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Timothy Carrington

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Salaries, Timekeeping and FLSA Overtime Regulations: Check Your Tech!

Posted by Timothy Carrington on Wed, May 25, 2016 @ 07:00 AM

Last week, the Federal Government announced changes to overtime regulations.  Many employers must decide on how to comply with these changes.  With the advent of TV commercials from law firms offering workers a chance to report wage and hour issues, FLSA overtime regulations must be followed closely. 

I called one of our favorite clients to ensure they understood the overtime changes and implications to their business.  They are a premier, dynamic IT Consultancy; once we covered the regulatory stuff, our chat shifted to technology changes that may be triggered by the regulatory change.  We discussed timekeeping systems for a while; companies are figuring out the best way to handle impacted employees, and their timekeeping systems will (or should) have the data managers need to support decisions.

For example, salaries below the threshold ($47,476 effective December 1, 2016) don't have to be increased.  You may decide to calculate the equivalent hourly rate that would pay the same dollar amount...with the same work schedule (including typical overtime hours).  Having a history of hours worked would be invaluable in that analysis. 

 Anyway, consider the following functions of a great time keeping system.

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Tags: wage and hour, timekeeping, overtime regulations, employee classification

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

Personnel Files: What the Records Show (Elevator Video Blog)

Posted by Timothy Carrington on Tue, Mar 31, 2015 @ 07:00 AM

The Truth about Employee Records

Does your Company have a "personnel file?"  By that, I mean one folder for keeping every important-looking piece of paper related to one of the employees.  Hey - as long as all the papers are (pretty much) in one place and able to be found, that's OK...right?

Employee record keeping is a serious matter.  Personnel files are to a seasoned HR Professional like a blood sample is to a Physician.  Regardless of what the Manager (or Patient) says, you can get to the truth by checking the sample...assuming you know what to look for.  Your employee records say a lot about your Company.  As unimportant as they may seem to some Managers, those dusty papers will either save you or hang you.

Respect the records!  Watch our Elevator Video Blog for a dose of truth re: personnel files.

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Tags: employee documentation, employee records, personnel files

Elevator Video Blog - Why Give Employees Performance Reviews?

Posted by Timothy Carrington on Wed, Mar 25, 2015 @ 12:30 PM

Performance Management and Feedback

Try playing Football with no yard lines, no end zone and no goal posts (this was actually a fun game I played as a kid; let's try another example!). 

Better yet, try running your operation with no expectations, performance targets or feedback.  Would you sign up to be accountable for that operation?  Not if you want a good career.

Managers use a lot of reasons to not give performance reviews to their employees.  I wonder how many of those reasons are actually good for the business overall. 

Watch this short "elevator" video blog for reasons to give employees performance reviews!  No cheesy performance review phrases here; just sound advice.

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Tags: effective communication, performance management

Effective Communication in Business: You Own the Message

Posted by Timothy Carrington on Tue, Apr 02, 2013 @ 07:00 AM

Communication seems like such an easy thing. You know exactly what you mean to say, and the message is crystal clear in your mind. So, what happens when that message gets into open air?

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Tags: management development, cultural competency, effective communication

Where Did All the Employee Ideas Go?

Posted by Timothy Carrington on Tue, Mar 26, 2013 @ 07:00 AM

When I was a kid, I remember watching Quickdraw McGraw, a goofy cartoon character (a horse, I think) with a Donkey as a sidekick.  Almost every episode, the sidekick would have an idea, or see a problem that QuickDraw had missed.  When the sidekick tried to alert QuickDraw, he would reply with “I’ll do the thin(k)ing around here, and don’t you forget it!”  Maybe you have heard (or worse yet, said) those words in a business environment.  What a waste, and a dangerous situation.  Managers who don’t require employee feedback (not just allow, tolerate or patronize it) are guilty of wasting company money in the worst way.  There are many stories of employees on factory lines (doing repetitive tasks all day) developing innovations to benefit the overall operation.  Wisdom is where you find it, and its value is not diminished based on where it comes from.

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Tags: management development, employee ideas, employee suggestions

Self-Awareness: Don’t Be a Manager Without It

Posted by Timothy Carrington on Tue, Mar 12, 2013 @ 11:00 AM

I define self-awareness as the knowledge of one’s own strengths, weaknesses and impact others.  Some management gurus take this concept to a mystical extreme.  I don’t claim guru status, and I don’t think that mystical methods are necessary to develop leadership skills.  I do, however, support self-awareness (my definition) as a key factor in a manager’s success and effectiveness.

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Tags: management development, new manager, self-development

Eight Factors that Keep Star Performers on Your Team

Posted by Timothy Carrington on Tue, Mar 05, 2013 @ 07:00 AM

Measuring employee attrition is good; planning for retention of top performing employees is critical.  Your best performers have options, and they know it.  They constantly evaluate your organization and the options you present for them.  Keeping these employees must be a component of your overall HR solution.  Here are eight factors that you must consider while planning for retention of your star performers:

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Tags: management 101, employee recognition, star performers

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

Artifacts, Legends and Rituals: Keys to your Company Culture

Posted by Timothy Carrington on Tue, Feb 12, 2013 @ 07:00 AM

Archaeologists and Anthropologists study past civilizations, deciphering clues from what was left behind.  Remember the well-known character in the Indiana Jones movies, and how he used ancient maps, legends and other clues to find mythical treasures?  Those themes are the substance of great movies, … and great careers in business.

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Tags: politics at work, cultural competency, corporate culture