Client Seminar: Organizational Health

Organizational Health:  Based on the Book “The Advantage” by Patrick Lencioni A Complimentary Breakfast Seminar for Clients of ESC. This HR seminar, presented by Lauren Kersten and Kayla Collins, HR Consultants, will be held June 7th at Milo’s Restaurant. Overview Many businesses today are focused on being as “smart” as they can with hopes of becoming a leader … 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

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