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How to Handle Employees Discussing Politics in the Workplace

by Tim AustinOctober 29, 2020 8:00 AM

As politics become more polarizing, small businesses can get stuck in an uncomfortable position. For every employee who can express political beliefs without creating any issues within the workplace, certain conduct can have a direct impact on your business.

Managing political discussions in the workplace is a tricky balancing act. On one hand, different opinions and an open culture can create new relationships and creative ideas. On the other hand, certain discussions can create animosity between individuals that fractures company morale and impacts productivity. Employers must also consider potential legal protections for political speech. 

With all these factors, it’s easy to view political debates in the workplace as ticking time bombs for your business. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to manage political discussion in the workplace and protect your business.

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Small Business Cybersecurity: 6 Key Tips for Remote Employees

by Tim AustinOctober 20, 2020 8:00 AM

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, businesses of every size had to pivot to a work-from-home model for non-essential employees. While larger firms typically had some infrastructure in place to enable remote work, small businesses were left wondering exactly how to handle the situation.

While cybersecurity has always been essential, the increasing number of remote employees has made it mission-critical for business of all sizes. Fortunately, there are steps every small business can take to step up its cybersecurity game. Regardless of how long remote work lasts, here are some tips that will help shore up any security protocol.

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Payroll Problems: How to Manage Compensation Costs During Difficult Times

by Tim AustinOctober 13, 2020 8:00 AM

In a perfect world, small business owners wouldn’t have to worry about growing compensation budgets. Unfortunately, difficult or uncertain circumstances such as economic downturns, pandemics, or other major events can put a major financial strain on your company. 

These situations can call for creative solutions, and compensation costs are a natural place to start shedding expenses. Payroll expenses typically fall between 15 to 30 percent of gross revenue, with exceptions for more or less labor-intensive industries. Of course, making compensation-based changes requires a delicate balance between securing the financial stability of your business without losing valued employees. 

Whether you want to stabilize business expenses or need to cut costs, it’s important to take the right measures to keep your business strong during difficult times. Let’s break down what you can do to manage compensation costs.

An employee receiving a paycheck following compensation management adjustments during difficult times. 

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The Difference Between a PEO and an ASO

by Tim AustinOctober 2, 2020 8:00 AM

Running a business is no easy task. Not only do you have to focus on how to build your business, you also have to manage all the administrative efforts it takes to handle payrollbenefits, and other complex business functions. 

Fortunately, there are ways for business owners to ease these administrative burdens. Human resources outsourcing organizations like Professional Employer Organizations (PEO) and Administrative Services Organizations (ASO) can help owners manage these crucial tasks. Of course, both types of organizations have key differences that can impact which option is best for you and your business. Let’s break down the differences between a PEO and ASO.

A small business owner deciding between a PEO and an ASO. 

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Trump Signs Proposed Payroll Tax Deferral Order: What it Means for Small Business Owners

by Tim AustinAugust 27, 2020 8:00 AM

On Aug. 8, 2020, President Trump signed an executive order to allow employees to defer a portion of payroll taxes until 2021. Since news of the order broke, business owners have sought additional clarity on how this payroll tax will work and how it will impact their responsibilities as employers. Let’s break down some of the specifics of the proposed pay tax deferral and what those details mean for small business owners.

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Summer 2020: GMS Interns Share Their Experiences

by Tim AustinAugust 21, 2020 8:00 AM

Every year, GMS is happy to welcome new interns looking to learn more about the PEO industry and develop key skills for their future. A few of our interns shared their thoughts about their GMS internships and what the experience meant to them.

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Find the Right Candidate: How to Avoid Unconscious Bias When Hiring

by Tim AustinAugust 11, 2020 8:00 AM

The hiring process is already difficult enough. The time, money, and energy it takes to conduct a thorough search for the right people is a serious commitment. Unfortunately, unconscious bias adds yet another hurdle for both your company and potential job candidates.

The goal of hiring is to find the right person for your company. Unconscious bias can cause your company to eliminate or overvalue prospects based on first impressions, preconceived notions, and other factors that aren’t true indicators of talent. Regardless of why and how they occur, it’s important to mitigate the impact of unconscious bias so that you can focus on what matters: hiring the best talent for your business.

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Small Business Return to Work Guidelines: What to Consider When it’s Time to Reopen Your Business

by Tim AustinJuly 28, 2020 8:00 AM

As an employer, it can be difficult to balance the desire to return to business and maintain a safe operation. Unfortunately, there’s not necessarily an exact answer as to how to approach reopening your business during a pandemic. While there are some rules and regulations, many details can be unclear or depend on your location, the nature of your business, and a plethora of other reasons. To help, we broke down some key factors you should consider when it’s time to reopen your business or expand operations.

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6 Tips for Employers Conducting Video Interviews

by Tim AustinJuly 20, 2020 8:00 AM

When you can’t meet face-to-face, video interviews are a great way to assess a potential candidate. When in-person meetings aren’t feasible, video interviews allow you to visually interact with applicants regardless of their location.

Of course, there are some additional hurdles with video interviews. Technical difficulties with video conferencing technology or unfamiliarity with video interviews can derail a promising conversation. To help, we’ve put together some tips you can follow to streamline your video interview process and quickly hire the right employees.

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Hiring Considerations for Employers During a Recession

by Tim AustinJuly 11, 2020 12:00 PM

Hiring talented, committed employees is a crucial part of running any business. Identifying those key employees is especially important when you need to lean on those individuals during a recession. Even during tough times, you may find yourself in a position where you need to grow your team. Between financial concerns and a growing pool of potential candidates, it’s important to weigh a few factors to ensure you make the right hiring decision for your business.

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