Time flies when you’re having fun! It seems like just yesterday we were ringing in the new year and now we’re headed into the second half of 2018. With the start of Q3, departments across the company will be working hard to put the pieces in place to reach their end of year goals. In HR, Q3r is the perfect time to focus on employee engagement and your own career development before facing down the year end/year start tasks that come in Q4.
Here are the key dates to keep in mind for the upcoming quarter:
July 4: Independence Day (Bank Holiday)
This year the Fourth of July falls on a Wednesday. This means that many employees will be in and out of the office in the days leading up to—and directly following—the holiday. Make sure employees have planned adequate coverage during their absence, and consider bringing in celebratory snacks to honor the holiday and start the the quarter on a high note.
July 31: Form 941 due (Employer’s Quarterly Federal Tax Return)
As an employer, you don’t have the luxury of thinking about taxes only once a year. Don’t forget that your quarterly tax return is due at the end of July. Need some help? Check out our complete guide to Federal and State taxes for a detailed breakdown of tax rates.
August 4: National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day
August is the final month of the summer, and employees may need a little pick-me-up. National chocolate chip cookie day falls on a Saturday this year, but that’s no reason to skip out on the fun! Bring in cookies to keep spirits high as the summer reaches its peak.
Don’t miss your chance to invest in your own career. Make sure to submit your application for the Namely HR Scholarship, which recognizes outstanding HR professionals who are looking to make an outsized impact on the field of HR. The prize packages include educational courses, a free trip to HR Redefined 2019, and mentoring.
September 3: Labor Day (Bank Holiday)
The final bank holiday of the summer is already here. Employees may want to extend that three day weekend to soak up every last bit of sun before fall settles in. Encourage everyone to get the rest they need before kicking off an exciting Q4.
September 3-7: National Payroll Week
National payroll week is one of the most underrated celebrations in HR. Everyone’s favorite day of the month is payday, so why not celebrate the heroes who bring us our paycheck every week (that’s you!)? It’s a great way to engage employees and educate them about what you do. Play payroll trivia, give out prizes, and eat payroll-themed foods (“PayDay” bars, anyone?).
September 9: Grandparents Day & Rosh Hashanah begins
Two holidays packed into one! While September 9th falls on a Sunday, take the opportunity to show employees you care by encouraging them to share photos of their families and holiday celebrations on the company newsfeed.
If you haven’t reserved your tickets yet for this year’s HR Technology Conference, now is the time to do so. This is one of the last HR conferences of 2018, and a great chance for you to network and learn. If you’re there, don’t forget to stop byNamely’s booth!
September 18: Yom Kippur
A day of atonement and repentance for members of the Jewish faith, be sure to offer respect and support for any employees partaking in the fast. It’s also a good time to review your policy on holidays to make sure employees of all cultures have the time off and resources they need to celebrate their traditions.
September 22: Fall begins
And just like that, summer comes to an end. Though the first day of Autumn falls on a Saturday, the last week in September is the perfect time to get employees geared up for Q4. Help employees set goals and offer resources to support them through the year’s final stretch.
Rachel Bolsu is a Content Marketing Specialist at Namely, the all-in-one HR, payroll, and benefits platform built for today’s employees. Connect with Rachel and the Namely team on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.
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