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How to Up Your Game in Benefits Communication at Open Enrollment This Year

JULIE LILLEGREN
Communications Specialist at HNI

It's that special time of the year when HR employees everywhere are beginning to feel that sense of dread that looms around Open Enrollment.

Topics: HR / Employee Benefits

New guidance from the DOL on Classifying Employees & Independent Contractors

BEN MENZEL
Relationship Manager at HNI

Many of the businesses we work with are faced with the decision of whether to classify workers as employees or independent contractors. 

This topic has grown in interest over the past several years due to increases in hiring activity and increases in enforcement.  In a recent memo, the U.S. Department of Labor provided some helpful insight to how the law should be applied.

Topics: HR / Employee Benefits

R - E - S - P - E - C -T! Bridging the Generational Gap

CHAD TISONIK
President of HNI Wisconsin

We all want it from those we work with, but each generation defines respect differently. 

Most people in the workplace operate with the thought process of giving respect as they want to receive it.  Sort of the “do onto others as you would have done onto you” approach.

Well, that’s your first mistake. One generation expects respect based on their title and position and another generation wants to have respect shown to them based on their ideas and performance. 

Do you see the conflicting views? Many managers may not see it but they FEEL it daily.

Topics: Construction Transportation Manufacturing HR / Employee Benefits

Why High Turnover Means High Employment Practices Risk

JANINE TRACY
HNI Director of People

Seeing high turnover in your organization?  While you are likely well aware of the costs involved with recruiting and onboarding a new employee, high turnover may also be exposing you employment practices liability that you may not have coverage for.

Topics: HR / Employee Benefits

Smoke & Mirrors: How E-Cigs Impact Employee Wellness Programs

JULIE LILLEGREN
Communications Specialist at HNI

With the emergence of e-cigarettes on the market, people have flocked to the smokeless cigarettes with the intention being a "lesser of two evils" alternative for either themselves or loved ones.

Topics: HR / Employee Benefits

An Open Letter to Our Future Gamechangers

Dear Future HNI Employees,

In spite of the fact that the economy is still recovering, I know that your skills are in high demand. You A-player, gamechanger types have no shortage of options at your disposal...so why should you join our team?

Topics: Leadership / Strategy HR / Employee Benefits

6 Ways to Weed Stress Out of Your Culture

DOMINIQUE BEAUDIN
Director of Technology at HNI

Topics: Leadership / Strategy HR / Employee Benefits

Can You Recommend a Gamechanger?

JENNIFER ROMERO
Manager of Talent & Perks at HNI

HNI is in growth mode, and we’re not slowing down any time soon. 

Topics: HR / Employee Benefits

EEOC Issues [Somewhat] Clearer Rules for Wellness Programs

BARB RAND
Compliance Advisor at HNI

The EEOC recently issued new proposed rules regarding non-discrimination requirements for wellness programs. 

If the proposed rules are adopted, the standards for non-discrimination held by various federal agencies/statutes will be better aligned and there will be opportunities for additional wellness program innovation without the threat of federal penalties. However, there remain areas where compliance requirements are unclear or conflict with one another. 

Topics: HR / Employee Benefits

6 Misconceptions In Companies that Offer Domestic Partner Benefits

JULIE LILLEGREN
Communications Specialist at HNI

We're seeing an uptick in companies that offer domestic partner benefits, but this is still fairly new for many organizations.  

Topics: HR / Employee Benefits