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Wage & Hour mistakes can prove extremely expensive

Wage and Hour calculations are sometimes tricky, but that is no excuse for making mistakes. Wage and Hour mistakes can be extremely expensive for organizations. In 2015, the US Department of Labor (DoL) collected close to a quarter of a billion dollars in back wages for nearly a quarter of a million employees whose pay did not comply with the requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Just a misclassification of independent contractors resulted in a seven-figure settlement…

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Added by kate smith on March 17, 2017 at 7:00am — No Comments

Achieving new peak performance with the Coherent Performance model

We have heard of sportsmen and musicians being in their “zone” every now and then. This is when their creative energies are at their peak. This is when they perform to such levels that it exceeds their own expectations or capabilities. In other words, this is the peak performance.

How does one reach this zone? Is it possible only for the people with special talent, or is it something you and I too can achieve? Is it a process or a kind of creative paroxysm?

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Added by kate smith on March 16, 2017 at 7:08am — No Comments

Onboarding is a crucial exercise for HR

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Added by kate smith on March 15, 2017 at 7:11am — No Comments

Human resources metrics are a very important tool in measuring efficiency

HR metrics are often overlooked or underrated in many organizations. This is a mistake, because HR metrics are very important in assessing the efficiency of the HR policies, programs and endeavors. At the heart of the idea of HR metrics is that whatever is taken up for assessment or implementation has to be measurable. As in any other area of management, HR too has to go by the idiom that what cannot be measured cannot be managed.

The ability for being quantified or measured is…

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Added by kate smith on March 14, 2017 at 7:46am — No Comments

All about strategic planning and execution



Strategic planning, as the term indicates, is the act of planning the organization’s strategy. Strategic planning is planning for the organization’s long run. Taking the steps required towards taking the organization to its strategic objectives is strategic execution. While strategic planning is the visualization part, strategic execution is the implementation aspect of this vision.

Strategic planning and execution are about taking steps to visualize the organization’s goals and…

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Added by kate smith on March 13, 2017 at 6:29am — No Comments

Establishing the mentor-mentee relationship

The mentor-mentee relationship is a very important one in an organization. In a large way, the mentor-mentee relationship defines and determines the destiny of the organization. Although there are no rules or laws for the mentor-mentee relationship; an organization in which this relationship…

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Added by kate smith on March 10, 2017 at 7:44am — No Comments

Dealing with labor and employment laws relating to social networking



Organizations that deal with labor and employment laws relating to social networking are caught in a “damned if you do, damned if you don’t” bind. As many laws as one can imagine are applicable. Think of any of these:

o The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA)

o The Federal Trade Commission

o The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act

o The National Labor Relations Act

o The Health Insurance and Portability Act.

The provisions of any of these laws…

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Added by kate smith on March 9, 2017 at 4:32am — No Comments

Filing IRS forms requires a lot of diligence



Forms 940, 941 and the W-2 are important filings that need to be done with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Any lapse on the part of the organization filing these payroll forms can lead to confusion, and on top of it, to IRS notices. One of the factors that add to the confusion about these IRS forms is that they keep changing, at least to some degree, from year to year.

A basic understanding of the filing of IRS forms 940, 941 and the W-2

IRS Form 940

IRS Form 940 is for…

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Added by kate smith on March 8, 2017 at 5:36am — No Comments

Organizations should bring in inspired leadership for better results

 

All organizations in the world, no matter what kind of business they are in, need inspired leadership. There are many leaders, and most of these leaders are made of real leadership mettle. Yet, even the best of leaders can drift off due to a lull in motivation. It is all too common a human trait to see motivational levels plummet over a period of time, when people feel monotonous at work.

So, organizations need what is called inspired leadership. Inspired leadership,…

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Added by kate smith on March 7, 2017 at 6:58am — No Comments

Virtual teams need to be understood if they have to be managed well

Virtual teams are an offshoot of the developments that have taken place at the workplace on account of the confluence of globalization and the emergence of technologies. While globalization has drawn in qualified workforces from around the world; a host of technologies that have come up almost contemporaneously with these developments has buttressed it by enabling people to connect from remote locations.
Virtual teams are a product of these developments and their near…
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Added by kate smith on March 6, 2017 at 6:33am — No Comments

The Millennials at the workplace

 

Baby Boomers and Generation X, move over. It is time to make way for the Millennials. Well, this may sound a little harsh on the previous generations, but phasing out one generation to make way for the next one is a fact of life. So, this is the time of the latest label…

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Added by kate smith on March 3, 2017 at 6:06am — No Comments

The Effective Manager Communication Skills Toolbox



An effective Manager Communication Skills Toolbox is a must for all managers, no matter at what level of experience they are. An effective Manager Communication Skills Toolbox could typically consist of many ingredients, but the most important ones that are indispensable to making managers successful could be:

o Communication skills

o Listening skills, which are inseparable from communication skills and are an integral part of them

o Being able to get and give constructive…

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Added by kate smith on March 2, 2017 at 7:18am — No Comments

Online reputation disasters are a business’ worst nightmare

An online reputation disaster is the last thing a business needs. While the power of the Net is virtually unlimited in giving a business the kind of coverage and visibility it could only have imagined earlier; one bad review in a popular social…

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Added by kate smith on March 1, 2017 at 6:35am — No Comments

HR auditing: Key issues

HR auditing: Key issues

Since HR auditing is directly related to the most important resource for an organization –its people –a Human resources audit is perhaps the most important of audits that an organization needs to carry out. HR auditing being the…

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Added by kate smith on February 9, 2017 at 1:00am — No Comments

Organizational culture defines an organization more than its products

Organizational culture is the edifice of an organization. It is not something that is very tangible, but is more like the root, and the organization’s products or services, its fruit. What is visible to the outer eye at first glance is not the root, but the fruit. The fruit,…

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Added by kate smith on February 8, 2017 at 2:19am — No Comments

Research and practice need to go hand in hand

Research and practice are two sides of a coin. Most actions result from thoroughly and well carried out research, but somehow, research has largely been confined to being just an academic activity that is carried out for satisfying the professional urges of the researchers. Translating research into practice, however, is very important, because research in itself does not mean much in the real world if what is obtained from it is not implemented. Likewise, many practical, real world products…

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Added by kate smith on January 27, 2017 at 3:46am — No Comments

Effective meetings are a means to improved performance

Effective meetings become a very critical means to improving the organization’s performance. Meetings are absolutely indispensable as a vehicle for sharing thoughts and conveying important decisions. Is there any organization that does not conduct meetings? Meetings are the most…

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Added by kate smith on January 25, 2017 at 5:10am — No Comments

Top trends in management accounting

Top trends in management accounting need to be taken into account by professionals in this area of work. As a field, management accounting has evolved and come a long way in the last few decades. For this reason, professionals in this field need to be aware of the top trends in management accounting if they have to stay ahead of the curve. Disciplines or activities that constitute top trends in management accounting yesterday have become part of standard practice today. Likewise, what people…

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Added by kate smith on January 24, 2017 at 4:10am — No Comments

Documenting Employee Discussions –a very important function for HR

Documenting employee discussions is a very tricky and at times painful activity for organizations. While it is crucial for HR for a number of reasons, it is a difficult habit for the other employees to imbibe. Documenting employee discussions is important from a legal perspective,…

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Added by kate smith on January 23, 2017 at 6:08am — No Comments

Conflict management is not about chopping heads

Conflict management is not about chopping heads. Chopping heads is not a wise option or decision when it comes to conflict management. Many a time, a session in which the parties in a conflict can be made to come together and sit and talk can resolve conflict. Conflict management should not…

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Added by kate smith on January 20, 2017 at 2:11am — No Comments

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