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Elevator Video Blog: Who Needs a Benefits Plan Document?

Posted by Timothy Carrington on Tue, Apr 07, 2015 @ 07:00 AM


Benefits Plan Documents

Too many employers offer employee benefits, but do not have the required plan documents.  Without them, pre-tax deductions taken on behalf of the employees may not be legal!  The plan description (formatted as required by the ACA) is not an acceptable substitute.  Watch this elevator video blog for more information.

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Tags: hr solutions, employee benefits

Employee Documentation: Too Important to “Wing It”

Posted by Timothy Carrington on Tue, Feb 19, 2013 @ 12:25 PM

After all this time, I finally get it!  You worked hard for a long time to get to a leadership role.  Since you do such a great job of hiring good people, you don’t have to worry about documentation.  After all, you have so much faith in your organization’s “family environment.”  No employee would ever knowingly do the wrong thing.  If they make an honest mistake, documenting it would only communicate mistrust, ruining the family environment.  Did I get it right for your workplace?

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Tags: hr solutions, management 101, employee documentation

Do You Make These Common Employee Documentation Mistakes?

Posted by Timothy Carrington on Tue, Jan 08, 2013 @ 07:00 AM

Managers tend to have a lot of reasons for poor and missing documentation when it comes to employee actions.  Some of the common reasons actually sound … almost… valid.

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Tags: hr solutions, management 101, employee documentation

Workplace Celebrations: 4 Reasons to Party at the Office

Posted by Timothy Carrington on Tue, Dec 25, 2012 @ 07:00 AM

Celebration should be a central part of every Company’s operations.  It is much too easy to focus on what’s going wrong.  Missed targets, new competitors, lost proposals, product defects and other challenges demand urgent attention.  The best employers fix the problems…while mixing in a party at any feasible opportunity.  For our purposes, a party doesn’t have to be elaborate; a short, impromptu gathering to hear good news qualifies as a party – especially if everyone knows these impromptu gatherings are always good news.

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Tags: hr solutions, employee recognition, workplace celebrations

HR Questions: The Secrets of Successful Strategery

Posted by Timothy Carrington on Tue, Dec 11, 2012 @ 07:00 AM

As we approach the end of the year, many business leaders turn their attention to strategic planning.  Where is the Company going?  What are our options?  When we choose an objective, how do we attain it?  There are many questions to be answered while planning (which is best done as an ongoing, iterative process - not an event.  More on that in a future blog post). 

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Tags: hr solutions, organization plan, business planning

Four Tips to Fix Your Employee Onboarding Process

Posted by Timothy Carrington on Tue, Nov 27, 2012 @ 07:00 AM

There are a few pivotal times in every employee’s career.  Hands down, the most pivotal time is during the onboarding process.  The deal is done; compensation is agreed to, announcements are made and (ideally) preparations are made for the new contributor.  At this time, most new hires are more open than ever to what’s happening around them.  The employer is typically on “best behavior,” wanting to look good for making such a wise hire decision.  So, with all this “niceness” going on, why do some new hires go bad so quickly?

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Tags: hr solutions, employee onboarding process, new hire process

Employee Recognition: The Gratitude Attitude

Posted by Timothy Carrington on Tue, Nov 20, 2012 @ 07:00 AM

When is the last time someone was openly recognized for something good at your workplace?  If it has been more than a week, you may want to think about employee recognition.  I hear it all the time – what used to be a basic work ethic is now worthy of a confetti drop.  While it’s hard to deny some concerning changes in societal norms, I believe that the gratitude attitude can provide your Company with a HUGE strategic advantage. 

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Tags: hr solutions, management 101, employee recognition

Why Bad Bosses are Killing Your Business

Posted by Timothy Carrington on Tue, Nov 06, 2012 @ 07:00 AM

If you have worked for more than three bosses, odds are you’ve had at least one “bad boss.”  According to the press, bad bosses are responsible for global warming (lots of hot air, or something), increases in auto insurance rates (employees speeding to work), and most of what troubles our society.  Most people think of bad bosses in terms of their impact on the employees’ morale and job satisfaction.  The impact of bad bosses goes much deeper than that.

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Tags: hr solutions, management 101, increase profits

Modern Rules for Political Discussions at Work

Posted by Timothy Carrington on Tue, Oct 23, 2012 @ 07:00 AM

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Tags: hr solutions, management 101, politics at work

5 Ways HR Solutions Make Money

Posted by Timothy Carrington on Tue, Oct 16, 2012 @ 07:00 AM

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Tags: hr solutions, hr contribution, forecast