hiring, recruiting

How HR Onboarding Can Help the Whole Company

You don’t get a second chance at a first impression - it’s an old adage, but one that still rings true. When it comes to hiring new employees, they’ll only ever have one first day, week, month, and ...

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By HR Collaborative on Apr 19, 2018

hiring, recruiting

In the Process of Recruitment? 10 Common Mistakes to Avoid

Recruitment is a long process with a lot of moving parts, so it’s easy to see how mistakes happen. But when you’re trying to find the best person possible for a position, one misunderstanding could ...

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By HR Collaborative on Mar 28, 2018

hiring, recruiting

Should Your Business Leverage an HR Partner for Recruitment?

Hiring has long been seen as the responsibility of the human resources department, but more often than not, managing hiring strategies is only one of many hats worn by HR professionals, managers, and ...

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By HR Collaborative on Mar 20, 2018

hiring, recruiting

HR Tips: How to Write a Job Description

Recruiting and hiring new employees is a process that’s full of hard work. In comparison to interviews, job offers, and onboarding, writing a job description and posting may seem trivial and ...

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By HR Collaborative on Feb 22, 2018

Talent Management

Why Onboarding is Critical in Talent Acquisition

Imagine this: a company recently hired a new employee. On her first day, she comes in, receives some paperwork and meets her manager, and gets started. Her performance is shaky at first, but shows ...

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By HR Collaborative on Feb 15, 2018

Leadership, Talent Management

How Human Resources Development Can Prepare Tomorrow's Leaders

Six years ago, the oldest members of the Baby Boomer generation began reaching the traditional retirement age of 65. Due to many factors, people have been choosing to defer their retirement, but now, ...

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By HR Collaborative on Feb 8, 2018

Business and HR

Should Your Small Business Partner with an HR Provider?

The entrepreneurial spirit is an admirable thing: small business leaders are adaptive, they’re fast on their feet, open to innovation, and think critically. But even when they’re passionate about ...

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By HR Collaborative on Jan 5, 2018

Business and HR, Talent Management

5 Reasons Growing Companies Need HR Help

Small business growth is every entrepreneur’s dream, but with all the extra work to put in and logistics to consider, it can feel like a nightmare. When a company reaches a stage of rapid growth, ...

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By HR Collaborative on Dec 21, 2017

HR

Working in HR? Trends to Watch For in 2018

To say that this past year has been interesting for the field of human resources would be vastly understating it. For people working in HR, the events of 2017 have caused both headache and important ...

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By HR Collaborative on Dec 18, 2017

Employee Relations

On the Heels of Harvey

How do you prevent harassment in your workplace?

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By HR Collaborative on Dec 8, 2017

hiring, recruiting

How an Executive Search is Different for Nonprofits

Leadership changes can be frightening and stressful times for any organization, but for nonprofits, finding a new executive director can be especially difficult. With different budgets and governance ...

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By HR Collaborative on Dec 6, 2017

Business and HR

HR Factors to Consider When a Merger is at Stake

Mergers and acquisitions can generate very strong and very mixed feelings for everyone in a company. Excitement, anxiety, resistance, and enthusiasm are all valid, and could be felt to varying ...

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By HR Collaborative on Dec 4, 2017

HR

What is Strategic Human Resource Management?

Human Resources sometimes gets a bad rap for being the people who say “no.” True, part of HR’s responsibility in a company is to make sure that employees and management are complying with regulations ...

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By HR Collaborative on Nov 20, 2017

Leadership

The Right Leader for Non-profits

Managing the Leader’s Transition

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By HR Collaborative on Nov 20, 2017

grand rapids

What to Look For in a Grand Rapids Human Resources Provider

For businesses, it’s a good time to be in Grand Rapids. Data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the Grand Rapids metropolitan area was the fastest growing economy in the United ...

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By HR Collaborative on Nov 16, 2017

recruiting, Leadership

How Executive Search Consultants can Help Find Your Next Leader

One of the most important and daunting responsibilities of nonprofit governing boards is finding a new leader for the nonprofit organization. Your board must build consensus on what they need in a ...

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By HR Collaborative on Nov 14, 2017

HR

HR Tips for Office Social Media Management

As of September 2017, a jaw-dropping 30% of time spent online for all digital consumers is spent on social media websites. For employers, that number may be worrying. While social media use may seem ...

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By HR Collaborative on Nov 8, 2017

HR

HR Training Tips: 4 Danger Signs to Address in Employees

When you have a great team of employees, work is easier and more fun. Everything gets done a little faster, and the work environment feels fresh and exciting. Of course, this is the holy grail of a ...

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By HR Collaborative on Nov 2, 2017

How is Your Bench Strength?

Leading organizations, just like leading athletic teams, have solid depth of talent in their ranks. Be it a corner office or an offensive line, if you don’t have well-prepared team members in key ...

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By Julie Burmania on Oct 27, 2017

3 Questions Business Leaders Should Ask About HR

Business owners often don’t know what goes on behind the door to the human resources department. But the actions of your human resources team can have a huge effect on your company – positive and ...

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By Debbie Lockwood on Oct 24, 2017

HRC's Talent Management Tips: Should You Use Hiring Assessments?

For many employers, including hiring assessments in recruitment has helped to streamline the process by determining which applicants have the key skills for the job. The variety of assessments ...

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By HR Collaborative on Oct 11, 2017

Why Recruitment is a 2017 Talent Management Trend

2017 has proven to be an interesting year in the world of talent management! With many local economies on the rise, like ours in West Michigan, the job market has seen its fair share of new trends ...

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By HR Collaborative on Oct 9, 2017

The Difference Between Talent Management Services and Talent Acquisition

The phrases "Talent Acquisition" and "Talent Management" are often used interchangeably, despite the fact that they serve different purposes with regard to hiring and developing employees.

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By HR Collaborative on Oct 8, 2017

6 Tips to Help Improve Company Culture

In any company, a clearly defined business culture is crucial to the productivity of its employees. Without an easy-to-understand set of expectations, it can be difficult for people to work with one ...

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By HR Collaborative on Oct 4, 2017

The Top 4 HR Department Myths, Busted

You might hear a lot of things about what human resources is as well as what it isn’t, but how do you separate fact from fiction? What are HR professionals really trying to accomplish for your ...

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By HR Collaborative on Sep 27, 2017

Avoiding Recruitment Pitfalls

Recruitment is in full swing in the state of Michigan. In June 2017, Michigan’s jobless rate hit 3.8%. This is the lowest jobless rate Michigan has seen since way back in August 2000.

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By Debbie Lockwood on Sep 24, 2017

hiring

Why Your Entire Team Should Be Involved in the Hiring Process

For many years, the human resources team and the hiring manager managed the entire process of hiring new employees. It makes sense because they have to hire, train, and monitor the productivity of ...

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By HR Collaborative on Sep 20, 2017

Compliance, Business and HR

The Employee Handbook's Impact on Culture

We tend to look at employee handbooks as a book of rules. But it doesn’t have to be all about compliance. A handbook should be the tool that explains everything about the culture of an organization. ...

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By HR Collaborative on Sep 16, 2017

Culture

How to Encourage Job Retention With Today’s Millennial Workforce

Recent studies show that millennial workers of today are moving jobs more than ever, causing challenges for those invested in the future business planning and growth initiatives of an organization. ...

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By HR Collaborative on Sep 13, 2017

Talent Management

Performance Reviews Aren’t Dead

We’ve heard it all before: “Performance Evaluations are dead.” There are a lot of valid reasons; they take too long, they don’t actually change performance, and so on. But there are a lot of ...

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By HR Collaborative on Sep 5, 2017

Culture, Talent Management

How a Commitment to Lifelong Learning Impacts Performance

If you log onto Facebook around the country in the coming days, you’ll see picture after picture of elementary to high school students heading off for their first day of school. It’s a fun and ...

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By HR Collaborative on Sep 1, 2017

Leadership

Leadership in a VUCA World

“If we want things to stay as they are, everything will have to change.”

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By HR Collaborative on Aug 30, 2017

Leadership

5 Tips to Help Motivate Your Leadership Team

You have a leadership team with tremendous potential, but maybe you’ve noticed they may have gone a bit stagnant in growing and developing as leaders. You might be thinking you need to find some new ...

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By HR Collaborative on Aug 28, 2017

If HR Is the Magic Pill, Why Aren't More Businesses Swallowing It?

The role of HR in business has never gotten as much attention as it does today. Oh sure, business researchers and consultants have been touting the importance of management since the beginning of the ...

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By HR Collaborative on Aug 21, 2017

Business and HR

HR and Finance are Finally Working Together (And Why That’s a Good Thing)

If you talk to your HR department and ask them what the key component of business success is, they’ll likely respond with “the people.” Head on over to the finance team, and they might also agree ...

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By HR Collaborative on Aug 17, 2017

HR, Culture

The Impact HR Services Can Have on Company Culture

If you talk with anyone in talent recruitment these days, they’ll tell you one of the leading conversations they have with both applicants and business leaders alike centers around the importance of ...

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By HR Collaborative on Aug 10, 2017

Employee Relations, recruiting

People Leave Jobs, Too

As I scrolled through my LinkedIn feed this morning I saw a post I’ve probably seen a thousand times… I’m sure you’ve seen the one. “People don’t leave jobs, they leave bosses.” I can’t be the only ...

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By Kevin Johnson on Aug 8, 2017

Leadership

Who is Your Frances Frei?

Uber’s been in the news a lot lately. And not in a good way. Seems some employees have expressed concern about improper behavior - most notably sexual harassment. Business people everywhere are ...

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By Beth Kelly on Aug 3, 2017

How Our Team Can Build You the Best Team

When you think of HR companies, your first thought is probably along the lines of the payroll process and the implementation of the handbook policies. And while HR Collaborative is happy to help with ...

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By HR Collaborative on Aug 1, 2017

Does Your Startup Need HR Services?

As the owner of a bustling startup business, you have a lot on your plate. You’re responsible for maintaining the sales, service delivery, support, and the talent search you need to grow and scale. ...

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By HR Collaborative on Jul 25, 2017

compensation plan

Simple Start to Compensation Planning

I have the unique opportunity to help clients with their compensation planning. Far too many companies make it harder than it needs to be and I like to approach their problem with goals of keeping it ...

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By Deborah Phillips on Jul 20, 2017

HR Training Tips: 4 Laws Every CFO Should Know

As a busy CFO, you understand your pivotal role in bringing business success to life through the alignment of business strategy with finance. Achieving this alignment probably involves frequent ...

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By HR Collaborative on Jul 18, 2017

hiring, hr training

The Biggest HR Issues in a Changing Workplace

By 2020, Millennials are expected to be 50% of the workforce, and by 2025 that number will be 75%. This is a generation who grew up with technology, have become social warriors and desire jobs that ...

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By Sample HubSpot User on Jul 5, 2017

hiring, hr training

Can I Fire Someone Today?

There is no right time to fire someone, but there is a right way. Or, at the very least, there are ways to avoid doing it wrong. Doing it wrong can have dire/expensive consequences, and many ...

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By Sample HubSpot User on Jun 30, 2017

hiring

What Positions Should I Fill?

Starting or building a business can be a challenge. Deciding which positions can help you build that business can be even more of a challenge. Each hire depends on a number of factors and the ...

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By Sample HubSpot User on Jun 15, 2017

Uncategorized

COMPLIANCE ALERT: New I-9 forms

As of January 22, 2017, employers will be required to use the new I-9 form for all new hires, found on the U.S. Citizens and Immigration Services (USCIS) website. The I-9 form is used to verify if ...

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By hannah on Jan 25, 2017

Uncategorized

Assessing Assessments

Hiring decisions can be a nerve-wracking choice for many organizations, especially once you have conducted your interviews and narrowed it down to your top candidates. After all, so much can depend ...

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By hannah on Jan 24, 2017

Uncategorized

QSEHRA: Big Gift for Small Employers

Are you a small employer (less than 50 full-time employees, including full-time equivalent employees)? Would you like to get out of the “business of healthcare” as it relates to selecting what ...

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By hannah on Dec 22, 2016

Compliance

BREAKING: Federal judge hits pause on overtime provisions

11/23/2016 - A federal judge has granted a preliminary injunction blocking the Department of Labor’s new FLSA provisions that would have raised the salary threshold for overtime exemptions from ...

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By hannah on Nov 23, 2016

Compliance, FLSA, webinar

HRC teams up with SBAM for Webinar

Kym Hess and Nancy Johnson from HR Collaborative are teaming up with the Small Business Association of Michigan to present a webinar about the new FLSA regulations. They will be exploring the ...

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By hannah on Sep 13, 2016

Compliance, FLSA, duties test

FLSA: The deadline is closer than you think!

Time really has flown by! It seems like just yesterday we HR geeks were waiting for the FLSA changes to be announced. Now there’s only about 3 months until the deadline. If you haven’t analyzed the ...

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By hannah on Aug 18, 2016

Employee Relations, HR

Pokémon Go in the workplace?

Lisa Cooper spoke with the Grand Rapids Business journal about the popular game Pokémon Go.

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By hannah on Aug 1, 2016

Compliance, FLSA, HR, duties test

The Duties Test

The exempt salary threshold may be getting all the press, but the duties test is just as important to determine your employee’s exempt status. HR Collaborative has teamed up with the Small Business ...

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By hannah on Jul 27, 2016

grand rapids, recruiting, west michigan

Recruiting in a Candidate's Market

If you’re the kind of person who follows economic news in Grand Rapids like the HR geeks here at HRC, you’ve probably noticed a lot of positivity around West Michigan. Grand Rapids and Holland are ...

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By hannah on Jul 5, 2016

Uncategorized

HR Collaborative Renovation

Our office in the Riverview Center is getting a face lift!

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By hannah on Jun 10, 2016

Uncategorized

GRBJ spoke to HR Collaborative's Beth Kelly

Beth spoke to the Grand Rapids Business Journal about how the new overtime rules may affect your business.

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By hannah on May 31, 2016

Uncategorized

FLSA Update

This week was an exciting time for the HR geeks. You may have heard - the Department of Labor released the final regulations on the changes in exempt and non-exempt status. We (the HR geeks) were ...

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By hannah on May 20, 2016

Uncategorized

Upcoming Webinar to Feature HRC Business Partner

HR Collaborative Business Partner Kym Hess will be discussing the changing workforce in an upcoming webinar series presented by the Michigan Chamber of Commerce. The two-part ‘Generations Webinar ...

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By hannah on Oct 12, 2015

Uncategorized

Great Place to Work Guest Post

Beth Kelly wrote a guest post on greatplacetowork.com

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By lindsey on Sep 3, 2015

Uncategorized

The EE Gap featured on GRBJ

Grand Rapids Business Journal did a great write up on Beth Kelly's book, The EE Gap: Human Resources for Small Business Success" which is available on Amazon.

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By emerson on Sep 1, 2015

Uncategorized

Beth Kelly Presents at the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce

IS HIRING TALENT A PART OF YOUR BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY?

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By Michael Hartung on Aug 4, 2015