Three Tips to Make Online Trainings More Successful

Online trainings can be a useful tool for developing talent, but they can also end up being a waste of time and resources, even if the content and presentation are good. The difference between effective and ineffective training often comes down to whether employees are able to absorb and retain the information they receive. There … Continued

IRS Announces HSA Limits for 2022

On May 10, 2021, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released Revenue Procedure 2021-25 announcing the annual inflation-adjusted limits for health savings accounts (HSAs) for calendar year 2022. An HSA is a tax-exempt savings account that employees can use to pay for qualified health expenses. To be eligible for an HSA, an employee: Must be covered … Continued

COBRA SUBSIDY: WHAT EMPLOYERS NEED TO KNOW

The American Rescue Act of 2021 (ARPA) is the latest federal law addressing the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Most aspects of the law do not directly affect the employer’s HR/Benefits function, but ARPA does include an optional extension of sick and family leave (see our summary) and the establishment of a COBRA subsidy. … Continued

THE FUNDAMENTALS OF PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT

The right performance management process for your organization depends in large part on what you want to accomplish with it and what you’re willing to invest in it. Here are some principles to keep in mind when deciding on your policy and performing assessments: Performance reviews are often stressful and difficult because the employees don’t … Continued

Building Trust Among Employees Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has been testing the limits of every organization. It’s tested resilience, it’s tested adaptability and, critically, it’s tested the trust between managers and their employees. When the COVID-19 pandemic began, entire workforces were sent to work from home, regardless of whether they had any experience with the arrangement. This sudden autonomy illuminated … Continued

WHEN STRESS AFFECTS AN EMPLOYEE’S MENTAL HEALTH

Question: An employee says that the stress of the job is affecting their mental health. How should we handle this? Answer: This employee may just need to talk through their concerns and get your help prioritizing or delegating. They may, for example, feel like every single thing on their to-do list is life-or-death by Friday … Continued

The HR Pet Press

Welcome to the HR Pet Press, a place to learn tips & tricks to keep your employees’ four-legged family members happy & healthy. A New Work-Life Balance—Pets Included If one thing is true of Americans, it’s this: We love our pets. Research reveals that more than half of households in the United States include at … Continued

American Rescue Plan Act Signed Into Law

The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), which is the latest bill to address the ongoing economic impacts of COVID-19, has been signed into law. Most aspects of the law do not directly affect the HR function, but those that do—optional extension of sick and family leave and establishment of COBRA subsidies—are outlined below. OPTIONAL EXTENSION … Continued

HOW TO MAKE GOOD USE OF YOUR EMPLOYEE HANDBOOK

Employee handbooks are a nifty communication and reference tool for the workplace, but only if they’re used and not collecting dust on some physical (or digital) shelf. A handbook is only as good as what it does. At the minimum, it should do the following: Introduce employees to the fundamentals of your organization’s culture—the beliefs … Continued

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