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Prepare now for the ‘fiscal cliff’ that looms Jan. 1

August 27, 2012
Unless Congress acts soon, the end of this year will see the expiration of an unprecedented number of tax provisions. That could cause havoc with your Payroll operations, as the IRS will be forced to delay issuing the 2013 tax tables and, critically, the 2013 withholding tables.
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Avoid empty promises about benefits

August 7, 2012
The Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) is the major law covering employee benefits. It affects such policies as health and life insurance, 401(k) plans and retirement pensions.
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Keep people positive

August 7, 2012
Keep people positive, even in times of crises.
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Take the time to notice and comment

August 7, 2012
Take the time to notice and comment on the photos and other objects that people display in their offices.
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Boost morale among team members

August 7, 2012
Boost morale among team members by telling them why their work matters, rather than simply what needs doing.
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Include employees in the conversation

August 7, 2012
Include employees in the conversation about any proposed solution to a problem that stems from employee behavior.
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Want candid feedback?

August 7, 2012
Want candid feedback, but fear that employees are too afraid to open up?
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The case for managers: Hierarchy boosts productivity

August 7, 2012

While it’s trendy for companies to tear down the corporate walls and declare all employees equal, new research in the journal Psychological Science says teams with built-in hierarchy are more productive than teams in which all people hold an equal amount of power.

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Know your state law on required employee breaks

August 7, 2012
Federal law doesn’t require you to provide employees with lunch or coffee breaks. Forty states do have laws mandating breaks.
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Are you a clueless boss? 5 signs

August 7, 2012

Experts say many bosses are clueless about how they come across to employees. Here are five signs you are one of them.

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