HR Elements

These articles include the latest news and information on benefits and human resources industry trends.

Is it Time for Unlimited Time Off?

While more and more perks are about employee health, wellness, and happiness, they ultimately are also designed to keep workers at work. A recent article in Quartz at Work points out that more than anything, employees want more time off and out of the office. Unlimited time off, to be exact.

HHS Releases Bulletin that Extends Grandmothered Plans Through 2020

As background, in the fall of 2013, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced a transitional relief program that allowed state insurance departments to permit early renewal at the end of 2013 of individual and small group policies that do not meet the “market reform” requirements of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) and for the policies to remain in force until their new renewal date in late 2014.

Ready to Spark Joy in Your Office?

The hit Netflix show “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo” has set off a wave of house organization, purging, and general tidying. Many thrift stores and donation centers report being overwhelmed with bags and boxes of items recently filling American’s homes. What, though, of the workplace? Should a similar wave of de-cluttering and cleaning be happening at desks and in cubicles across the country?

In Pursuit of a Better Meeting

Groans and sighs often greet the ping of a meeting invite hitting an inbox. While it may be impossible to make meetings more fun than the office holiday party, it is possible to lessen the dread, increase morale, and improve the results of a meeting.

4 Ways to Help Employees Keep Their Resolution

As we ring in 2019, there are plenty of resolutions being made and likely already broken. Inc. Magazine’s list of the ten most common resolutions doesn't contain too many surprises.

Gen Z is Coming. Is Your Workplace Ready?

While it may feel like businesses are still reeling from adapting to the working millennial, the next generation is already knocking on the HR door. The Society for Human Resource Management went straight to a 16-year old source to see what is on the workplace horizon.

Some Companies Going Above and Beyond to Support Mothers and Fathers

Many companies are opting to create innovative and forward-thinking ways to support working parents and, in some cases, companies are blazing the trail ahead of state or federal legislation. There's no mandated federal parental-leave policy to follow, many employers are opting to craft their own.

Are Employers Smart to Deal with Student Debt?

In recent decades, a college education has become accessible to more Americans than ever before. Since most families or individuals can’t write a check for a full year’s tuition, student loans are one way to finance that attractive education. Students loans are often touted as “good debt,” worthwhile money spent that, with low interest rates and career advances, can improve credit and long-term earning prospects.

Make Your Employer Brand More Purposeful

Branding is big news. Beyond hoping to boost sales and profits through consumer-facing brands, branding is also a critical component for companies in their roles as employers. As budgets are being made and communications planned for 2019, there are steps big and small you can take to make employer branding a priority for your team in the new year.

Culture Questions

With unemployment continuing at historically low numbers, it’s up to employers to win sought-after candidates. During an interview, employers are likely ready for the culture question.