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Four Ways to Maintain Remote Employee Productivity

by Tim AustinJune 29, 2020 8:00 AM

Working from home creates a few challenges – more distractions, an inability to work in the same room as your coworkers, etc. Each of these realities can have a direct impact on productivity. With more employees working from home than ever before, it’s important to take steps to set telecommuting employees up for success. Here are four ways that you can help your employees stay productive when working from home.

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Rapid Recruitment: Tips for Hiring Employees Quickly

by Tim AustinJune 11, 2020 8:00 AM

Hiring the right person isn’t an easy task. It’s even harder to do so in a timely fashion. When your business is ready to hire, it benefits you to do so quickly. Not only do long hiring processes cost you time and money, they also delay you from filling a needed role on your team (and that’s not including your onboarding process).

Every hour spent during the hiring process is an hour taken away from other essential business tasks. However, it’s also vital to recognize that rushing a hire can lead to other costly issues. Settling for a bad fit – or worse, dealing with negligent hiring – will only set your business back even further. Hiring means you need to perform an important balancing act – speed up the hiring process while finding the right candidate.

While tricky, it’s not impossible to speed up the hiring process without rushing. Here are ways you can streamline your hiring process to get the candidates you need quicker than before.

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5 Ways to Support Employees During Pandemics, Disasters, and Other Difficult Times

by Tim AustinJune 8, 2020 8:00 AM

It’s not easy running a business. In trying times, it becomes even harder. Disasters, pandemics, and other events can wreak havoc on your business. While property damage and other issues can be calculated, it’s difficult to measure the impact these events have on a key element of your business – your employees. 

Difficult times can have a direct impact on your employees both professionally and personally. Supporting them during these times can help ease your employees’ situation, which can both resonate with your workforce and help improve productivity. Here are five steps you can take to make a difficult situation better for you and your employees.

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Small Business Relief: Financial Support Programs Available to New Jersey Employers

by Makenzie RizzoMay 18, 2020 8:00 AM

With small businesses still feeling the impact of COVID-19, the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) is attempting to help employers ease their financial burden. Applications for the NJEDA Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program may be closed, but the organization still has several other initiatives available for Garden State employers. Here’s a breakdown of some various programs and loans that will be available as of May 18, 2020 or in the near future.

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Common Furlough Questions Answered for Small Business Owners

by Tim AustinApril 21, 2020 3:00 PM

Whether your business is facing a difficult financial situation or hit a slow season, it may seem like layoffs are your only option. However, there is another way that you can reduce payroll costs without completely cutting jobs: furloughs. 

Furloughs are a cost-saving measure that can provide employers with financial flexibility without completely severing ties with employees. Of course, you’ll need to ask yourself a few questions to figure out if furloughs make sense for your business. 

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New Jersey’s Salary History Ban: How It Impacts Employers

by Makenzie RizzoApril 14, 2020 8:00 AM

Over the past few years, a growing number of states and cities have banned the practice of using salary history to screen potential new employees. If you’re an employer in New Jersey, you’re now included in that trend. 

Starting in 2020, it’s not a good idea for New Jersey employers to ask job applicants how much they made. The Garden State is now one of 17 states and multiple cities to outlaw pay history questions. While similar in many aspects, New Jersey’s version of the law does have some key differences that can help employers avoid potential penalties.

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9 Employee Engagement Ideas for Small Businesses

by Tim AustinApril 7, 2020 4:01 PM

As a business owner, you want your employees to come into work with enthusiasm and motivation to take on the day. After all, employee engagement can be very beneficial to a business in a number of ways. Yet, it’s not often that companies prioritize it. According to Gallup’s State of the American Workforce Report, only one in three employees are engaged at work. Below, we shared some ideas to improve employee engagement within your small business as well as a few key benefits.

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GMS Maintains Service Levels Throughout COVID-19 Pandemic

by Stacey LarotondaMarch 19, 2020 12:03 PM

Addressing common questions and concerns from clients and employees impacted by the coronavirus.

Group Management Services Inc., a Certified Professional Employer Organization based in Richfield, Ohio, assures clients access to the same level of support and resources throughout the Coronavirus pandemic.  

"Our number one priority is getting employees paid and maintaining benefits for those employees," GMS President Mike Kahoe said. "As such, we are offering our customers grace period on all benefits, state unemployment, and workers' comp billings."

GMS wants to address all concerns, starting with the list of common questions we anticipate from our clients and employees.

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Performance Improvement Plans: What They Are and What They Should Include

by Tim AustinMarch 5, 2020 8:00 AM

An underperforming employee in your organization is an unfortunate reality that every business owner may have to face at one point or another. When an employee is failing to meet expectations, not only do those directly associated with that employee suffer, but the entire company will eventually feel the ripple effect of these behaviors. These repercussions are typically felt more greatly and much more quickly within a smaller business, where every employee tends to play a larger role in the success and failure of your operation.

Eventually, though, you’ll reach a point where it’s clear that the situation has to change. While terminating the employee may seem like the logical course of action when you reach this point, performance improvement plans may offer a better approach to employee performance management.

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Navigating Overtime Pay: A Breakdown of White Collar Exemptions

by Tim AustinJanuary 14, 2020 8:00 AM

With recent changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), many business owners – and their employees – are trying to figure out exactly who qualifies as exempt from overtime pay under the new rules. Unless you’re ready to dig into Department of Labor (DOL) fact sheets and other documents, it’s not always clear just what counts as white collar exemption these days. To help, we’ve put together a breakdown of these exemptions to help you properly classify your employees.

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