Winter Weather Safety

As winter approaches us in the west, this is the time of  year when we work, as a Utah PEO Company, with our clients to prepare and train for winter weather safety. Cold stress and frostbite can be dangerous for employees that work outside during cold weather, and slips or trips along with snow removal can be hazardous for indoor …

Why Your Company Needs a Handbook

In the business environment of today, a company issued handbook is not only an informative guide for employees, but a necessary protection for employers. A good handbook will act as a viable communication piece for each aspect of an employee’s tenure within an organization. Here is a list of things to consider including in an employee handbook/associate reference guide: Company history …

Requesting Time Off

It’s inevitable that employees are going to need time off during their course of employment. Family events, appointments, vacations, and employees getting sick are all various reasons that employees might need to request time off. The easiest way to manage time off for both employees and supervisors is to have a written time off policy, whether paid or unpaid, that …

“The Salary Talk”

As an employee, asking for a “wage adjustment” or “salary increase” can cause major stress and result in unrealistic expectations. As an employer, an employee asking for a raise might create fears that the employee is unhappy or might want to leave. There are a few ways to help make this process smoother and can calm fears on both sides …

Stress Free Terminations

One of the hardest tasks an HR professional undertakes in their tenure is the termination of an employee. Terminations require you to be calm, stick to the facts, and help to not escalate the issue further or cause you to say something that could potentially create an unintended lawsuit for you or your company. The first thing any HR department …

Document, document, document

Workplace miscommunication and conflict can add stress to every day and make your life miserable. In a work environment, most conflicts arise due to miscommunication. Either expectations weren’t clear or they changed when you weren’t looking. The best way to avoid conflict is to understand what you are being asked to do. The next best way is to have proof …

Payroll Deductions: Mandatory vs. Involuntary

There are a number of different payroll deductions that can be deducted from an employee’s paycheck each pay period. These range from FICA taxes, contributions to a retirement or 401(k) plan, child support payments, insurance premiums, and uniform deductions. Some of these payroll deductions are mandatory… meaning that an employer is legally obligated to withhold this money from an employee’s …

Why Harassment Training is Important

Why We Train It has been recommended that companies all over the US conduct harassment training on a yearly basis. Utah’s Department of Human Resource Management Rules require that all state employer provide sexual harassment training consistent with the department’s Unlawful Harassment Prevention Training Standards. It is not to cause problems, or put ideas into employee’s heads; but rather to …

Managing Corrective Action

The perfect employee is an individual that every employer wishes for, yet knows that they will never attain one such myth. Each individual has their own struggles and poor decision making skills that impede their ability to perform perfectly in the workplace.  How we go about correcting their behaviors, counseling their decision making skills, and being consistent can help mold …

Building Workplace Morale

Employers often underestimate the importance of building morale in the workplace.  Most managers and supervisors are tasked with the responsibility of numbers and bottom lines, and tend to focus on performance and results.  The assignment of building workplace morale can tend to be left out in the open, unless championed by someone within the company that makes it their charge. …

Incivility in the Workplace

Incivility in the Workplace Workplace incivility has been defined as “low-intensity deviant behavior with ambiguous intent to harm the target, in violation of workplace norms for mutual respect. Uncivil behaviors are characteristically rude and discourteous, displaying a lack of regard for others.”  This takes many forms: insulting comments, spreading false rumors, dirty looks, social isolation, and being disruptive or hogging …