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Why Everyone Should Look in the Mirror and Eliminate Excuses

by Mike KahoeSeptember 28, 2016 8:00 AM

Recently, I watched a documentary on Tony Robbins. Tony was telling his audience to write down all the things that were getting in the way from becoming the person they wanted to be and then talked about “looking in the mirror.” This talk made me think of my business and how we conduct exit interviews.

Whether it’s a voluntary resignation or termination, we always ask the employee to complete an exit interview. It’s a very simple interview asking the former employee about his or her experience working for Group Management Services. In many of the exit interviews the employee talks about enjoying their time here, but their circumstances changed: they received a better offer, had a baby, a spouse is getting transferred, etc. Many have offered useful suggestions that we have acted upon such as “the sales manual needs to be updated, not enough holidays are recognized, need to have a more flexible schedule,” to name but a few.

These recommendations have all helped GMS become a better company, but they are definitely not the fun ones. The comments I really look forward to are from failing Sales Reps. You see, we have a very thorough sales process. We know how many calls you have to make every day. We know how many people you have to see every week. We know how many people you have to propose to every month. We know who is cheating by looking at the numbers. Thus, their suggestions are the ones I love.

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Common Office Injuries that Can Hurt Your Business

by Tim AustinSeptember 26, 2016 8:00 AM

Not all workplace injuries happen outside. The office isn’t the most dangerous location, but it can still be home to some minor injuries and issues. Here are three threats to employee health in an office space. 

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Three Challenges Facing the Transportation Industry

by Matt SchoolcraftSeptember 22, 2016 8:00 AM

The trucking industry has played a significant role in the industrial development of the U.S. over the past century, providing a link from manufacturers to consumers. Over that time, there have been major advancements in everything from our interstate highway system, to governmental safety regulations, to the tractors and trailers themselves.

Today, the transportation industry faces several challenges, many of which are related to consistent changes in the regulatory environment. The American Transportation Research Institute released a report in October of 2015 that listed the top 10 issues facing the trucking industry. The top three (in order) were Hours of Service Regulations, the Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) Program, and Driver Shortage.

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Three Common Hurdles for Growing Companies

by Tim AustinSeptember 19, 2016 8:00 AM

Small business owners put in a lot of work to make their business succeed. Unfortunately, there are some hurdles that can prevent a small business from a bigger, more lucrative future. Here are three issues that small business owners may have to face when growing their company.

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Compensation Ranges: List Your Pay and They’ll Come Your Way

by Michelle SpanoSeptember 15, 2016 8:00 AM

In the recruiting world we have heard it all before… 

  • “I don’t want to post a compensation range because everyone will expect the high end.” 
  • “I don’t want my current employees to know what others are paid.”
  • “I don’t want my competitors to know our salaries.”
  • “Other postings online do not include a compensation range, so why should I?”

Although these are common thoughts for all business owners, it can be directly affecting your candidate pool numbers. In fact, SMART Recruit Online found that job advertisements with a compensation listed increased the total number of candidates by 30 percent. Small and mid-sized companies are at a disadvantage by not posting a wage since larger companies have known salary and hourly rates.

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Three Busted Myths About Working with a PEO

by Tim AustinSeptember 12, 2016 8:00 AM

It can be hard to manage HR functions internally. That’s why a Professional Employer Organization (PEO) provides comprehensive services for businesses in need of help. 

However, some people aren’t as familiar with how PEOs operate and may be concerned about working with them. Fortunately, we’re here to help answer your questions. We’ve debunked three myths about PEOs that you shouldn’t worry about.

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How to Make Vacation Less Stressful

by Tim AustinAugust 30, 2016 8:00 AM

Paid time off (PTO) is a powerful tool to help employees stay refreshed and motivated. Unfortunately, the prospect of falling behind on projects or being hit by a deluge of missed emails can be more terrifying than a prolonged visit with your in-laws.

Employees shouldn’t be afraid to take PTO, whether it’s due to potential workplace stress or a fear to take time off. Here are three ways that your business can make vacations less stressful for employees.

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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.

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How the New Overtime Rules Affect Employers

by Matt SchoolcraftAugust 16, 2016 8:00 AM

Update: Federal judge blocks overtime rules a week before they take effect. Learn more in our new post.

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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