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Get a Pulse on Employee Satisfaction By Tom Faricy, SPHR, HR Business Partner, Trupp HR. It’s certainly no surprise that the economic downturn and the subsequent high unemployment rates have kept the majority of people from switching jobs over the last few years. As companies have been forced to downsize and “tighten the belt”, many […]

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May HR To-Do List

By Jenny Sherman, SPHR CCP, Director of HR Services, Trupp HR. May is just around the corner, and so is the sun! Here are some important HR items to check off your list for the month of May before you start planning your summer vacation getaway! Conduct an Annual Job Audit Employee classification errors can […]

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Thinking of Hiring a Summer Intern?

By Tom Faricy, SPHR, HR Business Partner, Trupp HR. The weather is warming up, and there are signs of spring all around. While most of us are eagerly anticipating some long awaited fun-in-the-sun, many small businesses are gearing up for a complex juggling act, trying to distribute workloads among an already stretched workforce as an […]

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The Updated I-9 Form is Now Available from the USCIS

By Jenny Sherman, SPHR CCP, Director of HR Services, Trupp HR. The long-awaited revised I-9 form has been published by the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS). Employers should start using the new form immediately and not later than May 7, 2013. The updated form has a new look with additional fields. I-9 Enforcement Increases […]

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Making Great Hiring Decisions

By Jenny Sherman, SPHR CCP, Director of HR Services, Trupp HR. “On average, companies that did a better job of attracting, developing and retaining highly talented managers earned 22% higher return to shareholders.” Given the abundance of highly skilled candidates available in today’s job market, it may be surprising to hear that many employers are […]

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April HR To-Do List

By Jenny Sherman, SPHR CCP, Director of HR Services, Trupp HR. April showers may bring May flowers, but all this early April sunshine is just bringing spring fever! Here is this months important HR to-do list to work through before the fever pushes you out the door. File Early for H-1B We mentioned it last […]

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Building a Foundation of Success for Employees

By Jean Roque, President, Trupp HR. New employees often enter the ‘honeymoon stage’ full of energy and great ideas. Then, as personalities, management styles, and organizational realities are revealed, the employee’s performance or perceived fit with the company may begin to shift. To break this cycle and avoid blaming another employee departure on a “bad […]

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8 steps to more effective meetings

By Jenny Sherman, SPHR CCP, Director of HR Services, Trupp HR. There’s no denying that collaboration in the workplace is a hot topic lately. With technology giants like Yahoo eliminating work-at-home options to encourage an environment of shared ideas and cooperation, headlines are abuzz with controversy. There’s no doubt that meetings with team members help […]

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March HR To-Do List

By Jenny Sherman, SPHR CCP, Director of HR Services, Trupp HR. May the road rise up to meet you, may the wind be always at your back, may the sun shine warm upon your face and the rains fall soft upon your fields. -an old Irish Blessing                 […]

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Healthcare landscape changing for small business

By Jenny Sherman, SPHR CCP, Director of HR Services, Trupp HR. Navigating the Affordable Care Act is tricky business with its rapidly evolving landscape, but part of the healthcare legislation and its support structure aims to ease the journey to compliance. Oregon employers will be pleased to know that because our state is ahead of […]

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Hiring employee referrals

By Stephanie Gillett, PHR, HR Business Partner, Trupp HR. Are you screening employee referrals adequately? Do you find yourself extending special treatment to job applicants who have been referred by your employees? Sure, you make them fill out an application and do an interview, but it’s easy to bypass important qualifying questions. Without even realizing […]

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Benefits top the list for employed job seekers

By Jenny Sherman, SPHR CCP, Director of HR Services, Trupp HR. Skilled employees are seeking new jobs Employee confidence is up, unemployment rates are lower and employed workers are seeking new jobs. Surveys show that nearly 20% of employees have recently launched a job search and another 30% or more are considering doing so during […]

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February HR To-Do List

By Jenny Sherman, SPHR CCP, Director of HR Services, Trupp HR. February is a short month. Be sure to add the following items to your HR checklist and get a jump start on important considerations for the month. Post OSHA Form 300A The Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses Feb. 1 to April 30. Learn […]

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Does increased pay lead to increased performance?

By Jean Roque, President, Trupp HR. Looking ahead to the new year, we predict increasing pressure on employers, large and small, to retain and motivate their top talent. Current statistics indicate as much as 50% of your employees may be “considering” leaving your organization. The Role of Compensation While employers naturally turn to pay increases […]

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Where are your leadership blind spots?

By Jean Roque, President, Trupp HR. We’ve heard our greatest strength can also be our greatest weakness. Usually it comes into play in our personal relationships. For instance, one of my husband’s strengths I most admire is his tenacity. However, after forging through multiple home improvement projects, I have found this quality exhausting as he […]

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Does your 2013 planning include a people strategy?

By Jean Roque, President, Trupp HR. In today’s competitive marketplace, employers have to play to win. One of the most effective winning strategies is your People Strategy. With 2013 just around the corner, you may already be in the process of defining budgets and strategic objectives for the coming year. But, if your company is […]

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Navigating the Affordable Care Act for Small Employers

By Jean Roque, President, Trupp HR. On June 28, 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the majority of the provisions in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). Ongoing resistance and delays to PPACA have caused many to become complacent about dedicating time and energy toward understanding the impact to our business. Depending on […]

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New HR choices tailor-made for small business

By Jean Roque, President, Trupp HR. Which One is the Perfect Fit for Your Company? Eventually, businesses reach a point where they recognize the need for human resources expertise. At that point, the question becomes what kind of HR help is available and what will best address the urgent and/or ongoing needs of my business? […]

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Tips to help employers ride the waves of summer

By Jean Roque, President, Trupp HR. Hang ten and avoid those summer sneaker waves. The onset of summer infuses us with newfound energy, optimism, and eagerness to take in the warmth and beauty that accompanies this time of year. For employers, summer can bring a unique set of opportunities and challenges.  Here are some tips […]

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10 behaviors businesses should value in managers

By Jean Roque, President, Trupp HR. Business is risky enough. Why roll the dice with your managers? Growth is good. But, with growth comes more employees to manage and develop. Ultimately, the success of a business significantly lies in the hands of the managers of its employees. An ill-equipped or poorly-suited manager places the morale, […]

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5 tips for improving your hiring mojo

By Jean Roque, President, Trupp HR. Impress others with your superior hiring mojo. 5 helpful tips for adding top talent Hiring and retaining great employees is one of the most critical contributors to the ongoing success of a business. Yet, for many companies, a successful hiring formula seems elusive at best. By applying a few […]

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Are your employees achieving their full potential?

By Jean Roque, President, Trupp HR. Are your employees achieving their full potential? Five tips to unleashing the power of your team. For business owners, dollars invested in their human capital assets are significant. Attracting, motivating and retaining human capital requires good leaders, managed performance, and a positive work environment designed to energize the workforce. […]

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Why are workforce metrics important to your business?

By Jean Roque, President, Trupp HR. Are you headed in the right direction? Discover how workforce metrics can benefit your business. Most businesses understand the value of using metrics to assess the state of their company and validate the company is heading in the right direction. Finance, quality, and manufacturing are departments that are typically […]

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