Employee or Not Employee? That is the Question.

Employee or Not Employee? That is the Question.

On April 30, 2018, the California Supreme Court made a ruling that may make it difficult for you to classify your workers as independent contractors.  Employers in California have traditionally used the set Industrial Welfare Commission (IWC) standards, such as “exercises control”, to determine if a worker was classified as an “employee” or as an “independent contractor”.  The Supreme Court is now adopting an “ABC” standard for determining status of employee vs. independent contractors; we recommend that you review your classifications of workers to be in compliance with these new standards. 



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Indicators That it is Time to Consider Outsourcing Your HR Department

Indicators That it is Time to Consider Outsourcing Your HR Department

For many small to medium-sized businesses, outsourcing their HR departments can help them to cut human resources costs, and it can also help them to find better candidates to work for their company. Yet, as a small business owner, how will you know when it is time to outsource your company's HR department? Here are a few of the signs that it may be time for you to make the move to an outsourced human resources department.  



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3 Ways to Make Employee Training More Engaging

3 Ways to Make Employee Training More Engaging

When you engage your employees in your training efforts, you give them the motivation to learn, and to use their new knowledge and skills to do their jobs better. Otherwise, your staff may tune out if they keep experiencing sessions that seem like a waste of time. If you're serious about helping your employees to develop their skills and their careers, make sure you consider their interests and capture their attention. Try these 3 tips for getting them engaged. 



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Are You Profit-Oriented or People-Oriented in Business?

Are You Profit-Oriented or People-Oriented in Business?

If you want to run a successful business, there's no better way to do so than by consulting successful business owners. This way, you get advice straight from the horse's mouth. After all, if you wanted to be in a successful relationship, you would probably take advice from someone who was already in a successful relationship. And if you wanted to write a book, you would probably take advice from someone who had written a book. The same goes for advice about running a business. 



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Empowering Human Resources With Chatbots

Empowering Human Resources With Chatbots

Chatbots are, for modern businesses, a gateway into the many uses of AI already up and running in the business world. These programs, developed through research into natural language processing, can imitate human conversation and solve tasks using an automated structure. Chatbots (bots is short for robots) can assist HR departments and leadership in several ways, particularly in highly repetitive tasks such as mandatory training, scheduling interviews, giving information about benefits, and other customer service needs. The HR chatbot programs have been specifically designed for the work of HR departments, and can be used across multiple platforms, such as company websites, email, and instant messaging and text services. 



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Employee Engagement is Good, But Watch for Burnout

Employee Engagement is Good, But Watch for Burnout

When an employee loves her job, she does better work. The employer keeps her busy with new challenges, and she keeps doing her job efficiently. Unfortunately, it doesn't always work out this way. Sometimes, the employee keeps going until she can't go anymore. An employee engaged with her work is a good thing, but burnout is a reality that should not be ignored. 



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