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Encouraging a Bond Between HR and IT

Harbor America - Sep 10, 2019 2:15:05 PM

Productivity and efficiency have brought technology to paper-only departments, including human resources. This new technology gives businesses the opportunity and power to take on additional security and responsibility while innovating new and better ways to improve business operations and administration. As more technology is added to the HR team’s available stock of resources and tools, their relationship with the IT department will become even more relevant.

New HR platforms will add an immense amount of power and functionality to the team; however, the security and base integration requirements will have to come from IT. Working closely with IT is one of the only ways to verify the company’s data remains secure and protected.

A lack of mutual understanding can cause issues in HR and IT collaboration. If both teams have independent goals for a project and are not on the same page, the project will not likely meet the timeline or budget. Top-performing companies make this inter-departmental collaboration a focus and goal.

Questions that need to be considered when reviewing a new HR technology platform from an IT perspective include:

Topics: Human Resources- HR Tips- Workplace Culture- IT

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Top 5 Reasons to Have a PEO Handle Your Benefits

Harbor America - Dec 4, 2018 7:00:00 AM

As the owner of a rapidly growing business, you may find that it's hard to keep up with everything yourself. From the daily operations to your Human Resources management, it can be a lot to handle. And, since your expertise is in the business operations, you may not have the specific expertise necessary for your HR and benefits management efforts to truly thrive. That's where a Professional Employer Organization, or PEO, can help. Here's a look at the top five reasons why you should work with a PEO for managing your benefits and related HR tasks.

Topics: PEO- Save Time and Money- Human Resources- HR- HR Tips- Benefits

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4 Huge Signs Your Business Could Really Benefit from Partnering with a PEO

Harbor America - Nov 13, 2018 7:00:00 AM

Do you run a small or mid-sized business? Do you get frustrated with all you must accomplish each day? Maybe you're wondering if you should hire a PEO but aren't quite sure. Simply put, a PEO (Professional Employer Organization) is a company that provides outsourced services to employers. These PEO services include Human Resources, payroll, employee benefits, workers' compensation, employee recruitment, and more.

Topics: PEO- Save Time and Money- Human Resources- HR- HR Tips- Tips for Small Business Owners- Streamlined Operations- Workplace Culture

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Should Your Company Offer Bereavement Leave?

Harbor America - Nov 6, 2018 7:00:00 AM

Benefits packages often highlight health insurance, parental leave, and retirement options. These are important, but bereavement leave is an often overlooked benefit that can boost employee morale and, ultimately, improve your company's productivity.

Topics: Human Resources- HR Tips- Workplace Culture

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What Should Be Included in Your Employee Handbook?

Harbor America - Oct 30, 2018 7:00:00 AM

Your employee handbook is the go-to literature for your new hires, and it serves as a handy reference for long-term employees, as well. It's an essential document in any company, and it's important for you to ensure it's thorough and easy-to-understand.

Topics: Human Resources- HR- HR Tips- Tips for Small Business Owners- Risk Management- Workplace Culture

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8 Ideas for Boosting Employee Loyalty and Retention

Harbor America - Oct 23, 2018 7:00:00 AM

Fortune called it the biggest problem facing employers in 2017: employee retention. The truth is, considering the high cost of recruiting, hiring, and onboarding new talent, this is a timeless concern that followed us into 2018—and will follow us beyond this year.

Topics: Employee Retention- Human Resources- HR Tips- Hiring

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Cultivating a More Respectful Workplace Environment

Harbor America - Oct 16, 2018 7:00:00 AM

You may be highly trained and proficient in all the aspects of your business, but if your employees are rude or simply don't respect one another, your company will suffer from a high turnover and absenteeism. A hostile work environment negatively affects productivity and can be quite costly. In fact, one study showed that American employees devoted 2.8 hours each week resolving conflicts, which cost $359 billion in lost work time.

Topics: Human Resources- HR Tips- Workplace Culture

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Is Your Payroll System a Total Disaster?

Harbor America - Oct 9, 2018 7:00:00 AM

Do you run a small or mid-sized business? If you do, then how is your payroll system? Is it in order or is your payroll a total disaster? If it isn't as streamlined, accurate or organized as it should be, you could face huge problems. Here are some of the most common payroll mistakes and the potential consequences of not keeping a tidy payroll system:

Topics: Compliance- Human Resources- HR- HR Tips- Tips for Small Business Owners- Payroll

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Does Your Company Need a Stronger Harassment Policy?

Harbor America - Sep 17, 2018 7:00:00 AM

Harassment is a serious problem in many offices. If your employees are struggling with harassment, whether they are being harassed on the basis of race, gender, or religion, they aren't in a productive working environment, and chances are, they aren't engaged with their daily job tasks, either.

Topics: Compliance- Human Resources- HR- HR Tips- Hiring- Employee Onboarding

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Office Ergonomics 101

Harbor America - Sep 10, 2018 7:00:00 AM

If you run a small business, you may be familiar with the term ergonomic workstations but have wondered what it meant. Simply put, ergonomics pertains to how a workplace environment is designed so that it benefits its workers as well as supports their limitations.

The main goal of office ergonomics is to ensure a workplace is as safe and comfortable as possible. This way, employees are less likely to be fatigued or distressed, besides not be injured. Here are some basic guidelines for improving a workstation, along with other considerations.

Topics: PEO- Human Resources- HR- Safety Plan

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