How to Implement a Powerful Medical Marijuana Policy in 5 Easy Steps Without an HR Team

February 07, 2019 / by Cheryl Perez posted in Human Resources, Employers, Removing the Stress of It All, Internal & External Human Capital, Determining Opportunities & Threats

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Are you losing sleep or worried about what the medical marijuana legalization in your State means to you and your business?

I remember the first time I heard that it was going to be legal in Ohio.

That night I tossed and turned worrying about my business, trying to figure out if my liability would increase? I already have some workforce development needs!

Would I have employees walking around high all the time?

If someone is high at work or under the influence would I be able to terminate or discipline them?

When everything first came out there were many times that I just wanted to ignore the whole thing, but I said to myself…

Wait it out Cheryl… let's see what we really need to do in order to continue business as usual.

Over the past few months, we've been working diligently to understand the rules and figure out the best way communicate to our managers and our employees what the expectations will be once everyone can potentially get a prescription.

The truth is creating the right policies and procedures will keep my business running and functioning well with employees who are capable and safe.

Because of our trial and error, we now have the perfect toolkit formula that can be implemented by small businesses in 6 simple steps.

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Have You Been Naughty or Nice? Your Performance Review Tells All!

December 18, 2018 / by Mike Kaminski posted in Human Resources, Employers, Business Planning, Internal & External Human Capital

Since the beginning of time, it feels like the ever-so popular “naughty or nice” list comes into play every December during the holidays… the method used to keep our kids (and yes, even some adults) in line to behave in order to get presents Christmas Day. “Were you nice or naughty this year?”, we ask, “because if you were naughty, there’ll be a lump of coal waiting in your stocking above the fireplace this year!” That’s right, naughty children couldn’t get presents like all the nice children unless they changed their habits. Examples of those habits, besides being nice and respectful to people, may have been doing chores around the house or getting a good progress report or grades in school. Either way, it was important as a kid to perform the “nice” routine in order to get the goodies, while being naughty and not doing what is expected leads to nothing but bad news. Is this concept really so different than what we see in today's business environment?

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Ready for the New Year? Hot HR Topics for 2019!

December 11, 2018 / by Caroline Schwerko posted in HR Consulting, Human Resources, Employers, Business Planning

 

With only a few short weeks left in 2018, it’s time to take a good hard look at what the new year may have in store for your business. While you may already be all set with your goals and plans for production, sales, and growth for 2019, there are other important considerations to take into account as well. For example, it’s essential to keep your business’s HR policies and practices up to date each year too! Here are a few of the hot HR topics coming your way in 2019.

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Retention Woes: Why Employees Leave

November 20, 2018 / by Kellee Perez posted in Employers, Internal & External Human Capital

We’ve all experienced having to let someone go and/or having an employee leaving us for one reason or another over the years; it’s just the nature of the beast. What I want to focus on in this article are those instances in which our organizations seem to feel like a revolving door (employees leaving shortly after they’ve been hired), or even when they’ve been with you a while but you just can’t seem to get quality employees to stick and stay with you for the long haul...especially when your business is positioned for growth but lack of qualified staff is preventing that from happening. Often, we want to attribute this inability to retain to any and everything but ourselves, but well... that doesn’t help us solve our problem now, does it? Especially considering “in the wake of consistent economic growth employees have seized available opportunities resulting in a surge of voluntary turnover that’s challenging employers- and it is here to stay for the foreseeable future.” (Work Institute 2018) It’s estimated that “42 million employees will voluntarily quit their jobs in 2018. This means that 28.6%, or more that one in four employees will leave their jobs this year to go work somewhere else.” This rate will rise to 33% (or one in three employees) by 2020! (Work Institute 2018)

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Workshop: Top 10 HR Mistakes All Employers Make!

October 30, 2018 / by Cheryl Perez posted in Compliance, Human Resources, Employers, Removing the Stress of It All

REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT AND WATCH CHERYL PRESENT THIS TOPIC LIVE AT BIZCONCLE THIS THURSDAY!!

Presentation Description:

The fact is human resources is one the most stressful, yet critical, aspects of running a business. Being a small business owner and wearing many hats, you always have to “handle” HR on your own.  It is taxing, confusing, overwhelming, and constantly changing.  You probably often wonder if you are doing things correctly, legally, and in the best interest of your employees and therefore, your business. The fact is, robust HR management practices can reduce costs, improve business performance, and ensure legal compliance. However, most small to medium sized businesses just cannot afford to employ an experienced, qualified, and in most cases, extremely expensive Human Resource professional. So…they make a ton of mistakes. This workshop will discuss the Top 10 mistakes and how to avoid them in a fun David Letterman Style checklist!

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3rd Quarter Checkup: You Can Still Achieve Compliance in 2018!

October 23, 2018 / by Caroline Schwerko posted in HR Consulting, Human Resources, Employers

With November right around the corner, it seems that the remainder of 2018 is flying by! Are you on target to meet the goals you’d set for your business for 2018? With a couple of months still left on the calendar, it’s still not too late to make an impactful change that will help your business finish 2018 on a strong note.

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Hip, HIPAA, Hooray!

October 09, 2018 / by Kellee Perez posted in Lawsuits, Compliance, Employers, Removing the Stress of It All, Determining Opportunities & Threats

So, the title of this article is a tad misleading. While I don’t have any news that’s worth throwing a parade over regarding HIPAA, I do have some really great information, tips, & tools that will provide some clarity and direction for HR professionals and executives that manage HR, regarding HIPAA. 

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Take a Break! Examining Your Company’s Leave & Holiday Policies

September 04, 2018 / by Caroline Schwerko posted in Protection, Human Resources, Employers

It’s hard to believe Labor Day has already come and gone! Summer always seems to fly by too quickly, but for many people the Fall months signal a welcome return to a regular routine. Summer vacations have come and gone, kids are back in school… everything goes back to normal, for many of us. Well, for a couple of months, anyway. Before we know it, we’ll be coming up on Thanksgiving… and then Winter holidays are waiting right around the corner! Odds are good that your office will close for at least one holiday, and probably more. But is this your business’s official policy, or just “one of those things that everybody just knows”? Now is a perfect time to give your company’s policies on absences, leaves, and holidays a thorough checkup!

 

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When Business Meets Pleasure: Party Smarter When Employees Are Involved!

August 28, 2018 / by Caroline Schwerko posted in Human Resources, Employers, Removing the Stress of It All, Internal & External Human Capital

It’s hard to believe that summer is already winding down! Labor Day is right around the corner, and many of us are looking forward to one last get-together with family and friends over the long weekend that traditionally symbolizes the end of the season. Perhaps you’ve been invited to a cookout, wedding, or graduation party that one of your employees is hosting, or you may even be planning a company picnic of your own. But is it a good idea to party with your employees? 

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Drug Testing: Did They Smoke Themselves Out of a Job?

August 21, 2018 / by TeNita Bryant posted in HR Consulting, Human Resources, Employers

Tammie, the employee, has had a long day at work and everyone has driven her crazy, including her supervisor. She just needs to relax and feel better for the rest of her shift so she doesn’t lose it on anyone at work. She takes her lunch early, goes to her car, reaches into her bag, and pops a few cannabis gummy bears in her mouth. She says to herself, “Let the good times roll!” By the time her lunch is over, she is back to work feeling great and no one is the wiser. No smell of smoke on her clothes or hair, and no red eyes. No biggie…she just needed a little something to take the edge off, right? What’s the harm in that?

 

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