Which Employees or Positions Do You Rely on Most?

It’s standard operating procedure for marketers to segment customers according to their value to the organization, to ensure that those who are most vital to the growth and profitability of a company are well-cared-for and don’t disappear. The same needs to be done with regard to employees. Appearances can be deceiving. For example, your largest[…]

Caution: Lavish Praise Can Backfire

An exhaustive study, published in Psychological Science in the Public Interest, raised strong doubts about the value of efforts to lift the self-esteem of students and of employees. The research team that authored the study reviewed research papers going back 30 years. The team, headed by psychologist Roy Baumeister, looked at links between how highly[…]

Downsizing Doesn’t Necessarily Pay Off

Laying off employees alone will not fix a business that’s in financial trouble. That’s the conclusion of a series of studies of large corporations over nearly two decades, published in Perspectives on Work, a publication of the Industrial Relations Research Association. Studies concluded that mass layoffs have not helped employers achieve financial results that are[…]

Four Mistakes Employers Can Make with Workers’ Compensation

Many employers look at Workers’ Compensation as just another unavoidable cost of doing business. It’s usually one of those out-of-sight, out-of-mind issues when rates are low. It’s not until employers are hit with rate hikes that they really start to give some thought to it. Employers need to look at Workers’ Compensation as a tool[…]

FMLA: The Law that Never Sleeps

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is often tweaked, adjusted or reinterpreted as cases of alleged abuse continue to pop up and courts are asked to weigh in. With so much change, it’s a good idea to check your policies regularly. Is your company in compliance? Here’s a very streamlined recap of the top[…]

Study: Women, Men Differ in Stress Causes

¬†Women and men worry about different things at work. Differences in the way women and men react to and deal with management styles and workplace cultures can create on-the-job stress. These are conclusions from a study commissioned by LLuminari, a national health education firm. Elizabeth Browning, CEO of LLuminari, said the study’s results show solutions[…]

Shave Payroll Costs for Shared Employees

If you run your business operations through two or more corporations, the different entities may share some of the same employees. In that case, you can save payroll taxes by using a “common paymaster.” Instead of having each business pay Social Security and Medicare tax for shared employees, common paymasters remit the appropriate amount of[…]

Legal Risk: Computer File Swapping

The media spotlight is on students at colleges and universities illegally downloading copyrighted music files, using college and university computers. The music recording industry is going after colleges and universities with legal actions, hoping to stem the growing tide of illegal downloading of music files. But employers are at risk, also. To try to stem[…]