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Brandon is currently an MHR/MBA student attending Utah State University, where he received his bachelor's degree in Communication Studies with three minors in HR, Business Management, and Technical Sales Management. He has experience as an HR generalist as well as in recruiting, data analytics, and talent development. He exercises his strong passion and commitment for HR by volunteering in leadership positions for his MHR cohort, participating in local SHRM chapter activities, and taking on every HR-related experience opportunity that presents itself.

What words of advice and encouragement would you give to someone just starting out in HR?

Build a strong network with your local HR community. There are plenty of opportunities to get more exposure and experience in HR, you just have to find them!

Brandon Fluckiger

Brandon is currently an MHR/MBA student attending Utah State University, where he received his bachelor's degree in Communication Studies with three minors in HR, Business Management, and Technical Sales Management. He has experience as an HR generalist as well as in recruiting, data analytics, and talent development. He exercises his strong passion and commitment for HR by volunteering in leadership positions for his MHR cohort, participating in local SHRM chapter activities, and taking on every HR-related experience opportunity that presents itself.

What words of advice and encouragement would you give to someone just starting out in HR?

Build a strong network with your local HR community. There are plenty of opportunities to get more exposure and experience in HR, you just have to find them!

Direct Deposit Authorization Form

Receiving paychecks quickly, automatically and digitally is very important to employees today. Employers need to ensure they have that option available for new hires, as well as a method to collect all the necessary information from employees in a direct deposit authorization form upon hire.

So what is a direct deposit authorization form? What should it include? And how do you go from receiving a filled out form to directly depositing employee paychecks into their bank accounts?
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Employee Handbook Acknowledgement

You’ve published an employee handbook. You announce and distribute it among your employees with high hopes that it will help keep your office safer and more compliant. But how will you ensure all of your employees read it, and how can you enforce company policy without the assurance that your employees are fully aware of them in the first place?

This is where an employee handbook acknowledgement form comes in. This form gives employers assurance that employees have read and understand the critical information in your employee handbook.

Without this form, your employee handbook will be nothing more than an optional guidebook, and its rules will be harder to enforce. So let’s talk about what an employee handbook acknowledgement form is, why it’s important, and how to draft one.
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New Hire Gifts

First impressions are important, especially when you’re hiring new employees. You want to make sure that new hires are walking into their workspace on their first day feeling welcomed, excited, and confident in their new job.

You’ve already vocally shared the company’s values and culture with your new hire, but how can you truly show off these values while they’re first getting started? How can you instill excitement and motivation in your new hires to help them hit the ground running and want to talk about their new job with their friends? Turns out there is one thing you can add to a new employee’s onboarding experience to help in all of these areas: new hire gifts!
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Welcome Packet

New employees have a lot to walk into on their first day. It’s common to feel “firehosed” with information through the interview process. And when the excitement subsides and they’re shown to their new desk for the first time, many new employees feel overwhelmed with questions they forgot to ask. To workers on their first day, the organization can feel like a labyrinth of teams, hierarchies, and hallways where they’ll inevitably get lost. To keep your new hires from floundering, as well as to help them hit the ground running and feel valued by their new employer, you want to make sure they’re aware of all the resources available to them. This is where welcome packets come in.
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