How to Build an Effective Flexible Workplace

Companies are finding that providing employees with flexibility does more than help attract and retain top talent: It can also improve the bottom line. According to a study by Workplace Trends, almost 70 percent of human resources leaders use workplace flexibility programs for recruiting and retention. But more remarkably, almost three-quarters of companies that have work flexibility programs reported increased productivity, and more than 85 percent reported improved employee satisfaction. “Everyone’s work and personal lives are intertwined, and what happens in one part of a person’s life affects every other part,” says Laura Hamill, chief people officer at Limeade, which provides its employees with flexibility by allowing them to run errands or make appointments during the day, and by allowing everyone to work from home one day a week. Employees are likely to resent employers that expect them to work around the clock or be at work at certain times …

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How to Determine Which Voluntary Benefits to Offer

You know voluntary benefits can help boost employee satisfaction, but where should you start? Ensuring you offer the right kind of voluntary benefits will help you get the most out of the entire benefits package. These tips will put you on the path to offering voluntary benefits your employees will take advantage of — and value. Identify Gaps One of the main purposes of voluntary benefits is to provide coverage where core benefits fall short. This is seen most often in health benefits, with voluntary benefits covering costs that core benefits don’t or adding onto coverage. If you look into voluntary health benefits, ensure they fill gaps, says Darren Ambler, managing director at Insight Insurance Agency. “It is very important that employers offer voluntary benefits that complement existing programs so that no overlap occurs.” Duplication can result in offsetting benefits as opposed to enhancing them. Work With Your Vendor Your …

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Is It Time to Update Your Employee Handbook?

Employee handbooks are meant to be tools that ensure employers and employees are on the same page about what’s expected at work. If the document is outdated, it will cause confusion and resentment — and could put your business at risk. So when is it time to update it? This checklist will help you keep track. Once a Year Experts say you should review your handbook once a year at the very least to ensure it’s compliant with new laws or requirements. If it was last updated in 2014, for example, it’s outdated under the Americans With Disabilities Act, says Mindy Flanigan, owner of Inspiring HR. Some states tend to pass a lot of employment laws every year, and businesses in those states should pay careful attention to their handbooks every year, Flanigan says. States such as Virginia tend not to update state laws very often, while states such as …

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