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Beat the Summer Slump: Tips to Keep Your Employees Engaged

June 13, 2018

It can be a challenge to keep employees engaged during the summer months. With a few exceptions, most companies typically experience a dip in productivity beginning around the July 4th holiday through Labor Day. Though employers should always encourage staff to take their vacation time, it is equally important to have a plan in place to help avoid worker distractions and combat the “seasonal slump.”  Here are some workplace policies and practices to consider:

Flexible Scheduling

The Supreme Court Rules Employers Can Ban Class-action Suits in Arbitration

June 6, 2018

In a landmark decision for employers, the U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled that class action waivers in employment arbitration agreements are enforceable under the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA). This means that companies can use class action waivers in arbitration agreements to prohibit employees from banding together to take legal action over workplace issues such as wage and hour and working condition disputes.

June is National Safety Month

June 1, 2018

Observed annually in June by the National Safety Council (NSC), National Safety Month focuses on reducing leading causes of injury and death at work, on the road and in our homes and communities. The NSC provides free resources highlighting a different safety topic for each week in June:

  • Week 1: Emergency Preparedness

  • Week 2: Wellness

  • Week 3: Falls

  • Week 4: Driving

Summer Interns: To pay or not to pay. What are the rules?

May 24, 2018

Some experts are predicting an increase in more traditional unpaid internships this year. This is likely due to the Department of Labor's new test for determining whether interns qualify as employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).  If an intern does qualify as an employee, he or she must be paid at least minimum wage as well as overtime.

How to Manage a Multigenerational Workforce

May 7, 2018

With four generations currently in the labor force, there is an increased focus on how to manage multigenerational employees (Baby Boomers, ages 54-70; Gen X, ages 34-53; Gen Y, or millennials, ages 21-33; and Gen Z, 20 and under).

The approach needed to manage employees from one generation may different from those needed to manage others. Companies should recognize the strengths and potential that each group brings to the table and focus more on adapting to those differences rather than expecting groups to conform to a specific management style or culture.

Simply Engaged Named One of the Best HR Blogs of 2018

May 1, 2018

Thanks to Fit Small Business for the recognition, and congratulations to our dedicated blog contributors. Your experience and HR expertise makes all the difference to our readers - and especially to Engage's clients.

 

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