How to Change Company Culture in 10 Steps

I've gone to conference after conference to listen to speakers talk about how important company culture is to the growth and sustainability of an organization - but I haven't heard anyone really breakdown HOW to do it. Through years of experience working with long-term clients, I've figured out the "HOW":

  1. Benchmark Data: Administer Climate Surveys. Utilizing a 3rd Party might be best to ensure honest and anonymous responses.
  2. HR Audit: Find the flaws. An HR Audit will determine weak areas in compliance and employee management.
  3. HR Corrective Action Plan: Fix it. Once the audit is complete, a detailed corrective action plan is drafted with deadlines of when items should be resolved.
  4. Vendor Analysis: Cut Costs. Re-negotiate or obtain quotes from other companies for high-cost vendors such as payroll and timekeeping, workers compensation insurance, and other software utilities.
  5. Compensation Analysis: Pay Appropriately. Use market data against a position's duties and responsibilities to...
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New IRS Form W-4 for 2020

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has released a new version of the Federal Form W-4 for 2020. One of the most significant changes is the removal of withholding allowances. These changes are largely in response to the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

Tax Withholding Estimator for your W-4
The IRS encourages everyone to use their IRS Tax Withholding Estimator tool in 2020. This estimator will help you perform a quick “paycheck checkup,” to determine whether you have the right amount of tax being withheld from each paycheck or may need to make updates to your Form W-4 withholding elections.

Payroll impact
You may keep your current Federal Form W-4 elections in effect as the IRS is not requiring you to modify your withholdings. However, it is important to note that if you do intend to make any changes, you will be required to complete the new 2020 Form W-4 and adhere to the new Form W-4 requirements.

All employees currently claiming "Exempt" from federal...

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2020 CA Employment Law Updates

Each new year brings about new changes in employment law. Governor Gavin Newsom signed into legislation a number of new laws that impact California employers. Here’s what to look for in 2020:

AB 5 – New Employee Classification Test: The law codifies and modifies the California Supreme Court’s “ABC test” from its decision in the Dynamex case. The law severely limits the ability of California companies to classify workers as independent contractors rather than employees. Stated in an abbreviated manner, to satisfy the ABC test and classify a worker as an independent contractor, the company must prove that the worker is (A) free from the company’s control, and (B) performs work outside the company’s primary business, and (C) is regularly engaged in the trade the worker is hired for, independent of work for the company. There are specific exemptions for certain industries.

AB 9 – Statute of Limitations for FEHA Claims Expanded: The...

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The Right People for the Right Seats - 10 Best Practices

Being able to effectively fill positions can be difficult to navigate through for businesses without an HR department.

Here are 10 tips to cover every step of the recruiting process:

  1. Job Descriptions: Job Descriptions should at MINIMUM include a company overview, salary range, accurate day to day responsibilities, and benefits.
  2. Job Titles: The more specialized a job title is, the less applications will be received. Try not to confuse the audience by inflating job titles or being too creative. If the work is mostly administrative, then call it an Administrative Assistant. If the position is reporting directly to a C-suite, call it an Executive Assistant. Simple.
  3. Job Sites: Post positions on job sites that are relevant and/or specialized to the type of position. A company needs to understand where their target audience is applying for positions or learning about open positions.
  4. Job Sponsoring: The more specialized the position is, the more it should be sponsored...
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Cutting Costs - 4 Company Perks Employees Don't Care About

Employers are increasingly seeking creative ways to retain employees through various forms of company perks and benefits such as free shuttle service to on-site child care. It's no secret that there are more jobs available than there are workers today pushing companies to out-perk one another in order to attract talent.

Although perks and benefits are strongly weighed when considering job offers, a study conducted by Harvard Business Review revealed these company perks are the least considered when offered lower pay for more benefits:

Team Bonding Events - 80% of respondents could care less about having deeper connections with colleagues.

On-Site Gym - 78% of respondents are not interested in having a gym available on company premises.

Weekly Free Employee Outings - 76% of respondents would not take lower pay to spend more time with their co-workers.

Company-wide Retreats - there is definitely a...

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Increase Revenue - Obtaining Leads at Conferences

For the longest time, I was not a fan of going to conferences for the purposes of lead generation.

I would attend one after another and walk out with very few contacts - mostly contacts who were not the decision makers for their companies. It was difficult to network and chat casually because the itinerary was completely packed with break-out sessions, panel discussions, and presentations - aka zero time to actually talk to other people.

And then one year a client of mine asked if my business partner and I wanted to attend a local conference that he would also be attending - he would be able to get us complimentary tickets. Why not?

We walked out of that conference with handfuls of business cards and new partnerships that would eventually lead to us landing our biggest client.

I figured it out - it wasn't that conferences aren't beneficial to growing your business, it's that we were attending the wrong conferences.

Here are some tips and tricks to maximize your conference...

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