How to Avoid Costly Improper Pay Practices

How to Avoid Costly Improper Pay Practices  By Elizabeth Liner In 2017, a national insurer settled a class action lawsuit filed against it in Connecticut under the FLSA wherein plaintiffs alleged they were due unpaid overtime. This $50 million settlement was the most expensive FLSA settlement in 2017. TGI Friday’s was also involved in a significant FLSA class action filed in a New York federal court. The plaintiffs alleged a number of purportedly improper pay

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The Secret to a Perfect Resume

Your resume is the key to the door of opportunity. It grants you entry into a world of new job possibilities. While a great deal of thought goes into crafting a resume, when complete, it is a simple, easy read document. Resumes can look and feel different, based on your industry, but there’s one thing that all good resumes have in common: they tell a detailed and exciting story. Resumes are your opportunity to articulate

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4 Ways to Inspire Employees

March 2018 4 Ways to Inspire Employees By David Sturt and Todd Nordstrom Complacency. It’s a more common problem than we’d like to believe. It happens in every industry and workplace. It happens in every corner of the globe. This problem affects all of us. It’s our problem. It’s your problem. It’s every employer’s problem. “I’ve read all the studies about low engagement,” said Bryce, a business owner we chatted with on a recent airport

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Oops! I Hired The Wrong Person

February 2018 Oops! I Hired The Wrong Person By Sara Pollock Oops, you did it again. You know what I’m talking about. You made the wrong choice and hired the wrong person. The new hire is flailing, your hiring manager is frustrated, HR is trying to ensure they stay long enough to not be a total loss, and the CFO is wondering if he can take the recruitment costs and lost productivity out of your

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Annual Performance Reviews

Annual Performance Reviews: Do They Actually Matter? Workplaces are becoming more metrics based and assessing employee success has become a component that is also measured. Managers are now encouraged to work with their employees to develop SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Timely) goal, and review their progress towards the goals with a big review at the end of the year. Annual performance reviews have many functions in an organization, but are they actually helpful

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How to Survive the Holiday

Many people look forward to the "holiday season," the time between Halloween and New Year’s Day when we celebrate holidays and the end of the year with family and friends. Many holiday traditions include get-togethers over food and the exchange of presents. The number of social engagements and need to purchase holiday gifts often leaves people feeling overwhelmed and tired as we wrap up one year and enter a new one. While our to-do list may be a little longer this time of year, there are things we can do manage our schedule and have more fun and less stress. Here are four strategies for staying on top of the holiday season rush. Make a plan. Whether you're on top of your shopping and cooking or a perennial procrastinator, having a plan can make your task list more manageable during the holiday season. Write out a tentative schedule for gift buying, cooking, and other holiday preparation based on party invites and your celebration schedule. This can be a flexible plan that you review every week. If you are a "wait until the last minute" person, embrace it and plan for how you'll tackle last-minute shopping ahead of time. Writing down a list, checking to-do items off and reviewing as necessary will help make the busyness of the holiday season seem more manageable. Make priorities and say no. Since the holiday season is also known as the season of giving, people pleasing becomes even harder to avoid. There is nothing wrong with prioritizing event and responsibilities so that you are spending time on the events and gatherings that are most important to you. Declining invites or modifying your schedule to make time for extra demands can make a world of difference when trying to manage a busy holiday schedule. Remember the purpose. It's very easy to get caught up in the "tasks" of the holiday season and forget "the why." Many holidays and faith traditions that are celebrated at this time of year focus on themes of gratitude, togetherness, and community. Make sure that the "tasks" of the season align with your values and purpose for celebrating. Remembering the purpose can make your to-do list much more meaningful and enjoyable to complete. Considering the "reason for the season" can also provide a different perspective when you're around a tense family dinner table due to heating discussions about the goings-on of the world. Going about your day with a little more kindness in your heart will allow you to be a bit more forgiving of yourself and others. It is also a great time of year to reflect on successes of the past year and goals for the next. A little self-reflection can go a long way when trying to manage the stress of the holidays. Find time to give back. There are people in our community that find the holiday season a little more challenging. Difficulty could stem from a lack of resources, missing loved ones, or dealing with personal issues. Find a way to help a neighbor or your community this season. Volunteer at an organization that has a mission that speaks to you or check-in with a friend that seems a little down. Your support and kindness can change the course of someone's day.

Many people look forward to the “holiday season,” the time between Halloween and New Year’s Day when we celebrate holidays and the end of the year with family and friends. Many holiday traditions include get-togethers over food and the exchange of presents. The number of social engagements and need to purchase holiday gifts often leaves people feeling overwhelmed and tired as we wrap up one year and enter a new one. While our to-do list

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5 Tips for New Managers

Moving up the ladder and finally making it in into a management position can be exciting and a reward for a job well done over the years. The promotion also comes with new responsibilities, expectations, and the opportunity to hone a new skill set. You have knowledge of the content matter and the mechanics of the job, but now you have to support, lead, and guide a team of people. This new position can be

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How to Help your Team Manage Change

Change is inevitable for any organization; it’s required for growth. Both small changes, such as new staff or new projects, and significant changes, like a change in top-level leadership or mergers, can affect members of your team. Change can leave your staff feeling confused, uncertain, or fearful which will affect productivity and morale. Though some uneasy feelings are to be expected, there are ways that managers can help prepare and support staff through the process.

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How to Overcome the 3:00 Slump

During the workday, our energy can ebb and flow. While some of us are morning people while others do feel most productive in the evening, the “three ‘o clock” slump is experienced by many. The mid afternoon is a time when people commonly experience, fatigue, lack of concentration, and low productivity. There are biological reasons for the slump. Our blood sugar levels have dropped after the lunchtime spike, and our bodies are preparing to wind

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Creative Ways to Praise Your Team

Creative Ways to Praise your Team

Successful managers have mastered the art of providing feedback to members of their team. Giving employees constructive feedback is something that tends to occur more often as it is required for creating quality deliverables. Offering praise is just as important, but often overlooked. Employees that receive a balanced amount of positive and constructive feedback are often more productive and more likely to stay with an organization long-term. Running out of creative ideas for letting your

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