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The Complete List of 2024 Federal Holidays for Businesses

The Complete List of 2024 Federal Holidays for Businesses

Every year, employers will make decisions about which days to grant employees time off. A great starting point is to understand the federal holiday schedule. Federal holidays are days where government offices and banks are closed. Employers will often grant these days off to employees.
Product News
Introducing Eddy + Employee Navigator: Streamlined Benefits Administration

Introducing Eddy + Employee Navigator: Streamlined Benefits Administration

We are excited to announce the completion of Eddy’s integration with Employee Navigator’s Benefits Administration system. This integration modernizes benefits administration and streamlines work for both employers and brokers by automating the time-consuming manual work to maintain separate systems in sync.
HR for Small Businesses
Celebrating International HR Day

Celebrating International HR Day

HR Strategy & Impact
Employee Turnover, Attrition, and Retention: Strategies for a Sustainable Workforce

Employee Turnover, Attrition, and Retention: Strategies for a Sustainable Workforce

Employee turnover, attrition, and retention are important indicators of an business's health and operational efficiency. This post answers questions and provides strategies to help you manage employee turnover and retention for long-term success.
HR Best Practices
10 Inspiring HR Quotes To Take On 2024

10 Inspiring HR Quotes To Take On 2024

Quotes are often a great source of inspiration, and when it comes to the year 2024, we think everyone could use a little pick-me-up! Here are 10 HR quotes that we found helped us think more introspectively, and get excited about the rest of the year.
Product Updates
Eddy + Checkr: Simplify Background Checks

Eddy + Checkr: Simplify Background Checks

We’re excited to announce a partnership with Checkr that enables streamlined background check ordering from within Eddy. Checkr is the leading provider of background check technology.
Product Updates
Pay-as-you go Workers Compensation Insurance now available with Eddy Payroll

Pay-as-you go Workers Compensation Insurance now available with Eddy Payroll

We’re excited to offer workers comp insurance because payroll and workers comp are deeply intertwined: most states require workers comp insurance as soon as an employer hires their first employee, and insurance premiums are calculated at least in part using payroll amounts.
HR Strategy & Impact
The 11 HR Best Practices You Need to Follow in 2024

The 11 HR Best Practices You Need to Follow in 2024

While many HR best practices are tried and tested principles that have been around for ages, some things are changing in the year 2024. The lingering effects of a global pandemic have and will continue to change the way we work. Read this list to get your company aligned with the best HR practices of 2024.
HR Strategy & Impact
10 Ways to Improve New Employee Onboarding in 2024

10 Ways to Improve New Employee Onboarding in 2024

Improvements to your new employee onboarding process can be one of the most important investments you make in your business. By making the changes we recommend in this article, you’ll see employees stay at your company longer, be more productive, and be more engaged than ever before. Following this process will make all the time and effort you spend on your hiring process worthwhile.
HR Best Practices
The HR Professional’s Guide to Setting Boundaries at Work

The HR Professional’s Guide to Setting Boundaries at Work

Without a clear start and end to the work day, many employees—and HR professionals, in particular—are working longer hours and putting themselves at risk for burnout. Here’s how to get time back in your day—for you.
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HR Best Practices
7 New Year’s Resolutions HR Pros Actually Plan to Keep This Year

7 New Year’s Resolutions HR Pros Actually Plan to Keep This Year

Resolving to learn, grow, or find balance in your HR career this year? Here are seven New Year’s resolutions you’ll actually want to stick to.
HR Best Practices
Holiday Gift Guide: 20 Gifts HR Professionals Will Actually Want This Year

Holiday Gift Guide: 20 Gifts HR Professionals Will Actually Want This Year

Looking for the perfect present for your HR colleague? Here are 20 gifts that will show your gratitude this holiday season.
HR Best Practices
How to Show Gratitude to Your Employees During the Holiday Season: 5 Ways to Get Started

How to Show Gratitude to Your Employees During the Holiday Season: 5 Ways to Get Started

Thanksgiving is a great reminder of the importance of gratitude. Here’s how and why organizations can promote a culture of gratitude towards employees—during the holidays and always.
HR Best Practices
Hiring Veterans: A Guide to Attracting Military Talent to Your Small Business

Hiring Veterans: A Guide to Attracting Military Talent to Your Small Business

Employing veterans at your small business fosters a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace. Here are four ways to focus your recruitment efforts to attract and hire veterans—on Veterans Day and every day.
Culture
How to Create an Employee Recognition Program (With Ideas)

How to Create an Employee Recognition Program (With Ideas)

Employee recognition programs are one of the driving forces of a successful employee culture. Recognizing an employee for their hard work decreases turnover and increases an employee’s loyalty and engagement. The world of employee recognition programs can be confusing and overwhelming, so we broke it down to help you understand what it takes to get a program up and running for your company.
HR Software
Employee Onboarding Documents for New Hires

Employee Onboarding Documents for New Hires

Hiring a new employee is about finding the best person for the right job—but after you’ve picked the perfect hire, a mountain of paperwork stands between you and getting the new employee to work. Productivity comes after you’ve got all the proper new hire documents filled out and in place as part of the onboarding process.
HR Best Practices
The Ultimate New Employee Paperwork Checklist

The Ultimate New Employee Paperwork Checklist

When it comes to new employee paperwork, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. How can you know which documents are required to be signed and which are optional? How many forms should your new employees complete before they’re ready to work? What paperwork is the most important? All of these questions are answered as you dive into our new employee paperwork checklist.
HR Best Practices
The Great HR Resignation: 3 Signs It’s Time to Quit Your HR Gig

The Great HR Resignation: 3 Signs It’s Time to Quit Your HR Gig

It’s easy to focus on everyone else’s needs and neglect your own when taking care of people is at the core of what you do. Recognize the signs that it’s time to leave and don’t be afraid to look for something better.
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HR Strategy & Impact
Big on Education, but Low on Budget? Get Started Fostering a Culture of Learning with These 8 Ideas

Big on Education, but Low on Budget? Get Started Fostering a Culture of Learning with These 8 Ideas

You don’t need a lot of money to create an education assistance program at your small business. Here are 8 ideas to help you get started, no matter your budget.
HR Strategy & Impact
Women Leaders Bear the Brunt of ‘Office Housework’. Here’s Why You Should Compensate Them for It.

Women Leaders Bear the Brunt of ‘Office Housework’. Here’s Why You Should Compensate Them for It.

Office housework is essential to a company’s success and well-being, but the work itself often goes unpaid and unrecognized. Here’s how to make the work visible—and reward the employees who perform it.
HR Strategy & Impact
How to Attract and Retain Your Millennial Talent (When 33% Are Thinking of Quitting)

How to Attract and Retain Your Millennial Talent (When 33% Are Thinking of Quitting)

A recent study revealed one third of millennials plan to quit their jobs and take a career break. Here’s how to keep your people engaged—and attract new talent that’s on the move.
Work from Home
Combat Your Employees’ WFH Paranoia: 3 Ways to Get Started

Combat Your Employees’ WFH Paranoia: 3 Ways to Get Started

In a remote work world, silence is… grueling. Help your employees overcome WFH paranoia so they can continue doing their best work.
HR Strategy & Impact
Switching Payroll Providers: Six things to do

Switching Payroll Providers: Six things to do

Switching payroll companies can seem like a daunting task, but with the right knowledge and help, the payroll provider transition can be a smooth one.
HR Software
What is an HRIS, and Why Do I Need One?

What is an HRIS, and Why Do I Need One?

You may have heard of an HRIS, but what is an HRIS? What does it stand for? And why are HRIS systems important? Good questions, Keep reading and we’ll answer them.
HR Best Practices
Talking Smack on Slack? You Can Get Fired for That. (Plus 3 Lessons for HR)

Talking Smack on Slack? You Can Get Fired for That. (Plus 3 Lessons for HR)

Should HR help employees be smarter about workplace digital communication? Why is holding employees responsible for communication so important? We answer these questions, and more, following the termination of badly behaved employees at Netflix.
HR Strategy & Impact
The Great Reshuffling: Why Your Top Talent is on the Move and How You Can Win Them Back

The Great Reshuffling: Why Your Top Talent is on the Move and How You Can Win Them Back

As the economy reopens, your employees are likely eyeing new job opportunities. And even if they’re not, your competitors might try to poach them. Here’s how to keep your people happy during The Great (talent) Reshuffling.
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HR Best Practices
The July 1st Minimum Wage Increase—Everything You Need to Know

The July 1st Minimum Wage Increase—Everything You Need to Know

Many states and cities across the US are scheduled to raise their minimum wages on July 1, 2021. Although HR departments are looking forward to giving good news, the increases will also trigger changes in payroll and budget, some more complicated than others. Below are 6 tips to help you get through your next minimum wage increase.
HR Best Practices
16 SMART Goals for HR Professionals in 2024

16 SMART Goals for HR Professionals in 2024

SMART goals have helped people achieve success for decades, but it’s time to upgrade them by adding “data-driven” into the mix. Here are 16 ideas for data-driven SMART goals for HR professionals in 2024.
HR Strategy & Impact
Fostering Diversity and Inclusion in Small Businesses: 9 Ways to Get Started

Fostering Diversity and Inclusion in Small Businesses: 9 Ways to Get Started

Supporting a culture of inclusion looks different in a small company, but helping your people feel like they belong matters just as much. Here’s how to ensure your company is fostering inclusion—on Pride Day and every day.
HR Strategy & Impact
What Amazon Prime Day Can Teach HR About How (Not) To Retain Employees

What Amazon Prime Day Can Teach HR About How (Not) To Retain Employees

During times of increased demand, do your HR policies support your employees—or abandon them? Here’s how to treat your people right so they stay, even when times are tough.
HR Best Practices
3 Ways to Attract New Employees During a Labor Shortage

3 Ways to Attract New Employees During a Labor Shortage

With the pandemic waning, businesses across the U.S are up against a new challenge: a nationwide labor shortage. Here’s what your company can do to attract the best talent amidst this new crisis.
HR Strategy & Impact
How Does Diversity Impact Employee Retention?

How Does Diversity Impact Employee Retention?

A workplace that fully values every type of person is more likely to attract and retain a variety of employees. Respect and acceptance are universal principles that all people appreciate, and we need to see them in the culture of our workplace. Even if only one group is disadvantaged or hurt systemically, that can hurt the morale of other people who see it happening—as long as they have any human empathy.
HR Software
Everything You Need to Know About HR SaaS

Everything You Need to Know About HR SaaS

As the world of business grows more complicated and more competitive, it’s never been more important to have great software tools at your disposal. HR SaaS companies are creating products and features that help HR professionals better manage their people, payroll, and HR processes. Learn how HR SaaS is changing the way businesses operate.
HR Strategy & Impact
Top Recommendations for Candidate Screening

Top Recommendations for Candidate Screening

Hiring the right person for the right job is crucial for any growing business. But screening and evaluating candidates can take up a significant amount of time for an HR professional, especially if your company is hiring for several positions at once. Often, resumes alone aren’t a good enough guide for determining who to interview.
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HR Software
Understanding Your Pay Stub — How to Make Sense of a Paycheck

Understanding Your Pay Stub — How to Make Sense of a Paycheck

Personal finance starts with understanding your paycheck. Why is it less than I thought it’d be? What are all these deductions and withholdings? Understanding your pay stub and getting clear on the taxes and payroll deductions you face will prepare you for a better financial future.
HR Leaders
Why Is Human Resources Important?

Why Is Human Resources Important?

Why is human resources important? Discover the role and purpose of the human resources team, and how a strong department can benefit your small business.
Culture
8 Employee Engagement Ideas That Actually Work

8 Employee Engagement Ideas That Actually Work

Employee engagement is one of the key metrics in the world of business. Without an engaged workforce, you run the risk of higher turnover, lower productivity, lower workplace satisfaction, lower customer satisfaction, and a drop in employee happiness. Getting engagement right changes all of this. Here are 8 ideas that actually work.
HR Best Practices
How to Create a New Hire Onboarding Packet

How to Create a New Hire Onboarding Packet

Few things make a bigger difference in new hire onboarding than the creation of an onboarding packet. With an onboarding packet, you’re able to organize all your tasks, paperwork, and assignments and monitor it’s progress. We not only share the secrets behind what a good onboarding packet looks like, but we also provide a downloadable template for you to use and re-use as you go.
Culture
How 5 Companies Build Culture Through Great Employee Experience

How 5 Companies Build Culture Through Great Employee Experience

Have you ever wondered what some of the world’s best companies do to build their culture and enhance their employees’ experience? Well, we did the research and we’re excited to share the results. Take an in-depth look at companies like Patagonia, Basecamp, Hubspot, Zappos, and even Eddy to learn how these companies are building their culture.
HR Best Practices
20 Questions to Ask When Conducting Reference Check Interviews

20 Questions to Ask When Conducting Reference Check Interviews

Reference checking is a key part of the hiring process. When done correctly, a reference check interview can reveal critical information about a job candidate. This article will help you understand what your goals for each interview should be and what questions you can ask to accomplish those goals.
HR Strategy & Impact
The 7 Step Process For Managing Underperforming Employees

The 7 Step Process For Managing Underperforming Employees

Being a great manager can be challenging when everything is going right, and can be down right difficult when things are going wrong. Learning how to manage underperforming employees is a great skill to help you level up. By applying our simple, seven-step process, you’ll be on your way to management stardom.
HR Software
The Top 4 Reasons to Change Your Payroll Provider

The Top 4 Reasons to Change Your Payroll Provider

When it comes to choosing a payroll provider, there is so much more than just running payroll. Unfortunately, many business owners rush to choose the provider without considering many alternatives. Learn more about the four reasons you should consider making a change.
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HR Best Practices
How to Create an Effective Employee Bonus Plan

How to Create an Effective Employee Bonus Plan

One of the most effective ways to increase the productivity and motivation of your employees is to incentivize them with a bonus program. This article walks you through how to create an effective employee bonus plan, and what you need to consider to make it work.
HR for Small Businesses
How to Write a Job Rejection Email to a Candidate

How to Write a Job Rejection Email to a Candidate

Writing a good job rejection email is a key part of the candidate experience. Your hiring process is not complete if you aren’t keeping all your candidates in the loop. Use these four tricks to write rejection emails like some of the world’s best companies.
HR Software
The 20 Best Software Tools For Small Businesses

The 20 Best Software Tools For Small Businesses

Running a small business can be challenging, but software is able to eliminate some of the stress, headache, and hassle. Whether you need to manage your finances, increase sales and marketing efforts, stay on top of human resources, or communicate internally with your team, there are software tools built for small businesses that make these tasks easier.
HR for Small Businesses
How the HR Department Generates Revenue for the Business

How the HR Department Generates Revenue for the Business

The HR department is no longer considered a cost center, but a revenue generator. HR leaders are making key strategic decisions that have clear, positive, financial implications for the business. The best HR departments are attracting top talent, building company culture, and placing employees in the best position to succeed, all of which add to the company’s bottom line.
HR Strategy & Impact
How to Get Into Human Resources

How to Get Into Human Resources

The field of human resources is attracting more and more talent each and every year. It has been identified as one of the fastest-growing and most fulfilling jobs in the world of business, and new-comers without a traditional background are trying to find a way into the industry. Here are some tips and tricks on how to get into human resources.
HR Best Practices
3 HR Trends That Are Changing the Way We Do Business

3 HR Trends That Are Changing the Way We Do Business

There are 3 major HR trends brought on by COVID19 that are absolutely changing the way we do business. Working from home, an increased focus on employee engagement, and a company’s ability to leverage the freelance economy are all becoming more critical to the modern business. We breakdown how to incorporate these trends into your company strategy.
HR Leaders
116 Best Job Interview Questions to Ask Job Candidates

116 Best Job Interview Questions to Ask Job Candidates

Hiring is hard. Not knowing the right questions to ask during the job interview makes it even harder. Because we know how difficult it can be to ask the right job interview questions, we took the time to put together a list of over 100 questions you can ask to find the right job candidate!
HR Best Practices
The Minimum Wage in Every State in America 2020

The Minimum Wage in Every State in America 2020

Although there is a mandated federal minimum wage, many states require employers to pay employees at different rates. If you run a business across state lines, or are just making sure you’re up-to-date with your local regulations, check out this complete list of minimum wage requirements in every state.
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HR Leaders
9 Reasons Why HR Managers Love Their Jobs

9 Reasons Why HR Managers Love Their Jobs

We’ve spent time speaking to hundreds of HR managers over the last three years, and we’ve learned a lot about what they like and don’t like about their work. Here we summarize the nine reasons HR managers love their job and why so many people are flocking to the profession.
HR Strategy & Impact
5 Keys to Creating an Accrual-Based PTO Policy

5 Keys to Creating an Accrual-Based PTO Policy

Before creating an accrual-based PTO policy you’ll want to focus on five key components: Accrual frequency, accrual amount, milestones, max balance, and carry-over limit. By understanding each of these keys, you’ll be able to build the paid time off plan that is best suited for the needs of your organization.
Work from Home
Nailing the Virtual Job Interview - How Top Candidates are Getting it Right

Nailing the Virtual Job Interview - How Top Candidates are Getting it Right

With many companies laying off or furloughing workers, there are millions of unemployed people competing for a relatively small number of job openings. To make things even more complex, most of the interviewing process is now done virtually, an adjustment job seekers need to prepare for.
HR Leaders
8 Must-Read Books For HR Managers in 2023

8 Must-Read Books For HR Managers in 2023

We know how hard it is to curate a book list, so we went ahead and did it for you. If you’re looking for inspiration, motivation, and transformation for 2023, then check out our recommendations! We’ve compiled a strong list of eight books that we believe are must-reads for HR managers in 2023.
HR Best Practices
What Does Paid in Arrears Mean?

What Does Paid in Arrears Mean?

What does paid in arrears mean? Are there any benefits to paying employees in arrears? How does paying employees in arrears affect my payroll calculations? Keep reading for answers to these and more questions.
HR Strategy & Impact
The Shift to Strategic HR - A Guide for HR Professionals

The Shift to Strategic HR - A Guide for HR Professionals

HR has traditionally been the epicenter of administrative tasks. But as technology automates and simplifies many of these tasks, the HR leaders of tomorrow will be expected to make a shift to strategic HR. They’ll help businesses solve difficult problems through data and process development.
HR Strategy & Impact
Creating the Best Paid Time Off Policy for Your Company

Creating the Best Paid Time Off Policy for Your Company

When it comes to creating the best paid time off policy for your company, you need to first gather details about your options. Here we break down four types of policies that you should consider before you decide a PTO plan for your business.
HR Strategy & Impact
10 Talks HR Leaders Should Watch

10 Talks HR Leaders Should Watch

Sometimes it’s easier to listen than it is to read. If you’re looking for motivation or ideas on how to improve your company, work environment, or culture, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve carefully curated an awesome list of amazing speeches delivered by leadership experts. You’ll find all 10 videos embedded into the article to make your viewing experience seamless.
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HR Best Practices
How to Create an Employee Engagement Survey

How to Create an Employee Engagement Survey

Engaged employees are more happy, productive, and invested in their work. But do you know which of your employees are engaged? We’ll teach you how to create an employee engagement survey, give you 25 questions to ask, and help you understand what to do with the results.
Culture
The Do’s and Don’ts of Scheduling Meetings

The Do’s and Don’ts of Scheduling Meetings

Scheduling a meeting is such a simple concept, but more often than not, it’s done wrong. The way you schedule the meeting matters. Who you invite (or choose not to invite) matters even more. And if you want that meeting to be productive, then prepping your participants for the conversation is as important as the conversation itself. Take a dive into the do’s and don’ts of meetings.
Culture
All Hands on Deck - A Guide to Successful All Hands Meetings

All Hands on Deck - A Guide to Successful All Hands Meetings

All Hands on Deck meetings are a great way to communicate company goals, vision, and mission to employees. They’re also a useful tool for celebrating your organization’s accomplishments along the way. Running a successful All Hands meeting can be a powerful tool in strengthening company culture and improving trust and transparency.
HR Strategy & Impact
PPP Loans and the 75/25 Rule

PPP Loans and the 75/25 Rule

Now that PPP loans are being issued, a common question facing small business owners is how do I ensure that my loan is forgiven? The number one step towards a forgivable loan starts with an understanding of the 75/25 rule.
Work from Home
4 Tips on How to Be a Good Manager While Working From Home

4 Tips on How to Be a Good Manager While Working From Home

There’s no way you could have prepared for the challenge of managing a team, from home, during a global pandemic, and yet, here we are. Hopefully by following these tips, the experience will be a little more cheerful, productive, and motivating for you and the members of your team. Good management is needed more than ever.
HR Best Practices
6 Keys to Manage and Calculate Employee Bonuses

6 Keys to Manage and Calculate Employee Bonuses

Administering and calculating employee bonuses effectively is a great way to motivate and reward employees. Here are 6 keys to doing it well.
HR Best Practices
What is the Cost of Onboarding a New Hire?

What is the Cost of Onboarding a New Hire?

The cost of onboarding a new hire is shockingly expensive. There are some obvious costs and some obscure ones. This article and onboarding cost calculator lays them all out.
HR Best Practices
6 Things to Keep in Mind When Building an HR Department

6 Things to Keep in Mind When Building an HR Department

As a startup or small business you probably have a game plan for product development, market penetration, and marketing initiatives, but what’s your game plan for Human Relations? Here’s the ground-up HR game plan for startups and small businesses.
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Creating a Paid Time Off (PTO) Policy for your small business

Creating a Paid Time Off (PTO) Policy for your small business

Everybody loves the adage, “Work hard, play hard.” Not only is this a fun way to live, but building this lifestyle into your company culture is a great way to attract top talent and keep your current employees happy and productive. In the workplace, “Work hard, play hard” goes by a different name — PTO.
HR Best Practices
Is it Time to Hire an HR Professional?

Is it Time to Hire an HR Professional?

HR may be the most underappreciated role in a business, but the role is huge. As a tiny startup, a full-time HR manager may not be necessary, but when will it be? The short answer is, later than you may think. Let’s talk about why you may not need an HR pro yet, and when you probably should consider hiring one.
Culture
How to Throw an Office Thanksgiving Party

How to Throw an Office Thanksgiving Party

Is there anything better than having two Thanksgiving meals? The employees at Tesani don’t think so! Here’s how we throw a “Friendsgiving” party.
Culture
How Eddy Hosts Spirit Week

How Eddy Hosts Spirit Week

Remember how in grade school you got to show your school pride during spirit week? Well, we brought this old tradition to the workplace! Having a workplace spirit week is a good company culture filler when you have a dead spot in the year with no events happening. At Eddy, a Tesani company, we do spring, fall, and Christmas spirit weeks because employees love it that much.
Culture
Top 9 Mistakes that CEO's Make

Top 9 Mistakes that CEO's Make

I know it's crazy to say, but your CEO is a human too. Your CEO makes mistakes and sometimes those cause big problems. Here are 9 mistakes to help you avoid those.