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Common Workplace Injuries – The Knee

by Aaron GroverMarch 9, 2017 8:00 AM

The knee is the largest joint in our body and, by the nature of its use, takes the brunt of our day-to-day activities. Think about all of the things you do on a daily basis and then try to imagine doing any of them without your knees. Rolling over in bed would be about the only thing you could perform; you couldn’t even stand up to start your day without the use of your knees. 

Those jointed masses of bone and ligament help us to stand, bend, squat, walk, jump, run, crawl, kneel, pivot, and even sit. Thinking about everything that these joints do for us, it only makes sense to take good care of them.

Did you know that your knee absorbs four times your body weight when walking and 10 times your body weight when running? Given these numbers, it is evident that even workers with a smaller body frame, carrying an appropriate weight are still stressing their knees every day. Adding my 20-40 pounds of extra body fat, depending on the month, only compounds my chances of experiencing a debilitating knee injury at work sooner rather than later.

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Three Email Time Management Tips for Business Owners and Their Employees

by Tim AustinMarch 7, 2017 8:00 AM

Too many emails per day keeps productivity away. Email is a great communication tool, but too many business owners and employees get bogged down and frustrated by endless messages that eat away at productivity.

Forbes reported that “office workers spend 2.6 hours per day reading and answering emails.” That’s almost a third of your work day! It’s time to take back your time so that you can limit the amount of your day you spend dealing with your email and limiting distractions. That way your business can benefit and you’ll feel a lot better about dealing with your inbox on your terms. Here are three email time-management tips that can benefit you and your company.

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Advantages of a Professional Employer Organization: Compliance

by Tim AustinMarch 3, 2017 8:00 AM

As a business owner, you get to make the rules in  your own company. However, there are still plenty of regulations and laws that can impact your business.

It can be difficult for owners to keep track of every single rule and avoid non-compliance costs when they’re  busy, well, running a business. That’s why it can pay to invest in human resource outsourcing through a Professional Employer Organization. A PEO can help your business stay in line with complicated regulations to help you keep your HR functions in order. Here are areas  where a PEO can help save you some money.

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Tips for Engaging Employees in a Workplace Wellness Program

by GMS Wellness GroupMarch 1, 2017 8:00 AM

Over the years while working in the field of Workplace Wellness we have seen many programs succeed… and fail.

Throughout these successes and failures, we have come to realize there are a few key components that make or break a Workplace Wellness Program.

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21st Century Cures Act and QSEHRA FAQs

by Jen ShusterFebruary 27, 2017 8:00 AM

The 21st Century Cures Act allows small employers to offer Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs) to their workforce to help cover the cost of medical expenses and health insurance premiums for themselves and their families. Previously, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) prohibited businesses from offering HRAs for individual insurance premiums.

With the passage of the new law, employers and workers alike have questions about how a Qualified Small Employer Health Reimbursement Arrangement (QSEHRA) will affect them. Legal experts are in the process of interpreting the law, below are a few of the QSEHRA FAQs and their answers that are generally agreed upon.

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To Insource or to Outsource: That is the Question

by Hanna JohnstoneFebruary 24, 2017 8:00 AM

Why did you start your business? Maybe because you are good at doing something. Maybe because you can offer a service that not many others can.

You worked hard to grow your business, to show everyone why they should use your company for their needs. You are a professional, and nobody knows your business better than you do. So why would you ever consider outsourcing back office tasks to a PEO if you can do them yourself?

At the end of the day, we all want the same thing: to be successful. Sometimes, to succeed we need to embrace the fact that we can’t always do everything ourselves.

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Four Things Employees Should Do Before Going on Vacation

by Tim AustinFebruary 16, 2017 8:00 AM

Vacations are an important tool to help employees take some time off and recharge every once in a while. However, improper planning and coordination before a vacation can leave employees and their employers in a difficult situation.

Without the right steps, a vacationing employee can lead to missing deadlines, confused customers or clients, and stressed out workers if you don’t take the right steps to prepare for someone’s absence. Here are four things your employees should do before they head out on a well-earned vacation.

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The Dangers of Slips, Trips, and Falls in the Workplace

by Aaron GroverFebruary 7, 2017 8:00 AM

Eddie woke up one frigid, Ohio, winter morning as he always did. That day, he assumed, would be no different than any other day. He arose to the tune of his 4:30 a.m. alarm clock sounding, what his wife and children often called “the fall-out alarm.” His wife darted awake as well, but quickly rolled back over and off to sleep again. 

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How Retirement Plan Struggles Can Affect Small Businesses

by Matt SchoolcraftJanuary 31, 2017 8:00 AM

Americans work the majority of their lives with the hope of one day retiring and enjoying the fruits of their labor. Unfortunately, more and more people have to work well into their golden years without any end in sight. This is especially true for people that work for small businesses for the bulk of their career.

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Three Big Business Benefits of Online Payroll

by Tim AustinJanuary 24, 2017 8:00 AM

Business owners should feel like shouting “mayday” when preparing for pay day. Unfortunately, payroll management can be a time-consuming, frustrating ordeal for owners if they don’t have any help. 

Payroll needs to be done securely, accurately, and on-time, which leads to extra aggravation, but it’s better than having several employees questioning where their paychecks are or why they’re incorrect. Online payroll helps business owners streamline the process by giving them the tools to make management faster and easier. Here are three big benefits of using online payroll for your business. 

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