STAFFLINK RESUMES FULL OPERATIONS

To all of our valued clients:

I hope that you and your families all weathered Hurricane Irma with minimal damage to your homes and businesses.

I am happy to report that StaffLink Outsourcing, Inc. has returned to full operation and is back to business as usual in the aftermath of the storm. We would like to thank everyone affected for their cooperation in our efforts to finalize payrolls before the hurricane, to ensure that there was minimal impact on your businesses and employees.  For those who have not solidified an Emergency Preparedness Plan with StaffLink, please connect with your Payroll Specialist and communicate what you would like us to do in the event you are unable to contact us during an emergency.

As you know delivery of live checks during some emergencies are a challenge.  Currently, all of the delivery services are attempting to get back to normal service.  The courier service is working on a skeletal crew and FEDEX will resume limited pick up service today.  For those of you that still receive paper checks, now is a great time to reconsider initiating paperless payroll!  Please contact Deborah Stewart or your assigned Payroll representative to discuss taking advantage of our paperless payroll service.  You can also ask about our free Paycard for your employees without a bank account.

Once again, please resume normal communications with StaffLink.  All departments are fully operational and waiting to assist you.

Thank you for your business and for your patience during these challenging times.

Very truly yours,

Abram Finkelstein, President

Ph  (954) 423-8262 Fx  (954) 423-8263

2018 SOCIAL MEDIA TRENDS | HABITS OF TOP SALES EARNERS | LINKEDIN VIDEO

This Week:  Social Media Trends to Watch | Habits of Top Sales Earners | Harvey Lessons and in Pictures

Stafflink’s Best of the Week for the Week Ending September 1: This edition features a view of what the future holds for social media including a review of LinkedIn’s new video feature, a look at the habits that make a salesperson rich, a compliance update from the EEOC, and a look at the people and places affected by Hurricane Harvey.

Video, Chat Bots, and Analytics, Oh My!

2018 has lots of changes in store for businesses that use social media. That’s what John Hall of Influence & Co. tells Inc. readers in his article, 6 Social Media Trends to Prepare for in 2018. Hall predicts that better analytics tools will be developed to meet marketers’ need to justify their investments in social media marketing. And, platforms will continue to offer similar features in a quest to capture those marketing dollars.

Some of these changes are already starting to take shape at LinkedIn. This August, LinkedIn began allowing video posts for members. Now users can post video snippets from webinars, product presentations, or their personal observations in their LinkedIn feed.

Is your business ready to leverage video marketing? What will you show the world?
How do they do that?

Have you ever wondered what those top earning salespeople do to make the magic happen? Entrepreneur says those salespeople who make the most focus on making the most. Guest contributor Marc Wayshak writes that wealthy salespeople got that way by concentrating their activities on only those tasks that bring in the Benjamins in bulk. Aimin’ for the top and let the rest drop.

In others words, a salesperson’s application of the 80/20 rule.

Wait, What? But Didn’t You Say…

So, first, the EEOC said that employers were going to have to report some additional information on the EEO-1 Form. And, since it might take businesses awhile to adjust, the deadline for filing the EEO-1 was moved from September 30, 2017 to March 31, 2018. Then someone decided to change things.

Don’t worry. The deadline for filing is still March 31, 2018. But employers won’t have to answer the new pay data question that triggered the extension. The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) wants to give that question another look. So the question is suspended, but the new filing deadline remains.

According to this article at SHRM, the new plan is for businesses to fill out the form, leave the new portion blank, and file it in March. (We’ll keep you posted on any additional updates.)

Hurricane Harvey – Tips for Helping Employees Deal with Loss
It may take our nation years to fully assess the damage caused by Hurricane Harvey.  The New York Times’ collection, Harvey in Pictures, shows us both the power of the storm and the strength of the people who faced it as they begin their recovery.  Employers can have a huge impact on the lives of employees during catastrophes.  SHRM’s article, ‘How to Support Employees Through Grief & Loss‘ provides helpful insights for when calamity strikes here in south Florida.

HARVEY IN PICTUREShttps://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/27/us/harvey-pictures-hurricane-storm.html

MODERN LEADERSHIP | HABITS OF THE 1% | FAILED DRUG TESTS & MARIJUANA

This Week: Modern Leadership Skills | Habits of the 1% | Modern Workplace Drug Testing | and the Smartphone Generation

Stafflink’s Best of the Week for the Week Ending August 25: This week we take a look at the characteristics of exceptional leaders and the 1%, how employers can handle employee drug testing, and the effects of always-on technology on our kids.

Defining a new generation of leaders.

The ability to play well with others may take you all the way from the playground to the boardroom. In 9 Reasons Humility is the Key Ingredient to Exceptional Leadership, Entrepreneur contributor Sherrie Campbell explains why.  

Inc. contributor Rhett Power has a few suggestions of his own for making it to the top. He tells us where we’re going wrong in his article, 8 Things the 1% Do That the 99% Don’t.

Will new marijuana laws cause a state of confusion for employers?

Some workplace drug testing is governed by federal law, but most drug testing rules are left to the individual states. As more states propose laws permitting recreational and medical marijuana use, employers may need to rewrite their drug-testing policies. Attorney and human resources specialist Lisa Nagele-Piazza discusses the ramifications of changes in state drug laws in her article for SHRM, An Employee Failed a Drug Test. Now What?

Access to the world but missing their childhoods?

In its September 2017 issue, The Atlantic asks Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation? Kids today are more interested in swiping and thumb typing than going out and meeting up. Will it have long-term effects on their emotional and physical health? Some experts believe the damage is already being done.

And for a bit of humor, take a look at this video featuring the easiest drug testing method ever.

August 18 – Top Technology Disruptions | Solar Eclipse at the Office | Minimum Wage & Automation | 85% Lie on Resumes

This Week: Top Technology Disruptions Predicted | Robots put Employees on the Defensive | Honest Resumes are Hard to Find | and a Few Tips for the Eclipse

For better or worse, technology is changing the face of business and employment, researchers learn that nearly everybody lies on their résumé, millions in the U.S. will gather on Monday to watch the sun disappear and a video ad made to inspire.

Who knows what the future holds?

A KPMG survey asked leading tech industry leaders to make some predictions. In 3 Hottest Technologies that Will Change Your Business By 2020, Inc. reveals the survey’s top answers. (Hint: It’s the stuff everyone’s been talking about all year.)

Speaking of the future, advocates for a higher minimum wage believe that raising wages will make workers’ futures brighter. But the Washington Examiner reports that a recent National Bureau of Economic Research study says wage increases might hasten the advancement of automation instead.

Rumors, lies and résumés!

Lots of job applicants may need a good publicist to help repair their reputations if employers believe the findings of HireRight’s 2017 Employment Screening Benchmark Report. WorkItDaily.com’s CEO J.T. O’Donnell shares why 85 percent of job applicants lie and how they can be caught in her recent article for Inc.

Mass Migration of the Human Kind

A huge swath of the U.S. will go dark on Monday as the sun is temporarily eclipsed. It is estimated that at least 200 million people are within a day’s drive of locations where the event can be witnessed. Many will hit the road Monday morning to witness history.

For those staying put, the employment experts at Fisher Phillips remind us that this is an epic event — like March Madness only without the office pools.

They recommend that you plan to go with the flow and expect employees to be distracted. Also, look out for your employees by reminding them to use protective eyewear if they want to view this natural phenomenon.

And… speaking of a phenomenon — Check out this amazing Mo Farrah video produced by Nike. It received ‘Best Ad of the Week’ runner-up internationally this week (no pun intended) from BestAdsonTV.  A two-time distance running Olympic champion, this Brit’s got a lot work behind that infectious smile.

MEDICAL MARIJUANA RULING IMPACTS HR | UNEMPLOYMENT 16-YEAR LOW | THE TOXIC WORKPLACE

Major implications for medical marijuana … new unemployment lows mean even greater competition for employees … and, how to identify a toxic workplace, and what you can do to improve it.

MEDICAL MARIJUANA AND HR

A recent ruling on medical marijuana has important implications for HR. There are many forces driving the issue, including the huge revenues it creates for states.  You should know The Top 5 Emerging Medical Marijuana Trends, and you’ll find them in this article from Forbes.

UNEMPLOYMENT HITS 16-YEAR LOW

The Russia investigation may be capturing the headlines, but the economy is looking statistically better regarding jobs.  In July, the department of labor reported the lowest unemployment in 16 years.  Coupled with last week’s Gallup report that ‘good job’ employment (30 hours+) was at its highest level in recent history, and the workforce is experiencing much needed gains.

THE TOXIC WORKPLACE

A minority of employees report being ‘engaged’ in their employment. That’s a real problem for companies in this tight labor market.  But, what is worse are companies that are considered ‘toxic.’  Marcel Schwantes identifies 7 Traits of Highly Toxic Workplaces, and provides suggestions for improving them … along these lines, 91% of employees report their managers lack one critical communication skill.  Find out what it is, and how to improve it.

REAL PERSONAL PROGRESS

Want to make real progress toward your personal goals?  Benjamin Hardy provides insight into how you can get what you want in 60 days – no more excuses.

ONE WAY TO IMPROVE ENGAGEMENT?  IMPROVE YOUR MEETINGS … We leave you with a video that may look a little too familiar.  Are your company’s meetings anything like this?

 

Employment Challenges, HR Analytics, and Email Endings

Stafflink’s This Week in Small Business for July 31 – August 4: Employment Challenges, HR Analytics, and Email Endings

This week in small business news: Businesses are facing new competition — for employees; HR employs big data to predict employee outcomes; some email tips to help you sign off with style; plus a short video to make you smile.  

Employers seeking new hires may need to up their game.

There was good news for the economy this week as Gallup reported the U.S. July good jobs rate was 47% up from 46.3% in June. Gallup also reported that underemployment and unemployment hit record lows in July.

While that may be good news for wage earners, employers are starting to feel the pinch. As TLNT’s Andrew Graft puts it, “the war for talent is about to go nuclear.”

It’s not just small businesses who are feeling the pinch either, Inc. reports that Amazon’s epic hiring event, Amazon Jobs Day netted just 20,000 applicants to fill an estimated 50,000 openings.

HR looks to big data to vet potential hires and predict the future.

Big data has been all the rage this year with industries from marketing to medicine looking to use data analytics to improve their performance.

Inside companies, HR departments are using big data too. Jasmine Morgan’s article for TLNT, 4 Powerful Applications of Big Data in HR, explains how human resource departments are using big data to manage retention rates, select benefits, and avoid hiring mistakes.

End your email with “Toodles?”

Maybe “Toodles” isn’t the one for you, but surely you’ll find something new to try in this list of 70 email sign-offs from The Muse at Inc. Could “Thanks a Million” be the one for you?

Speaking of email, here’s what WorkFront thinks Email in Real Life would look like. (Be sure to put down your coffee before you hit play.)  

Kind Regards, Stafflink Outsourcing, (954) 423-8362, Toll Free: (877) 899-LINK, 1776 North Pine Island Road, Suite 108, Plantation, Florida, 33322, email: info@stafflink.net, We are here to help.

 

5 Habits Kill Leadership | Future of Primary Care? | Drones & HR | Overwhelmed?

GOP Defections Killed the Obamacare Repeal … 5 Habits Kill Leadership … a new primary care model may be the future of healthcare … what HR should know about Drones … and, 3 brain hacks to deal with being overwhelmed.

The GOP seems determined to repeal Obamacare, but 3 GOP senators killed their latest ‘skinny’ bill.  The Hill keeps you posted on daily events regarding the Obamacare repeal – it’s not dead yet.

A new cost efficient primary care model that relies on monthly fees and no insurance is testing well in some parts of the private sector; it may prove to be the future of healthcare.

In leadership, taking credit for an employee’s work is never a good thing.  In fact, it is one of five traits that kill leadership, according to research in a new article in Inc.

Feeling overwhelmed?  You’ll find 3 smart brain hacks that can restore personal organization, peace and control to any situation in Steve Farber’s article in Inc.

More than 800,000 drone licenses have already been issued, and many major industries are integrating drones into their business plans.  But before your company gets into drone usage, you may want to read SHRM’s post, What HR Should Know About Drones.’ 

Enjoy Your Weekend.

 

 

STAFFLINK Small Business Update – July 14, 2017 – Workforce and Workplace Stresses | Grammar Matters, and More

This Week

McKinsey Global Institute’s June report reveals a not so sunny outlook on the future of America’s workforce – Harvard Business Review warns us of the perils of burnout – TLNT shares its secrets for building a top performing team – and you can learn how to end your day well and avoid common writing errors too.

Trends

McKinsey Global Institute reports that Making it in America is becoming increasingly difficult for some wage earners. There is a growing gap between workers whose incomes support an improving standard of living and those who barely get by.

The report further indicates that U.S. manufacturers have lost their competitive edge and a major restructuring is needed to facilitate a full recovery. McKinsey recommends a reset focusing on reinvesting, retraining, removing barriers, and re-imagining work to turn this tide.

Turning to trends in employment, Harvard Business Review reports that Burnout at Work Isn’t Just About Exhaustion. It’s Also About Loneliness. No, workers aren’t spending too much time alone at work. Instead, they are too tired to engage. Findings indicate that exhausted employees at all levels are pulling back from emotional interaction because of workplace burnout.

What to do about this burgeoning burnout epidemic in the workplace? HBR recommends that employers encourage inclusion and empathy in the workplace, promote opportunities for organizational networking and development, and institute rituals that celebrate teamwork and collaboration.

HR

In 3 Secrets to Building High Performing Teams, TLNT advises empowering high performers and nurturing their potential. Today’s best employees want more than just financial compensation. They want to work in an environment that helps them achieve personal goals and career success.

TLNT also advises hiring managers to take their time when choosing candidates. It is better to wait for the right candidate and experience a little lost productivity today than to choose the wrong hire and endure a lot of lost opportunities tomorrow.

Productivity

Are grammar mistakes a communications nemesis? You aren’t alone. In 43 Embarrassing Grammar Mistakes Even Smart People Make, Inc. com highlights the top word choice and usage errors that can trip up even a conscientious scribe. For instance, did you know “irregardless” wasn’t a word? If you think you could care less, you’re wrong. You really “couldn’t care less.” And, if you like your coffee brewed strong and served in a tiny cup, that’s an “espresso.” Even if you drink it super fast, it’s still not an “expresso.”

Now that you’ve almost reached the end of this article what will you do to finish out your day? Why not try some of the productivity hacks Entrepreneur has listed in its infographic, How to Spend the Last 10 Minutes of Your Work Day.  Ah, yes, take a deep breath, straighten those paperclips, and say “goodbye.”

But before you go, share a moment of empathy with Jim, Bill and the rest of crew in WS Inet’s video, If Only it Were That Simple. Yeah, if only…

July 7 – DOL DROPS FLSA OT SALARY THRESHOLD – WHAT AMAZON IS UP TO – 1 EXERCISE KEEPS YOU YOUNG

This week, the Department of Labor dropped the FLSA OT Rule Salary Threshold … we got a glimpse of what Amazon is up to from the patent office … we learned the 3 traits that set the best salespeople apart … and research revealed the one exercise that actually helps keep you young.

The Department of Labor dropped their defense of the FLSA OT Rule Salary Threshold, as anticipated, according to HR Daily Advisor.  Expect a new, lower salary threshold to emerge in coming weeks.

Still no word on the Senate’s healthcare bill, as 10 GOP senators have come out openly against the current bill.  In the meantime, SHRM’s ‘How GOP Healthcare Bills Compare to ACA’ provides a good, yet simple analysis of the House and Senate bills in their current form with ACA provisions.

In Sales & Marketing, Entrepreneur’s post, ‘3 Traits of the Best Salespeople, According to Science’ reveals what sets the best apart from those who don’t consistenly make their quotas.

In Trends, you can find out what Amazon is really up to in article today.  The article reveals the sketches and diagrams accompanying Amazon’s patent applications for a drone delivery system in U.S. cities.

In Productivity, Inc. presents research on ‘The One Exercise That Keeps Your Body Young’ – an article that describes the only type of training that alters the reproduction of cells in a beneficial way.

And, scientific research has identified 6 Things Job Candidates Should Never Do If They Want to Get Hired.’  The Entrepreneur post presents the findings that include some that are surprising; and, others that are more common sense – a worthwhile read if you’re looking for a job.

It’s not just candidates that sometimes make mistakes on interviews.  Ask yourself how you’d handle one of the ‘The Worst Job Interviews Ever.’

Enjoy Your Weekend.

STAFFLINK Small Business Week – June 30 – Inside the Senate’s Healthcare Bill – Ransomware – When Robots Will Beat Humans

This Week in Small Business – The Senate Healthcare Bill … How to Protect Your Company from Ransomware … Why Small Businesses are Outsourcing HR … 7 Scientific Reasons Being a Morning Person is Better … and Apple’s New ‘Apocalypse’ video, voted #1 in the world.

The GOP-controlled Senate delayed a vote on the new healthcare bill until after the holiday in an effort to gather the support they need to pass the legislation.  Will they?  Not sure.  SHRM’s Healthcare Bill review provides a simple, yet very helpful analysis of what’s in the bill, and how it differs from the House version … much has been made of the CBO report that estimated 22 million would lose their insurance if the bill passes; but, Forbes’ ‘The CBO Estimate is Deeply Flawed’ reveals how the report came up with those numbers; why they are flawed; and, how taking some of the politics out of the report can arrive at a much more accurate estimate.

The New York Times published a thorough story about this  week’s massive global ransomware attack, which shut down computers in 39 countries, from the Ukraine to the U.S. Experts consider this a new norm.  But to its credit, the New York Times’  also published ‘How to Protect Your Company from Ransomware‘ – an article that provides sound advice for keeping  small businesses safe in this volatile cyber environment.

SHRM’s ‘CEOs are Losing Sleep’ over the increase in compliance demands reveals the results of a recent study about top executives and the stress effects of increased compliance issues – despite efforts by the Trump administration to roll back some of those regulatory burdens … these compliance struggles, according to a recent post in Inc.,  are one reason increasing numbers of small businesses are outsourcing their HR to PEOs.

To help small business owners know whether outsourcing HR will be profitable to their company, STAFFLINK has developed an HR Assessment that takes just a few minutes, and is free.

CLICK HERE TO REQUEST A FREE HR OUTSOURCE ASSESSMENT for your company.

In Trends, Business Insider posted ‘When Robots Will Start Taking Beating Humans at Every Task.” The article is the result of a joint study by researchers at Oxford and Yale.

And, in Productivity, science has taken sides in the morning v. evening productivity debate.  Business Insider’s article, ‘7 Science-Backed Benefits of Being a Morning Person unveils research that purports to show why ‘early birds really do get the worm.’

This week’s video was voted the Top video in the world this week by Best Ads on TV.  It’s Apple’s new ‘Apocalypse’ web video (3:14) that tells us  ‘human’ error, not ransomware, may be the globe’s greatest danger.   Enjoy.