January 24, 2017 by admin
Top 6 HR Guides for a Successful 2017
Enhance your HR knowledge and skills going into the new year with our round-up of the top 7 HR guides for a successful 2017.
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January 16, 2017 by admin
It’s that time of year again. Just when the holiday dust settles and everyone makes their resolutions for the new year, the predictions start to roll in. HR thought-leaders and forward-thinking companies start evaluating the year past and the one ahead, to speculate on what’s to come in 2017. Here are 9 predictions that we think will transform HR in 2017.
January 4, 2017 by admin
After one too many payroll managers turned in their two weeks notice, John Rutherdale, Controller at Jordans Interiors and Floor Coverings, knew a change was needed. Every exit interview had revealed a common reason for those staff departures—namely, the outdated ADP system. It was while conducting reference checks for a prospective Payroll Manager that John first learned of a better alternative. “I’m asking all these questions and every time, she jumped in and said, ‘But you should really try Rise,’” John remembers. Impressed by the strong recommendation, Jordans’ Controller scheduled a live demo for that very Friday.
December 13, 2016 by admin
A list of 10 companies who have put creative, unusual, or extensive workplace wellness programs into practice and reaped real rewards as a result. So if you’re looking for a way to energize and inspire your workforce, keep reading.
December 2, 2016 by admin
We recently caught up with Savoury Chef to ask them about their experience using Rise. Check out the testimonial video below to learn more about how Rise has saved them time, money and helped to improve their employee experience.
November 22, 2016 by admin
We all know that eating lunch at your desk isn’t good for you, but we still do it. Despite the increasing number of workplace wellness programs out there, most of us can’t resist staying at our desks to get a few extra emails out at lunch.
November 9, 2016 by admin
Now that you’ve read through part 1, 2, and 3 of this blog post series on Free HR Learning Resources, take a look at this list of human resource management-related podcasts, books, and eBooks. Free Podcasts According to Percolate’s annual Marketing Report, the U.S.A.’s consumption of podcasts has more than doubled since 2008. In the last […]
November 8, 2016 by admin
Now that you’ve read through part 1 and 2 of this blog post series on Free HR Learning Resources, we’ve put together a list of even more amazing HR courses you can take online to upgrade your skills and stay on the pulse of the HR industry. Recruiting and hiring Performance-Based Hiring Lynda/Lou Adler […]
Having a clearly laid out workplace wellness plan is one of the most effective means of having an engaged and productive team in any organization. Let’s take a look at nine ways technology is improving workplace wellness and health.
November 4, 2016 by admin
In our last post, we shared the top 10 productivity hacks for HR professionals to use in 2017. We discussed how to plan your day, avoid multitasking, set priorities, learn to say no, and more. In this final article in this 2-part blog post series, you’ll discover how to become even more productive and completely […]
According to a Dale Carnegie study on over 1500 employees, “companies with engaged employees outperform those without by up to 202%”. To enhance engagement among your team members, it’s paramount that you provide them with a positive experience, so we’ve put together a list of the top ten ways to do just that: 1. Mind your […]
Wondering what to ask in a panel interview? We’ve got you covered. Here are the top 50 interview questions to ask in order to assess whether or not your candidate will fit in with your company’s culture. What gets you excited to come to work? What was the last really great book you read? What […]
September 18, 2016 by admin
In our last post, we shared some of the top learning platforms for beginner and advanced human resources professionals. Below, we outline some of the best online courses you can take to improve your knowledge and skills in strategic human resource management. General HR strategy and management Strategic HR Management MIT | Lecture notes only | […]
September 8, 2016 by admin
Let’s just say that integrating your payroll and group benefits on the Rise platform is the functional equivalent of hiring a robot sidekick to manage all of your reconciliations, including adding new hires and removing terminations in a timely manner.
August 9, 2016 by admin
If you’re a person who is responsible for administering payroll, for making decisions about employee compensation, or who just wants to understand the people side of their business better, here are five benefits to having a robust payroll reporting system like the one Rise offers.
July 19, 2016 by admin
People and culture professionals, meet your progenitor. Robert Propst was obsessed with the employee experience and certain that the time was right for a workplace revolution. “Today’s office is a wasteland,” he lamented. “It saps vitality, blocks talent, frustrates accomplishment. It’s the daily scene of unfulfilled intentions and failed effort.”
So what did Propst do? He invented the cubicle.
July 12, 2016 by admin
On July 21 at 10am PT, join our seasoned VP of Sales, Karim Ben-Jaafar, and one of Canada’s top group benefits advisors, Jesse McNeil, as they discuss what the future holds for employee group benefits plans. From effective administration and communication to cost containment strategies and trends, they’ll be covering a lot of ground—plus providing their thoughts on the above hot topics.
Some of Obama’s biggest campaign promises revolved around the wage gap, the fact that women, especially women of color, still make less than men do for the same work. Unlike some of the campaign promises we hear (read: Donald Trump’s wall with Mexico), equal pay isn’t an outlandish idea.
But eight years and two presidential terms later, how much closer are we to obtaining it?
July 4, 2016 by admin
You’ve crafted the perfect job posting, reviewed hundreds of applications, interviewed the best of the bunch (and then re-interviewed the best of THAT bunch). You have your new hire all lined up. What’s left? Time to call up a complete stranger and ask them to tell you about their former employee—you know, someone who left their company and now wants to work at yours.
June 29, 2016 by admin
Deciding between Valencia or Hefe doesn’t seem like something people ops pros would need to do on the reg. But believe it or not, Instagram is now a big part of employer branding. Seems those photo filters can actually filter your talent pool—attracting candidates drawn to the company’s ethos, culture, and aesthetic, while pushing away those who aren’t quite the right fit.
June 9, 2016 by admin
People have always hired or promoted others like them and in the Western world, that’s historically meant straight white men. But these days, the tendency to hire those similar to you has a shiny new name, one easier to swallow than “employment discrimination.”
May 24, 2016 by admin
Unicorns, centaurs, and introverted people pros: they’re all creatures of myth. Or so I thought. This isn’t a case of mistaking some tarted up horse for a unicorn. Real, live, introverted people pros have been spotted in the corporate wilds. They exist, you guys. More than that, they’re thriving—and so are the teams they oversee.
May 19, 2016 by admin
Video game battles and catered lunches, whiskey socials and cereal bars, in-office scooters and laundry services: they’re all perks of working at one of the ‘cool’ companies around town. Along with, it would seem, some afternoon delight. And no, we’re not talking about that 12 o’clock yoga class.
May 16, 2016 by admin
I spend my days writing about talent acquisition, employee engagement, and the future of work. But come five o’clock, my subject matter changes to things like interior design or Shakespearean sonnets, which I cover for other publications.
Don’t worry, the bosses know about my moonlighting. They’re just not concerned. Freelance work or side gigs are common among employees these days, and for good reason. After all, what someone does after hours is their concern—not the company’s.
May 6, 2016 by admin
Let’s get real. The problem with the annual performance review is not the fact that it’s annual. No manager has ever saved up 300 plus days of critique for a single year-end session. In reality, there are other issues with this older model of performance management—issues that can be overcome by new trends in coaching, if we only open our eyes and embrace them.
April 28, 2016 by admin
We’ve spent the last few months eyeball-deep in the latest findings from top academics, wading through stats and abstracts to find out how HR is changing. Then we interviewed some of the foremost thought leaders in the field, like Jacob Morgan, Rocky Ozaki, and Sara Sutton Fell. And after all of that, we’re confident in saying that to glimpse the future of HR, you don’t need a plutonium-powered sports car.
This full-length book, the first ever from Rise, is as good as any time machine.
April 27, 2016 by admin
Every good manager wants to make sure that their team is engaged in their work and delivering the best possible results. But for those employees who seem to be lagging behind, what can a concerned leader do to help improve employee performance?
April 25, 2016 by admin
Coming soon to a Vancouver Convention Centre near you: The Rise Culture Cam. The Culture Cam is our passion-project on the importance of company culture, and production will be taking place at the HRMA Conference + Tradeshow, starting tomorrow! We’ve been working hard getting face-to-face with some of the top people and culture professionals to learn […]
April 23, 2016 by admin
Neglecting to properly track paid time off policies ultimately leads to unnecessary headaches for both the employer and their team. To help you combat this, we’ve compiled a quick list of frequently asked questions regarding time off scenarios along with suggestions and information on the best ways to manage each.
April 22, 2016 by admin
Money talks—but so do benefits. Keep that in mind when crafting your compensation package. According to several business leaders, benefits are worth a mint in the eyes of your team and may even be better than cold hard cash.
April 18, 2016 by admin
Presidential elections remind us that on-the-job experience isn’t everything. Just because someone spent four years in a similar role doesn’t mean they did it well—ask Franklin Pierce or Millard Fillmore, whose candidacies were soundly rejected by their own parties and who have the dubious honor of being ranked among the worst presidents ever.
April 14, 2016 by admin
Not taking a vacation this year? You could be doing more harm to yourself and your company than you might think. There are a number of reasons why team members might not want to take time away from the office. Fear of missing out on a promotion, fear of falling behind at work, or simply wanting to save vacation days for another time are all common reasons not to take time off. Not to mention, vacations can get expensive. But what about the flip side?
April 13, 2016 by admin
There are so many ways to say ‘thank you.’ But in the busy world of business, gratitude doesn’t get expressed enough. The statistics are disheartening. Almost fifty percent of employees feel underappreciated at work, according to recent research from the Workforce Institute at Kronos Incorporated. No wonder that 61 percent of those surveyed have considered leaving their company within the year. Take a look at your team. Do half of them already have one foot out the door?
April 12, 2016 by admin
If you believe that gen Zers are just millennials magnified, it’s easy to determine how they want to communicate in the workplace. Fire up Slack or text them, maybe even send a message on Facebook. Keep communications brief and reach your youngest team members where they feel most at home: on digital devices. After all, their communication preferences mirror the millennial’s own, right?
According to recent research, the answer is a hard no.
April 9, 2016 by admin
This past summer, we took to Twitter to get the who’s who of industry gurus every aspiring Director of People and Culture should follow. Today, we’re looking at Linkedin. Who are the influencers you need to know about? If you want innovative pulse posts or an example of how to make the most of Linkedin, search no further: Rise has your back. And so do these all-star people and culture professionals, who prove Linkedin is more valuable than you may have ever imagined.
April 8, 2016 by admin
That perfect new hire—you know, the one who couldn’t wait to join your company?—just turned in his two weeks notice. That means it’s back to the resume pile for you … hey, maybe this time, you’ll find someone that sticks. Listen, people leave. But after just three months? That’s a sign something is askew in your hiring process. We don’t want you blame yourself. Countless articles, books, and blogs exist to help job seekers ‘craft the perfect resume’ or ‘ace the interview’—there are far fewer for HR professionals looking to QA their Q&A. No wonder that 69 percent of businesses have felt the backlash of a bad hire. That’s where this eBook comes in.
April 7, 2016 by admin
We here at Rise were thrilled about moving to a new head office a few weeks ago. Small annoyances, like trying to find where the toner was packed, don’t detract from the current of positive, excited energy in our new digs. Still, we know that these days, more and more businesses are going fully virtual—and thriving because of it. Distributed companies have found ways to overcome challenges associated with remote team members and they’re reaping additional benefits at the same time. These six virtual companies, operating everywhere from tech to PR, prove that workplace culture doesn’t depend on the proximity of team members.
April 4, 2016 by admin
“Give employees the benefits they value and they’ll be more satisfied, miss fewer workdays, be less likely to quit, and have higher commitment to meeting the company’s goals,” says Joe Lineberry, an independent HR consultant. But that only works when team members know what they’re getting. Keep quiet about your group benefits coverage and it’s like it doesn’t exist—and neither do all the pluses that come with having an awesome plan in place.
Communicating group benefits coverage effectively, then, is almost as important as choosing the right plan. Here are seven ways to keep your team members in the loop, ensuring they stay healthy, satisfied, and committed to your company.
March 28, 2016 by admin
Onboarding can be tricky, but following onboarding best practices when bringing on new hires can be more than helpful; it’s essential for your business. For starters, onboarding is key for retaining top talent. A study from Aberdeen Group found team members decide whether or not to stick with a company within the first six months, according to Root, so it’s definitely important to make sure each new hire’s initial experience is a good one.
March 25, 2016 by admin
Medical, dental, and vision: they’re not as flashy as some other artifacts of company culture. These days, it’s a given that companies will have some sort of plan in place, and so group benefits no longer seem like a way to stand out as an employer.
March 23, 2016 by admin
With numerous different provincial requirements and federal guidelines, figuring out statutory holiday eligibility and pay is often a huge stumbling block when processing payroll. While many pieces of payroll software can do the heavy lifting for you, there are inevitably exceptions that muddy the waters. And it’s important as people and culture professionals to have a thorough understanding of how eligibility is determined. Statutory holiday pay is often a massive payroll expense and knowing how to mitigate it can result in significant payroll savings. Whatever province or territory you’re in, we want to help.
March 22, 2016 by admin
Old-fashioned HR managers may use attendance as the metric for measuring success, but people and culture pros know team members can be at work without being fully present. As it turns out, efforts to clamp down on absenteeism may have led to a worse situation at work—rampant presenteeism.
March 21, 2016 by admin
Here’s a quick guide to personal branding, made specifically for People and Culture pros. In this handy guide, we’ll explain why you need to focus on your personal brand, what important elements to consider, and how to get started on your very own personal branding strategy. We talk about Twitter, LinkedIn, and even building your own website!
March 18, 2016 by admin
We know you don’t want to read this handbook. Terminating a team member is never easy—after all, who wants to tell someone you’re letting them go? But every people and culture pro will find themselves in this situation eventually … and it’s best to be prepared. That’s why we wrote this handbook, and it’s why we suggest downloading it now—even if you don’t need the advice right away. Chances are that one day, you will.
March 17, 2016 by admin
Let’s talk about bunnies for a second. And maybe maggots too.
Are you still with me? Good—because while the thought of those crawly white wrigglers might make you want to click out and away, I really am going somewhere with this.
March 16, 2016 by admin
Developing a fitness or health habit can take considerable effort, with estimates ranging from 21 to 66 days of daily repetition. Considering the improvement to the well-being and productivity of a healthy workplace, and the amount of time we spend at our workplaces, it makes sense to foster workplace wellness programs. Not only does it affect the output of team members, but it makes them feel good in all areas of life—including work.
March 15, 2016 by admin
There’s a reason why music is often likened to a drug: it actually alters your brain chemistry. Listening to music triggers a release of dopamine, the feel-good endorphin you’ve likely heard about before—and that can boost your mood, bring up long-forgotten memories, or make that last mile fly by on the treadmill. But can it make you more productive at work?
Short answer: yes. But before you blast tunes through the entire office, read on: music might make your people more productive, but only under certain conditions.
March 14, 2016 by admin
What’s in a name—or job title, as the case may be? Turns out quite a lot. Look at many forward-thinking companies around the globe and you’ll be hard-pressed to find a chief human resources officer or HR manager among their staff. But a people, performance, and culture department? They all have that.
March 11, 2016 by admin
Use this comprehensive checklist before, during, and shortly after you hire a new team member. That way, nothing gets lost or forgotten in the excitement of welcoming your new addition. You can ensure every member of your team has a similar onboarding experience, plus gets a thorough idea of how they’ll contribute. And that’s critical.
March 10, 2016 by admin
Think back to one of the happiest periods in your life. Maybe you were traveling the world or finishing your second degree, or perhaps it was the year you had your daughter. Now zoom in: chances are that this wonderful time in your life also included some of your lowest days ever.
March 9, 2016 by admin
We know people and culture professionals are committed to building the best possible workplace for their company and its team members. And while it can seem like there are an overwhelming amount of office-related fads and trends that crop up every year, it’s vital to cut through the dross and make an attempt to stay on top of what some of the best and brightest leadership and people and culture professionals are saying about the way to build and maintain the ideal working environment.
March 8, 2016 by admin
People and culture pros want to engage their workforces, and the only way to do that is by getting out of the back office and in front of your team. But someone still needs to take care of employee profiles, vacation requests, and certification tracking. Historically, that’s what HR software has done (with varying degree of success). But change—big change—is coming.
Thank goodness, right? If people and culture professionals are to transform the modern workplace, they’re going to need some better tools.
March 7, 2016 by admin
There’s no doubt that tracking team performance is important. Talented team members will want feedback to help them grow and improve, but beyond that, it simply makes sense to keep track of what’s going on at your business. However, quantifying and measuring team member performance is easier said than done. As Jeff Haden notes in an article for Inc, traditional metrics such as productivity can present a moving target and can often be misleading.
“Measuring is important, but measuring what you need to measure and measuring it the right way is critical,” Haden wrote. Certainly, there are a number of different metrics that can be used when it comes to tracking how team members are doing, and the most effective ones will depend on your business and on different team member roles.
March 4, 2016 by admin
Work should mean more than a paycheck—we espouse that all the time here at Rise. If your team members are only driven by dollars, something’s wrong … and, as a matter of fact, you don’t have a team. You have employees. You have human resources. (You know how much we hate that term!)
But however noteworthy your culture might be, people still want to get paid—and fairly. This handbook was written to address the occasionally awkward topic of cold, hard cash. Because yeah, we believe work should be about more than the paycheck … but to be honest, wages are still a pretty important part of work.
March 3, 2016 by admin
Sydney Goodfellow, Rise’s Community Manager, is pretty well-connected. Last year, she spent hours interviewing directors and professionals at the top of their game, all to find out what they see as the future of work. I read her Forward-Thinking Leaders series every month—and if you don’t, you’re seriously missing out. This post is meant to catch you up.
March 2, 2016 by admin
2015 was the year of the amhole, holacracy, and a $70,000 minimum wage. How do you measure a year? When your subject is shake-ups, these three stories seem like a pretty good place to start. Some days, it seems like the workplace is changing way too slowly. Other times, it’s hard to keep up. Last year it was the latter, which is why we thought the top people and culture stories of 2015 would be worth a revisit. The following six people shook up the workplace for good. We know we’re still feeling the aftershocks.
March 1, 2016 by admin
Do your time off policies help team members to reach new heights? Or turn your people into flight risks? This five minute quiz will reveal whether your workplace’s leave regulations have the team flying first class, business, or coach. Who knows—maybe employees can’t even get off the ground, thanks to a restrictive policy or overly competitive culture. If so, you’re gonna want to know about it.
February 26, 2016 by admin
A team member’s first few days, and indeed, their first few weeks, are critical to how they’ll work with the company long term. A solid welcome package is key for helping new team members settle in quickly and be productive right away.
February 25, 2016 by admin
Forget fortune cookies and tarot cards: when it comes to forecasting the future of people and culture, we trust nothing more than the word of renowned researcher, Dave Ulrich. He argues that the next generation of CEOs will have a strong people and culture background—and given recent success stories like GM’s Mary Barra, it’s starting to look like he’s right.
February 24, 2016 by admin
Have you accidentally overpaid an employee? It’s a common enough payroll error, but one that can cause a great deal of discomfort and confusion when it comes time to address it. If an employee has been given a larger wage than he or she earned for that particular pay period, there are a few quick and simple ways to resolve the problem with the least amount of awkwardness or effort.
The first question you have to answer is why the employee was overpaid. There are two main reasons for why this happens. The first is that the employee did not perform his or her duties and is therefore not entitled to the full wage issued. The second is that the overpayment is the result of a clerical or administrative error on the part of management or payroll. Below, we’ll look at both scenarios in detail and offer advice on how to deal with both.
February 23, 2016 by admin
It isn’t a secret that healthier, happier team members are good for business. Employee wellness programs are on the rise, and many employers are finding that investing in team health and wellness provides big returns in more ways than one. From WWII to present, wellness programs have been evolving and changing, and there’s a reason they’ve continued to increase in popularity.
February 15, 2016 by admin
As every people and culture pro well knows, a job posting can bring in a plethora of applicants … and not a single candidate. We can’t rely on great people finding us anymore—often, we need to reach out first.
What should you do now to find to source top talent—besides crawl Linkedin? How do you connect with creative professionals and suss out unqualified candidates? What future recruitment trends do you need to get ready for? With specializations ranging from senior level sourcing to the role of social media, our panelists offer an array of perspectives on some common questions and problems.
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