Remote Work and COVID-19: Making Sure Your Company’s PTO Policy Works

Posted by Employer Flexible on October 14, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has touched every phase of the way we do business in 2020 and that includes issues such as your company’s PTO policy.

PTO (“Paid Time Off” or “Planned Time Off” or “Personal Time Off”) is a key benefit companies offer to employees to help with recruitment and retention.

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Topics: HR, Employee Benefits, COVID-19

Choosing Your 2021 Insurance Benefits During Open Enrollment

Posted by Employer Flexible on October 2, 2020

In the best of times Open Enrollment can feel a bit like doing your taxes. You know it is an important task that needs to be completed, but it can be confusing, frustrating, and time-consuming.

Of course, 2020 is far from the best of times with the COVID-19 pandemic, so it may be harder than ever for people to focus on Open Enrollment. It is crucial that companies let their employees know how and when Open Enrollment will take place.

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Topics: Employee Benefits

Scorecards & Measuring Performance are Important for Company Success

Posted by Employer Flexible on September 21, 2020

It is no secret that professional football is big business, but some people would be surprised how much NFL teams have in common with big companies such as Google and Amazon when it comes to measuring performances and using scorecards to target success.

Take the NFL 2020 season opener between defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs and the Houston Texans, for example.

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Topics: Productivity, performance

Hosting an Effective Virtual Company Meeting

Posted by Employer Flexible on September 10, 2020

Most people have a love-hate relationship with meetings. They love productive meetings, but hate time spent away from their desks.

Then there is humorist Dave Barry, who has a hate-hate relationship with meetings, saying: “If you had to identify, in one word, the reason why the human race has not achieved, and never will achieve, its full potential, that word would be ‘meetings’.” With apologies to Barry, meetings are not going away any time soon.

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Topics: Productivity, COVID-19, Remote Work

How Will Employee Recognition Look in a COVID-19 Remote Work World

Posted by Employer Flexible on September 1, 2020

As the coronavirus pandemic enters its sixth month, more companies are embracing remote work as a necessary reality in the post COVID-19 economic landscape.

Outdoor company REI even announced Aug. 12 that it was going to sell its newly constructed 8-acre corporate campus before the first employees ever reported to work at the Bellevue, Wash. location.

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Topics: HR, Employee Benefits, Remote Work

Adjusting HR Strategies and Tools for a Post-Coronavirus World

Posted by Employer Flexible on August 21, 2020

While business has been undergoing a change towards digitization for years now, the COVID-19 pandemic forced a rapid transition for many companies to a workforce that can connect, collaborate, and perform their roles remotely for an extended period of time.

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Topics: HR Trends, Human Resources, COVID-19

Layoff vs. Furlough: Understanding the Difference

Posted by Employer Flexible on August 19, 2020

One of the unfortunate realities of the COVID-19 pandemic is a historic number of Americans out of work since the public health crisis started.

U.S. government unemployment figures from August show that some 55 million workers have sought jobless benefits since mid-March.

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Topics: Human Resources, Employee Benefits, COVID-19

Employer Flexible is Named a San Antonio Best Places to Work

Posted by Employer Flexible on August 18, 2020

For nearly 20 years, the San Antonio Business Journal (SABJ) has been honoring employers in San Antonio that have a strong commitment to creating positive work environments that foster respect, comfort and engagement of its employees. To be eligible, a company or organization, must have at least 10 full-time employees based in Bexar, Bandera, Comal, Guadalupe, Wilson, Atascosa, Bandera or Kendall county.

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School Reopening: What Employers Should Know

Posted by Employer Flexible on July 31, 2020

As school reopening conversations become more widespread, many employers and their employees are wondering what that means for their childcare? Various school districts are taking different approaches with regards to how schools will reopen in the fall. Either students will be full-time remote learning, in-person learning with the option to be remote or a hybrid with a combination of remote learning and in-person.

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Topics: COVID-19

COVID-19 Forces Texas to Pause on Work-Search Unemployment Requirement

Posted by Employer Flexible on July 17, 2020

The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) has hit the pause button on its decision to reinstate the work-search requirement for out of work Texans seeking unemployment benefits.

With COVID-19 daily new cases surging and a steady rise during June of patients hospitalized with coronavirus, the TWC announced on June 30 that it was pausing the planned work-search requirement reinstatement.

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Topics: COVID-19