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How to Manage the Employee Lifecycle: Departure

by Stacey LinnSeptember 22, 2015 8:00 AM

Whether someone put in his or her two-week notice or needs to be fired, the exit of an employee is not an easy process. There are a number of steps that need to be taken when an employee leaves. Proper procedures can be the difference between a clean break or a messy breakup that could lead to a claim by the former employee. Here are 10 steps to take during the departure process.

Group Management Services can help guide you through the employee departure process.

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How to Manage the Employee Lifecycle: Reviews

by Stacey LinnSeptember 15, 2015 8:00 AM

Employee performance reviews can offer useful insight into how your employees are performing if done well. An open, honest review can help motivate employees and provide employers with opportunities to improve internal processes. Here are four tips to making your employee reviews more effective.

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How to Manage the Employee Lifecycle: Training

by Stacey LinnSeptember 8, 2015 8:00 AM

Once you’ve hired a new employee, there’s a lot of work to get them up to speed with the rest of the company. The training process is an important part of the employee lifecycle. An effective program will allow your new hire to make an impact as quickly as possible.

Preparation and in-person teaching are key elements of training, so use the following tips to help your new employees learn the ins-and-outs of your office.

Group Management Services offers services that can help you improve your employee training program.

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How to Manage the Employee Lifecycle: Interviews

by Stacey LinnAugust 25, 2015 8:00 AM

Once you’ve recruited some potential candidates, you’ll want to meet them. An interview is usually the first chance you’ll get to meet a potential employee, giving you the opportunity to see just who might be the newest member of your team.

When it comes to the interview prospect, you’ll have to make a judgement call for your business. Here are some suggestions to help you optimize your interviews.

The interview process is a key factor in finding out if a prospect is right for your company.

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How to Manage the Employee Lifecycle: Recruitment

by Stacey LinnAugust 18, 2015 8:00 AM

When it comes to your employees, you want the best of the best. Top candidates aren’t always easy to find, however. Recruitment is the first step in the employee lifecycle, and you want to make sure that you have a talented pool of prospects to choose from. Here are the places that you should be looking.

Sometimes finding new employees is about where you look and who you ask.

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Are You Ready to Comply with the Affordable Care Act

by Andrew SzczesniakJune 4, 2015 8:00 AM

In January of this year, the Federal Government began enforcement of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) for those employers with 100 or more employees. Next year, those employers with 50 or more employees will have to begin compliance with the law as well.

In a recent article on workforce.com, HR managers in large companies talked about the difficulties in compliance when it comes to calculating hours. What was troublesome for them was people who took unpaid leave under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) or Re-employment Rights Act or even jury duty and how those hours would be calculated in determining healthcare eligibility. Because of that, “60 percent of large companies with more than 1,000 employees indicated that they aren’t prepared for penalty management under the ACA.”

Every business needs to prepare for the effects of the Affordable Care Act.

Photo Credit:  “Affordable Care Act” by Michael Havens is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0

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The True Cost of Employee Training Programs

by Stacey LinnJune 2, 2015 8:00 AM

According to the Association for Talent Development’s 2014 State of the Industry Report, organizations spend an average of $1,208 per employee on training and development. For companies with fewer than 500 workers, that number is even higher, coming in at $1,888 per employee.

But time is money. According to that same study, companies are spending an average of 31.5 hours per year training employees. That’s time you aren’t billing to an account or turning prospects into clients.

Learn how GMS can make human resurce functions like employee training more efficient.

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Are You Ready to be Unionized?

by Andrew SzczesniakMay 28, 2015 8:00 AM

Back in January, I wrote a blog post called “Are You a Union Shop? Are You Prepared to Be?” In it, I talked about how an NLRB ruling split 3-2 along party lines was making it easier for unions to unionize a place of employment.

A PEO like GMS can help your company by creating an employee handbook.

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Questions You Should Ask a Professional Employer Organization

by Tim AustinMay 26, 2015 8:00 AM

You have to make a lot of decisions when you own a business, and they’re not always easy. The decision to partner with a Professional Employer Organization (PEO) to manage your payroll, human resources, risk management strategies, and benefits is a perfect example of this.

Do your due diligence when selecting a PEO. Contact GMS with any questions you may have to help make your decision.

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Is a PEO Right For You?: HR Management Edition

by Tim AustinMay 12, 2015 8:00 AM

If you’re like most business owners, you probably didn’t go to school to learn the intricacies of human resource management. As a result, you’re either spending too much time on HR or too little. Neither is good for your bottom line.

Managing HR by yourself can cause big headaches. Consider a PEO instead.

I’m Spending Too Much Time on HR Management 

According to the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), there are 45 components to successful HR management. Forty-five!

If you’re trying to be proactive about HR management, good for you. But if you have to manage multiple vendors who are working in “silos” while trying to make sense of everything they’re doing for you, you’re probably not spending as much time as you’d like growing your business. Either that or you’re burning the midnight oil to keep up. 

Neither option seems that appealing, do they?

I’m Not Spending Enough Time on HR Management

On the other hand, if you’re not spending enough time on HR management, you’re more likely to be at risk for non-compliance fees, inefficiencies that slow down your production schedule, lower employee morale, and more. And you’re probably losing sleep at night because when it comes to HR, you don’t know what you don’t know.   

HR Management is never a problem… until there is a problem and then it’s too late.

Complete Guide to PEOs

Manage HR Functions Effectively and Efficiently With a PEO

Regardless of which path you’ve chosen when it comes to HR management, a Professional Employer Organization (PEO) can be a good fit for your business.

When you partner with a PEO, you get access to a full team of HR experts that can help you:

  • Maintain / obtain COBRA, ERISA, HIPAA, ADA, FMLA, EEOC, and DOL compliance
  • Find and recruit top talent
  • Write detailed job descriptions 
  • Develop employee handbooks
  • Set up training and rewards programs 
  • Ensure that you’re compliant for employee terminations, and more

Additionally, because PEOs can also help you with risk management, payroll administration, and employee benefit administration, you can find money-saving opportunities that would have been much more difficult to spot with siloed vendors.

Best of all, you get the final say on all decisions. PEOs just make those decisions a little easier.

Stop living in fear of HR problems and get back to growing your business. Contact GMS online or give us a call at 888-823-2084 today.

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