The Value of Paid Time Off, Open Office Space Distractions, and more
Survey Says Employees Value Paid Time Off More Than a Higher Salary
A recent survey conducted by time-tracking software company TSheets found that 63 percent of survey respondents would decline a job offer that included no paid time off (PTO) – no matter what the salary. While Inc. reports that 70 percent of workers did not use all of their PTO last year, survey participants cited comfort in the fact that the PTO was available to them “just in case”.
Open Office Space Distractions
ABC News reports that today more than 70 percent of American workers spend their workday in an open office space. Touted for fostering collaborative environments, open work spaces have also been criticized for the distractions they bring. ABC News points to not just the trouble caused by noise you can hear, but also “visual noise” that can be caused by movements of co-workers, bright walls, or the desk clutter of a neighbor.
Equipping “First Responders” to Handle Harassment Disclosures
While HR professionals are usually equipped to handle harassment disclosures, often times the individual receiving an initial harassment complaint is someone without any HR background, such as a manager, owner, or even a board member. JD Supra advises employers to train “non-HR” people on how to respond to the initial complaint, how to remain neutral until the investigation is completed, and how to practice consistency.
The Importance of Documenting Employee Discipline
The employment law arm of Pullman & Comley recently outlined their tips for documenting employee discipline issues, cautioning employers that “more cases are won and lost due to documentation (or lack there of) than any other factor”. The list advises employers to be consistent, request the employee review and sign all documentation, and set clear goals and objectives for the employee.
The Affordable Care Act – Now What?
This week we learned that the latest plans to replace or amend the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are, at the very least, on hold indefinitely. As a result, the ACA will likely remain in place and unchanged for the coming months. So, what does this mean for your business?
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