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Hops and HR: Does my Craft Brewery Need an Employee Handbook?
In February 2019, Florida had 348 craft breweries.  Seven new breweries opened in February 2019, and there are many, many products to choose from.  So, your craft beer operation is humming along and employees are busy building a great brand and delicious product.  The workplace has great energy, and employees are mostly getting along together. ...
Hops and HR: Florida Craft Breweries Have Options
  Whether your brewery is a start-up, or well-established and growing, how you handle human resources is a key aspect of business success.  Your workforce supports your brand.  Craft breweries are popping up all over Florida, and enjoying great success.  Each brewpub and product has its own unique value proposition and niche to squeeze into...
When are “Work from Home” injuries covered by Florida Workers’ Compensation?
More and more employers are permitting employees to work from home, for some or all of their work week.   This raises the potential of home-related injuries being claimed by injured employees under the Florida Workers’ Compensation Act, even though the employer has no control over the home-based office space of the employee.  What are th...
Keeping a Remote Workforce Connected
How can you improve your company’s employment experience when your employees are not located in a shared centralized environment? Whether your workers are out on construction sites, dispatched on a daily schedule of customer visits, working from home, or staffing client locations, the challenge is the same: how to create a unified and satisfy...
Live Your Company Culture
Walking the talk.  A Deloitte survey showed that 84% of senior leaders thought they were regularly communicating the company’s beliefs and values …  however, only 67% of employees felt that was true.  There was another gap between executives and employees who believed that senior leadership acted in accordance with the company’s core v...
Employee Engagement for Small Business
There are some occupations  — astronaut, surgeon, or prima ballerina, for example —  in which people rarely succeed without being rocket-fueled by commitment and passion … and it is unlikely that their employers spend much time worrying about their level of “engagement.”  But I think it is probably safe to say that most...
Ten Step January Checklist for HR Fitness
BRING IT, 2019!   As we resume our normal work schedules, with the holidays behind us and all the local gyms at full capacity, it’s time to apply a little extra New Year’s energy and resolve to our HR practices.  From updating HR forms to adding up injury numbers, here is a ten step HR Fitness......
Exit Interviews and Why You Should Be Doing Them
A Google search of “exit interviews” will yield no shortage of articles questioning their value … not to mention some hard core detractors advocating that employees refuse to participate in them, such as this blog from tech industry commentator Alex Holderness.  While it is true that the concept of the exit interview carries some...
2019 Florida Minimum Wage Increase
Don’t Forget – Workplace Posters Must Be Updated! On October 24, 2018, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity announced that the 2019 Florida minimum wage will be increased from $8.25 to $8.46 per hour, effective January 1, 2019. The agency is mandated to calculate a minimum wage rate each year based on the percentage increase.....
Must Love Dogs … or, How to Retain Talent in a Pet Crazy Culture
With unemployment at a 17 year low, employers are reawakening to the need for effective talent retention strategies.  One of the hottest trends in corporate perks recognizes the astounding level of devotion American workers have for their furry, four-legged companions.  No matter what your budget, there are options for your company to offer anima...
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