Bringing on Your First Employee: What You Need to Know

Friday, January 17, 2014

While most of Human Capital Strategies’ clients have a number of employees and are well established, there’s that section of could-be clients who are just on the verge of a growth opportunity and want to make sure they have everything set up to successfully add new people to the team that, for so long, has been an Army of One. It can be a nerve-wracking thought to give up control and entrust your enterprise and clients to a new person. The good thing is that you can lay a lot of the groundwork now to ensure success as your team grows, from the first person to the 100th.

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Weathering the Storm of Technology Upgrades

Thursday, December 5, 2013

It seems as if the end of the year is the time that companies want to update everything. In a race to spend their allotted budgets before yearend, they implement technology upgrades and send everyone and everything into a tailspin. It can be a crazy time of year, but the changes can also bring a lot of wonderful additions and abilities to your office. Here, we offer some hints on how to weather the storm of technology upgrades and ensure smooth sailing for employees.

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Social Media: Choose Your Identity

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Whether you are a business of one working out of the spare bedroom of your home, or you’re a large organization with multiple locations, you have a brand. It starts with a logo, and it follows through to your marketing materials, mission, and corporate culture. But what about your social media brand? Too many times, companies leave this as an afterthought — or worse, a NEVER thought! To be successful in social media, you must choose your identity and communicate with your audience from that space.

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Why Hire a PEO (Professional Employer Organization)?

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Whether you’re considering starting a business, only have a couple of employees, or have been in business for years with a complete team, you know how important it is to have all of the back-end structure in place. A large component of that structure centers on your people, your human capital.

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Inspiring Others through Vision

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

If you are a business owner, you likely didn’t wake up one morning and think, “I want to start a business.” It was probably a process, during which you had a view of what your life would be like as a business owner. When we encourage and inspire our employees to create their own individual visions of themselves within the company, we create a culture that lasts.

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Allocating Resources Responsibly: Is Your Company Doing What Works?

Monday, August 12, 2013

I recently heard a story about NASA, who spent millions of dollars and man-hours to develop a pen that would write upside down, underwater, and in space. On the other side of the globe, the Russians just used a pencil. And this got me thinking: Are companies wasting time, money, and resources doing what they THINK they should be doing instead of really making a difference in their efforts to build a strong corporate culture and marketing that resonates with their target audiences?

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How are California wage and hour rulings impacting small business profitability?

Monday, August 5, 2013

A California Court of Appeals ruled against employers “again” last spring when it held that auto mechanics, who earned at least minimum wage for every hour worked, should have been paid separate hourly compensation for hours not spent performing auto repairs. See Gonzales v. Downtown LA Motors, LP, 2013 Cal. App. Unpub. Lexis 1728 (March 6, 2013).

So, what does that have to do with your business?

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Federal Government Announces Big Change for Affordable Care Act

Friday, July 5, 2013

If you are a business owner with 50 or more employees, you’ve probably been frantically getting your ducks in a row for the mandate associated with the Affordable Care Act (also known as ObamaCare), stating that you must offer healthcare coverage for your employees by 2014 or face government fines. Just this week, though, the US Department of the Treasury has pushed back the date at which this particular requirement will go into effect for one year, delaying implementation of penalties for noncompliance with the employer mandate from 2014 to 2015.

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Define Your Sales Story

Thursday, May 30, 2013

We’ve always heard that a picture is worth 1,000 words, but when you think about it, a well-crafted story is worth 1,000 pictures. And a good sales professional shares pictures every day through the words he or she chooses. It is the story that we craft that leads our prospects to become clients and our clients to become long-lasting relationships and ongoing referral partners.


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Putting Painful Payroll Problems to Rest

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Usually, payroll works pretty seamlessly. Employers submit their employees’ hours and paychecks are sent out. However, when certain activities occur, payroll can become a little tricky.

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Form I-9 Updates: What You Need to Know

Friday, April 26, 2013

Just when you were hoping to complete one more thing on your new-hire checklist, it turns out the wait for the new form I-9 isn’t over or resolved. For employers, this means waiting for new information and wondering if new hires are filling out the correct required paperwork.

To help you make sense of the current status of the form I-9, here’s what you need to know to clear up the form I-9 confusion:

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Human Capital Strategies Is #1 in Ranking Arizona for Second Year

Thursday, April 11, 2013

They say “it takes a village,” and whether you’re raising a family or running a business, this age-old statement definitely holds true. At Human Capital Strategies, we are acutely aware of how important our village is in our success; in fact, incorporating the HCS community takes a front seat in the structure of how we run our business. So it is with a very heartfelt thank you that we announce that, for the second year in a row, Human Capital Strategies has been voted #1 PEO (professional employment organization) in Arizona by Ranking Arizona.

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Increase Employee Engagement through Social Media

Monday, April 8, 2013

Spring and the impending arrival of second quarter mean it’s a great time to freshen up your employee engagement strategy and energize your employees. One effective way to accomplish this is by incorporating social media into that plan. Social media, you say? Doesn’t that mean they’ll be playing on Facebook all day long? Not if you have your ducks in a row and are clear how your company uses social media in its daily marketing and communications efforts.

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Office Drama Is Costing You Money

Monday, April 8, 2013

No matter how hard you try as a manager or business owner, the likelihood is that you’re going to have inner-office challenges with your employees. But did you know that what may just seem like annoying office drama is costing your company money? According to CPP Inc., the estimated cost overall is $359 billion each year, and if you have a 15-person company, your cost is $32,508 each year.

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The Fine Lines of Office Relationships

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Valentine’s Day has just passed and the smell of spring is in the air. That means love and flowers—sometimes even in the work environment. This is a great time to revisit your office policy on dating and relationships (and if you don’t have one, it’s an even better time to create one!).

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Understanding the FUTA Credit Reduction

Friday, March 1, 2013

With the new year upon us, your company is probably gearing up for tax time. While it’s easy to associate taxes primarily with the amount of money the company made and other financial aspects, it’s also important to remember that some of the tax filing sections are actually based on your employees and their employment status. One example of an employment tax component to keep on the radar is the Federal Unemployment Tax Act (FUTA) tax credit reduction.

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Six ways to use social media in your job search

Friday, March 1, 2013

Resume? Check. Cover letter? Check. Now you're ready to begin that job search, right? Wrong. There may be some very important things you're forgetting about that could dramatically enhance your job search.

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Out of work? How job hunters can fight the growing stigma of unemployment

Friday, February 15, 2013

Soft skills needed to get and keep a job

Friday, February 1, 2013

In today's economy, it takes a lot more than meeting job requirements and possessing technical skills to get and keep a job.

Directors of Career Services Ricardo Estevez of The Art Institute of Washington, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta, and Don Stewart of The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, provide tips for identifying and utilizing your soft skills, whether for an interview or on the job.

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Create a Consistent Brand Across Departments

Monday, January 21, 2013

With the arrival of a new year, it’s a great time to ensure your company’s brand is consistent. Whether due to company growth, a new branding initiative, or just because it’s time for all employees to be on the same page, it’s a win-win for employees and customers. 

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Tips for beating workplace stress by taking charge of your career

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Whether it's low pay, a heavy workload, fear of being laid off or simply that annoying co-worker in the cube next to you, there's a variety of reasons why you might feel stressed at work. If you think of yourself as someone who's consistently stressed at work, it's important to know that you're not alone, and there are things you can do reduce the stress of your job.

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New Year, New Hires

Friday, January 4, 2013

A new year means a fresh start, and for you, that might mean adding to your team. Whether this is on the forefront of your to-do list or maybe just a general goal for 2013, it’s good to keep a few things in mind. 

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Small-business owners show cautious optimism about 2013

Friday, December 28, 2012

There's no doubt that small businesses are a driving force in the American economy. And because they feel the shifts in the economy so acutely, the insight of small business owners can provide a real-time picture of what's going well and where potential problems lie.

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Holidays at the Office: Should You or Shouldn’t You?

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Holiday parties can add a lot of fun to the work environment, but what if they are offensive? Should you or shouldn't you celebrate the season at the office?

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Three things you'd never guess would affect your chances of getting a job

Friday, December 14, 2012

Whether you are a new graduate or recently unemployed, competition remains fierce in the current job market. Things you may never guess could be eliminating you as a candidate. Are you making some major interview mistakes without even knowing it?

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The importance of marketing your soft skills in the job search

Friday, November 30, 2012

As many Americans continue to search for employment, everyone is looking for ways to make the most of every interview opportunity. Of course, a good resume will reflect your technical training and experience. However, there is more to your overall qualifications than that. Your soft skills are an important part of the whole package.

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Take the Headache Out of Open Enrollment

Friday, November 16, 2012

What begins with a great deal of thought over what’s best for employees and the company overall can quickly snowball into a storm of epic proportions. If you’re in the HR department of your firm, or just acting in that role, the whole process can be overwhelming. Get tips to manage open enrollment.

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How to handle tough interview questions

Thursday, November 15, 2012

When searching for employment in today's highly competitive job market, the process often seems like one hurdle after another. Once you have prepared a letter-perfect resume, you face the hurdle of landing an interview. After securing the interview, the next hurdle poses itself in the form of surprisingly tough interview questions. In the past, job interviews were all about your knowledge and technical skills. Not so today.

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New job skills can increase your chances of being hired

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Many Americans are involved in prolonged job searches these days. With the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reporting the unemployment rate still hovering around 8 percent at the end of April 2012, competition among job seekers can be daunting. This is a good time to evaluate your viability in the job market, beginning with an assessment of your skills.

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