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Make Technology Work for You

By Benefits & Insurance, Best Practices, Employee Engagement, Technology in the Workplace, Uncategorized

In our last article, we offered strategies for managing personal technology use at work. Employee use (or abuse) of technology in the workplace, while detrimental, is not the only concern for business leaders. Firms must also help workers better manage their time using technology for valid business purposes, both inside and outside the office. Here’s a bit more practical advice. Help Workers Help Themselves: Many office workers report that the volume of business email and…

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The Trend Toward Workplace “Body Art” − What You Can Do

By Best Practices, Employment Law, Hiring

With Millennial workers (and many workers from other eras) increasingly adopting non-traditional body art (officially called body modifications), business owners are grappling with how to address this issue. Per a February 2016 Harris Poll, 47 percent of Millennials and 36 percent of Gen X respondents have at least one tattoo, and that percentage is only going to rise. Tattoos and piercings may be fine for businesses that want to be perceived as “edgy,” but what…

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Driving Without Incident: Strategies that May Surprise You

By Best Practices, News, Risk Management & Safety

We hear a lot about the dangers of drunk driving, but did you know it is only the Number 3 cause of accidents? The Number 1 cause, by far, is distracted driving. Per a study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI), 80 percent of automobile accidents and 65 percent of near-accidents involve some form of driver distraction within three seconds of the incident. Although talking or…

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June Is National Safety Month…Are You in the Driver’s Seat?

By Best Practices, News, Risk Management & Safety

In June, the National Safety Council will be promoting National Safety Month, a nationwide advocacy effort to increase safety at work, on the road and in homes. The campaign focuses specifically on raising awareness to reduce the incidence of the leading causes of injury and death. In conjunction with this effort, Marathon is working to expand education about two important issues for businesses: worker driving safety, which we will feature this week, and leading causes…

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Is Cell Phone Usage Reducing Office Productivity?

By Best Practices

Cell phone usage in the workplace is at an all-time high, and evidence is mounting that employee cell phone use causes unwanted distractions in the office. In a 2015 study by CareerBuilder, 44% of business leaders ranked cell phone usage as the number one productivity killer—placing it atop the list of workplace distractions. Yet, many company leaders struggle to manage cell phone usage effectively. Here’s a simple solution. Unless workers need their cellphones to perform…

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2017 is Off and Running

By Best Practices, Employment Law

In last month’s newsletter, I talked about all the things that need to be done at the year’s end, from compensation strategies to Affordable Care Act (ACA) reporting. It was a lengthy list and I assured you that whatever you didn’t get done by December 31, you could address in January. So, here we are. It’s mid-January. And, on top of the things you didn’t get done last year, there are a host of things…

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Getting SMART About Goal-setting

By Best Practices

Smart companies know the value of goal setting in setting their business up for success. Yet, according to the 4th Annual Staples National Small Business Survey, 80 percent of small business owners don’t keep track of their goals. With your long-term objectives in mind, you need to develop “SMART” goals – Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-bound. The acronym has several slightly different variations, which can be used to provide a more comprehensive definition of…

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Closing Out the Year

By Benefits & Insurance, Best Practices, Employment Law, Hiring

As you’re wrapping up the year, I’m sure you’re making your end-of-year to-do list and checking it twice. There are numerous HR tasks to manage and strategies to consider at the year’s end. Affordable Care Act compliance and reporting, preparation for compliance with new state or federal regulations, succession planning and compensation strategies are just a handful of items on the larger list of year-end activities. It can certainly be overwhelming, but the more organized…

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How Do I Pay a Deceased Employee?

By Best Practices

Paying a deceased employee is a topic that comes up occasionally. Recently, I had a client inquire about the issue and then I was speaking with a colleague who works in marketing and she has had two clients pass away suddenly, leaving significant implications for their families and the companies they worked for. My first take away is the importance of encouraging all of your employees to prepare for their own death in terms of…

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Engaging Around Employee Engagement

By Best Practices, Employee Retention, News

A hot topic in the HR industry and around our offices lately is “employee engagement.” Are your employees engaged? If not, why not? What do your employees really value? Employee engagement is the art of listening to your employees and the science of acting on what you hear to create an environment where your staff members are raving fans of your organization. Research from Deloitte Human Capital Trends 2016 reveals that nearly 20 percent of…

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