HR Trends That Are Becoming Best Practices and Adding to the Bottom Line

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HR Departments in today’s business world are no longer seen as only an administrative function which focuses mainly on mitigating compliance and employee relations.  They are becoming strategic partners working closely with the management team to align with the company’s business goals.

HR Departments no longer function solely behind the scenes.  Their in-depth knowledge of the workforce has made them important members of the management team.  Their unique insight plays a huge role in strategic business planning that affect the bottom line.  HR leaders have become key business partners because they have the insight into individual employees and the workforce as a whole.  No one else has this unique insight and the ability to keep a current pulse on these areas.  Because HR leaders interact with employees daily they understand employees’ strengths and shortcomings.  Having this knowledge allows HR leaders to give valuable recommendations on programs addressing skills shortages, succession planning, employee performance and satisfaction ratings.

In order to help business managers strategize, HR leaders need to be able to effectively and efficiently assess employees.  This requires them to be proficient in workforce analytics.  HR leaders are utilizing tools such as employee engagement and satisfaction surveys, 360-degree review software and social media to make it easy to track, analyze and share people data.  Collecting and understanding these analytics are important to solving complex “people issues” that could be obstructing the company from  achieving a specific business goal.

Another trend that is becoming best practice is the use of HR software.  HR technology provides automation that has allowed human resources  to work more efficiently in the areas of recruiting, benefit administration, leave administrative, on-boarding and off-boarding employees.  Many payroll providers have added these systems to their platforms making them more affordable and easier to integrate with existing systems.   HR is realizing the benefits of technology and it has now moved from a “nice to have” to a “must have”.  HR technology has allowed HR Leaders more time to spend on business strategy, finding and securing top talent and working with employees more than ever before.

Who is your HR strategic business partner?  Whether you have an HR department or not, can you afford not to have a strategic HR partner advising and gathering information regarding potentially the greatest expense to your bottom line?  Outsourcing strategic HR could be a solution for your company if you lack the internal resources to provide this expertise.  Whether you manage this function internally or outsource it, don’t be left out of today’s competitive market by not keeping a pulse on your people and their contribution to your bottom line.

scholleyScholley Bubenik is president of Premier HR Solutions in Austin Texas.  She has over twenty years of human resource management experience and a master’s degree in Human Resource Leadership from the University of Texas.

Premier HR Solutions provides business owners effective solutions for the people side of their business.  Scholley invites you to contact her for questions or comments at sbubenik@premierhrsolutions.net or visit www.premierhrsolutions.net

How Difficult is it to Find Top Talent?

How difficult is it to find top talent in today’s competitive market? All companies, but especially small and medium size businesses are finding it more difficult to locate and attract top talent. With salaries continuing to increase and the supply decreasing, many employers are frustrated and find themselves not wanting to tackle this daunting task.

Premier HR Solutions specializes in finding top talent and pairing them with the right companies. We refer to this as right-sourcing. Our resume data base and our search capabilities provides an abundance of qualified candidates. We provide the right solutions for most companies whether that is contingency recruiting or contract recruiting.

Take a look at some of our top candidates that we are currently showcasing:

Mechanical Engineer with four years’ experience in manufacturing. Highly motivated, accomplished mechanical engineer with strong work ethic and a drive to contribute to the bottom line. B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Texas Tech University.

Sales and Marketing Professional with four years’ experience in software sales, building product sales, mortgage industry and professional services- UT McCombs School of Business marketing graduate who is results driven and recognized as a top performer.

Controller with over ten years’ experience. A proactive, strategic Controller with expansive, hands-on experience establishing and managing comprehensive accounting and financial management programs. Contributes strong analytics, forecasting, financial and accounting expertise to maximize profits, minimize costs and optimize bottom- line results.

Procurement and Materials Supervisor with over twenty years’ experience managing shipping, inventory control, purchasing and warehouse operations. Implements cost savings strategies and negotiating best rates and resulting in significant cost reductions.

Human Resources Executive with over twenty year’s of human resource management and labor relations. Works closely with C-Level team to develop and implement recruiting, talent management, workforce planning, employee benefits and HR policies.

Executive Assistant with over ten years’ experience working in banking, professional services and software industries. Strategic leader with business analysis, investment banking, mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance skills.

Office Manager and Marketing Support Specialist with three years’ experience with Civil Engineering and Advertising industry experience. Proficient office manager who performs a variety of administrative duties and human resource duties, provides marketing support and interfacing with clients.

Sales and Operations Professional with six years’ experience in manufacturing operations, sales, and procurement. Texas A&M Graduate with business and mechanical aptitude. Self-starter and entrepreneur spirit.

Will Your Company Be Ready For the New Overtime Rules?

The US Department recently released the final new Overtime Rule which will come into effect on December 1, 2016. (https://www.dol.gov/whd/overtime/final2016/)

There are three main changes that will be issued:

  1. Increases to the salary threshold for salary workers increases from $455 to $913 per week. ($47,476 per year).
  2. Increases to annual compensation level for “highly compensated” from $100,000 per year to $134,004.
  3. Automatically updates to salary and compensation level every three years.

These changes, especially the salary threshold increase are estimated to affect over four million workers within the first year of implementation. What does that mean for your company?

Challenges Employers Are Facing

  • How will you communicate the message to employees affected and how will you address their concerns?
  • What timekeeping, reporting systems and processes will you implement to ensure accuracy?
  • How will you address budgetary changes such as additional overtime cost and adjustments to hourly wages?
  • How will you control overtime cost and what strategies, policies, and employee education do you need to implement?
  • How will you pay employees for telecommuting and travel hours?
  • How will you manage and track employees working after hours on their cell phones answering calls and responding to emails?
  • What policies do you need to change or create to address the areas described above?

Understanding your options and developing a strategy for addressing these challenges are essential. Premier HR Solutions provides consulting services to help you navigate through these changes and select the best practice that suits your company’s culture. Contact Scholley Bubenik at sbubenik@premierhrsolutions.net for additional information. www.premierhrsolutions.net     

 

Austin Job Report

The Austin job market continues to strengthen with 2,000 more jobs created
in December 2015 as compared to the same period last year.
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Here are the insights from the Austin Chamber of Commerce recent job report:

  • Approximately 40,000 Available Job Openings during the monthly reporting period, an increase of 2,000 postings compared to the same period last year.
  • Year-to-year changes in December’s Available Job Postings saw its narrowest increase since 2011.
  • Largest year-over-over increases in the Computer and Mathematical, Sales and Related, Transportation and Material Moving, Management and Food Preparation and Serving Related categories.
  • About 7,600 or 19 percent of available job openings are tech-related.
  • 6 out of 15 of the top occupations in the region are tech jobs.

Take a look at the companies that are new or expanding in the Austin, Texas Market:

http://www.austinchamber.com/site-selection/business-climate/relocations-expansions-log.php

VIEW FULL ARTICLE:

http://www.austinchamber.com/education-talent/job-market/reports/DEC_2015.pdf

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Premier HR Solutions provides human resource consulting services to emerging companies.  Our services include full service recruiting. Whether you need one placement or multiple, we can provide affordable solutions for your recruiting needs.

Scholley Bubenik, president, has over twenty years of management experience and a Master’s Degree in Human Resource Management from the University of Texas at Austin.  Call or email Scholley to find out more about Premier HR Solutions services:

sbubenik@premierhrsolutions.net    512-799-7418   www.premierhrsolutions.net

 

Ethics in Business & Community 13th Annual Awards Event

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Austin Women’s Chamber Members Attend EIB&C Awards

The Ethics in Business & Community Program held its 13th annual luncheon and Awards event on May 21, 2015 at the AT&T Center on the University of Texas Campus.  Nearly six hundred peoplEthicse were in attendance representing businesses, nonprofit organizations and community leaders.  Bobby Jenkins, President of ABC Home and Commercial Services and Earl Maxwell, CEO, of St David’s Foundation were the Masters of Ceremony. Other distinguished guests were Jerry Davis, President & CEO of Goodwill Industries of Central Texas, Dr. Lynette Gillis, PHD, Dean, College of Business, Concordia University Texas, A.J. Zimmerhanzel, Audit Partner, Maxwell, Locke & Ritter LLP and Carlos Rivera, CEO, Samaritan Center

This years winners of the five categories are:

  • Non-Profit- R.O.C.K- Ride On Center For Kids
  • Individual- Patti Smith, President and General Manager of KVUE-TV
  • Small Business- Hagbros Precision
  • Mid-Size Business- Kendra Scott Stores
  • Large Business- IBM
  • Lifetime Achievement Awards- Brian McCoy, McCoy Building Supply and Laurie Loew, Give Realty.

Established in 2002 by the Samaritan Center, the Ethics in Business & Community Awards annually honors organizations that have demonstrated exemplary ethical practices in five categories:

  • Be Respectful
  • Be Fair
  • Be Honest
  • Strive For Justice
  • Embrace Sustainability

“Our awards event provides a forum for acknowledging exceptional people and encourages dialogue surrounding business ethics in our community and doing the right thing,” says Scholley Bubenik, Program Director.  “The event is sponsored by Recognizegood.org and all proceeds support the Samaritan Center, which provides mental health services to families, children and veterans in the greater Austin Community.”

To learn more about these programs visit our website: http://www.recognizegood.org

Scholley Bubenik is president of Premier HR Solutions in Austin, Texas.  Premier HR Solutions provides recruiting, training and human resource consulting to companies and organizations.  For more information, visit their website at http://www.premierhrsolutions.net or contact Scholley at sbubenik@premierhrsolutions.net.

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Premier HR Solutions provides human resource consulting services to emerging companies.  We partner with senior management, HR departments and business owners who need services in the following areas:

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Training And Development- Whether you have in house trainers or no training department at all, Premier HR Training Solutions provides customized training and coaching to help organizations reach their highest potential.  Our team consists of experienced trainers with Masters Degrees in Human Resource Leadership, Training and Development and Education.  The focus with all training sessions is on acquiring or refining skills through engaging activities.  Favorite topics include (1) Developing a Leadership Mindset (2) Communication Across Generations (3) Managing and Supervising Employees (4) Behavioral Interviewing (5) Mentoring and Engaging Employees (6) Excellence in Customer Service and (7) Managing Conflict.

Full Service Recruiting-  Whether you need one placement or multiple, we can provide affordable solutions for your recruiting needs.  Our team will meet with you to develop and refine the job description and create a profile for identifying key drivers of the position, skills, background and personality traits needed to be successful at your company. We are focused on delivering the highest quality of customer service and committed to recruiting the best qualified people. Established companies utilize us to supplement their recruiting departments during ramp-up phases and start up companies depend on us to manage the entire recruiting process.

Human Resource Consulting-  Premier HR Solutions provides small and start-up companies a variety of HR services that are customized to meet their business needs.  Existing companies utilize us for one time projects such as updating their employee handbook or creating a career development program.   Start up companies hire us to provide ongoing HR consulting services that include establishing their HR functions and managing their compliance, risk and employee relations.

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Scholley Bubenik, president, has over twenty years of management experience and a Master’s Degree in Human Resource Management from the University of Texas.  She has helped numerous companies in multiple industries establish their HR departments, develop training programs and manage employer risks.  Call or email Scholley to find out more about Premier HR Solutions services:

sbubenik@premierhrsolutions.net  512-799-7418  www.premierhrsolutions.net

Top 10 Spooky Things About Obamacare

Halloween 1With the health insurance Open Enrollment period rapidly approaching it is vital to be informed and ignorance can be costly. To assist YOU, below are ten frightening things, you may not know about the Affordable Care Act.

  1. THE COSTUME 
  • No lifetime or annual limits (applies to all plans)
  1. THE CANDY
  • Out of pocket limits $6,250 (applies to all plans)
  1. THE PUMPKIN
  • All fully insured plans must be guarantee issue and guaranteed renewable (no health questions allowed)
  1. THE GHOST
  • No waiting periods longer than 90 days (applies to all plans)
  1. THE WITCH
  • No pre-existing condition exclusions for anyone (applies to all plans)
  1. THE BATS
  • Investment Income Tax:  A 3.8% tax on investment income (interest, dividends, annuities, royalties, rents, and capital gains) for single taxpayers with an adjusted gross income of $200,000 and joint filers at $250,000.
  1. THE WEREWOLF
  • Employer Mandate: Employers with 50+ employees will either pay a fine or provide health insurance to their employees by 2016
  1. THE FRANKENSTEIN
  • Individual Mandate: All individuals are required to carry essential benefits as defined by the government or pay a fine.
  1. THE SKELETONS 
  • Medicare Tax:  Increase the Medicare Part A Tax by 0.9% (from 1.45% to 2.35%) for single tax payers with an adjusted gross income of $200,000 and joint filers at $250,000.

10. THE SPIDERS

  • Small Business Health Care Tax Credit is 35% in 2013.

Health Care Reform is confusing!  Employers should be focused on complying with the ACA and containing cost.  Don Canada & Angie Martin are your trusted resource for anything to do with health insurance! If you need assistance with the 2014-2015 Open Enrollment process, need help understanding your health insurance renewal options and/or if you just have questions, contact us toll free 512.266.4994, or info@siliconbenefits.com