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Change – A verb to make or become different according to Oxford.  Well, we are in the midst of a forced change.  The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted our businesses, lives, families, economy, and health, for some, in significant ways. Yet, we all have a choice in how we reactive this change.  How we will change...

The I-9 form is a requirement for all employers and new employees to complete at the time of hire.  There are specific rules as to how to complete the I-9 and when. The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) made an announcement in the Federal Register on January 31, 2020, that the new version of the I-9 Form (rev.10/21/2019) is available for use...

Permission.  This little word leads to the choices that we make each and every day.  We are taught in our current society that we must be given permission to do things.  The permission to go to the bathroom in school.  The permission to leave the house and play outside.  The permission to use the car.  Sometimes the permission is granted as...

The employee handbook is a great reference tool for both employees and managers.  But did you know that you are not legally required to have a handbook?  Nope. Not required at all. Yet, is an employee handbook recommended?  Absolutely! The handbook is a key reference for your employees and your managers.  This provides consistent policies to follow...

A water bottle on an employee’s desk or a cup of coffee seems very, very reasonable.  Yet, what happens when there is more than coffee or water in those containers?  The answer depends on your policies, state law, and what you already know about this employee.  Here are 5 steps to review when facing a situation of potential substance...

Do you love to receive personalized mail?  I know I do!  Especially handwritten ones that are written specifically for me.  Not only are they personal, but they also imply someone spent some time thinking about me and what I do for them.    Offer letters are much like this.  They are a personalized note to a new employee welcoming them to your...

Engagement. What is this? Webster defines it as a promise to meet or be present at a particular place and time.  So, how many of your employees are engaged at work.  Truly engaged?   According to Gallups 2018 poll, only 34% of the US workforce is engaged.  And of those engaged, their profitability is 21% higher than the...

Job descriptions serve several important functions.  They set clear expectations for your staff, managers and the business owner.  AND they protect both you and the employee from the various employment laws.    Yet, I read and review so many job descriptions that are like hopes and dreams.  A unicorn that does not exist.  This sets your organization, you, and your...