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Summertime Motivation

It’s gorgeous outside, warm, sunny and inviting. Right now your employees are sitting in their cubicles thinking of all the things they’d rather be doing then working. Productivity is certain to be low during times like these. So how can you motivate your employees to stay productive and keep business moving in the right direction? … more »

Job Postings and Recruiting Basics

Sourcing for a new candidate for your organization may often be an exhausting experience. In some situations it may seem as if a certain position within your company is a revolving door. Why is that? Are you sourcing for the wrong type of person to match a job? Rest assured, the perfect applicant can be … more »

Common Form I-9 Mistakes

Studies have shown that organizations often have errors on more than half of their I-9 forms (formally known as Form I-9). This can lead to steep penalties should a workplace compliance audit arise. To help avoid errors on the I-9 forms, nothing is better than a thorough review immediately after the form is filled out. … more »

Is Your Company Using E-Verify?

What is E-Verify? E-Verify is an Internet-based system that compares information from an employee’s Employment and Eligibility Verification, Form I-9, to data from U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Social Security Administration records to confirm employment eligibility.   Who uses E-Verify? Employers, large and small, across the U.S. use E-Verify to check the employment … more »

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays or Season’s Greetings?

It is that time of year when most of us use the greeting “Merry Christmas,” “Happy Holidays,” or “Season’s Greetings.” Some ask, which one is politically correct in my work environment? The answer depends completely upon the cultural or religious diversity in your work environment. However, with that being said, employers must be cautious about … more »

Tips for Serving Alcohol at a Company Sponsored Event

This is the most wonderful time of the year for most. Religious, cultural and seasonal celebrations with family, friends and business colleagues can be wonderful experiences. To keep it wonderful, employers should incorporate the following suggestions into their holiday party in order to help minimize their risk and liability when alcohol is a factor:   … more »

The Performace Evaluation: Friend or Foe?

Many organizations still view the performance evaluation process as a nuisance.  Managers complain that they don’t have enough time in the day to get their expected work completed, let alone write and deliver a performance evaluation.  Yet they are the same individuals who continue to complain about the performance of the employees who report to … more »

Are Employers Legally Able to Provide References?

Reference checks area useful way for employers to gather information that is not readily available. However, employers are often leery about providing references as they are fearful that they could be sued for giving a negative reference about a terminated employee or for failing to tell a prospective employer about an employee’s poor performance, etc. … more »

Wages: Commissions, Incentives and Bonuses

Indiana courts have defined a “wage” as compensation paid on a regular basis for work performed by the employee on an ongoing basis.  In general terms, compensation that is linked to the amount of work done by the employee constitutes a wage. Vacation pay constitutes deferred compensation that is earned as an employee works, so … more »

Seven Ways to Add Value to Your Job

Adding value to your job–making your contribution unique–is key to survival and success in a competitive job market. What could you do within your existing (or future) company to increase your value and influence? The seven job skills that follow won’t mean you necessarily work harder, but that you work differently and more creatively. You … more »

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