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Author Archives: Michelle Hicks

A $6.5 billion loss that may be worth it (access required)

As the pre-season heats up, so do the fantasy football rosters of millions of Americans. A new survey says it creates a distraction in the workplace, possibly costing U.S. employers a collective $6.5 billion dollars in lost productivity. But, they ...

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Prescription drug benefits are an important piece of the compensation plan

Your pharmacy benefit program has the potential to play an important role in maximizing “human capital” — the capabilities, knowledge, experience, wellness and full potential of your workforce. When used wisely, prescription drugs can substitute for a more expensive medical ...

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When it comes to summer dress codes, think win-win

HR professionals are spending more time on strategic initiatives and less on transactional processes. But business managers still rely on HR to assist them with practical, daily issues like establishing summer dress policies that work for both employees and the ...

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Begin your writing process with a summary

I’ve been working to help a client streamline multiple policy documents into one handbook. The task is enormous. For years no one was responsible for monitoring information, ensuring it was fresh and relevant, or removing outdated items. Instead, once a ...

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Employee activism and social media

Your employees are talking about you. Whether they say good or bad things, they’re not just saying them to their friends. They often broadcast their thoughts, experiences and feelings through Twitter, Facebook or social media sites designed to tell the ...

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Young workers come with their own rules and regs

Adding young people to your employment mix in the summer can add a lot of energy and new ideas to your workforce. But it’s also important to remember that young employees also come with unique wage and hour rules and ...

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Why a six-figure paycheck isn’t enough

I recently finished reading about young Wall Street workers in Kevin Roose’s new book, Young Money: Inside the Hidden World of Wall Street’s Post-Crash Recruits. Roose is a millennial himself who, while working at the New York Times, started interviewing ...

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How much did that meeting just cost? (access required)

In the average organization, meetings cost hundreds of thousands of dollars a year when you calculate the hourly rate of each individual sitting around the table. Meetings also contribute to poor morale when they’re not run well. If one meeting ...

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The benefit of consolidating student loan debt

According to the Project on Student Loan Debt, 71 percent of U.S. college seniors who graduated in 2012 (the most recently posted statics) had an average of $29,400 in student loan debt. Idaho graduates in 2012 came in slightly under ...

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