

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Topics: employees, hiring, turnover

First Impressions: How to Welcome a New Employee

Posted by Anchor Staff on Jun 30, 2021 3:26:16 PM

Congratulations!  The hard part is over—you’ve finally hired someone.  You now have a new “employee.”  That means you need to give the person the tools to be the best employee he or she can be, and that process starts on Day One. 

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Topics: employees, hiring

Employing Minors in Your Organization

Posted by Anchor Staff on Jun 30, 2021 3:03:00 PM

If you employ or plan to employ anyone under 18, you need to be aware of how federal child labor laws and the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) play a key part in your business success. You should also check your state's legal requirements and follow the rules offering more protection. The information we'll cover below pertains to federal law.

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Topics: employees, hiring

Businesses Are Struggling to Hire—Here's What They Can Do About It

Posted by Anchor Staff on May 13, 2021 5:01:35 AM

If you’re finding it difficult to hire employees, you’re not alone. Bloomberg reports that many small businesses are struggling to find people who currently want to work—in fact, 42% say they have jobs they can’t fill. The number of people quitting jobs right now is also higher than average.  

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Topics: leadership, employees, hr, hiring

The Real Costs of Employee Turnover—And How to Measure Them

Posted by Anchor Staff on Apr 10, 2021 11:09:31 AM

Employee turnover is expensive—more so than you might think. According to a recent survey by the Society for Human Resource Management, the average cost-per-hire is $4,129. However, turnover costs can vary depending on the length of time it takes to fill the role, the importance of the position to the employer, and the employer’s industry. Some costs are easily calculable, such as those of recruiting, hiring, and onboarding. Other costs can be difficult to measure, such as the impact of a termination on employee engagement. Easily measurable or not, all these costs hurt your bottom line.

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Topics: employees, hr, hiring, turnover

How to Make Good Use of Your Employee Handbook

Posted by Anchor Staff on Mar 14, 2021 7:42:51 AM

Employee handbooks are a nifty communication and reference tool for the workplace, but only if they’re used and not collecting dust on some physical (or digital) shelf. A handbook is only as good as what it does. At the minimum, it should do the following:

Introduce employees to the fundamentals of your organization’s culture—the beliefs and values that members of the organization are expected to share. This introduction explains what you do and why you do it. It may also give employees a look into the history of your organization, how you got to where you are, and where you intend to go. Last but not least, it gives employees an idea of how they can contribute to the culture.

Communicate to employees what general behaviors and procedures are expected of them. These include general safety responsibilities, confidentiality expectations, timekeeping processes, reporting procedures, dress codes, and any other ways of doing things at your organization.

Educate employees about what they can expect from the organization’s leadership. Executives, managers, and HR departments have obligations to their employees—both those they’ve established themselves and those required by law. A good handbook tells employees what those obligations are and how they will be met. If your employees are entitled to leaves or accommodations, for example, your handbook should explain these.

Support consistent enforcement of company policies. Employers expose themselves to risk when they interpret, apply, or enforce policies inconsistently. Transparency about policies and how they are enforced helps keep everyone accountable and the enforcement of rules consistent across the company.

Showcase the benefits the organization offers. Does your organization offer vacations, 401(k), health insurance, paid parental leave, or other employee benefits? If so, your handbook should outline these programs and their eligibility requirements.

Let employees know where to turn for help. Employees should feel safe turning to HR or a manager to report workplace violations, get workplace-related assistance, and get answers to any other questions they may have. The alternative is for them to turn to an outside third party, like the EEOC, the DOL, or an attorney, which could trigger a costly and time-consuming investigation. When a handbook provides multiple ways for an employee to lodge a complaint (ensuring they won’t have to report the problem to the person creating the problem), they are more likely to keep their complaints in-house.

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Topics: leadership, teams, employees, hr

How to Help Employees Communicate More Effectively

Posted by Anchor Staff on Feb 17, 2021 9:28:35 AM

In an ideal world, communication would be easy. We’d immediately know exactly what to say or write. Emails, Slack messages, and reply threads would practically write themselves. And there’d be no confusion about what anyone meant, ever

Of course, communication never works that way. We stare at the computer screen trying to decide how to begin an email. We misspeak or garble our words. We don’t always convey exactly what we intend. We misunderstand, overlook, or forget information we’ve been given. We also sometimes read emotions into words that weren’t what the writer was feeling. Or we pack our speech with such an emotional punch that it distracts from the point we’re trying to make.

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Topics: leadership, effective meetings, teams, employees, Success, effective communication

Conflict Resolution Strategies

Posted by Anchor Staff on Jan 11, 2021 8:29:26 PM

The recipe for workplace conflict is decidedly simple: bring two or more people together and assign them a task. Unless the stars have aligned in your favor, there’s going to be some cause for disagreement between them, and if conflict ensues, their ability to cooperate will suffer.

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Topics: leadership, teams, employees, hr