April, 2022

12 virtual employee appreciation ideas for recognizing remote workers


At this point, there’s no denying that remote work is part of our new normal. For many employees, that is a relief. They can spend more time with their families and less time commuting. They can set aside time for deep work without the inevitable interruptions that come with an in-office day.

 Employee benefits are inequitable — and it’s getting worse

Joe Markland

Read my recent article as published in Employee Benefit News. See the link below. Agency Operations Employer HR Health Care Uncategorized


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Top 4 ways to connect employees in a hybrid workforce culture


You’ve listened to your workforce and they’ve told you they prefer a blended approach to work moving forward. Your IT colleagues are putting the bells and whistles on the virtual-first environment.

COVID-19 Policy for Accepting Expired Form I-9 Documents Ends April 30

American Payroll Association

Employers cannot accept expired List B documents for Form I-9 after April 30. Employers must update these employees’ Forms I-9 by July 31

Beyond the Dollar: Why Fertility Benefits Are About More Than Financial Support

Speaker: Kirsten Ferro, Vice President of Employer Sales at Carrot Fertility

In this session, we’ll discuss the complexities of fertility health and all the pieces a fertility benefit should include in order to best support your employees on their journeys.

WBI’s Workplace Bullying Podcast: Learn from authorities in the field

Minding the Workplace

Dear readers, if you’d like to learn more about workplace bullying from leading researchers and subject-matter experts, then check out Dr. Gary Namie’s Workplace Bullying Podcast ( link here ).

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How financial education can help employees make their money go further

Employee Benefits

Employers may want to consider giving employees practical help that includes debt management, budgeting and top tips for saving on everyday spending. Educating employees with basic skills like budgeting and saving for a deposit for a first home can also provide help in other areas of life.

The Two Sides of Retirement: Financial and Non-Financial

Money Talk

Earlier this year, I viewed two very different webinars about retirement. They were actually scheduled at the same time so I recorded one while I watched the other so I could view both. One webinar sponsored by The American College of Financial Services covered financial topics such as income taxes, required minimum distributions (RMDs), qualified charitable distributions (QCDs), and income-related monthly adjusted amount (IRMAA) Medicare premium surcharges.

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Praise over price: What does The Great Recognition mean for HR leaders?


The latest research from Achievers Workforce Institute shows that feeling recognized more positively impacts employee engagement, productivity, and advocacy than a fair salary.

Federal Payroll Workshops at 2022 Payroll Congress

American Payroll Association

On May 10-13, the APA and the Global Payroll Management Institute (GPMI) will hold the 40th Annual Payroll Congress Convention and Expo in Las Vegas. Payroll Congress will offer numerous workshop sessions covering federal payroll topics

Fertility & Infertility 101: Why Fertility Benefits Are A Necessity and Not A Luxury

Speaker: Jackie Blanco, RN, BSN, Senior Manager of Medical Operations at Carrot Fertility & Nate Fournier, Enterprise Account Executive, Carrot Fertility

As an HR leader, the benefits you offer deeply impact employees' personal lives. In this webcast, we will provide you with an overview of fertility and infertility benefits, what different fertility journeys involve, and how you can best support your employees each step of the way.

On expanding our view of global leadership to embrace human dignity

Minding the Workplace

The term “global leadership” is strongly associated with economic, political, and social dominance in a neoliberal context.

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96% of Workers Are Stressed: How Employers Can Help

International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans

April is Stress Awareness Month. As the pandemic continues and employers report high levels of stress in the workforce, the International Foundation’s Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Benefits survey.

Michelle Last: Supporting employees through fertility treatment in the workplace

Employee Benefits

Employees will often face physical and mental issues associated with their fertility journey, which can impact workplace performance, conduct, relationships and job satisfaction. How can employers support employees receiving fertility treatment ?

Twelve Tax Planning Topics for 2022

Money Talk

The 2021 income tax season will soon be in the history books. With income tax calculations still fresh in our heads, this is a great time to do some tax planning for 2022. Here are 12 tax topics to consider: Itemized Deductions- Only about 10% of taxpayers can itemize since the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act went into effect in 2018. Absent catastrophic medical bills or a natural disaster declared by the U.S. President, most people can’t itemize without a plan.

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Global Guide to Hiring Digital Nomads

The growing digital nomad workforce offers companies new opportunities to expand their global teams. In this guide, you’ll discover key factors to consider before hiring digital nomads, as well as recommended locations that offer tailored visa programs.

14 employee recognition survey questions and the reasons behind them


You’ve probably heard that recognition is important. Maybe your organization has even decided to implement a formal program. But a year post-launch, participation is lackluster at best.

APA Comments on Proposed New York Data Collection Legislation

American Payroll Association

The APA opposed a pay data collection bill in New York that would greatly increase the amount of pay data collected by the state

5 Benefits to Include In Your Employee Retention Strategy

Best Money Moves

5 benefits to include in your employee retention strategy. The Great Resignation isn’t over yet. Up your employee retention strategy and keep your team where they belong with these five benefits. . Nearly 4.4 million Americans quit their jobs in February of 2022, according to the U.S.

6 leadership styles and the impact they have on your team

Business Management Daily

Interested in improving your team? Self-awareness of the type of leader you are can be a great place to start. One’s leadership style — the behaviors and actions used to motivate and direct others — influences outcomes such as morale, productivity, and engagement.

The Future of HR Compliance: 10 Ways to Minimize Risk

Everything you need to know to avoid risk now and in the future.

Is Gamification an Effective Employee Motivator? | BerniePortal


Gamification has become one of the more popular methods of enhancing the employee experience within the modern workplace. It has been marketed as a system to increase employee engagement and productivity while also boosting employee satisfaction. But what exactly is gamification?

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Seven Tips for Choosing a Financial Advisor

Money Talk

Many people think about hiring a financial advisor when their personal finances start to get complex (e.g., accumulated wealth over time) or a major life event such as retirement, the birth of a child, or the death of a spouse occurs. Three questions people often ask are “how can I find a financial advisor?,” “What factors should I consider when selecting one?,” and “how much do they charge?”

What is employer branding? How to build a great employer brand


Your organization’s employer brand should always be top of mind. It makes a major difference when it comes to attracting and retaining top talent.

Department of Education Extends Federal Student Loan Relief

American Payroll Association

On April 6, the U.S. Department of Education announced it will extend the federal student loan relief until August 31

Attract Top Talent with 2022's Global Workforce Trends Report

In 2022, employee retention, work-life balance, and global team engagement will be top-of-mind for companies. This requires more diligence than ever, as being aware of the upcoming workforce trends will help boost retention and attract top global talent.

Podcast: Murphy Group recognises the value in providing a holistic benefits provision

Employee Benefits

tynanbarton · Murphy Group/Employee Benefits podcast. Listen: Murphy Group recognises the importance of providing a benefits provision that is easy to adapt and evolve in order to meet the needs of its workforce.

Mask mandates are over on public transit. Are they over everywhere?

Business Management Daily

Sometimes events don’t converge, they diverge. Monday, a federal court ruled the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention exceeded its authority by requiring masks on public transportation. The administration says it won’t appeal the decision unless the CDC thinks it’s necessary.

The secret ingredient in your HR Model – HR Change Agents  

LACE Partners

How can you build an in-house people consulting team to help you better deliver change projects? What can you do to the identify skills and capabilities needed for this?

Miscellaneous Nuggets From Conferences Past

Money Talk

I was recently cleaning out some of my files and threw out some old conference programs from the early 2010s. Before I did, I reviewed notes that I had taken looking for some “timeless nuggets” that are still relevant in 2022. Below are ten conference insights that stood out to me as still being relevant a decade later: Future Mindedness - Things appear “closer” than they otherwise are if clarity is forced upon people.

How to Write OKRs: 45 Effective Examples

Many companies are embracing objectives and key results (OKRs) as the best practice for committing to goals and following through. Objectives are outcomes that reflect current company priorities. Each employee should write OKRs that roll up to larger company goals.