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Five Characteristics of a People-Oriented Company

Five Characteristics of a People-Oriented Company

The definition of a “people-oriented company” is one that cares about their employees and is invested in their success. The individual is respected, valued and empowered. Focusing on people makes good business sense. In the increasingly competitive landscape of goods and services, a company’s people are the differentiator. And companies aren’t just in competition for…
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Try These Five Effective Employee Rewards

Try These Five Effective Employee Rewards

Employee rewards are a form of recognition that shouldn’t be thought of as “nice”, but instead, necessary. By providing your employees with simple rewards, you are reinforcing the actions and behaviors you most want to see repeated. Since the majority of employees want you to see them as essential contributors, and truly want to be…
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When a Toxic Worker is Well Liked by Superiors … Then What?

When a Toxic Worker is Well Liked by Superiors … Then What?

Toxic workers can make their co-workers unhappy, frustrated, less productive and even reconsider their place of employment. Perhaps these toxic workers do great work, they meet their bottom lines and they’re always cheerful around their superiors. In these cases, they tend to be well liked by management. The challenge is that they may be unaware…
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Fifteen Ways to Improve Interoffice Communication

Fifteen Ways to Improve Interoffice Communication

In the workplace, communication is vital when it comes to achieving success and happiness. The quality of an organization’s internal communication often says a lot about the company itself—the environment, the culture and employee retention and happiness. If you feel you’re coming up short, fortunately there are plenty of ways you can improve interoffice communication….
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How to Effectively Onboard Remote Employees

How to Effectively Onboard Remote Employees

Working remotely offers many distinct benefits for both employers and employees, but there are challenges. Engagement and connection are more difficult to instill across the miles. Remote employees can become isolated entities rather than part of a team working towards a common goal. Helping remote employees engage, focus and connect begins with the onboarding process….
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Five Surprising Statistics About Workplace Flexibility

Five Surprising Statistics About Workplace Flexibility

Workplace Trends surveyed over 1,000 professionals as well as 116 HR leaders to understand their views on workplace flexibility. Here are five surprising statistics according to their study. 67% of HR professionals think that their employees have a balanced work-life, yet 45% of employees feel that they don’t have enough time each week to do personal…
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Does Productivity Increase When Employees Work from Home?

Does Productivity Increase When Employees Work from Home?

Coming into the office Monday through Friday may eventually be a thing of the past. In fact, according to Forbes, one in five people are working from home at least once a week already. This workforce flexibility is sought after by many employees and can play a large role in employee retention, and a decreased…
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What Might the Future Hold for Human Resources?

What Might the Future Hold for Human Resources?

With technology at its most advanced, many people think that the human resources profession will become obsolete and replaced with software. Others beg to differ. Without a doubt, technology is changing the way we all do things, especially when it comes to the workforce. But, rather than overriding people’s jobs, technology can simply act as…
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Overcoming Negativity Among Employees

Overcoming Negativity Among Employees

We know them all too well—they’re the employees who create gossip, talk badly about clients, pick apart others’ work, undermine authority and can always find something to complain about. These are traits that may go unnoticed at first, but can create a substantial amount of damage over time. While every workplace is prone to a…
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Client Testimonial: RSM Marketing

Client Testimonial: RSM Marketing

RSM Marketing offers a unique opportunity for companies to get marketing help through a diverse team of in-house resources. By purchasing an Outsourced Marketing Department subscription, companies who might not have had the resources for marketing are able to get great work quickly, effectively and efficiently, providing clients with a notable competitive advantage. In 2016, the…
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Client Testimonial: Trinity Precision

Client Testimonial: Trinity Precision

Trinity Precision is a trusted producer of precision aerospace machined parts and assemblies. They’ve built their company on three fundamental pillars – People, Process and Principle – bringing customers the best value in the industry. As their HR partner, Syndeo works with them to manage their HR functions and to help them focus, and succeed, on…
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Client Testimonial: Metal Finishing Co.

Client Testimonial: Metal Finishing Co.

Metal Finishing Co is the largest privately owned Aerospace Processing company in North America and a valued client of Syndeo. A true “one stop shop” for Aerospace, incorporating Heat Treatment, Non-Destructive Testing, Finishing, Plating, Finish Painting through Part Mark and Package, for Aluminum, Hard Metals, Stainless, Titanium, Exotic Metals and Composites. Syndeo partners with Metal…
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How Technology is Changing Employee Engagement

How Technology is Changing Employee Engagement

Employee engagement is a big issue today that we’re all aware of. According to Gallup, as of December 2016, employee engagement is sitting at 34.4%, which is a high percentage as compared to the past, but still disappointingly low. Look at it this way—only about ⅓ of your employees are engaged at work everyday. This…
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How to Attract Quality Candidates

How to Attract Quality Candidates

When getting the word out about an open position within an organization, basic recruitment platforms are generally utilized—online ads or newspaper ads, a career page on the company’s website, and maybe even a job fair. When we think about how to attract quality candidates, we need to remember that the best candidates aren’t always looking…
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Preventing Employee Burnout

Preventing Employee Burnout

Burnout in the workplace is something we know all too well; we’ve heard about it, we’ve experienced it and we’ve seen it. According to the 2015 Workplace Index conducted by Staples Advantage, 53 percent of employees feel overworked and burnt out. Because this is so detrimental to both the individual and the organization, employee burnout…
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Employee Onboarding: Maximizing Success

Employee Onboarding: Maximizing Success

Onboarding, which is linked to employee retention, is the process of introducing new hires to the performance and social aspects of the job as efficiently, yet thoroughly, as possible. This should always be a top priority for HR departments because, according to the Impact Instruction Group, nearly 33% of new hires look for a different…
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Best Practices When Doing Performance Reviews

Best Practices When Doing Performance Reviews

Instead of embracing the situation to help improve performance and achieve goals, everyone is dreading their performance review. This is one of the most stressful times of the year for employees; they foresee being told all of the ways they are letting their employer down despite their hard work and long hours. Performance reviews tend…
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The New ADA Final Rule Greatly Expands Who’s Covered

The New ADA Final Rule Greatly Expands Who’s Covered

The U.S. Department of Justice is changing their rules when it comes to the Americans with Disabilities Act. The original ADA was signed into law in 1990, and was set in place to guarantee that people with disabilities would have the same opportunities as everyone else. Revisions to the ADA Effective October 11, 2016, the…
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Saving for Retirement: 401(k) vs IRA

Saving for Retirement: 401(k) vs IRA

Both 401(k)s and IRAs offer tax-advantaged retirement savings. However, there are some key differences. What Is a 401(k)? A 401(k) is a qualified employer-sponsored retirement plan. All contributions you make to a 401(k) account are pre-tax, meaning you won’t be taxed on that money at the time you earn it. Instead, you’ll pay taxes on…
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Benefits of Health Savings Accounts

Benefits of Health Savings Accounts

As employers look for ways to control and reduce their healthcare costs, high-deductible plans are becoming more common. This means that more Americans are also becoming eligible for Health Savings Accounts, or HSAs. These interest-bearing accounts are used both to save for future medical expenses and pay for current out-of-pocket medical expenses using tax-free cash….
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ACA 2017 Reporting Requirements & Deadlines

ACA 2017 Reporting Requirements & Deadlines

This marks the second year of mandatory ACA reporting, as well as the phasing-in of the Employer Shared Responsibility mandate. This means some big changes when it comes time to file in 2017. Which Employers Are Required to Report in 2017? ACA reporting requirements are enforced by Sections 6055 and 6056 of the Internal Revenue…
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Benefits of Automated Payroll

Benefits of Automated Payroll

Automating payroll saves a tremendous amount of time and effort over a manual process, as well as reducing the likelihood of errors. Here’s a closer look at the benefits of automated payroll. Quicker, Easier Wage Calculation Manual payroll involves poring over spreadsheets, calculating various types of payments, then writing out checks by hand. Even with…
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HR Outsourcing: PEO vs. ASO

HR Outsourcing: PEO vs. ASO

Both PEOs and ASOs are HR outsourcing organizations that can help companies reduce overhead and focus on money-making activities. However, there are differences in how they operate and what they do. What Is a PEO? A Professional Employer Organization, or PEO, provides companies with outsourced HR services, such as payroll, state unemployment insurance, worker’s compensation,…
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DoL Breakdown: How Bonuses Play Into the New Overtime Ruling

DoL Breakdown: How Bonuses Play Into the New Overtime Ruling

On May 18, 2016, the Department of Labor (DoL) published their new overtime exemption Final Rule—the most significant update to the nation’s overtime laws in more than 40 years. The new rule not only increases the minimum salary (or “standard salary level”) that must be paid to overtime-exempt workers, but changes how bonuses and incentive…
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Three Steps to Success With Your New College-Grad Hire

Three Steps to Success With Your New College-Grad Hire

New college graduates have much to offer your company, including fresh ideas, an optimistic outlook, and plenty of energy. In her recent Inc.com article, Marissa Levin, Founder and CEO of Successful Culture, offers a playbook for long-term success with your Millennial-generation hires. Levin first shares the advantages and disadvantages of hiring new college grads. The…
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How a Better HR Department Can Help You Do Good in the World

How a Better HR Department Can Help You Do Good in the World

Finding and empowering the right people is key to getting any company on a path of positive impact. In her article in The Atlantic, Christine Bader explains how for companies that are trying to change, a smart and flexible HR department is crucial. This begins, says Bader, with recruiting. Baby Boomer retirement is already causing…
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Implications of Final Overtime Rule for Exempt Employees

Implications of Final Overtime Rule for Exempt Employees

On May 18, 2016, the Department of Labor (DoL) published a new overtime exemption final rule, updating the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA) minimum wage and overtime protection standards for exempt employees. The new rule raises the minimum salary that must be paid to workers who qualify for white-collar overtime exemptions and establishes a schedule…
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FLSA Final Overtime Rule – General Summary

FLSA Final Overtime Rule – General Summary

Since 2014, the U.S. Department of Labor has been working to revise the Fair Labor Standards Act’s guidelines on which employees receive overtime pay. President Obama set a goal of ensuring all workers are fairly paid for the work they perform nearly two years ago, and on May 18, 2016, the Department published its final…
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Social Media Sourcing

Social Media Sourcing

When used effectively, social media can be a powerful recruiting tool. Shanil Kaderali, Executive VP of Global Talent Solutions at the global recruitment process outsourcing firm, Pierpont International, spoke with the Society for Human Resource Management about the emerging role of social media in recruiting and the unique challenges of finding candidates through social. One…
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Good Things Happen When You Put Employee Motivation First

Good Things Happen When You Put Employee Motivation First

Employee motivation seems to be slipping through the cracks for most companies. In fact, the 2016 State of Employee Feedback study from Quantum Workplace found that only 26 percent of 300 organizations surveyed said they prioritized increasing motivation and engagement. This is alarming considering that motivation is vital to the success of any company. An April 2015…
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Interview No-Nos: Screaming, Stealing, Lying—and Bringing Your Pet Bird

Interview No-Nos: Screaming, Stealing, Lying—and Bringing Your Pet Bird

Your job candidate sits down, takes a family photo off your desk and deposits it into her purse. Another one slips off her shoe, pulls out some Johnson’s baby lotion and proceeds to slather it on her foot. Seriously? Yes, seriously. Those are real stories from HR and hiring managers who replied to a CareerBuilder…
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The Death of the 9-5 Workday?

The Death of the 9-5 Workday?

Millennials have taken the workplace by storm. They’re now the largest generation in the workforce and are tossing the 9-to-5 day, with dedicated cubicles and shared offices, out the window. They have fresh ideas for how, when and where we work, and as the younger Generation Z starts clocking in, organizations that haven’t prioritized flexibility and…
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7 Interview Questions That Determine Emotional Intelligence

7 Interview Questions That Determine Emotional Intelligence

Determining who you hire for a job plays a big part in forming your company’s culture and ensuring its future success. Selecting informative interview questions can be a key factor in finding the right employees — as well as weeding out the ones that won’t fit. A candidate’s answers can be telling. While different companies…
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The Google Tool That Helps You Make Better HR Decisions

The Google Tool That Helps You Make Better HR Decisions

In recent years, businesses have realized the value of people analytics in making human resources decisions. Learning as much as possible about current staff performance improves the choices made about hiring, training and promotion. With technology powering much of what businesses do, gaining access to this data is easier than ever. However, small businesses can save money and…
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3 Tips For Dealing With The Departure of Key Employees

3 Tips For Dealing With The Departure of Key Employees

  Future generations of business professionals entering the workforce now have altogether different expectations, namely that they will go to school or learn a trade, but they are not expected to work in the same job or even stay in the same profession throughout their careers. This evolution of attitudes is important because for the next decade…
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What You Don’t Know About Your Job Could Stress You Out

What You Don’t Know About Your Job Could Stress You Out

When a worker can’t predict what her job will throw at her each morning, does that invigorate her? Or does it stress her out? Chances are, it does the latter. Unpredictability in a job was the highest contributor to employee stress, according to a CareerCast survey of 834 employees. The thing that contributes the least…
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This Is What You Need to Do to Find Awesome Talent Today

This Is What You Need to Do to Find Awesome Talent Today

Employers are struggling to recruit top talent and close the skills gap. Best-in-class companies are 31 percent more likely than others to increase hiring this year to combat the skills gap, according to a recent Adecco study that surveyed 536 executives. These companies also said they were experiencing a 9.4 percent unwanted turnover rate in new hires’…
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How to Motivate Millennials, By Millennials

How to Motivate Millennials, By Millennials

Much has been written about millennials. They are entitled. They are fickle. They are sell-outs. At times, these are described as their good traits. Regardless of how you feel about millennials, however, they are coming of age, entering the workforce and will eventually become our future business leaders and managers. Because of this, older generations of managers (myself included) need…
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