Archive for Human Resources’ Category

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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Gig Economy 101 | Houston Employee Benefits Team
Jul

2

2019

Gig Economy 101 | Houston Employee Benefits Team

By now you’ve heard of the term “gig economy” but you may not know what it means. Is it describing the economy of musicians as they work gigs? Does it mean something about computers and the measurement of space allotted for their programs? Does it have something to do with fishing? Well, not exactly. But, have no fear! We will break this term down into…

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Ask the Experts: Executive-Only Medical Plans | Texas Benefits Advisors
Jun

26

2019

Ask the Experts: Executive-Only Medical Plans | Texas Benefits Advisors

Question: Our company offers group medical and dental plans for all employees. We also have an executive-only medical plan that covers out-of-pocket expenses that the regular group plan does not pay. Does COBRA apply to the executive-only plan? Do we have to include it in our summary plan description (SPD)? Answer: The coverage continuation requirements of the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985 (COBRA) pertain to…

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Connecting Agility, Culture and Change Management | Texas Benefits Agency
Jun

20

2019

Connecting Agility, Culture and Change Management | Texas Benefits Agency

Every company wants to lead their industry, and doing so means remaining competitive. With the rate of speed the world experiences change in this age that is a very difficult proposition. For an HR professional, it is increasingly more difficult to stay ahead of the curve. So, what are the critical pieces to the strategy? • Agility • Change Management • Culture Knowing that, how…

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Is it Time for Unlimited Time off? | Houston Benefits Team
May

16

2019

Is it Time for Unlimited Time off? | Houston Benefits Team

While more and more perks — catered lunches, on-site gyms, immunizations programs — are about employee health, wellness, and happiness, they ultimately are also designed to keep workers at work. A recent article in Quartz at Work points out that more than anything, employees want more time off and out of the office. Unlimited time off, to be exact. Once the perk of tech firms and startups,…

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