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Human Resources outsourcing, or HRO as it is often called, is a term that is frequently thrown around in the business world, but many may not be aware of what it actually means. By definition, HRO is the process of hiring a third party company to take on some or all of the functions of the Human Resources department. What functions does an outsourcing company handle? What are the benefits to outsourcing certain HR activities? Here’s everything you need to know: 

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Outsourcing is the process of shifting tasks or jobs to a third party company instead of taking care of them internally. Many people assume that companies choose to outsource tasks because they want to cut operating costs. Of course, cost cutting is one of the benefits of outsourcing to a third party. Companies who choose to outsource work don’t have to invest in recruiting and training new employees. Instead, they

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There’s a new president in the White House, which means there are a lot of new faces in the administration. Although it’s important to learn about each person who has been appointed by President Trump, one person that employers and human resource professionals should definitely get to know is Tom Price, who is the new Secretary of Health and Human Services.

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Throughout the course of the election, Obamacare continued to make headlines as the Democratic candidate, Hillary Clinton, vowed to keep it in place and the Republican candidate and now President, Donald Trump, promised to repeal and replace it. Public opinion was of course divided on the matter, as it always is with every major political issue. In 2015, 53% of Americans did not approve of Obamacare, however a more recent poll shows that only 30% of Americans believe the entire act should be repealed.

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Baby Boomer employees are inching closer and closer to retirement, but are the younger generations in your company ready to fill the upper level management positions they left vacant? If the answer is “not quite,” it’s time to make some changes. Instead of scrambling to find someone with the potential to be a leader at the last minute, plan ahead by focusing on your younger employees and working to develop them into the leaders you need to succeed in the future. How can you train your younger employees so they grow into seasoned leaders? Follow these tips:

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Today’s businesses have the unique challenge of managing up to five different generations in the workplace at once. With so many different age groups in one place, there are bound to be disagreements over the best management style, how to get things done, and of course, employee benefits. Employers must figure out a way to offer a benefits package that covers the many different needs of each of these generations.

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Because HR is such a people-centered science, it’s sometimes hard to nail down precise meanings of terms. Take perks and benefits, for instance. They obviously have something in common, and for some employees, they may seem like interchangeable names for the same thing. But what an employer needs to know—and what emphasisHR explains to our clients—is the sometimes subtle but always important differences. While there is some gray area between them, perks are not benefits, and they don’t fulfill the same purpose.

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Just a few weeks ago, Donald Trump claimed victory over Hillary Clinton in the 2016 Presidential election. The election of a new President always brings about changes, but because Trump’s campaign continuously mentioned the need for healthcare reform, many human resource professionals began to wonder what the new President had in store for employer benefits.Although nothing is set in stone quite yet, here are some of the changes that could take place once President-Elect Trump is sworn into office:

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I recently wrote about the roles of instinct and analytics in high-stakes hiring at small- and mid-sized businesses, and how the lack of established, consistent analytics in the decision process—like those used by larger firms with wide hiring pipelines—can lead to more turnover and higher costs per hire.

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There’s no one perfect process for successfully recruiting, hiring, onboarding and developing talent. But there’s a marked difference between how large firms do it, and how small- to mid-sized businesses do it, and unsurprisingly, a lot of it comes down to scale and the tools at hand.

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There are big changes coming to the way small businesses must handle overtime exemptions for salaried workers, and now’s the time to get in front of these very important regulatory changes. Read More..

One of the most challenging aspects to building a modern workplace that attracts and retains top talent is coming up with a personalized mix of benefits that really speaks to employees.

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The traditional, nine-to-five office model is in decline. More and more employers make the distinction between getting work done and just filling chairs.

Renewed attention on work-life balance, particularly among Millennials, and easy, affordable access to

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Unlimited paid time off (UPTO) is a workplace benefit that’s becoming more and more common,particularly in the tech field and in startups of all kinds. I get asked about this one a lot, and my answer is that UPTO is awesome—when you do it right.

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It’s a trending catchphrase in HR these days, but the idea of transformative employees is not a new one. Go back in time and you’ll find a lot of other nicknames, like game changer. Mover and shaker. Plugger. Coffee achiever, if your memory goes back that far.

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It’s my belief that their increased likelihood of leaving a job isn’t necessarily a byproduct of generational angst.

More often, I find that the cause is actually a mismatch between the employer’s and employee’s definitions of what makes a rewarding work culture.

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You came up with the idea. You built the company. You do the books, make the pitches, negotiate the deals, make the hard decisions. You do it all. So why does it sometimes feel like the business is running you?

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Everyone loves those morning news segments about some company’s incredibly lavish workplace culture.. You’ve seen them—usually highly-capitalized startups and tech firms—sporting basketball hoops in the break room, on-premises puppy daycare, full-time masseuses and foosball tables

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Social media: the great dual-edged weapon of the 21st century.Love it or hate it, it’s part of your world. That makes it part of your business.

The only question is whether you’re taking full advantage of all the tools it provides. After all, it’s not all kitten videos, one-star reviews, Impact-font memes and cross-stitch patterns out there—social media has a useful side as well.

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GOING IT ALONE

It’s the creed of the explorer, the frontiersman—and you, the entrepreneur. You’re running your own business because you know something about it that others don’t, and that makes you valuable.

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WHEN YOUR PROVIDER SERVES YOU A BOWL OF HR ALPHABET SOUP

We’ve all heard those enigmatic acronyms thrown about by the HR community – HRO, PEO...it’s enough to make you want to exclaim “WTF!” in frustration. Don’t despair.

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Successful HRO

Change Management: Helps HR execute on their HRO implementation

A best-in-class approach to change management uses communication to build excitement among employees and HR staff, and training to ensure that the solution

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You don’t know what you don’t know!

Navigating through the uncertainty leaves most small to medium sized business (SMB) leaders reaching out to HRO providers for help. Experienced HRO providers are well-positioned to leverage their proven expertise and best practices to ensure success.

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The Business case for payroll outsourcing

Every small business owner is painfully aware of the importance of perfectly managed payroll system. The size of the business is irrespective while managing the payroll because all the paperwork still remain the same. But payroll does not only mean the calculation of employee’s salary, it also includes:

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The modern era of HRO

As we approached the 21st century, technology and management trends converged to launch the modern era of HRO, and propelled the broader application of outsourcing across all of HR In the mid-2000s, a number of

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Choosing the right HRO Partner

Choosing a partner to provide HRO is no small consideration. At a time when nearly every major business process initiative is being scrutinized by boards and shareholders, you want to ensure your time and money are invested in a productive relationship.

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CHICAGO -- emphasisHR and Global Group recently announced plans to move to a new location to support the companies' continued growth.

The new offices are located in Deerfield, IL. This ideal location provides emphasisHR and Global Group the ability to attract even more of the best and brightest employees in the Chicagoland area due to a very commuter-friendly location. Metra can deliver City dwellers directly to this new location in 30 minutes or less.

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Strategies to incorporate technology into onboarding

Technology can help engage employees as soon as they are hired, and streamline tasks so they are more productive from the start. Here are five proven and effective strategies:

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