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Tammy Mueller

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March 6, 2019

Implications of the DOL'S PAID Program

Remember two years ago when everyone in HR, the government, and organizational leadership was up in arms about the changes to overtime rules and the punishments the Department of Labor (DOL) could dole out? Then with the changing of presidents the proposed changes to thresholds and testing requirements never happened.  

And everyone moved on and forgot about how important it is to pay attention to regulations that are in place about employee overtime.  

Well not everyone.  

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Bob Haas

Posted on:
March 6, 2019

Implementing an HCM System May be the Key to Your Seat at the Table

HR professionals tend to get a bad rap as technology laggards because too often they let others take the lead. While we don’t typically see the same traits from our clients, we do recognize that the HR technology landscape is daunting and often senior-level HR professionals tend not to think about how HCM system skills can keep them relevant. By not maximizing your HCM system, you’re not doing the right thing for your organization or your career.

A recent article in The Economist put forth the idea that HR was becoming irrelevant as HR technology takes on much of the mundane tasks and senior-level HR professionals haven't become as active in leadership. This means that when budget cuts are made, it may be easier for the c-suite to see HR personnel as less needed than the technology that handles necessary compliance.

I think it’s safe to say I disagree that HR is becoming irrelevant.

HR leaders sometimes miss out on opportunities because they haven’t been as focused on understanding their HCM system works. Logically, they have been more focused on compliance, employee engagement, and the employee life cycle. While this shouldn’t change, I recommend HR professionals look into adding a deeper understanding of HR technology.

As an HR leader, how are you building your expertise?

HR curriculum was once focused on managing personnel, but not on building leadership skills, aligning HR to the company’s strategic initiatives, or technology. It’s safe to say this has changed.

HR by its nature is and should be a support mechanism for an organization – but to truly impact the organization, we need to understand how our HCM system can help provide insights to enable more of a leadership role from HR.

It’s a matter of HR becoming more strategic by focusing on the alignment of the entire business (including employees) with the organization’s objectives. Today’s HCM systems can be the tip of the spear to achieving this. If you have an HCM in place and aren’t achieving these objectives, you may not be leveraging your HR technology.

The insights HCM systems provide should help HR professionals by allowing them to develop in tandem with these technological changes.

HCM systems that are properly set up and configured will provide insights into a myriad of business areas, making HR a welcome and valued member of the c-suite table. These systems allow every manager to have new insights, and HR professionals to make sense of what the insights mean, how they tell you that your organization compares with others, and the power to develop strategies to address both shortfalls and opportunities.

Use technology and HCM systems help HR professionals to move from a more reactive, compliance-focused position to one where you can impact a firm’s bottom line through strategy, role, and talent development. It’s the difference between HR as a “let’s not get sued” role to one that strategically finds ways to improve the organization and its profitability.

Overall it is important for HR professionals to be aware of HCM technologies and the updates that are continuously happening. Making this a part of daily work and development goals can have a huge impact on an HR professional’s career when push comes to shove. Being able to have a seat at the table during the board meeting and discuss the trends in technology are a type of equity that is immeasurable. Budget cuts do happen, and technology is usually not the first to go. Unfortunately, it is the people who do not know the ins and outs of the technology that tend to be laid off first.

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Article by:
Brady Bonifas

Posted on:
March 1, 2019

Hiring for Peak Periods

What does hiring for peak periods mean to you?

Every business is different and with each business are different hiring “peak period.” For retail it’s typically around the holidays and back-to-school, for accountants it’s the tax season (which is very real right now), and for outdoor-based companies, it’s the warmer months. It often falls on HR professionals to oversee the hiring and staffing for these very periods, so here are some best practices we’ve seen for staffing this very specific and limited organizational need.

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Article by:
Scott Drazdik

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February 7, 2019

Employee Highlight: Bob Haas

"I’m always proud when we’re able to help organizations that are experiencing any challenge in HR/Payroll, whether that be staffing, or a project related to their Employee Life Cycle or HCM. Helping clients achieve business objectives based upon optimizing their processes or technology has been great."

 

Welcome to our series about what makes Willory truly unique: our team. Without the people on the Willory team we would not be recognized as one of the top workplaces in Northeast Ohio and have grown so significantly in the last eight years.

Get to know Willory's Sales Manager, Bob Haas through his own words. If Bob's words resonate with you and you want to join #TeamWillory, check out our Why Willory? page.

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Article by:
Lisa (Dean) Mamula

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January 31, 2019

What the Government Shutdown Teaches Us About Psychological Paychecks

Now that the government is out of shutdown mode we can stop worrying about the acronyms (EEOC, ACA, IRS, etc.) being unavailable and hopefully move on. There are rumblings that “shutdown politics” may be ended by Congress soon, but what can HR glean from what has already happened?  

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Bridgette Klein

Posted on:
December 29, 2018

Top Willory Posts in 2018

Every year we like to look back at the last 12 months and try to predict what the next year will look like. I thought we’d take a different approach this year and analyze what our top blogs can help us understand about what 2019 will hold.

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Lisa (Dean) Mamula

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December 21, 2018

Five Years Later (Life after THRD)

Over the weekend it became official…I’ve been with Willory for five years. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average length of employment is 4.6 years. If you read my employee highlight, you learned that I joined Willory when THRD was acquired. To celebrate, I wanted to go beyond the profile and share the five most impactful memories over the last five years. 

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Article by:
Scott Drazdik

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December 20, 2018

Employee Highlight: Lisa Mamula

"Pay it forward and take the time to help someone else in their career. I’ve been very fortunate to have had accomplished managers that mentored and developed me early in my career. I can honestly say the lessons they taught me then still ring true in my everyday work today. "

Welcome to our series about what makes Willory truly unique: our team. Without the people on the Willory team we would not be recognized as one of the top workplaces in                                                    Northeast Ohio and have grown so significantly in the last eight years.

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Lisa (Dean) Mamula

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December 7, 2018

Benefits as a benefit

Now that we’re in full-swing of open enrollment for HR benefits, it’s a great time for an HR professional to consider what benefits to provide in 2019 to remain competitive. In a job seeker’s market (like we’re in), it’s imperative that HR professionals propose a robust benefits package for organizational consideration to keep your employees and attract new ones.

Remember that benefits may be seen as more valuable by your employees than they are expensive for you.

Maybe.

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Article by:
Christine Peters

Posted on:
December 7, 2018

HCM Systems: What's right for you?

There’s a plethora of HR technology solutions for companies of every shape, size, need, and specialization in the marketplace today. With so many options to consider, it makes sense to get out of the weeds and take a look at HCM systems, big picture.

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