business communication, Human Resources Training

How to Conduct Effective Meetings

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If there is one activity of any organization that is both detested and loved in perhaps almost equal measure, it has to be meetings. This is because of the sheer extremes of their purposes. Meetings have the potential to be the best chance to discuss the most crucial elements of an organization, or they can be the highest means to kill time in the most unproductive manner.

The reason that meetings can serve either of these two ends is not meetings themselves, but the way in which they are conducted. Indeed, no organization or team can do without meetings. But the reason they end up being a notorious waste of time and drain on meaningful utilization of resources is because on more occasions than not, they are called either needlessly or invite the wrong people into it. And, once these meetings are called for, they end up meandering into a whole lot of unnecessary topics.

At a highly valuable and pertinent webinar (not another meeting!) that is being organized by TrainHR, a leading provider of professional training for all the areas of human resources on July 12, David Rohlander, author of the Amazon bestseller, The CEO Code, and Idiot’s Guides: Management Skills, published by Alpha Books/Penguin in November 2014, will highlight all that it takes to hold meetings effectively and derive the most out of them.

Please join us in this highly insightful and interactive session by visiting https://www.trainhr.com/webinar/how-to-conduct-effective-meetings-702439LIVE . This webinar has been approved for 1.5 HR (General) recertification credit hours toward aPHR, PHR, PHRca, SPHR, GPHR, PHRi and SPHRi recertification through HR Certification Institute (HRCI).

Viewing this webinar, its entirety qualifies for a recertification credit hour that may be counted toward SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP recertification from SHRM. Credit is awarded based on the actual educational time spent in the program.

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How do meetings become effective? It is only when they are called right and conducted right. How does this happen? The person calling the meeting has to have the discretion to determine who fits into the meeting not just to warm the seat but to make a meaningful contribution.

And then, the agenda has to be very tight and adhered to in full. It is easy to fix an agenda for any meeting, but ensuring that the right elements go into it, and more importantly, become actionable items in the future, is of the essence.

David will show how to build an agenda that is pertinent and meaningful for the organization. He will show how not to make meetings a drain on the organization’s resource that end up wasting everyone’s valuable time that could otherwise have gone into doing something productive.

Aimed at benefiting CEO’s, Presidents, C-Suite Executives, Managers and Supervisors, this webinar will cover the following areas:

  • How to plan for a meeting and build an agenda
  • Tricks for staying on the agenda and honoring the time commitments
  • Successful interaction with participants
  • Ensuring clarity, understanding and acceptance
  • Follow up
  • Feedback and how to “Inspect what you expect”

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About the expert: David’s passion for helping executives create a masterpiece personally and professionally spurred him to write “The CEO Code”. Its success resulted in Penguin/Alpha Books asking him to write his next masterpiece, “IDIOT’S GUIDES: Management Skills”, which was released in December 2014.

With his vast experience in management skills that have been honed by his years and years of experience in the military, academia and business; he delivers presentations that carry impact, relevance and results.

Human Resources Training, payroll best practices

NY Payroll Update

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Over the past several years, the state of New York has been emphasizing rather strongly on employers and laws that deal with employee-employer relationship. Wage and hour concerns and taxation, and even how the state wants employers to handle overpayments to employees have been some of the primary areas of its focus.

Complete awareness of these laws is essential for anyone who works in the state of New York or has a business there, since it is these laws that these businesses have to comply with. It is impossible to do business in New York successfully without sound knowledge of the laws pertaining to the employee-employer relationship, and in particular, the payroll aspect of it.

Want to gain this vital knowledge? Then, all that you need to do is enroll for a sixty-minute webinar that TrainHR, a leading provider of professional training for the human resources areas, is organizing on July 12. Dayna Reum, Payroll Tax Manager at PetSmart Inc., will be the speaker at this session. Please register for this webinar by visiting https://www.trainhr.com/webinar/-702478LIVE .

This webinar has been approved for 1 HR (General) recertification credit hours toward aPHR, PHR, PHRca, SPHR, GPHR, PHRi and SPHRi recertification through HR Certification Institute (HRCI).

Viewing this webinar, its entirety qualifies for a recertification credit hour that may be counted toward SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP recertification from SHRM. Credit is awarded based on the actual educational time spent in the program.

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This webinar will offer a review of all aspects of payroll for employers in the state of New York. The speaker will take up for discussion all the important topic of taxes, from state withholding to the Metro Commuter Tax. All the wage and hour rules, right from minimum wage to voting time requirements, will be covered. Another important section she will take up and clarify is the on the newly updated legislation concerning lawful deductions from pay.

Personnel who process payroll for employees in New York will find this webinar highly useful. These include Payroll Professionals, Tax Professionals, Accountants, Controllers, and Human Resource Professionals.

At this webinar, Dayna will cover the following areas:

  • Details of NY Wage and Hour Rules
  • Concerns Regarding Deductions of Wages and Overpayment Rules
  • Understanding State Tax Withholding Requirements and Reporting
  • NY Local Taxes, Disability Taxes and how to Handle
  • Wage Payment and Pay Card Legislation
  • Terminated Employee Concerns.

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About the Speaker: Dayna has worked extensively on payroll related matters for over 15 years. Winner of several merit awards for Customer Service and Acquisitions and Divestitures, Dayna has also taught at the Metro Phoenix American Payroll Association meetings and at the Arizona State Payroll Conference on topics such as including Payroll Basics, Global/Cultural Awareness, Immigration Basics for the Payroll Professional, Multi-State and Local Taxation and Quality Control for Payroll, international and Canadian payroll. Besides her payroll accomplishments, Dayna is certified in HR hiring and firing practices and is a Six-Sigma Greenbelt.

 

 

employee engagement, Human Resources Training

Difference Between Mentor Coach and Manager in Motivating Employees to High Performance

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Executives, Leaders, Managers, HR, and those in Operations, Marketing, Engineering, Accounting and other technical departments often tend to think of coaching and mentoring as being one and the same. These personnel are often confused about the nature of these two, which are not the same as each other.

Many employees need to be coached, while some other need to be mentored. It is necessary for managers to not only understand the difference between the two, but to also know how to apply these two approaches and effectively use each style to improve employee engagement. Understanding the two in their entirety is the basis for managers who want to retain employees and increase what is called their “social capital” and reputation as leaders and managers.

Managers that work effectively and make a difference to the organization and the people around them rely upon many skills and draw from them to lead their teams. For managers to become effective and successful, it is important to know when to use mentoring and when to use coaching to improve employee engagement and give constructive feedback.

A webinar from TrainHR, a leading provider of professional training for all the areas of human resources, will explain this crucial difference and how to apply which of these under which situation. Valerie Pelan, President of Integrated Focus, will be the expert at this webinar.

Please visit https://www.trainhr.com/webinar/difference-between-mentor-coach-and-manager-in-motivating-employees-to-high-performance–702482LIVE to register for this valuable learning.

This webinar has been approved for 1 HR (General) recertification credit hours toward aPHR, PHR, PHRca, SPHR, GPHR, PHRi and SPHRi recertification through HR Certification Institute (HRCI).

Viewing this webinar, its entirety qualifies for a recertification credit hour that may be counted toward SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP recertification from SHRM. Credit is awarded based on the actual educational time spent in the program.

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The aim of this webinar is to help managers understand how to give constructive feedback, which when done, leads to a “win-win” situation for their direct reports and improves business results by motivating and engagement employees.

At this webinar, Valerie will cover the following areas:

  • Definition of Employee Engagement and a “Motivating Job” are explained
  • Definition of Constructive Feedback and Motivation
  • The Definition and Difference Between a Mentor and a Coach
  • The Role of Manager
  • Situational Examples are Provided to Reinforce how to use the two different skill sets. The choice of the skill set depends on the Situation and Employee that will benefit from the use of one of the Styles
  • Two examples and Learn when to use Coaching and when to use Mentoring to be Effective
  • The end results are to initiate a Positive Learning Situation and create Accountability in the Employee

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About the expert: Valerie was featured in Jan. 2009 Dallas Business Journal. In the more than ten years for which has been consulting and providing Executive coaching, Valerie has been combing her business experience working in Fortune 100 companies and her experience as an entrepreneur.

As President of Integrated Focus, she provides leadership coaching to leaders and high potentials. Her areas of expertise are executive presence, career transitioning and leading change. She works with the owners and executive teams in mid-sized companies providing Strategic Planning and communication skills.

Human Resources Policies

Employee Handbooks: 2019 Updates

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The employee handbook is the document that provides clarity about the nature of employer-employee relationships in an organization. Many organizations tend to overlook its importance, often at their own peril. The employee handbook is a very core tool that provides vital information to employees on what they can and should expect from their employers and offers a means for helping employees fit into the organization in their respective roles.

An employee handbook is also a kind of testament to the organization’s commitment to the employee. It will help them be realistic about their expectations from the organization. All these, however, hold good only when the organization crafts an employee handbook that is pertinent, exact and properly stated.

What happens when any of the critical elements are missing? It leads to a situation where the organization could embroiled in legal hassles. In the absence of clarity in the handbook, the organization presents the employee an opportunity to challenge it legally when she has been subjected to what may constitute unlawful termination. A recent memorandum from the General Counsel of the NLRB puts this in the proper context. To use its own words, incorrectly designed employee handbooks can violate the law and can have a “chilling effect” on employees’ activities.

So, what components does an employee handbook need to have? What aspects do employers need to keep in mind when writing them, and what legal safeguards do employee handbooks need to incorporate into them? All these and more will be explored at a very valuable learning session that is being organized by TrainHR, a leading provider of professional training for the human resources industry, on July 1.

Over the ninety minutes of this webinar, the expert at this webinar, Ronald Adler, the president-CEO of Laurdan Associates, Inc., will get down to explaining the finer elements that need to be kept in mind while creating employee handbooks, which should be written in such a manner both that the employer and the employee are absolutely clear about the legal aspects of the document.

Please visit https://www.trainhr.com/webinar/employee-handbooks:-2019-updates-702476LIVE to register for this session. This webinar has been approved for 1.5 HR (General) recertification credit hours toward aPHR, PHR, PHRca, SPHR, GPHR, PHRi and SPHRi recertification through HR Certification Institute (HRCI).

Viewing this webinar, its entirety qualifies for a recertification credit hour that may be counted toward SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP recertification from SHRM. Credit is awarded based on the actual educational time spent in the program.

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Employee handbooks have evolved over the years from being staid documents containing a set of dos and don’ts to facilitating these among other functions:

  • Enhancing the employment brand
  • Playing a key role in recruitment and retention
  • Enhancing employee relations, employee morale, and productivity
  • Contributing to uniform and consistent application, interpretation, and enforcement of organizational policies and rules
  • Protecting the organization against claims of improper employee/supervisor conduct
  • Reducing the organization’s exposure to employment related liabilities

The expert will discuss a whole gamut of issues pertaining to employee handbooks, including giving an explanation of what is new for 2019. He will cover the following areas at this session:

  • Key employee handbook issues in 2019
  • A review of the NLRB’s recent memorandum on employee handbooks
  • How organizations can reduce the gap between policy issuance and effective implementation
  • Review the basics of employee handbook development
  • Discuss the expanding purposes and scope of employee handbooks
  • Learn the dimensions of critical handbook policies
  • Understand the framework of employee handbook audits activities

This webinar is of high value to those who deal with employee-employer relationships, such as HR Professionals, Risk Managers, Internal Auditors, In-house Counsel, CFO’s, CEO’s, Management Consultants, and other individuals who want to learn how to use develop and implement employee handbooks.

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About the Expert: Ronald Adler is the president-CEO of Laurdan Associates, Inc., a veteran owned, human resource management consulting firm specializing in HR audits, employment practices liability risk management, HR metrics and benchmarking, strategic HR-business issues and unemployment insurance. He is a co-developer of the Employment-Labor Law Audit (the nation’s leading HR auditing and employment practices liability risk assessment tool.

A certified instructor on employment practices for the CPCU Society, Ronald has conducted continuing education courses for the AICPA, the Institute of Internal Auditors, the Institute of Management Consultants, and the Society for Human Resource Management.

 

employee onboarding, Human Resources Training

Onboarding a Multi Generation Workforce

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Onboarding is one of the most crucial aspects of easing an employee into an organization. Onboarding is not about documentation and orientation alone. It has a much more important role to play: acclimatizing the employee to the organizational culture. This is the element that is at the core of onboarding, which eventually determines whether employees stick to organizations or leave them and go.

This is all the more challenging in a workplace where you have as many as five generations of workforce. This is the reality of the American workplace today. Onboarding is the medium through which employees get absorbed into the organization. A multigenerational workforce may bring enormous advantages in being a mix of experience and youthful energy, but also leaves the organization with having to face the differing viewpoints, attitudes, moods and approaches that each generation brings.

How do organizations carry out onboarding in such situations? This will be the topic of a webinar that is being organized on July 8 by TrainHR, a leading provider of professional training for all the areas of human resources. Tonia Morris, Founder of Simply HR, LLC, will explain the nitty-gritty of having to onboard a diverse workforce.

Please visit https://www.trainhr.com/webinar/onboarding-a-multi-generation-workforce-702454LIVE to enroll for this session. This webinar has been approved for 1 HR (General) recertification credit hours toward aPHR, PHR, PHRca, SPHR, GPHR, PHRi and SPHRi recertification through HR Certification Institute (HRCI).

Viewing this webinar, its entirety qualifies for a recertification credit hour that may be counted toward SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP recertification from SHRM. Credit is awarded based on the actual educational time spent in the program.

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The foundation of this course is what an orientation is all about. It is often mistaken for new hire orientation. The fact is that orientation is just a part of the onboarding. It is only a properly designed and implemented onboarding process that gives employees the assurance that they are in for the long haul and that the organization gives them the opportunity and the impetus for growth in their careers.

Tonia will give participants an overview of the different generations and what is important to them in today’s workforce. Participants will be able to appreciate the mind-set and aptitude of each generation. They will carry with them an understanding of why it is important to avoid stereotypes, and will understand the strength of each generation.

This webinar, which is aimed for the benefit of those who are connected with onboarding in one or another manner, such as Managers, Supervisors, Leaders, Human Resource Professional and Shift Leaders or Team, will cover the following areas:

  • 4 c’s of Onboarding
  • Different Generation Work Expectation
  • Best Practices
  • Multi Generation Model
  • Do’s & Don’t of Onboarding

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About the expert: Tonia describes herself as a “Generational Connector”. The company she founded, Simply HR, LLC, is not only a consultant and management firm; it is also a speaking and training company.

Predictably, Tonia is at home with speaking and providing leaders with training solutions that cultivate a generationally-inclusive workplace. Her observation of the diversity and generational gaps in the workplace made her determined to start an organization of her own in which she could offer solutions to problems arising from this situation.

With more than 20+ years of progressive HR experience, Tonia provides keynote speeches, lunch-and-learns, and workshops for organizations and associations across the Southeast.

 

Human Resources Policies

Form I-9 Update

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At its simplest, the Form I-9, as described by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), is a form used to verify the identity and employment authorization of individuals that are hired to work in the US. The USCIS requires all US employers to properly and duly complete Form I-9 for each individual they hire for employment in the US, irrespective of whether the employee is a US citizen or noncitizen.

The importance of the Form I-9 underscores the need for compliance in all areas of this document. Noncompliance carries a very heavy cost to the employer. What are the aspects that need to be kept in mind when filling out the Form I-9? How do employers fill it up in a way that is fully compliant with the requirements set out by the USCIS? How do they insulate themselves from legal complications when filling out the Form I-9 for each of their employees?

All these will be described in a thorough manner at a valuable webinar that is being organized by TrainHR, a leading provider of professional training for all the areas of human resources, on July 3. At this webinar, Dayna Reum, Payroll Tax Manager at PetSmart Inc., will be the expert. Please visit https://www.trainhr.com/webinar/form-i-9-update-702444LIVE to enroll for this session and gain the immense benefits it brings.

This webinar has been approved for 1 HR (General) recertification credit hours toward aPHR, PHR, PHRca, SPHR, GPHR, PHRi and SPHRi recertification through HR Certification Institute (HRCI).

Viewing this webinar, its entirety qualifies for a recertification credit hour that may be counted toward SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP recertification from SHRM. Credit is awarded based on the actual educational time spent in the program.

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The core objective of this webinar is to help employers understand ways by which to remain compliant with filling up Form I-9. The expert will take up each section of the I-9, review each part, and explain how to properly complete each of these. She will also describe the laws around discrimination. Other core learning concerns what is allowed to be asked for during the I-9 process, the proper way to handle correcting the I-9 when mistakes are made, the timing and method of storage and retention, and how to understand the I-9’s e-verify.

Dayna will take up answering of the important questions relating to how to get set up and what process to take when doing I-9 and the verifying process. In other words, this is going to be a complete session on all aspects of the I-9, and brings the immense benefit of ensuring that the employer stays compliant with its requirements, the direct result of which is avoidance of penalties in money and legal terms.

This session is of immense value to those handling this important tool, such as HR Professionals, Payroll Professionals, and Managers that complete a form I-9 for new hires. Dayna will cover the following areas:

Working in the US and Employment Verification

Discrimination/Requirements

How to properly complete the I-9

Section by Section

Correcting Mistakes

Storage and Retention

E-verify

Questions?

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About the expert: Being experienced in the payroll field for over 15 years, Dayna specializes in payroll basics, global/cultural awareness, immigration basics for the payroll professional, multi-state and local taxation and quality control for payroll, international and Canadian payroll.

 

Leadership

Charismatic Leadership: Be the Person People CHOOSE to Follow

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In the initial years of our existence, we tend to believe that other people and events revolve around us. This feeling, which makes the locates the focus of growing up in one’s inward personality, is common in childhood, and generally fades away as we grow up.

However, this continues in some people. They grow into being egotistic and highly reclusive people who always crave for attention. The other type of people is the opposite. Their focus is external or outside. They see the world differently from the inwardly-focused people. They are interested in people relationships, are ever willing to make friends, and most importantly, develop the talent of persuasion.

As this quality grows, such people become what psychologists terms as the charismatic persons. This is an invaluable quality in organizations or in work that involves team building, cooperation and collaboration. People with charisms are very successful in drawing people towards them and building teams that are highly efficient and effective.

This quality in them gives them the presence needed for leadership. This presence makes way for developing qualities that make leaders, such as building dynamic teams and learning to delegate effectively. Such people are devoid of uncertainty and apprehension when delegating or doing anything that has a positive effect on the people around them.

A highly interesting and educative learning session from TrainHR, a leading provider of professional training for the human resources areas, will dwell on this relevant topic. Being organized on June 17, this webinar brings Karla Brandau, CEO of Workplace Power Institute, as the expert.

Please register for this webinar by visiting http://bit.ly/2WVSBaJ . This webinar has been approved for 1 HR (General) recertification credit hours toward aPHR, PHR, PHRca, SPHR, GPHR, PHRi and SPHRi recertification through HR Certification Institute (HRCI).

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At this webinar, the expert will show how to cultivate the qualities of charisma, which will help people influence others and achieve winning ways for the team. She will offer tips and techniques that enhance charismatic leadership and increase one’s personal power. These tips will help the participants gain and augment their persuasion skills. As a result of this learning, uncertainty and apprehension will make way for belief in their abilities, even as they create an authentic and authoritative presence when interacting with their employees.

Karla will dwell at length on the fundamental principles of integrity that go into making leaders that employees can trust. She will offer valuable tips with which to overcome pessimism at the   workplace and become able to express their opinion in impactful ways that take the people and projects forward. This learning goes beyond being only theoretical. It consists of information that is systematized in logical and natural steps.

The foremost result of this learning is that the participants will overcome self-doubt and become able to carry themselves with poise and confidence, which are the foremost qualities of a charismatic leader. The expert will help them learn 21st century management skills that involve persuasion and with it, influence.

Karla will cover the following areas at this webinar:

  • Implement “Leadership of One” principles
  • Learn to lead yourself
  • Engage workers to give discretionary effort
  • Empower employees to bring their A-game to work every day
  • Uncover the mysteries of charismatic body language

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About the speaker: Karla is a thought leader in management and team building techniques. A specialist in personalities, communication skills, and leadership principles, she has authored the book, How to Earn the Gift of Discretionary Effort, which aims to teach managers how to be the leader people CHOOSE to follow, not have to follow because of their position on the organizational chart.