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Unlock the True Power of HR

Unlock the True Power of HR

Discover the six pillars that drive HR success Paycor surveyed nearly 2,000 HR leaders and found that less than 10% spend their time proving the value of HR to executives. No wonder 66% of CFO’s say their HR departments have an “average or worse than average” impact on the organization. If this sounds familiar, we want to help you change both the reality and perception of HR in your organization. Based on user groups, one-on-one interviews, third-party research and surveys of HR teams, we’ve developed action plans for six pillars to help organizations achieve HR excellence: Recruiting Benefits Labor costs People management Compliance Employee experience Download the guide to tap into the true power of HR and make a lasting impact on your...

CENTER OF EXCELLENCE

Achieving HR Excellence

Achieving HR Excellence

McKinsey found that the typical HR department still spends 60% of their time on transactional human resources. In today's world of dynamic and constant change, that just won't do.Why not?For starters, you can't recruit and retain top talent if you spend most of your time keying new hire data into payroll or processing administrative tasks.You can't discover new insights about how labor costs are affecting your bottom line if you're too busy manually tracking time and attendance.You can't optimize benefits for a multigenerational workforce if you're stuck hand-holding employees through open enrollment.Get to the next level of HR with a combination of technology and expertise.For nearly 30 years, Paycor has helped medium and small...

CENTER OF EXCELLENCE

How to Build the Ideal HR Team

How to Build the Ideal HR Team

Your resource to understanding where to invest resources as you build your own version of an ideal HR team. In this guide, we’ll: Outline an approach to building an HR team around three key functions: Talent Acquisition, Benefits Administration and HR Operations Dive into the responsibilities of each function and the key metrics that drive their success Consider when, where and why to invest in HCM technology Complete the form below to download the guide now and get started.

Benefits

Benefits in a Pandemic: What HR Leaders Need to Know

Benefits in a Pandemic: What HR Leaders Need to Know

Building a benefits program for a diverse workforce has always been a top priority for HR and Finance leaders, but with the current pandemic, it’s become both more important and complex. The impact of COVID hit far and wide, and with so much change and uncertainty at work and home, employees are struggling to cope with isolation, loneliness and added stress. They’re also looking for more flexibility to juggle new responsibilities like working from home and virtual learning. And to make matters worse, the added stress and anxiety is leading to burnout. In the end, employees may wonder if their employer is doing enough to help.This is an opportunity to come through for your people. It’s an opportunity to listen to their needs and...

PTO Donations Program: Donor Form Template

PTO Donations Program: Donor Form Template

In times of crisis, businesses—and their employees—naturally find themselves searching for ways to help. One easy way to provide support to those who need it is a PTO (Paid Time Off) Donation Program. Employees can donate the value of the time off they have accrued but not yet used. Depending on how your program is set up, the recipient could be a specific employee, a company-wide pool or an external charity. Download PTO Donor Form Template What is a PTO Donation Program? It’s easy to see why an increasing number of companies are turning to PTO Donation programs. It’s not just that the public health and economic situation have caused suffering throughout the country. What adds to the unique circumstance is that due to the pandemic many...

Importance of Employee Financial Wellness Programs for Small Businesses

Importance of Employee Financial Wellness Programs for Small Businesses

The majority of people seem to be relatively well-informed about personal wellness: physical activity, eating right, drinking the recommended amount of water every day. But many people are unfamiliar with the term “financial wellness.”Financial wellness refers to someone’s overall economic health as well as their lack of worry associated with money. Poor financial health is a known cause of personal and professional stress. Issues with finances can be a distraction at work. In addition to the monetary burden, the side effects of poor financial health often include: Absenteeism and presenteeism Depression Anxiety Stress-related illness Reduced productivity Marital conflict As life goes on it gets more complex, especially regarding...

People Management

Employee Exit Interview Questions Checklist

Employee Exit Interview Questions Checklist

The longer an employee’s tenure, the more they learn about how the company really works. This means, strange as it might seem, they’ll never be able to offer more valuable insights than on the day they leave. That’s why it’s good practice to conduct exit interviews—departing employees offer a unique perspective and may well be more candid than during their employment. Employers have a great chance to learn about their own organization—but only if they ask the right questions. Download Exit Interview Questions Why to Conduct an Employee Exit Interview When an employee leaves your company, it can be tempting to get them out the door and move on as quickly as possible. However, every departure is a learning opportunity—no matter the reason...

Performance Improvement Plan Template [Downloadable]

Performance Improvement Plan Template [Downloadable]

When employees are underperforming, great managers don’t give up—they find a way to get them back on track. To help struggling employees, businesses can implement a Performance Improvement Plan that clearly explains where employees are failing and how they can overcome their challenges. Performance Improvement Plan Template What is a Performance Improvement Plan? A Performance Improvement Plan (PIP) shouldn’t be complicated. It can be a simple form, completed by a manager and acknowledged by an employee. Your aim is to notify an employee that their performance isn’t meeting required standards—but also to create an official record (which can’t be disputed) of this conversation. Hopefully, the plan works. There’s nothing more satisfying...

How to Improve Employee Engagement Surveys

How to Improve Employee Engagement Surveys

Employee engagement is essential for so much of what businesses need to succeed—retention, productivity and, ultimately, the bottom line. How best to track it, though, isn’t always clear. What we do know is that current methods just aren’t working: only 16% of HR leaders are happy with how they currently measure employee engagement. This isn’t a surprise, when 74% of companies still carry out an annual employee engagement survey. Collecting all this data in one go means that by the time responses have been collected, analyzed and it’s time to take action, the findings are already out of date. In a volatile economy and with increased remote working the new normal, employee engagement is dropping faster than ever. To mount an effective...

Compliance

Terminating Employee Checklist

Terminating Employee Checklist

Letting an employee go is never easy—but when it happens, no matter the root cause, companies have to act with professionalism and follow correct procedure. It’s the right thing to do, but it’s also essential for compliance. To help you make sure everything is done by the book, Paycor is providing a checklist of the right actions to take. Download Termination Checklist How to Conduct an Involuntary Termination An involuntary termination can never be taken lightly, and before making the decision official you’ll want to confirm with your legal team or advisors that you’re following the right process. If the termination is the result of poor performance or disciplinary issues, the employee may well have been issued warnings of increasing...

California Labor Laws: How to Stay Compliant

California Labor Laws: How to Stay Compliant

California offers business incredible opportunities—if it were a country, it would have the 5th largest economy in the world. But HR leaders operating in the Golden State face notoriously complicated and ever-evolving labor laws. Failing to meet labor standards means heavy fines and the risk of class actions, so finding a way to get (and stay) compliant isn’t optional.In Paycor’s latest report, we break down the 6 California labor laws you need to know and how Paycor can help keep you compliant.

Maternity Leave Laws by State

Maternity Leave Laws by State

Offering new parents leave has been shown to improve employee engagement and retention and helps companies avoid a gender misbalance in the workplace. However, access to leave varies by industry and most workers still don’t have access to paid maternity leave. Whether a new parent is guaranteed time off varies state by state, depending on a company’s size and location. Companies with 50 or more employees must offer FMLA leave, though there are more extensive plans required in many states, some of which also cover smaller companies. What is Maternity Leave? Employees are eligible for maternity leave before and after the birth of a child. Depending on the state it may also be taken after a child is adopted or fostered. Often maternity...

Employee Experience

Remote Team Building Activities to Boost Engagement

Remote Team Building Activities to Boost Engagement

Keeping employees engaged isn’t easy—even when you’re all together under one roof. For remote teams, maintaining company culture and team spirit is an ongoing challenge. The longer you remain in a remote-first environment and onboard new hires who have never even met their colleagues in person, the tougher it gets. Engaging Remote Teams The good news is, even when restricted to Zoom, there are tried and tested ways to liven up your virtual workplace. The key is regularly making personal connections. Sadly, a few seconds of small talk before meetings won’t cut it. Away from the office, we miss those conversations in the corridors and by the water cooler. Nothing can ever truly replicate that intimacy—but doing your best to try and bridge...

Sexual Harassment in the Workplace Prevention Checklist

Sexual Harassment in the Workplace Prevention Checklist

Creating a working environment that is welcoming for all employees, no matter their gender, is the responsibility of every employer. For HR teams, this means proactively working to create an inclusive culture but also creating a robust reporting process for when sexual harassment at work does occur. To help employers, Paycor are offering a checklist of actions to take in order to prevent sexual harassment in the workplace. Download Sexual Harassment Prevention Checklist Preventing Sexual Harassment at Work Your people can never reach their full potential if they are worried about suffering from workplace sexual harassment, are subject to quid pro quo agreements or are victims of sexual assault. It’s also a compliance issue: gender...

Testing Employees for COVID-19

Testing Employees for COVID-19

As businesses re-open, preventing an outbreak in the workplace is everybody’s top priority. Employers will want to do everything possible to ensure everyone’s safety and one positive step is to mandate workplace testing for COVID-19. But how will this work in practice? Is It Legal to Test Employees? The good news is, making testing mandatory is legal. In normal times, employers are restricted in how they interact regarding an employee’s health but as the pandemic poses a “direct threat” to workplace safety, different rules apply. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission have issued guidance clarifying that it is acceptable to require a negative test as a condition of entering the workplace, provided testing is carried out in a proper...

Labor Costs

How to Process Payroll

How to Process Payroll

The best way to process payroll is to not process payroll. Your HR & Payroll provider should do that for you. The truth is payroll is too time intensive and complicated (especially if your business has locations in more than one state). Payroll compliance can get tricky too if you don’t have an expert keeping track of every new rule and regulation.The good news is, payroll software can help businesses automate much of the process, prevent compliance headaches and ensure you don’t pay employees incorrectly.Whether you are struggling to do it all yourself or have a payroll provide like Paycor take care of most of the work for you, it’s good to know all the steps that go into process payroll. Let’s walk through them.(If you are ever...

How Manufacturers Can Both Reduce Labor Costs and Add Value for Employees

How Manufacturers Can Both Reduce Labor Costs and Add Value for Employees

Your workforce is one of your largest expenses. It’s also your greatest risk. To be competitive, manufacturers need to be agile, responsive, and understand how to maximize their talent. Cutting-edge manufacturers are adding value to their employees by providing a workplace where they can grow and develop. They’re also wisely allocating labor costs to the projects and shifts that will maximize efficiency.Labor costs are the largest item on your balance sheet, so an effective cost-reduction plan should balance resources and cost control. While a reduction in force is typically the go-to action when discussing cost-cutting, it’s often not the best way. Replacing employees can be very costly, and lost institutional knowledge can take years...

9 Ways to Manage Costs and Prepare for Future Growth

9 Ways to Manage Costs and Prepare for Future Growth

In this guide, Paycor outlines nine ways to cut costs, with an eye toward a return to health and profitability in the future. Some of these approaches you’ll have already implemented, others might not work for your business. Rather, the list is meant as a framework for a conversation between CFOs and HR leaders, both of who will come to these decisions with a unique and valuable perspective.

Recruiting

Job Description Template [Downloadable]

Job Description Template [Downloadable]

Writing the perfect job description is a skill—you need to capture what a job’s all about and what it takes to do it well, in just a few paragraphs. It’s important, too. Great job descriptions attract higher quality candidates, but they also help them (and others in your organization) understand a role. Download Job Description Template Why Job Descriptions Matter Spending time creating (and updating) job descriptions is just good practice. Your first step when creating a job description is to ensure you don’t look unprofessional in the eyes of the potential applicant—spelling or grammar errors are a tell-tale sign that a company isn’t all that it seems. However, getting the basics right is just the bare minimum. If you can infuse...

Manager Interview Questions for Evaluating Talent [Downloadable]

Manager Interview Questions for Evaluating Talent [Downloadable]

Choosing the right candidate for a managerial role is one of the most important decisions businesses ever have to make. Managers are responsible for 70% of variance in employee engagement—and that means without great managers you’ll always struggle to maintain productive, satisfied teams who stick around long term.The challenge is, it’s not always obvious who will make a good manager. We can all recognize examples of top talent who thrive at their own tasks but might not (yet) have the skills to manage and develop those they supervise. Identifying those who can (or can’t) might seem impossible—but the right interview questions can make a big difference.Download Sample Interview Questions for ManagersIdentifying the Managerial Skillset...

How to Achieve Diversity in the Workplace

How to Achieve Diversity in the Workplace

Cultural Diversity Organizational Diversity Diversity in Recruiting Elevate Onboarding Defining Diversity and Why It Matters Having tough conversations about diversity and working towards a more inclusive environment is a part of any successful business. But what, exactly, is diversity? We define diversity as understanding, accepting, and valuing differences in races, ethnicities, genders, ages and more. Diversity can also include recognizing and respecting differences in education, skill sets, abilities and experiences. In order to address diversity in the workplace, you have to be intentional. You have to get comfortable with being uncomfortable and accept that achieving diversity isn’t easy. But it will be worth it in the long run—a...