Employer Blog

There are over fifteen different definitions of “Orientation” according to Wikipedia. If there are that many definitions of the word, you can only imagine how many different ways there are for employers to handle new hire employee orientation. There is no “one size fits all” way to orient new employees; however, doing it
Do you consider employee communication a high priority? Studies show that companies with highly effective internal communication programs are more likely to provide a significant return to shareholders and are also more likely to have higher levels of employee engagement and lower employee turnover rates. But, how do you begin? Start at the top by
Traditional Employee Incentive Plans have rewarded employees for a job well done; however, many companies are taking a new approach to incentives. The new incentive plans are aimed at achieving specific company goals such as cost savings, going green or promoting healthy behaviors. Research has found that offering financial incentives increases
Why do Managers shy away from giving performance feedback, both positive and negative? Constructive feedback is crucial to career development, employee satisfaction, employee retention and employee motivation. Employee feedback should be given as frequently as possible; both formally through the annual performance review forms and ensuing
It sounds like a dream, a company with a vacation or paid time off (PTO) policy that doesn't restrict or enforce any rules around the number off days an employee can take off. That's right, take 15, 20, 25+ days in a year – you decide. Believe it or not, there are a growing number of companies who have removed the restrictions on common
Your employees are looking for greater pay, and other HR trends for 2011.The Small Business and Human Resources 2011 Outlook Survey completed by Insight Performance and the Small Business Association of New England (SBANE) has found that many companies are beginning to turn the corner. Sixty-nine percent of respondents reported that business
Employee engagement is getting more and more attention lately. The importance of connecting the workforce to your company's productivity can't be overstated. According to a recent HR magazine article, disengaged workers costs U.S. companies an estimated $350 billion every year. What can we do to keep employees engaged? We have to make sure that
As the economy is starting to show green spots, people are starting to change jobs. How happy are your employees? And, how can you be sure? These are two questions that all business owners should be asking, particularly now. Since many businesses over the past couple of years have imposed wage freezes, salary cuts, and expected employees to
This spring, we're seeing green shoots sprouting in the economy as well as in the ground. Customers are starting to buy and companies are beginning to think about growth instead of retrenchment. While we're not out of the woods yet, there are opportunities in the marketplace and retention needs to be a major focus.Given that salaries have been
Now for some good news. A recent survey the Insight Performance team conducted with SBANE (Smaller Business Association of New England) found that an increasing number of small to mid-sized businesses in New England are planning to hire employees this year and offer base-pay increases. This indicates that optimism is beginning to
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