With open enrollment in (or almost in) the rear-view mirror, it may seem like a good time to sit back and relax before the new year ramps up. You’ve sent all of the necessary files to your carrier, and your employees have their ID cards in hand, but the process isn’t over just yet. Seasoned HR professionals know that the end of open enrollment is a critical time to get your benefits strategy in order before the new year.
How cool would it be if every time an employee goal was met, an enormous cry of “GOOOAAALLL!” erupted through the office? Unfortunately, our offices aren’t stadiums, and not all goals are winners. Goals can be useless to employees—not because they’re poor workers, but because the goals themselves are poorly designed.
Promotions are an upgrade for everyone in your organization—when done right. They’re excellent employee encouragement, the kind that really makes people stick around. They’re also a symbol of upward mobility to all workers. Finally, they save you money on an external hire, both in hiring costs and salary (external hires are paid about 18-20% more than internal workers for the same job).
Nick Sanchez, the new Chief People Officer at Namely, found an introduction to the power of human resources in a place you might not expect—the Olive Garden Restaurant. During his time studying at UCLA and working there, it was the first time he truly understood that working conditions, career mobility, perks, and so much more were largely influenced by the restaurant’s leaders and HR team. “This was my true introduction to the concepts of occupational psychology and HR,” he says.
It’s undeniable: this year is shaping up to be one of the most groundbreaking—even tumultuous—years for new workplace legislation in recent memory. While it feels like there may be too many new laws to count, Namely’s new report, The Pro-Employee Tide: Trends in HR Compliance, collects original research and commentary on the four most important HR compliance trends for professionals to keep abreast of this year, featuring analysis from Namely’s new VP, Legal & Compliance, Manuel Martinez-Herrera.
Many organizations and HR departments consider “diversity and inclusion” a point of improvement in their own workforces—a pillar of strategic HR to be improved and achieved. And then some organizations have diversity and inclusion built right into their products and services, and therefore the DNA of their org.
It was an amazing week for the Namely team out in Washington D.C. at this year’s SHRM Annual Conference! A huge thank you to everyone who stopped by our booth—including our clients for chatting about why they love Namely—plus all of the great conference speakers for presenting another excellent year of content.
It’s tricky to describe the company culture at TSheets—the fast-growing time tracking software startup—because frankly, it’s pretty unique. The company, now over 120 employees, has doubled business for each of the past three years—but that’s where the Silicon Valley stereotype starts to fade. TSheets is based in the heart of Idaho, and a can of PBR labeled with the TSheets company values awaits every new hire. They’re a tech company with high software standards—who also enjoy heading out to see professional bull riding.
Brace yourself: It’s time to discuss one theme in human resources that causes many to shudder—if not from anxiety than perhaps sheer buzzwordyness. Employee engagement.
This spring, Namely held one of its most exciting company events ever: our very first hackathon, Engage Namely. For 24 hours, 17 teams—each featuring members across all Namely departments—collaborated in a product designing blitz to create our next brand new HR tech tool or feature enhancement.
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