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15 Office Birthday Ideas to Celebrate Employees

Celebrating employee birthdays never gets old. Between the confetti, balloons, and cake, office birthday parties offer employees a brief respite from their day-to-day, not to mention an opportunity to appreciate peers. 


Ask HR: Hygiene Issues at Work

Make no mistake, the workplace is full of questionable situations. That’s what our new Ask HR mailbag series is all about.

Over the past month, we’ve asked for your burning HR, payroll, benefits questions. Simply put, you delivered. There must have been something in the air, because we received a flurry of questions related to personal habits and hygiene. 


How to Increase Employee NPS

When presenting to your board, leadership team, or even workforce, it’s helpful to have one datapoint to sum up the overall sentiment of the company. Employee Net Promoter Score (eNPS) is an extremely helpful metric on overall employee engagement, but in order to drive it up, you need to know exactly what’s going on in the company.


5 Strategies to Drive Employee Engagement

Employee engagement can be a tough code to crack. With employees differing in age, tenure, and experience, it can be hard to know what programs and perks your office needs. Luckily, there’s no shortage of employee engagement strategies and no one knows your company as well as you. Here are five ideas to kickstart your employee engagement program and motivate your team:


Right to Disconnect: 11 Ways to Support Employees

With the prevalence of technology, there is rarely an email, chat message, or notification that goes by unnoticed. Flexible scheduling and remote teams necessitate communications at all hours of the day and night. As a result, the traditional boundaries of being on and off the clock are much harder to decipher.


How to Scale Company Meetings as You Grow

All-hands meetings start to look quite different as company headcount increases. What begins as five people huddled around a table turns into an auditorium of 350+ employees (not to mention the hundreds more joining remotely) in what seems like the blink of an eye.

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7 HR Tips for Handling Employee Layoffs

As part of our HRreads book club, we read Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris. The dark yet humorous novel depicts a period of paranoia as a failing ad company faces employee layoffs. Though the novel reveals the anxiety and tension from the employee perspective, HR is all too familiar with the hazards and consequences of company downsizing.


How to Build a Radically Candid Team

This month, the HRreads book club has been reading Radical Candor by Kim Scott. The book shares a variety of personal stories and actionable tips to create a team that grows and succeeds together. While book club members have been sharing inspiration and insights from the book, we wanted to hear directly from author Kim Scott on how to build a team culture of radical candor.


How to Build an Office Seating Plan That Scales

Early stage companies tend to have more to do than worry about who sits where. With only a handful of employees, assigning employees seats isn’t much of a headache. However as your headcount grows, it’s important to have a plan in place to accommodate new employees. Plus, it starts to matter who sits next to whom. if sales is taking calls right next to focused engineers, collaboration and productivity risk taking a real hit.


IMHRO: Open Office Floor Plans are a Recipe for Distraction

Namely’s series, In My HR Opinion, brings you honest takes on the hottest HR topics and trends, straight from industry leaders.