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Optimizing Time Using the “Beforehand” Technique

As professionals, we seem to be hard-pressed for time always. We seem to be running from one task to another and seem to be racing against time during most of our activities. Though this situation seems to be the case with most people around the world, some people have the talent of managing time better.

What makes them different? How do they leverage time better, when we all have the same 24 hours in a day? Is there a way to manage time more efficiently? Is it a skill that is…

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Added by TrainHR on July 20, 2017 at 1:07pm — No Comments

Understanding the relationship between statistics and compensation

Isn’t pay essentially about statistics, since pay programs are designed and administered around math, which is central to pay, right from the structure to the analysis of data?

Statistics has a vital role to play in compensation. Statistics professionals and practitioners have to possess the nous needed…

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Added by TrainHR on July 19, 2017 at 1:26pm — No Comments

Influence should bring about cooperation and collaboration

Influence is one of the biggest factors in both our personal as well as professional lives. It is but natural that we get influenced in one or another, direct or indirect manner. The members of the family we grow up in and the people in the neighborhood or the school are some of the sources that…

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Added by TrainHR on July 18, 2017 at 1:06pm — No Comments

The art of carrying out critical conversations

College courses or MBA seldom teach us is how to conduct and manage difficult conversations. Managing these difficult conversations is all the more important in an economy that is becoming highly competitive and is consistently keeps pushing the workforce to higher levels of performance.…

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Added by TrainHR on July 17, 2017 at 12:13pm — No Comments

Exempt vs. non-exempt as defined by the FLSA

The US federal law, the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) has been enacted for establishing the following:

  • Minimum wage
  • Overtime pay eligibility
  • Recordkeeping
  • Child labor standards.

It covers both full-time and part-time workers who work in federal, state, and local governments, as well as the private sector. The FLSA brings under its ambit all the kinds of employees that it…

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Added by TrainHR on July 14, 2017 at 1:39pm — No Comments

Making Onboarding Successful and Effective

The onboarding process is the really important step for an employee, because this is the phase in which she get acclimatized to the new organization in which she has taken up employment. It is also a very important step for the employer, as it is the process through which it gets to know the new…

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Added by TrainHR on July 13, 2017 at 1:33pm — No Comments

Overcoming the wasteful nature of meetings

The national statistics council estimates that in the US corporate world, a whopping eleven million meetings are held in a year. Between a third and two fifths of the employees spend their time in meetings. Executives attend two meetings a day on average.

Does all this indicate that meetings are productive? Absolutely not. Quite the opposite is true. There is perhaps no exercise in a corporate setup that is as frequent and prevalent as meetings, and there is simply no…

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Added by TrainHR on July 12, 2017 at 12:56pm — No Comments

The Three Important keys To Developing Team Leadership

A team is defined as a collection of a small number of individuals who are tasked with carrying out a defined, accountable objective during a specific period of time. They are usually people of complementary or matching skills and aptitudes and work together to achieve a common goal and purpose. Teams…

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Added by TrainHR on July 11, 2017 at 1:31pm — No Comments

Saving time and costs on hiring and remaining compliant

Onboarding is a critical component of hiring, but considering the importance of the hire and this process, and considering the numerous steps that go into onboarding; it is usually a long drawn process. It can sometimes take…

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Added by TrainHR on July 10, 2017 at 1:21pm — No Comments

Making new managers productive quickly

When an organization hires new managers, it has a lot of expectations from them. Considering the potential they have, they are seen as future leaders of the organization. They are expected to take on a number of roles. They take on a lot of responsibilities, which is why it is a given that they could take some time to get their eye in into the job. Getting accustomed to the new environment, the reportees, the new work and sometimes new business, and very importantly, the new organizational…

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Added by TrainHR on July 7, 2017 at 12:18pm — No Comments

Behaviors that make great leaders

What makes a person a leader? What makes that leader successful? Contrary to what most believe; leadership is not something of a gift from heaven that a chosen few are endowed with. It is something that can be acquired…

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Added by TrainHR on July 6, 2017 at 1:31pm — No Comments

Creating a productive work environment for the Millennials

If estimates prove right, the Millennials will make up fifty percent of the American workforce by 2020-21. The arrival of the Millennials –those born in the 20-22 years starting 1982 –has coincided with the eruption of new technologies that are a first of their kind. The growth and widespread use of a myriad of personal devices and the social media have come about simultaneously with the coming of age at which the Millennials have joined the workforce. This being a generation with…

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Added by TrainHR on July 5, 2017 at 12:58pm — No Comments

Valuable learning on how organizations can detect and prevent Accounts Payable fraud

Of all the business processes organizations employ; the Accounts Payable (AP) is perhaps the one that is most easily vulnerable to fraud, because nearly every kind of fund that flows out of the organization has to pass through the AP first. This leaves this a field wide open for fraudsters…

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Added by TrainHR on July 4, 2017 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Complying with labor and employment laws relating to social networking

The flurry of labor and employment laws and regulations dealing with social networking in organizations makes it difficult to formulate a solid policy. Organizations have to comply with laws from these regulatory agencies and legislations in developing and implementing their own policy with regard labor and employment laws relating to social networking. These are some of them:

  • The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA)
  • The Federal Trade…
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Added by TrainHR on June 30, 2017 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Payroll deduction –an overview

Payroll deduction is a tricky job. Payroll professionals have to wade through innumerable, elaborate laws that apply to different kinds of pay. If one kind of payroll deduction applies to an employee who lives in one state and works in another; another kind of…

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Added by TrainHR on June 29, 2017 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Handling travel pay

Both the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Department of Labor (DoL) have requirements that need to be met when considering compensable travel pay. The requirements for this segment of pay have to be met from gross pay and overtime calculation.

Many components go into making this calculation. Factors such as one day assignment but overnight concerns, waiting time, meeting and training regulations come into play. Making these calculations rightly is important to meet the…

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Added by TrainHR on June 28, 2017 at 2:36pm — No Comments

Collaboration is important for getting things done, if handled properly

Collaboration is an essential part of our lives and careers. It is a great means to getting things done when it is not possible for us to carry out all our work ourselves. What did you do when you built your house? Did you carry out all the work related to construction, such as painting, plumbing or…

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Added by TrainHR on June 27, 2017 at 2:31pm — No Comments

Getting the Onboarding Right helps Organizations to keep Good Employees

Onboarding is an extremely important function for an organization. It is the first step towards creating an impression about the organization in the mind of the new hire. Not getting the onboarding process right puts a stumbling block in the employee’s first step into the organization at…

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Added by TrainHR on June 2, 2017 at 12:12pm — No Comments

The Roles of Mentor, Coach and Manager

All these positions –the mentor, the coach and the manager –carry their own importance to organizations. To someone in a non-management position, these three roles may appear to be synonymous with each other, but there is an element of difference between each of these.

An organization needs all these three roles if it has to facilitate team engagement and lead it to higher results. A mentor, coach and a manager have their own unique and designated roles to perform and bring…

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Added by TrainHR on June 1, 2017 at 1:26pm — No Comments

Identifying and retaining all the stakeholders in a business

An often overlooked aspect of a business is the stakeholders. Many organizations have a problem in identifying their real stakeholders. Many stakeholders are pretty obvious since they are visible. But many businesses have a problem in getting to understand who the real stakeholders are because there are the invisible ones who are difficult to identify.

Internal and external stakeholders make up a strong and potent force that has the ability to either make or break an organization.…

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Added by TrainHR on May 31, 2017 at 9:08am — No Comments

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