Building Trust in the Workplace

Who Will Catch You? Remember when you would participate in the “trust falls” while spending your time at summer camp as a kid?  With great anticipation, excitement and maybe even fear you would fall back and your partner or team would catch you.  Although it all seemed like fun and games at the time, the … Continued

Recruiting: Screening for Your Window of Opportunity

The Art of the Phone Interview Managers often dread the amount of time they spend reviewing numerous resumes and applicants for an open position within their company. At ESC, we recommend that applicants be screened prior to an in-person interview.  Not only does it save the time of the company, but also the candidates.  Screening … Continued

Tough Conversations

They Never Told Me One of the most common mistakes that managers make is failing to let employees know that there is a problem with their behavior or performance.   Or, when the do, they are not clear.  Often, we hope that the employee will improve or end the poor behavior on their own.  Yet, … Continued

Toxic Behaviors in the Workplace

Caution:  Hazardous/Toxic Behaviors Ahead Individual personalities are a large part of the dynamic within a workplace.  Unfortunately, personalities may be hard to read while the interview process and sometimes, an individual’s true personality shines through after beginning work as an employee.  Research has shown that most hiring failures come from poor culture fit rather than … Continued

Controlling “Uncontrollable” HR Costs

Managing Your Unemployment Costs Often times business owners think unemployment costs just drain their bottom line and that there is nothing they can do to change it.  But the fact is, strong proactive HR systems can truly help keep costs minimal. Simply stated, the amount of successful unemployment claims made against a company’s  account determines … Continued

Quiz Corner: Military Leave

As an employer, do you have the right to be notified when an employee is on military leave? By Kristen Kelly, HR Specialist Q:  An employee just came back from military leave; however, he did not present orders to the Human Resources Department or his manager. Company policy states that any unpaid leave must first be … Continued

Flexible Schedules on the Rise

Should your company offer a more flexible schedule? By Kristen Kelly, HR Specialist Many employers have taken notice that employees today are requesting flexible work options more often.  Whether it’s telecommuting, a flexible work schedule, a shortened work week, or some other flexible arrangement, these types of benefits are becoming more and more common.  When … Continued

NY Paid Family Leave Benefits

Get Ready for NY Family Leave Benefits By Kristen Kelly, HR Specialist The effective date of January 1, 2018  for the New York State Paid Family Leave Benefits will be here before you know it! This law will provide broad paid family leave benefits through New York State’s existing Disability Benefits Law for all employees … Continued

Trends in Talent Acquisition

The PEOple Cycle Starts with Talent Acquistion Liz Warren, EVP of HR, ESC At ESC, our HR Consultants give advice based on the PEOple Cycle.  It starts with the talent and acquisition, which includes recruiting, interviewing, selection, hiring and onboarding. Then we discuss retention, which includes managing, coaching, developing, and disciplining.  The final step in … Continued

Communicating & Leading the Way through Change

Moving through Change: Part III of III Often, leaders will implement a plan and not pay attention to the “change needs” of their employees.  Paying attention to those critical needs can mean the difference between success and failure.  In this final part of the three part series, Moving through Change, we will look at communicating … Continued