This Week at Red Branch: Free Incentives, Cultivating Culture, Healthcare Reform, & Work Smarter, Not Harder.

Best Practices, Employees, Hiring, HR

We have been very busy reading, writing, and posting all over the internet for clients this week. Here is a quick glance of what we’ve been up to at Red Branch Media.

This week Visibility Software wrote about ways that we can make our workplace a better environment for employees and how to do it for free!

Four Free Ways to Better Your Workplace

small__385583570We spend a whole lot of time there. It’s a place of learning, stress, friendships and so much more. Why not work at improving it? If we have to be away from our friends an family 40+ hour/week, perhaps a stab at improvement is worth while. According to a U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics graph, the average worker between the ages of  25 and 54 with children spends the largest chunk of their time on work at, 8.8 hours. The second largest chunk of time was dedicated to sleep, at 7.6 hours. For most companies, there isn’t a “Workplace Betterment” budget, so unless we all work for Google or Amazon, this is a group, shoe-string effort that takes a little creativity.

Give Them Some Choice
Traditional offices have the same desks, same chairs, same devices and same walls. Let your team know that they are free to make some choices about their workspace and facilitate the changes. Maybe someone prefers sitting on an exercise ball sometimes, maybe they want to take a laptop and sit outside for a while. They’ll have to come in for a charge, and exercise balls are meant to be sat on in 20 minute intervals. The up and down and movement are stimulating. People perform better when they get up periodically and walk around. Personal touches to their workspace allows employee to get more comfortable. It can also facilitate more interaction among your team. Read more…

Wowzer posted a really popular article this week. It’s on how employers take the initiatives to set their company up on practices that will keep it afloat in the future.

Cultivating Culture for a Better Company

small__371210258From the very start, each company forges a path that they will follow. This path isn’t always crafted through a conscious effort, in fact, it rarely is. The kind of organization that the company starts off as, sets the tone for the future. If great communication is what pushed the company forward, you can be sure that in several years, great communication will still be coursing through the company lifelines. If the company leaders  lacked emotional intelligence from the start, that will end up being a trend for the company’s future.

Companies can’t start off with mismanagement and disorganization, and expect it to bloom into a healthy, happy company. Cultivating culture needs to be a very conscious effort, led by managers from the very beginning. Throughout the life of a company, habits and expectations start to form, and then they perpetuate a cycle. It is up to leaders to make that cycle a positive one from the get-go. Read more…

Recruiterbox posted an article on how to save time during the screening process!

Metrics, Tools and the Screening Process

I have loved the term, “Work smarter, not harder” for a long time now. Not that I don’t appreciate hard work, but what I appreciate more is creating consistent and efficient processes that make life and work easier. I love when a task can be completed in less time and with fewer steps. That’s what working smarter, not harder is about.

This concept can be applied in so many areas of the recruiting process, but today we are concentrating on screening. The screening process can become disorganized and therefore inefficient rather quickly. When screening a large number of candidates, information and profiles will get lost in the shuffle. There is such a concentration on filling the position and getting the job done, that recruiters will often forget to assess their processes and find room for improvement. Read more…

Careerminds wrote about the upcoming healthcare changes and what people should do to prepare for them.

Healthcare Changes: What Are You Doing About Them?

Complying with ever-changing healthcare reforms are one of the biggest challenges in HR and it is only getting more difficult. One of the biggest healthcare reforms in our history is moving full-steam ahead, are you ready for it?

After the U.S. Supreme Court constitutional ruling, the Health Care Reform (the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or the ACA) is on its way, and fast. This is shaping up to be a bid deal for HR departments across the nation. This ruling came as a surprise to just about everyone. In fact, according to an ADP survey, only 10% of respondents expected this outcome -that the court would uphold the entire law. This has left a lot of employers scrambling. Read more…

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