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DO YOU LOVE YOUR JOB?

During a recent Focused Fun Friday strategy discussion at HRM, the question came up: “What would be your ideal job?” There were some fun answers including “driving the...

Investing That Makes an Impact

Socially responsible investing (SRI) has come to represent various investment strategies that favor companies with business practices generally viewed as socially responsible, ethical, and/or sustainable....

Why Diversification Matters

When investing, particularly for long-term goals, there is one concept you will likely hear about over and over again — diversification. Why is diversification so important? The simple reason is...

Key Retirement and Tax Numbers for 2017

Every year, the Internal Revenue Service announces cost-of-living adjustments that affect contribution limits for retirement plans, thresholds for deductions and credits, and standard deduction and personal exemption amounts. Here are...

Tax Tips for the Self-Employed

It's easy to confuse Medicare and Medicaid, particularly since they're both government programs that pay for health care. But there are important differences between each program. Medicare is generally for...

WHAT ARE YOUR CORE VALUES?

When we know something big is coming, we usually plan for it.  Few people would be comfortable heading into retirement, a new career, or any other significant life transition without...

NEW “SMART” I-9 FORM

Yes, it is already mid-January 2017…Have you noticed that your “Fa La La…” from December has waned and you’re tired of the Michigan gray skies? Well, your friends at HRM...

Important ACA Reporting Dates

Last year, we shared that the IRS extended the reporting deadline for certain Affordable Care Act (ACA) forms. Here's an updated list of the important dates you need to know....

WELCOME 2017

What to Expect in 2017! Each year I write a blog in January about what we expect to see in the New Year. Last year was such a strong year...

HOLIDAY GREETINGS

Oh by Golly, it’s the Holidays! The holiday season is the perfect time of the year to take some time to count our blessings and to share how much we appreciate...

Life Insurance: Term or Permanent

Term life insurance provides temporary protection for a set period of time. Permanent life insurance provides permanent protection and involves an internal savings component. The best choice for you depends...

THE FLSA SAGA CONTINUES!

Just as employers are staring down the December 1st deadline with the revised FLSA requirements for exempt employees, a group of Democratic lawmakers have proposed new legislation called H.R. 5813...

Investors Are Human, Too

In 1981, the Nobel Prize-winning economist Robert Shiller published a groundbreaking study that contradicted a prevailing theory that markets are always efficient. If they were, stock prices would generally mirror...

WHAT TO EXPECT IN 2016

Welcome to 2016! After ending 2015 with a super enjoyable staycation, your friends here at HRM are ready for 2016.  We especially appreciated those customers who took the time to send...

FUN SOCKS. FUN LIFE.

It finally happened! I was recently at an event when another HR person came up, said that she had seen me present, and then showed me the fun socks...

DO YOU HATE PERFORMANCE REVIEWS?

There’s been a lot of press lately about eliminating performance reviews since Accenture announced that they were getting rid of their evaluation process. Hating reviews isn’t exactly new, so...

CHILLIN’ WITH THE NLRB

Ever consider chilling out with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)? While I think it would be enlightening, it certainly wouldn’t rate very high on my fun meter. They apparently...

FIRE YOUR AT-WILL POLICY

And it happened again today.  Two professionals that I know reached out to say that their roles had been eliminated and that they are back on the market.  In an...

HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM HRM!

At a recent HRM planning meeting, we shared our favorite professional moments during 2014.   What we realized is that we are very fortunate to work with a group of incredible...

THE NLRB AND 2014

When I write my annual “what will happen this year” blog in January, I always hope that a few of my predictions will actually come true.  What I didn’t expect...

HOW TO 5S YOUR RETURN

Last week I spent several days at the Michigan SHRM conference (for HR people). While I was there, I conducted a couple of training sessions on applying the principles of...

NEGATIVE NELLIES

Early in my career, I singled out the most negative person in our organization and made it my personal mission to improve her attitude.  We spent hours in discussions and...

SHOULD YOU BE HAPPY AT WORK?

I tend to be a happy person and truly believe that keeping your employees happy helps to keep them productive and engaged.  When we do leadership training, one of the...

WHAT WILL HAPPEN IN 2013?

And now, the HR Hot Topic that you’ve been waiting all year to see…….What do I think will happen in 2013?  Normally, my January blog focuses on what I see...

IS YOUR HANDBOOK A BIG YAWN

Does your handbook read like the fine print in your cell phone contract and put your employees to sleep?  Or, is it clear and easy to understand? Here’s an example I...

NLRB POSTING REQUIREMENTS

The NLRB posting is finally here (again). After being initially proposed in December, 2010, this posting requirement has been debated, delayed, challenged in court, and the topic of four of...

WHAT WILL HAPPEN IN 2012?

Each January, I write a Hot Topic about what I predict will happen throughout the New Year. This past year, I predicted that hiring would continue to trend positively after...

LEAVING A JOB WITH STYLE

We all change jobs. Some people do it a lot more frequently than others and sometimes it isn’t our choice, but when it is, there are things that we can...

QUIRKY HIRING PRACTICES

If you’ve spent any amount of time hiring people, you’ve likely run across some quirky hiring practices. As HRM spends more and more time designing selection systems and recruiting candidates,...

HOW TO SUCESSFULLY DRIVE CHANGE

I’m always fascinated by the dynamics of leaders and their organizations. Some leaders are able to successfully drive major changes without a backlash and others simply can’t. This past week,...

WHAT’S THE NLRB UP TO NOW?

Apparently the National Labor Relations Board has recently realized that not all employees know their rights under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) and that employers don’t have big enough...