HR White Papers

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Alternatives to the Traditional Performance Review and How to Implement Them

December 27, 2017

The best performance reviews allow managers and human resource professionals to communicate through the sharing of ideas, opinions and information. There are several problems with traditional performance reviews. In traditional performance reviews, managers often tell the employee how they measure up and assume that they both perceive the employee’s job the same way. This assumption may lead to miscommunication of job duties and how it relates to good performance. While traditional performance reviews are usually effective at separating excellent employees and very poor employees, these types of reviews don’t differentiate well among the vast middle ground. For a more balanced and complete view of an employee’s performance, alternative methods provide a more balanced approach. Learning Objectives - Review alternatives to traditional performance reviews. - Identify types of employees who benefit from alternative performance reviews. - Learn how to get buy-in from decision makers. - Determine how to transition to the alternative performance review.

10 Proofreading Tips for Error-Free Writing

August 31, 2017

Scanning a document is not enough; the eye and the mind can both be very easily fooled into thinking that a mistake is correct, especially if you have not had the time to rest before you begin the proofreading process. God forbid you be asked to type up a marketing report or dictate a budget or tax document and misplace a decimal point without catching it during the proofreading process! The outstanding administrative assistant exercises a very precise and human touch over the materials that he or she produces in order to make sure that they are truly error free. This white paper contains 10 tips to aid the admin in this endeavor. Learn: How getting away from technology can aid in proofreading How to focus on one type of error at a time How to read the document mechanically

Rent Escalation and Common Area Maintenance Clauses in Commercial Leases

August 15, 2017

Make sure you understand what net and gross actually means in your lease. Operating expense provisions are some of the most heavily negotiated sections in commercial leases. These provisions obligate the tenant to pay a defined share of certain defined costs of operating the building or center. This article will explore some of the key issues in negotiating and enforcing operating expense provisions in leases.

10 Ways to Use Smartphones to Improve Workplace Efficiency

June 30, 2017

For those looking to increase the efficiency of their entire office, generally via an administrative assistant position or one of office management, the tools and capabilities of today's smartphones are virtually limitless. Even so, there are ten particular ways that smartphones can dramatically improve office efficiency, building on years of progress that was originally made by office workstations and personal computers. Before assuming that these devices are only as good as their phone and text messaging applications, consider the following major advancements in smartphone technology and office efficiency that are transforming workspaces around the world. Learning Objectives - Why sometimes the best workplace isn't the workplace - About the advancements in smartphone technology in recent years - 10 ways to use smartphones to become more efficient in the workplace

Paying Bonuses to Non-Exempt Employees: Avoiding Class-Wide Overtime Violations

June 27, 2017

Nonexempt employees must receive overtime pay based on their hourly wage. How do bonuses fit in? The law states that employers have to pay their employees overtime based on their hourly wage. Not all employers are aware of the requirement that overtime premiums could also be required to be paid on supplement compensation as well. Bonuses are a common example.

What’s Preventing You From Having an Energy Audit?

May 18, 2017

Energy audits are one of the best ways to discover money-saving opportunities in an existing building. A commercial or industrial energy audit, also called an energy analysis, will identify how much energy a building uses, how efficiently it uses that energy, and where changes and improvements can be made that will impact both the occupant comfort and the bottom line. If you have ever wondered whether an energy audit of your office building, industrial park, school, or hospital would be worthwhile, the answer is emphatically YES.

5 Exercises For Overcoming Shyness in New Situations

April 13, 2017

Does the idea of starting a conversation with a stranger terrify you? You can overcome that fear with a little practice. If you get a lump in your throat every time you enter a room full of strangers, don't worry. You are not alone. New situations where you don't know a soul is scary, and introducing yourself to a complete stranger feels a lot like public speaking. Public speaking is the number one fear of most people - above even death! But you can overcome your shyness (without facing death) by using these five exercises. Melanie Hope is the owner of Hope Speaking LLC, a Partner of SPiTshine Presentation Training, and a professional copywriter and editor. She has travelled 43 states and 4 continents conducting seminars and workshops to both private and public enterprises. Ms. Hope has written five books about networking/marketing, leadership/communications, and writing/publishing; and is the author of multiple e-books on writing and goalsetting.

New IRS Tax Rules - 2017

April 6, 2017

Will you or your clients be affected by the new 2017 tax laws? Change is coming for standard and itemized deductions, personal exemptions, alternative minimum tax exemptions, and foreign earned income exclusions. Estates are also facing more complex tax planning as tax rates continue to increase. Review your tax planning strategy for income tax and asset protection benefits. Gary S. Wolfe has more than 34 years of experience, specializing in IRS tax audits and international tax matters including: international tax planning/tax compliance, and international asset protection.

Panama Papers Update - February 2017

April 6, 2017

New twist in Panama Papers case as founders of Panamanian law firm arrested and jailed in bribery case. On February 10, 2017 Juergen Mossack & Ramon Fonseca, founders of Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca were arrested and jailed following Panama probe into creating companies linked to Brazil corruption in the bribery case of Brazilian company Odebrecht. The Panama Papers consist of millions of Mossack Fonseca documents that show how the rich used offshore companies to avoid taxes. Gary S. Wolfe has more than 34 years of experience, specializing in IRS tax audits and international tax matters including: international tax planning/tax compliance, and international asset protection.

The Top 10 Labor and Employment Issues Retailers Will Face in 2017

March 14, 2017

It is a new year and a new administration. 2017 will bring change for retail employers but just how much and in what areas is yet to be seen. Employment issues are not new to retail employers. Each new year holds the potential for new rules and regulations to navigate. This year retailers are faced with many unknowns that could range from rolling back previous executive orders and rules to the uncertainty of the ever increasing state and municipal laws. No one knows what the future will hold but this author has compiled a list of 10 issues in labor and employment that all retailers will want to keep an eye on. Diane Saunders is a Shareholder in the Boston office of Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C. Ms. Saunders is the co-chair of the firm’s Retail Practice Group, and a member of the firm’s Steering Committees for the Class Action Practice Group and Professional Development. She has been helping employers with their labor and employment issues and business disputes for over 20 years.