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Jessica Miller-Merrell

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How to Issue WARN Notices to Furloughed Workers

on Aug 19, 2020 9:30:00 AM By | Jessica Miller-Merrell | 0 Comments | Furloughs WARN Act
In response to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, many companies have had to reduce hours, pay or close sites and furlough employees. For many employers, these layoffs are expected to be temporary while the virus runs its course but a lot can happen during that time. 
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How HR Can Support Companies in Times of Crisis

on May 22, 2020 8:45:00 AM By | Jessica Miller-Merrell | 0 Comments | Management HR Department Coronavirus
When economic downturns, natural disasters, company reorganizations, and other challenges arise, companies depend on HR leaders to set policies, initiate support, and assist employees. During the COVID-19 pandemic, HR departments have been actively involved in their companies’ decisions (such as slowing businesses, canceling conferences, and implementing new work arrangements) to slow the spread of the disease and to adjust to statewide and local social-distancing directives. By maintaining several key focus points, HR staff can more effectively lead their companies through this crisis.
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5 Key Strategies for Developing New Managers

on Jul 26, 2019 10:02:00 AM By | Jessica Miller-Merrell | 0 Comments | Training Employees managers
One of the most important services HR leaders provide is training for new managers. This type of training varies tremendously, depending on the new manager’s previous management experience or, in the case of an internal promotion, the knowledge he or she already has of company rules, regulations, and processes. It can be difficult to develop individual management training based on currently available resources, but by focusing on certain areas it’s possible to offer excellent training for both internal and external candidates who are new to supervisory roles.
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How to Manage, Hire and Lead Your Remote Workforce

on Oct 4, 2018 4:04:15 PM By | Jessica Miller-Merrell | 0 Comments | Manage Lead Hire
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Getting Real About Unconscious Bias in the Workplace

on May 3, 2018 12:02:05 PM By | Jessica Miller-Merrell | 0 Comments | Workplace Ethics Discrimination Bias
 
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How to Increase Your Job-Offer Acceptance Rate

on Apr 6, 2017 6:59:00 AM By | Jessica Miller-Merrell | 0 Comments | Human Resources Insights
By implementing a total reward program, a company can build a reputation as a great place to work and therefore attract the best talent. Nonmonetary benefits and perks can, when combined with competitive salaries, form a well-rounded compensation strategy that helps an organization attract candidates, increase offer acceptance rates, and improve retention. Over the last three years, it’s become more and more common for candidates to receive multiple job offers at one time—and, consequently, for companies to increase salaries to attract them. Salary isn’t necessarily the most important factor candidates consider, though, and the best way for companies to increase offer acceptance (especially in multiple-offer scenarios) is by making improvements in the nonmonetary incentives they provide.
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Start Small with Your Employee Retention Strategy

on Feb 13, 2017 8:38:12 AM By | Jessica Miller-Merrell | 0 Comments | Labor & Industrial Insights Retention Employees
Employee retention is the rate at which a company is able to keep their employees working for them. If a company keeps half of its employees around for one year, the employee retention rate for that specific year would be 50%. Many businesses are aware of the importance of employee retention and will enact policies or strategies in order to maintain a higher level of retention. When they are able to keep their existing employees around, they are able to reduce the costs associated with hiring and training new employees when their existing ones leave.
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You Need an Employee Commitment Strategy

on Feb 8, 2017 6:07:00 AM By | Jessica Miller-Merrell | 0 Comments | Workforce Retention
So often we see articles and reports on employee disengagement and workplace dissatisfaction. From all of the coverage it gets, you might be tempted to believe that disengagement and dissatisfaction levels are high when, in reality, they are at some of the lowest levels we have seen in years. In some instances, we are talking all-time lows. As the economy continues to show improvements, so does the overall employee interest in staying loyal to their organization or employer.
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How HR Metrics & Big Data Can Transform Hiring

on Dec 1, 2016 9:31:19 AM By | Jessica Miller-Merrell | 0 Comments | Human Resources Insights Human Resources Technology
If there is one thing I know for sure, it’s that data changes lives. It helps us decide on the home we want to purchase. It guides us in our decision when selecting a new and trendy restaurant during business and vacation travels. This weekend, data has provided me with a foundation to move forward with building a stone patio in our backyard. Without data, I wouldn’t be attempting and investing the time in our DIY project.
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Sabbaticals May Be Your Employee Retention Secret

on Nov 29, 2016 6:52:00 AM By | Jessica Miller-Merrell | 0 Comments | Performance Retention
Generally when you hear the word “sabbatical,” most people think of a college professor taking time off to do something intellectual that would then contribute to their ability to shape the minds of young people. If you search the word “sabbatical” it is actually defined by Google as “a period of paid leave granted to a college teacher for study or travel, traditionally every seventh year.”
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