Seasonal Dress Code

Summer Dress Code As summer approaches the temperature is not the only thing rising.  Employee dress can also cause many eyebrows to rise during the summer months.  Management must remind employees of what the dress code is before they begin to wear questionable clothing into work.  Often, when one person gets away with wearing something outside … Continued

Hello, My Name is Disengaged!

What Can You Do About Disengaged Employees? By Kristen Kelly, HR Specialist Formal employee evaluations or actively analyzing your organization’s employee engagement makes it easier to recognize when you have disengaged employees. These  employees may show up late and leave early, verbally criticize the organization and its management, and spend more time counting down the hours … Continued

Are Flexible Schedules Right for Your Company?

Flexibility in the Workplace by Kristen Kelly, HR Specialist Flexible Schedules on the Rise discussed the advantages and disadvantages of a flexible schedule for employees. Here we will  take a look at flexible schedules from the employer’s perspective. Below is a list of advantages and disadvantages for employers who are thinking of offering a flexible schedule as … Continued

Update: NYS Paid Family Leave

  In April, we published Get Ready for NY Family Leave Benefits. Here is what else you need to know so that you can stay in compliance. It is important that all NYS employers are prepared for the Paid Family Leave (PFL) Benefits because they will be launching in January 2018.  This law will apply to … Continued

Did I Offend You?

Have You Crossed the Line? By Denise Williams, HR Consultant In this day and age of political views, religious beliefs, and other hot topics, people in the workplace may be easily offended by your words, even if your comments may be innocent. Remember, with harassment, it is about perception, not intention. With this in mind, … Continued

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