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How to Keep Employees Motivated in the Summer

by Tim AustinAugust 23, 2016 8:00 AM

Let’s face it; employees don’t always want to be indoors during the summer. Having unmotivated, daydreaming employees can lead to unproductive work days, but some summer perks can help motivate your workers. Here are three ways that you can help boost team morale during the summer.

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GMS Celebrates 1,000th Client

by Matt SchoolcraftAugust 19, 2016 8:00 AM

Today, GMS celebrates a huge milestone with the signing of our 1,000th client.

When GMS was started, Bill Clinton was in office, a gallon of gas cost $1.22 and Michael Jordan had won his fourth NBA title. Twenty years later, in 2016, we have another Clinton running for office, gas prices have doubled and the Cavs are the reigning champs. A lot can change in 20 years, and a lot has changed at GMS.

In 1996, Mike Kahoe started GMS as a one-man show. Prior to that, he had worked for a temp agency for construction workers. Kahoe began to notice a trend in companies relying on a workforce made up of temps alone to avoid having to deal with workers’ comp, payroll and benefits. Not being familiar with the Professional Employer Organization industry, he floated the idea to start his own company to handle these functions of a small business.

GMS celebrates it’s 1000th client as a professional employer organization.

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How the New Overtime Rules Affect Employers

by Matt SchoolcraftAugust 16, 2016 8:00 AM

As a small business owner, it is crucial that you stay current on the latest government regulations affecting your business and employees. Effective Dec. 1, 2016, the salary threshold for overtime eligibility will increase from $23,660 to $47,476. This means that anyone earning a salary under the new threshold will now be eligible for overtime pay for any time worked beyond 40 hours in a week

The Department of Labor estimates there will be approximately 4.2 million workers affected who will now be eligible for overtime. Business owners must reevaluate their current workforce to meet the new requirements. The Department of Labor will automatically update the salary threshold every 3 years moving forward to match the 40th percentile of earnings of full-time salaried workers in the lowest-wage Census Region. 

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Hiring the Right Candidate

by Matt SchoolcraftAugust 9, 2016 8:00 AM

Whether your company is growing or you are simply filling an open position, the hiring process can be painstaking for any business owner. Where do you start? Should you post a listing to online job sites? Should you place ads around the local university? Do you set up a booth at a job fair?

Hiring the right people is not an easy task. It can be a lengthy process that takes away from other priorities, like growing your business. It takes an average of 52 days to fill an open position, according to a recruitment study from Bersin by Deloitte.

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Taking Steps to Prevent Summer Workplace Injuries

by Tom SbertoliJuly 28, 2016 8:00 AM

Summer days make for more than just fun in the sun. Summer weather leads to a spike in outdoor jobs, hotter conditions, and workplace injuries. While these issues are a year-long concern, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the rate of workplace injuries increases during the summer season

More injuries mean more workers’ compensation claims, and more claims mean that your company will have to pay a higher workers’ compensation rate. However, business owners can take steps to help lower workers’ compensation rates by employing loss prevention strategies that can help reduce the risk of accidents in the workplace. 

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The Benefits of the GMS Mobile App

by Tim AustinJuly 26, 2016 8:00 AM

Accessing all of your benefits information used to be a pain. Even if you had all of your documents and details organized nicely in a folder, you still wouldn’t be able to access it if you were outside of your home or office. That’s why GMS made it possible to have total access to your health plan no matter where you are.

The GMS Mobile Benefits App for the self-insured plan option allows business owners and their employees to see all of their health plan information on their phone. GMS customers can simply download the app and set-up their account and see info on their eligibility, deductibles, claims, and applicable links to their network and other benefits information. Here’s how the GMS Mobile Benefits App saves you from future hassles.

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The Benefits of 24/7 Telemedicine Services

by Tim AustinJuly 21, 2016 8:00 AM

Illnesses and injuries don’t have hours of operation, but your local doctors’ office usually does. However, a closed office doesn’t mean that you and your employees can’t get good medical advice. 

Group Management Services helps businesses receive quick, convenient access to medical professionals and information through Telemedicine services through PSC Healthcare. Here’s how Telemedicine can help your company.

Image of a doctor during a telemedicine call. Telehealth services help your employees get medical help at all times.

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Intern Life at GMS

by Alexis LevyJuly 19, 2016 8:00 AM

You always hear intern horror stories of Randy the errand runner, Carlin the coffee-getter, solitude Sally, bossy Becky, moody Mandy, lazy Larry, and sob story Serena. But not many have heard or met supportive and studious Sara, reliable and radiant Rafael, or ambitious and adaptable Alexis. 

We are the three interns here at GMS. As a PEO, GMS is not like most companies. A PEO… what is that? Not many have heard of a professional employer organization because it’s unique to the business world, special in a sense that it helps small to mid-size businesses save time and money.

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How I Went from Pumping Gas to a GMS Internship

by Rafael CalzadaJuly 14, 2016 8:00 AM

I’ve never worked in an office before. For so many summers, all I did was work the typical jobs you’d expect from a kid in high school. Swim clubs, gas stations; my summers were reminiscent of Dante’s life from the 1994 movie Clerks, complete with me saying more than just once or twice, “I’m not even supposed to be here today!”  

I grew up in a small town in central Pennsylvania, but was born in Cleveland. Upon graduation, I took a note from LeBron and decided to come home. I’m currently going into my senior year at Cleveland State, and this summer I decided to change things. I figured it was time to leave the lifeguard stands and gas pumps behind in Smallville and get myself an office internship. That’s how I found GMS.

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Top 5 Reasons to Intern at GMS

by Sara ScacchiJuly 12, 2016 8:00 AM

Group Management Services is a Professional Employer Organization founded by Mike Kahoe in 1996. This summer I was fortunate enough to be one of three interns at the GMS National Headquarters in Richfield, Ohio. 

I absolutely love my job, and if you were to step into our office you’d find 90-plus people that would say the exact same thing! Here are the top five reasons I’m having the best summer ever, and why you would too, at GMS:

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