Managing Remote Employees: A Plan To Maintaining Momentum

The most difficult pieces of having a remotely working staff is ensuring that each team member is working efficiently, engaging regularly, and maintaining company culture.

Due to COVID-19, many companies are transitioning to remote work without having the ability to come up with a telecommuting policy or having the knowledge of what it takes to maintain a company's productivity, which is crucial during what may be an economic downturn.

With no definitive date this will end, I've put together this plan that businesses can utilize to continue meeting business objectives during this time.

REMOTE WORK PLAN: 

Break up into teams - Divide employees up to be no more than 6 employees reporting to one manager or supervisor. Managing more than 6 people remotely is bound to have it's pitfalls. There just isn't enough time in the day to give quality support to more than that. If it is not possible to break up into smaller teams, then break up the team by projects they're working...

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Remote Work: A Small Business Guide to Free Resources

Around 30 million American small businesses are being forced to shut-down or transition to remote operations indefinitely amid COVID-19, and that number is growing by the hour.

In an effort to help small business owners identify resources for this shift that won't break their already injured bank accounts, I've rounded up a few companies offering free services and trials during this period.

Microsoft - said it will limit restrictions on its free version of its collaborative communications tool, Teams. It’s also offering a six-month free trial for some of its basic package of Office 365 enterprise products to businesses that reach out to a Microsoft partner or sales representative. “By making Teams available to as many people as possible, Microsoft’s hope is that they can support public health and safety by making remote work even easier,” a Microsoft spokesperson said.

Comcast has taken a number of steps to improve access to...

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Executive Order to Suspend and Modify CAL Warn Act for COVID-19

 

What is WARN?

The federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act applies to employers of 100 or more full-time employees (or 100 full-time and part-time employees who work a total of 4,000 non-overtime hours per week). A covered employer must give 60-days notice to affected employees and specified government officials before it: (i) shuts down an employment site that causes employment loss for 50 or more full-time employees; (ii) conducts a layoff that effects 50 or more employees and 33% or more of the total workforce at a single...

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Employee Lay-offs: What Employers Should Know during COVID-19

COVID-19 may obliterate a lot of businesses from the face of the earth over the next few months, or it may not. Nearly every business in the United States has been affected by this pandemic and there are going to be tough decisions made over the next few weeks as government entities are forcing non-essential businesses across America to temporarily close down.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT LAYING OFF EMPLOYEES

  • You have to have a systemic strategy of who is getting laid off and ensure it is non-discriminatory. The easiest system to implement is last in, first out (by tenure). The more difficult strategy is to decide based off of performance because this would require the company to have to prove that one employee outperforms the other and would need documentation to support it. Businesses can also choose to let go certain departments if those departments would no longer be essential to the business in current circumstances. This is also known as eliminating positions.
  • You have to...
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The Best Work from Home Tips for Beginners

Welcome newbies! You’re probably so excited that you get to work from home now, but trust me, it could get old fast. Sure, you’ll be in the comfort of your own home, but after a while, the need for sunlight and human interaction is needed! You’ll start to feel like you need to get out more. Since I’ve been working from home (it’s now going on a year and a half) I go out a lot more on the weekends. Something about being in the house all day, every day, can drive a person crazy!  But I don’t want that for you, so I have come up with some useful tips to help you get your job done all whilst not losing your mind in the process.

Bathe. Yes, bathe. Some of you will ixnay that morning shower since you don’t have to leave the house now, but showering first thing in the morning makes all the difference in the world. Showers also help you to wake up. Now, if you just can’t help yourself and you need to get those extra minutes of sleep in...

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Ideas to Transition your Business during COVID-19

As businesses are being required to shut their doors to the public and people are working from home at an unprecedented rate - it’s become very clear that many businesses across various industries will be fighting to stay afloat during this period of uncertainty. More specifically, small businesses.

As I’ve had conversations with every one of our clients over the last week, it’s become clear that almost all of them will have to find new ways to deliver their product and/or service to their customers. 

I’ve put together a list of ideas that several industries can implement into their business quickly in order to help mitigate revenue losses.

RESTAURANTS AND RETAIL 

  • Offer a subscription service
  • Offer free delivery 
  • Make items available to order online 
  • Create a separate line of business such as online cooking classes, personal shopping, and affiliated partnerships 
  • Re-negotiate leases with landlords

REAL ESTATE 

  • Go virtual...
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New I-9 Form for 2020

On Jan. 31, 2020, USCIS published the Form I-9 Federal Register notice announcing a new version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, that the Office of Management and Budget approved on Oct. 21, 2019. This new version contains minor changes to the form and its instructions. Employers should begin using this updated form as of Jan. 31, 2020.

The notice provides employers additional time to make necessary updates and adjust their business processes. Employers may continue using the prior version of the form (Rev. 07/17/2017 N) until April 30, 2020. After that date, they can only use the new form with the 10/21/2019 version date. The version date is located in the lower left corner of the form.

USCIS made the following changes to the form and its instructions:

Form:

Revised the Country of Issuance field in Section 1 and the Issuing Authority field (when selecting a foreign passport) in Section 2 to add Eswatini and Macedonia, North per...

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6 Ways to Avoid a Bad Hire

Isn’t it frustrating when you make a purchase and the product ends up being nothing that you thought it would be? This is what it feels like when a business makes a bad hire. The problem is that you can’t pack it back up and ship it off for a refund - it takes a great deal of time and resources to rightfully terminate an employee.

Here are a few tips and tricks to help avoid a bad hire:

  1. Look for relevant job responsibilities, not job titles - Job titles can vary greatly from company to company and a good candidate may be overlooked if purely observing previous job titles. The key here is to review the duties and responsibilities of their work experience and how it relates to the position that is being filled.
  2. Ask why they left previous employers - This will reveal a candidate’s personality at work. Was it voluntary or involuntary? Did they leave for another position? Did they feel unappreciated? Did they have conflicts with coworkers and/or supervisors?...
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A 7 Step Guide to Determine a New Salary

"How much should we pay this position?"

Clients are often asking us this question, so I'd thought I'd do my best to lay it out step by step for employers who need guidance to determine how much to pay for a position.

Tip: the pay should be determined MOSTLY on the position itself and not the person. Value is determined by the complexity of the role: the experience required, the skills required, and the level of responsibility needed.

  1. Write out a detailed job description with actual current duties and responsibilities including software and technology systems being used. Like, a REAL job description, not one googled or borrowed.
  2. Find out what your competitors are paying for the same role (be cautious of inflated titles) and make sure the company size/revenue is similar. That should at least give you a range to work with. Utilizing websites such as Glass Door for entered salaries are helpful, as well as job boards such as Indeed provides insight to what companies are paying for...
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4 Tips to Increase Job Applicants

Often Used Excuses:

"Ugh, these millennials are so high maintenance."

"Unemployment is just so low."

"We can't afford what we truly need."

Down and Dirty Truths:

  1. Get used to it because that is where a lot of talent resides and probably your customer base as well.
  2. If your target audience are those who are jobless, you have the wrong target audience.
  3. Then you don't truly need it.

As an HR and Recruiting expert, I've recognized that one of the biggest challenges for growing companies is finding and retaining good talent. A theory of mine is because millennials (like me) were hired by companies because we were seen as talented and valuable - but virtually had no autonomy. We weren't being heard, we were being micro-managed, and ultimately cleaning up messes that we strongly warned against. So here began the movement and exponential increase of entrepreneurship. It has reached a point, however, that there are too many entrepreneurs and not enough talent. Additionally, we are...

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