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All-Access Payroll: Why You Should Implement Self-Service

June 14, 2019 | posted by Abacus Payroll
If you own a business, chances are that you at least remember a time when HR services and payroll duties required both strictly paper-based resources and actual human interaction. With the rise of technology and tech awareness, however, your employees most likely don’t want to schedule an appointment with HR just to see how many […]
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6 Tips for Making Smarter Hiring Decisions

June 11, 2019 | posted by Abacus Payroll
Hiring and training new employees is one of the toughest jobs you face as a manager or business owner. Even when there are plenty of applicants, finding the right one is still time-consuming. Here are some tips for each stage of the process – from identifying your requirements to interviewing candidates. 1. Know Exactly What […]
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How Not to Lose Your Best Employees

June 4, 2019 | posted by Abacus Payroll
In today’s tight labor market, finding and retaining top talent can be daunting. Ideally, you’ll discover and hire workers who fit your company culture, sign on to its mission, and stick around for the long haul. But retaining your “best and brightest” can be a balancing act. Here are five suggestions: 1. Focus on culture. […]
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Updating Your Employer Handbook for 2019

May 31, 2019 | posted by Abacus Payroll
Your employee handbook should be a go-to compendium of resources to help both you and your employees keep your workplace compliant and employee-friendly. Unfortunately, it can be all too easy for you to let your employee handbook’s contents go without an update for long enough that it no longer mentions relevant criteria, thus landing you […]
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Better Job Descriptions for Better Hiring

May 22, 2019 | posted by Abacus Payroll
While not a required aspect of the hiring process, a proper job description can be the difference between a well-oiled machine and total pandemonium. Unfortunately, what can be a pivotal document often becomes overburdened with legalese, tired phrases, and a profound lack of inspiration. Here are a few ways you can attract inspired candidates and […]
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5 Ways to Improve Your Payroll Automation

May 1, 2019 | posted by Abacus Payroll
Payroll automation is one of those things that, once fully implemented, makes both your life and the lives of your employees substantially less complicated; however, making the transition from traditional payroll to an automated system is anything but simple, and even largely automated businesses could stand to make a few adjustments. Whether you’ve fully switched […]
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Hackable Employees: How to Address the Issue and Protect Your Business

April 23, 2019 | posted by Abacus Payroll
Let’s face it — your employees are highly hackable. Regardless of how much money your firm throws at antivirus software and malware trainings, the ugly truth is that your employees are the ultimate weak link in your company’s cyber protection. While it may be disheartening to know that your firm will never be 100 percent […]
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Social Media Etiquette for Employers

April 3, 2019 | posted by Abacus Payroll
Social media is an undeniably large part of any business, both from a marketing perspective and from a personal standpoint: it’s a way to reach your customers, a space to build your brand, and an outlet for employees to utilize in their spare time. For all social media’s prevalence, though, crafting and incorporating an adequate […]
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Combating Buddy-Punching in the Workplace

March 26, 2019 | posted by Abacus Payroll
Payroll fraud takes on a myriad of different forms, one of the more prominent of which is buddy-punching. Far from workplace brawls between friends, buddy-punching involves employees punching in for other employees who have yet to arrive on the premises. Regardless of the rationale, buddy-punching is responsible for hundreds of millions of lost revenue per […]
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Tips for Employers on Disaster Proofing Your Business

March 21, 2019 | posted by Abacus Payroll
Regardless of whether you’re hundreds of miles away from hurricane zones or right in the middle of one, here are a few ways you can ensure that your employees know what to do to react to—and even prevent—disasters. Practicing Responsible Actions Some of the most catastrophic side-effects of any disaster are often man-made and panic-induced. […]
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