December 23, 2016

Week’s Best – 2016’s 6 Top Pay & Benefits Stories | 7 Ways to De-Stress | 7 Ideas for Your Time Off

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Well, the holidays are here, and the close of 2016 approaches.  It has been a year of change and uncertainty, especially for small business owners.

SHRM posted two reviews that summarize what has taken place in 2016: The Top 6 Compensation Stories of 2016 and 2016’s Top Benefits Stories. Both articles grant you a preview of what to expect in 2017.

You will find a brief snapshot of our coming January ‘Small Business Trends’ report in this week’s blog.  The blog post focuses on three of 2017’s important trends: video, remote employment, and app development.

In HR, the January edition of our OSHA newsletter presents changes in enforcement penalties for 2017 … the DOL strengthened rules for disability benefit claims … and, our new Cyber Security newsletter highlights the increase and sophistication of cyber attacks.

In Personal Productivity, Inc. posted an interesting article about One Surprising Daily Habit that Makes You Mentally Strong – a counter-intuitive finding backed by scientific research … and, the Fundera Blog published a practical article about 7 Ways Small Business Managers Can De-Stress that Actually Work – a good read for any small business owner.

And, as we approach the holidays, Lifehacker’s 7 Ideas for Making the Most of Your Time Off During the Holidays is a practical read that may help you get ahead by the time you return to the office; idea number seven may not apply to many of you (find a new job), but thinking about ways to recruit and retain top talent may work well.  You may want to refer back to The Top 6 Benefits Stories for a few good ideas because some companies are having success attracting new employees by altering their benefits packages.

As the holidays approach, we leave you with one of the top holiday shorts in the world: a three-minute video animation produced by Sainsbury’s in the UK … enjoy!

From All of Us at STAFFLINK, enjoy a safe and happy holiday!