Human resource departments must constantly adapt to new requirements from both internal and external challenges. A new generation of workers with very different ideas of what employment should look like has emerged. Now, more than ever, there is increased pressure on HR professionals to create a workplace environment where everyone can thrive. In order to meet current and future challenges, companies should look to these three HR trends that will have a direct impact on workforce development for years to come:
1. WORKFORCE RETENTION
Retention remains a critical focal point in 2018. For the first time in the history of the United States, the number of job openings exceeded the number of job seekers. The pressure is on HR departments to recruit and retain top talent, in addition to its other responsibilities.
Technology has made it increasingly feasible to work remotely while remaining in contact with the office. The simultaneous collaboration created by cloud software allows employees to participate in meetings without being physically present. As a business owner, it is important to recognize that even minor flexibility can go a long way with improving employee morale and retention. You are more likely to gain retention from employees who feel in control about their workloads and schedules, which can lead to a healthier work-life balance.
3. SAFE WORKPLACE CULTURES REQUIRE OPEN DOOR HARASSMENT POLICIES
The rise of the #MeToo Movement has increased awareness regarding sexual harassment in the workplace. It is critical that your company is ready to handle these cases effectively, and that your workplace be a safe place for your employees. If you have not already done so, your human resource department should review and revise sexual harassment policies, examine the workplace culture, and establish an open-door policy for employees who feel harassed. Effective communication is the first step to solidifying a good relationship.
As a Professional Employer Organization (PEO), Delta Administrative Services can help bolster your existing retention program, identify ways to build a flexible workforce, and develop communication to help address harassment claims. Contact us today at 1-800-828-6130 to learn how we help our clients cost-effectively outsource the management of human resources, employee benefits, payroll, and workers’ compensation. As expectations for your HR grow, Delta Administrative Services is here to help.
The goal of a Professional Employer Organization (PEO) is to take care of your HR needs so that you can focus on growing your business. By offering a range of employment-related services, PEOs help businesses reduce labor costs and increase their profitability. You can partner with a PEO to handle all your human resources, risk management, payroll and tax administration needs as well as your employee benefits administration. Whether you are starting or growing your business, partnering with a PEO to administer your employee benefits program has three advantages:
1. A PEO CAN OFFER MORE INSURANCE OPTIONS. By pooling your company’s employees with other small businesses, the PEO is able to provide competitive rates for employee benefits and better insurance options. A PEO will negotiate a comprehensive benefits package and offer your employees the options they want with the top carriers they know and trust. Benefit programs can include major medical, wellness and mini-med programs, in addition to dental and vision plans, life insurance, short and long-term disability insurance and other ancillary type insurances.
2. PEOS OFFER TAX QUALIFIED PLANS. In addition to health insurance and voluntary and supplemental plans, PEOs also offer 401(k) plans which are attractive for business owners in terms of administrative time and costs.
3. A PEO WILL HANDLE THE HEADACHES OF BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION. Once your employees are enrolled in a benefits program, your PEO is there to answer their questions regarding benefits and ensure that everything is taken care of when there is a life-changing event such as marriage, divorce, or having a child. In addition, PEOs ensure that you are up-to-date with tax and regulatory reporting and help you improve your employment practices.
As a PEO, Delta Administrative offers a wide-range of services. We understand that every company is different. We can create specific, successful programs based on your needs. Businesses across America have discovered the incredible value of PEOs because they offer access to a comprehensive employee benefits package which allows them to be competitive in the labor market and get relief from the burden of employment administration. Isn’t it time to focus on the growth of your business and leave the rest to us? Call Delta Administrative Services today at 1-800-828-6130 or visit http://www.deltapeo.com for a free consultation.
Running a small business is tough. According to government statistics, during the first five years, 50% of small businesses fail. So, how can you increase your chances of success?
Small businesses that utilize a Professional Employer Organization (PEO) are 50 percent less likely to go out of business. They also grow seven to nine percent faster than those who do not use a PEO, according to the National Association of Professional Employer Organizations (NAPEO). When you partner with a PEO, you can substantially reduce the overhead associated with human resources, payroll administration, and benefits. What this means to your business is a higher rate of growth and a better chance at success.
The best way to grow your business is to allow more time focusing on strategy, cultivating customer leads and nurturing your business relationships. When you use a PEO, instead of contributing in-house resources on HR administrative tasks, you can invest that time in essential tasks inherent to your HR strategy.
The employee turnover rate for PEO clients is 10 to 14 percentage points lower per year than that of comparable companies. Partnering with a PEO allows you to take better care of your employees, giving them more reasons to stay loyal to your company.
What can an effective PEO do for your business?
Here are four key services they will offer:
- HR and Personnel Administration: Instead of your business having to fund an entire in-house HR department, PEOs can take over payroll administration, manage your workers’ compensation, and help keep your business up-to-date and compliant with the latest state and federal laws.
- Payroll & Tax Administration: Imagine not having to devote hours each day to payroll administration and dealing with employee benefits. A good PEO can handle the calculation, preparation and distribution of payroll checks; reporting, withholding and remitting payment of payroll taxes; employee deductions, including garnishments; and preparation of payroll reports.
- Employee Benefits Administration: Adequate employee benefits are one of the keys to retaining the best employees. PEOs can handle the administration, reconciliation and payment of employee health, dental and vision plans, as well as many other employee benefits such as 401(k), IRA, or other retirement plans.
- Risk Management and Workplace Safety: Employee safety is a key priority for a growing company. A good PEO will provide professional, certified safety managers that will come on-site to inspect your safety environment and make recommendations on how to improve it.
When it comes to growing your business, the best thing you can do is hire a PEO. At Delta Administrative Services (DAS), we understand the time and monetary burdens of everyday business administration. By partnering with our team of experts, you can focus your time and resources on the growth of your business, while we do the rest.
To learn more, call DAS today at 504-274-3400 or visit our website, www.deltapeo.com.
The relationship between a Professional Employer Organization (PEO) and its client is essential to the success of a co-employment arrangement. The responsibilities of a PEO make relationship building critical to the development of an effective human resources strategy. Good PEOs help move the needle on business growth, making their insight and advice on matters beneficial to the clients they serve. Of the countless services provided by a PEO, the team at Delta Administrative Services (DAS) found that the sustainability of manager-employee relationships, training, managing documents and the implementation of employee policies and regulations are key HR areas growing businesses should focus on.
Since opening its doors, DAS has worked with companies across the Gulf Coast as an HR outsourcing provider. Over the years, the DAS team benefited from, as well as educated, business leaders on ways to strengthen employee relations, hire highly-skilled employees and stay in compliance with employment laws. Here are three key take-aways that have helped DAS hone its skills in the HR industry:
#1 Enforce Equality in the Workplace. The employer/employee relationship can be complicated. At times, it is difficult for employers to exemplify fair and equitable treatment to their entire staff. Because employers interact with their employees daily, they often develop a close net, family-oriented rapport. However, there are times when an employer makes accommodations for one employee and not others. DAS’s responsibility as a PEO is to encourage the development of rules of engagement between employers and employees and to help maintain the client’s mindset in work and compliance mode rather than friend and buddy mode. Although it can be a struggle to ensure that employers steer clear of this behavior, a PEO’s mission is to work towards providing companies the skills and knowledge needed to avoid potential employment conflicts.
#2 Build Good Relationships First. Deciding to establish a co-employment arrangement with a PEO is an important decision to make. Handing over confidential information and trusting the PEO to implement an effective HR strategy is critical to long-term business success. A key take-away from DAS’s interactions with its clients is the importance of establishing a strong business-to-business relationship. The team’s experience, after many years in service to the business community, is to first, create an environment that ensures trust and promote collaboration.
#3 Documentation is a Wonderful Thing. Good documentation is critical to an HR department. Written and retained records of employment events, company policies and HR practices are instrumental to implementing the HR process. Tips for documenting disciplinary action is one of many insights the team at DAS has educated clients about. To avoid the mishandling of documentation for disciplinary actions, DAS recommends the following tip to management team members who often are required to provide verbal warnings to employees: During or immediately following a disciplinary meeting with an employee, email yourself the details of the meeting and copy the employee. Be sure to have them reply to you. By doing this, you will have a timestamp and the employee’s acknowledgment.
PEOs play an important role in a company’s HR team development. However, as the industry evolves, finding new ways to handle personnel challenges is the key to future success.
To learn more about Delta Administrative Services visit www.deltapeo.com.