Having Fun with Your Employees Results in a Successful Business

By Jennifer Brown, Founder and CEO of PeopleTactics

When was the last time you did something fun with your employees? If you can’t remember, then that’s a sure sign it’s been too long!

While it’s easy to get caught up in the day to day work that needs to be done; it’s absolutely critical to spend time with your employees doing “non-work” activities. Doing fun things together strengthens relationships, leads to more collaboration on the job, and brings more enjoyment to work…resulting in a successful business.

 

There are lots of ways in which to spend some relaxed, fun time with employees…here are a few ideas to get you going:

  • Host an afternoon outing outdoors. Go to a neighborhood park and provide employees with activities from which to choose (e.g., bike riding, canoeing, Frisbee toss, relaxing in a hammock) and then have everyone meet up for a picnic.
  • Buy tickets and go to a sporting event, concert or play together. If you have the budget, rent a suite to make the outing extra special.
  • Invite employees to your home for a cook-out or meal that you prepare (or have prepared).
  • Rent a bus and take your employees somewhere – winery and museum tours are always fun!
  • Go on a boat for a fishing outing or a lunch/dinner cruise.
  • Have a luncheon potluck and provide the drinks and dessert.
  • Plan a scavenger hunt with the final clue taking employees to a restaurant to meet-up for dinner…be sure to have some prizes for the scavenger hunt winners!
  • Include your employees’ families in some of the outings and events.
  • Ask your employees for their ideas on fun ways to spend some time together.

Ensure you host some fun events for your employees at least a few times per year. You will find that your employees will work better together and be happier, more productive on the job, and extra committed to helping create a successful company.

Want to learn more about employee relations? Email us  or give us a call at 571-587-5615. We work with our clients every day to ensure they have a great workplace environment.

PeopleTactics works with small business owners to prevent and solve Human Resources problems that can drain them of their time, money and energy.

To read testimonials from other small businesses, and learn more about our services, please visit our website now!

Employee Records: The Documents Your Business Needs to Have on File

By Jennifer Brown, Founder and CEO of PeopleTactics

Did you know that as employers, we must keep certain employee-related records? Not only that, but there are Federal and State regulations regarding these records. These regulations dictate the “what, where, when, and how” of employee record keeping:

What information do you to keep?

Where do you need to store the information?

When and how to we destroy the information?

These records serve as the basis for supporting the employment-related decisions we have made and ensuring we are in compliance with the record-keeping laws. In addition, if we ever find ourselves in the middle of an unemployment hearing and/or employee lawsuit, these records will become the basis for supporting the actions we have taken.

Employee record keeping often begins with the “personnel file”. The personnel file should contain information critical for handling various employment-related matters. This includes information such as:

  • Documents used in recruiting, screening and hiring job candidates (e.g., applications, resumes)
  • Job descriptions
  • Written documentation of actions taken during employment (e.g., promotions, transfers)
  • Pay and compensation information

Note: Be sure you are familiar with the Federal and State laws related to the types of pay and compensation data you must retain.

  • Education and training records
  • Receipts for handbooks and other critical policies
  • Documentation of employee performance (e.g., performance review)
  • Employee recognition
  • Progressive discipline documents
  • Termination documents

You can keep the personnel file in hard or soft copy…but you must ensure you safeguard the information and have appropriate security measures in place (e.g., locked files, limited access, password protections, and firewalls).

There are other employee records and information that you must also keep such as the I-9 Form, medical and insurance records, and worker’s compensation information. However, this information must be kept separate from the personnel file.

Establishing thorough employee records is critical to ensuring you have the information you need to protect your business, support your decisions and…penalties. To help make this process easy, create a checklist… you will have this information right at your fingertips.

Want to learn more about workplace requirements? Email us  or give us a call at 571-587-5615. We work with our clients every day to ensure they are in compliance with state and federal regulations.

PeopleTactics works with small business owners to prevent and solve Human Resources problems that can drain them of their time, money and energy.

To read testimonials from other small businesses, and learn more about our services, please visit our website now!