Archive for Human Resources’ Category

Remote Work Challenges for HR | TX Employee Benefits Advisors
Mar

23

2020

Remote Work Challenges for HR | TX Employee Benefits Advisors

It’s been said the ongoing COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak has created the largest remote work experiment ever devised.  In fact, there are many recently documented cases where companies have asked at least some of their employees to work from home.  Three of those companies are Amazon, Twitter and Microsoft. Remote work, of course, is not something new.  In the past, remote work has been largely reserved…

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Employee Burnout in 2020 | Houston Employee Benefits Agents
Mar

10

2020

Employee Burnout in 2020 | Houston Employee Benefits Agents

For a long time, employee burnout has been dismissed. In some instances, it’s been written off as employee laziness or simply an employee being contrary. That, however, is no longer the case. In 2020, HR professionals are going to have to deal with it as a realized syndrome and one that is becoming more prevalent in the workplace. By going unmanaged, it has become an…

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March Madness 2020: The Ball is in Your Court | Texas Benefits Consultants
Mar

2

2020

March Madness 2020: The Ball is in Your Court | Texas Benefits Consultants

March Madness is upon us, and there is no avoiding it. Selection Sunday, when the NCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball Committee announces which 68 teams made the 2020 tournament, is March 15th. Games begin with the First Four on March 17th and 18th and culminate with the Final Four April 4th and the 2020 NCAA championship game on April 6th. While this annual event can impact…

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Service Animals in the Workplace | Houston Benefits Agency
Feb

25

2020

Service Animals in the Workplace | Houston Benefits Agency

In 2020, many people with disabilities use the emotional and physical support provided by a service animal. This means that the workplace has seen an increase of these service animals over the last decade and therefore the workforce needs to be educated on this changing environment. Let’s take a look at what constitutes a service animal and the accommodation of such in the workplace. Americans…

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What Diversity Looks Like in the Workplace | Houston Employee Benefits Group
Nov

13

2019

What Diversity Looks Like in the Workplace | Houston Employee Benefits Group

Diversity isn’t just a moral issue.  There is a business case that can be made for promoting diversity and inclusion in the workplace.  From recruitment to mentoring, human resources has a main role in the strategy. Defining Diversity What is diversity?  That’s a two pronged answer.  There is inherent diversity.  It involves traits a person is born with… gender, ethnicity, and sexual orientation for instance.  Then there…

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AI in HR | Houston Benefits Advisors
Oct

2

2019

AI in HR | Houston Benefits Advisors

Artificial intelligence is pushing humans and machines closer together.  It’s exciting!  AI’s influences are being felt across the HR space… being used to automate business processes, enhance efficiency, and reduce bias among other things.  In fact, McKinsey’s latest forecast of AI’s impact on the global economy is that it will generate $13 trillion in economic activity across the globe by 2030. But, there is room…

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How to Implement an Employee Training Program | Houston Employee Benefits Group
Sep

19

2019

How to Implement an Employee Training Program | Houston Employee Benefits Group

Employee training programs are beneficial to organizations of varying sizes. Even small companies can improve customer service skills. Large organizations often need training programs specifically targeted to employee development and changing technologies. The Society for Human Resource Management says that offering training programs to employees helps the employee feel more engaged and committed to the organization. Implement an employee training program in your organization to…

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10 Tips to Excellent Company Culture | TX Benefits Advisors
Aug

28

2019

10 Tips to Excellent Company Culture | TX Benefits Advisors

When it comes to culture, companies have to walk the walk and talk the talk. HR professionals have all been there.  A potential new employee comes in for an interview.  Company representatives question the prospect and then ask if the candidate has any questions.  With surety, the first question uttered will be about the company’s culture.  The response has to be real and backed-up with…

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Top 5 Learning Metrics to Watch | Texas Benefits Team
Aug

14

2019

Top 5 Learning Metrics to Watch | Texas Benefits Team

How much job training equates to time wasted:  About 20%, according to one LinkedIn study.  That’s the percentage of learners who never apply their training to their job.  That same study says 67% of learners apply the lessons learned, but in the end, revert to previous habits.  Another study found 45% of training content is never applied. For HR professionals designing or monitoring the Return…

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Ask the Experts: Overtime and Paid Time Off | Houston Employee Benefits Advisors
Jul

17

2019

Ask the Experts: Overtime and Paid Time Off | Houston Employee Benefits Advisors

Question: Should we include holidays, PTO, vacation, or other leave taken during the workweek in calculating overtime premium pay under FLSA rules? Answer: No. Because holiday, PTO, and vacation hours are not actually hours worked they do not count towards overtime pay. Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), an employer who requires or permits an employee to work overtime is generally required to pay…

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