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Responsible Reopening Practices for Businesses

By Best Practices, News

The latest executive order from Georgia Governor Brian Kemp issued on May 12 and effective May 14, 2020 states that all residents and visitors: Must continue to practice social distancing Are strongly encouraged to wear face coverings while outside their residences, except when eating, drinking, or exercising outdoors, and Must practice sanitation in accordance with the guidelines published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The order also continues to prohibit “gatherings of persons”…

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Steps to Help Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 in the Workplace

By Best Practices, News, Sick Leave

With fear and uncertainty circulating about the continued spread of the new coronavirus, COVID-19, it’s no surprise that employers are wrestling with the best way keep employees healthy and to ensure that sick employees stay at home for as long as needed. In particular, I am concerned about industries with heavy concentrations of hourly employees – such as retail and restaurants – that could be hit worse because sick employees will still try to come…

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Employee Engagement is a Big Driver of Workplace Satisfaction

By Best Practices, Employee Engagement, Productivity

How do you define employee engagement? Is it by remembering birthdays, providing lunch to your team or recognizing accomplishments like anniversaries? Employee engagement certainly encompasses those things and hopefully makes for more cheerful employees; however, I define an “engaged employee” as one who is fully absorbed by and enthusiastic about their work, and takes positive actions to further the organization’s reputation and interests. Consulting giant Deloitte looked back on 2019 and made note of the…

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Paid Time Off – a Benefit to Both Employers and Employees

By Benefits & Insurance, Best Practices, Employee Retention, Vacation Policies

Ahhh…vacation. We all love it and look forward to it. It’s not only a fun and welcome change of pace; research has found that vacations are actually really good for our health! Stress reduction, heart disease prevention, improved productivity, and better sleep are just some of the health benefits that vacation can provide. But have you ever wondered why employers would actually pay someone to take a vacation? The concept of paid vacation was started…

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Battling Flu Season

By Best Practices, OSHA Regulations

Flu season is getting started here in the South, and now is a great time to get your office and your workers ready to battle it. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), every flu season sickens millions of Americans, hospitalizes hundreds of thousands, and kills tens of thousands. The 2017-2018 flu season was the most severe in a decade. While only moderate in severity, the 2018-2019 season was record-breaking in duration, with flu…

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Your End of Year HR To-Do List

By Best Practices, Policies and Procedures

The end of any year is always challenging, between juggling employees’ holiday vacation schedules, preparing year-end paperwork, and making adjustments for the upcoming year. However, an end of year assessment is a valuable way to review your company’s accomplishments for the year, celebrate successes, and share business updates and progress with your employees and stakeholders. You also can take stock of how well you met your goals and capabilities, which allows you to set objectives…

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Productivity Primer

By Best Practices, Productivity

I’m always interested in reading books and articles that address the concept of productivity. After all, learning to balance work and personal responsibilities is a challenge that we all face. A while back, I read a book called “The Productivity Project: Accomplishing More by Managing Your Time, Attention, and Energy” by Chris Bailey. It prompted to me to look at my own effectiveness and assess what’s working and where I could improve. Here are the…

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Fitness for Duty in Pregnant Workers: A Test of Company Policies

By ADA, Best Practices, Policies and Procedures, Pregnancy Leave, Uncategorized, Worker Disability

Prudent business leaders recognize the importance of requiring “fitness for duty” certifications as part of the hiring process, especially where a worker may need to perform lifting, bending, stair climbing and other physical duties. Many organizations also request fitness for duty certifications for a change in work status, and this is legal provided that the requirement is consistent across all workers. When workers (as well as job candidates) are pregnant, however, HR professionals face special challenges….

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