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Posts made in February, 2019

Owners of small and mid-sized businesses often face tough choices with regard to their operating budgets. This dilemma might lead you to concentrating too many tasks into one department, or even attempting to juggle it all yourself. While this pioneering mindset is admirable, setting aside your HR needs could be a costly mistake in the long run. Let’s break down the two primary ways that a solid HR program will benefit your business, and help you to grow. HR saves you money. An experienced human resources department can help you detangle the web of costs and penalties associated with having employees. For example…. The potential cost of lost productivity, rehiring, onboarding and training expenses from one bad hire: $50,000 The potential penalty for wage and hour violation under the Fair Labor Standards Act: $10,000 The potential cost of each Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) violation: $7,000 And these are just a few examples of the liabilities faced by business owners. That’s why each dollar invested in HR saves 10 dollars in long-term investigation and litigation costs. A good HR program can even make you money. A key goal of an effective HR program is to successfully engage employees and boost productivity. But how do those goals translate to your bottom line? According to researchers at Cornell University, a review of several hundred companies found that those who invested in key HR practices saw… A 22 percent boost in sales growth 23 percent faster profit growth Turnover decreased by 67 percent   They also found that these companies enjoyed… Greater customer retention Higher productivity More operating income Increase in referrals Lower employee absenteeism Fewer safety incidents   Contact us to learn more about establishing an effective human resources program. It’s not as difficult as you might believe, and the benefits speak for themselves.   Sources for stats: Cornell University Watson Wyatt St Cloud University...

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Cancer is the dreaded word that no one wants to hear from their doctor. Unfortunately, according to the American Cancer Society, one in three of us will receive that diagnosis at some point during our lifetimes. The risk grows greater as we age, too; Nine in ten cases are in adults over age fifty. Cancer comes in many forms, and can affect any system within the body with varying degrees of severity. However, the tips to reduce your risk are pretty straightforward, and include the following: Don’t smoke. One in three cancer cases is related to smoking. Avoid secondhand smoke. Avoid alcohol, or at least cut back. Maintain a healthy weight – those within their recommended weight range reduce their risk of cancer by 18 percent. Exercise regularly – at least 30 minutes of moderate activity every day. Avoid contracting viruses that can contribute to cancer, such as HPV, which is contracted by having unprotected sex. Talk to your doctor about lifestyle choices that increase your cancer risk. Be honest; your doctor is not there to judge you. Avoid radiation in all forms, and have your home tested for radon levels. Avoid using known carcinogenic chemicals. If you must use these chemicals, such as for work, follow all safety guidelines precisely. Women who breastfeed lower their risk of developing breast cancer, so consider this option if you have children. Avoid hormone replacement therapy unless absolutely necessary. Avoid sunburns – stay indoors during the middle of the day, use swimsuit cover-ups, wear sunglasses and a hat, and use sunscreen. Research medications carefully, prevent some health conditions by making responsible lifestyle decisions, and use only those drugs that are absolutely necessary. Occasionally we discover that long-term use of a drug can increase cancer risk. Eat a healthy diet – fruits and vegetables lower your cancer risk, while sugar, fried foods, and processed meats increase your odds. And of course, make sure to schedule all recommended routine screenings. While cancer is sometimes the result of bad luck, and even occurs in people who carefully maintained their health, early detection makes an enormous difference in survival rates. Talk to your doctor about the screenings you should be attending, so that you can seek the earliest possible treatment if you ever do develop a form of cancer. Finally, if you’re worried about your cancer risk and the cost of treatment, you should know that it is possible to add a supplemental cancer insurance policy to your coverage. These plans help to pay for expenses associated with cancer treatment, such as co-pays, deductibles, diagnostic tests, hospital stays, treatments, and procedures. Some even help with the...

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