Welcome to another insightful episode of the “While We Were Working” HR podcast! In this episode, we delve into the latest developments surrounding the PUMP Act and the question of whether Form I-9’s need to be completed in person. Join our expert panel as we discuss the implications of these new requirements and their impact on employers and employees alike.
00:00 – Introduction
01:59 – Understanding the PUMP Act: Exploring its new requirements (While We Were Working Segment)
15:04 – Form I-9: In-person completion or remote alternatives? (Consultant’s Corner Segment)
In this engaging HR podcast episode, our knowledgeable hosts dive deep into the intricacies of the PUMP Act, shedding light on the updated requirements that organizations need to be aware of.
We analyze the key aspects of the legislation and explore its potential implications on businesses, employee rights, and compliance obligations.
Form I-9, a crucial document for verifying employment eligibility, has traditionally required in-person completion. However, in light of evolving workplace dynamics and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, we examine whether digital alternatives and remote completion options can be considered viable alternatives.
We discuss the benefits and challenges associated with these approaches and provide practical insights for employers navigating this changing landscape.
As we unravel the complexities surrounding the PUMP Act and Form I-9 requirements, our expert panel offers valuable perspectives and actionable advice.
Gain insights into compliance considerations, best practices, and the potential consequences of non-compliance.
Whether you are an employer, HR professional, or an employee seeking clarity on these matters, this episode equips you with the knowledge needed to adapt and comply with the new regulations.
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Before we talk about building a team, let’s take a walk down memory lane.
Do you remember the first time you were on a team? It could’ve been a second-grade soccer team where everyone got a trophy at the end of the year regardless of how well the team did. Or it was later in life, a twelfth-grade capstone project that required collaboration for completion. No matter when you experience your first time being on a team, there’s one truth about them: they’re everywhere. So how can something so common be consistently mismanaged? It may have more to do with what we believe about teams in the first place.
“A team is more than a collection of people. It is a process of give and take.” – Barbara Glacel
In this article, I want to share the three myths that small businesses believe when building a team, why I think these myths exist, and how to overcome them. If these resonate with you, please share them with your team and consider working with mine.
Myth 1 when building a team: The right candidate is LOOKING for your business.
Every day in America, companies post, pray, and ponder over job descriptions, hoping they’ve cooked up the right recipe for the ideal candidate to manifest in their applicant tracking system and solve all their workload and team chemistry woes.
Building a team is hard and I’ve even been there myself. Thinking that the only thing standing between our open positions and success is a fresh job description with KPIs and culture. Unfortunately, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Unless you are a household name like Apple or Amazon, how can we be so sure that someone even knows to look for us in the first place? Of course, we believe in our brand, mission, and team – but what do we do consistently to raise awareness about our businesses and their inner workings? Suppose you want to be found by the right candidate. In that case, you must think beyond the traditional job description and share what it’s like to work in your company. These days, 70% of job seekers are passive.
Stop believing that the right candidate is LOOKING for your business. More often than not, it would be best to source the right candidate for your business. What is sourcing? It’s when you proactively find candidates instead of posting a job and sifting through hundreds of candidates. As you make this shift when building a team, you feel empowered to make proactive decisions to land your next key hire. One potential decision you should consider making? Work with a recruiting agency that will source talent and use tools that reduce the time and cost it takes to hire for your organization.
Myth 2 when building a team: The right hire comes from the right school or company.
While so much has changed over the last decade within the recruiting industry, only some hiring managers have kept up.
There was once a time when notable schools and companies were reliable pipelines to fill cookie-cutter jobs with predictable expectations. I remember the days when building a team meant that applicants from relevant universities or companies were given an automatic second look – even if their qualifications weren’t quite there. Some would even get the benefit of the doubt when it came to salary since “they used to work at [fill in the blank], they must be good!” The problem with this way of thinking now (and quite frankly, always) is that it presents an unconscious bias against high-potential talent from non-traditional or traditional backgrounds without name recognition. Take the world of IT, for example, where the US Bureau of Labor Statistics says 25% of IT workers have no college degree. Are you willing to risk passing on game-changing talent because they don’t come from the background you envisioned they would?
Instead of believing the right hire comes from the right school or company, you should know that the right candidate can articulate their skills and how they align with what you need them to do. Interviewing is all about asking excellent questions and developing mutual trust. The next time you have an opportunity to chat with a candidate with the right experience but not the right name on their diploma, break out a few good questions where you ask them to describe their experience and what challenges they’ve faced along the way. Don’t hire based on which mascot they cheer for during March Madness; employ a team member for their ability to make an impact on your team today and tomorrow.
Myth 3 when building a team: We hire to find the right person.
One of these days, I might write a book about the parallels of marriage and building a team – but that’s a story for another time.
Right now, though, I want to address a myth we’ve been carrying for years in small business circles: there are no unicorns, ninjas, or rockstars. Instead, there are hidden gems, high-potential hires, and developmental candidates you take a chance on because you see something. Companies often want to pass on great candidates in hopes of finding “the one.” It prolongs the search process, adds extra costs, and reduces the candidate experience for everyone. You rarely find someone better qualified than the candidate you passed on because they nailed four things but were “eh” on the fifth.
Instead of believing you recruit to find the right person, consider recruiting to find someone competent in the role that vibes with your culture and is willing to be developed. Since we’re on the topic of teams, let me speak about a sports analogy: The NBA Draft. The most successful teams in the draft aren’t the ones who waste time trying to find someone who will be an MVP right away. The most successful teams in the draft are the ones who look at their organization’s style of play, which prospects play a similar kind of basketball, and who will train and study to perform at their best over time. It’s impractical to think there’s a perfect ready-made hire out there. Why? You have a unique culture, unique management structure, and maybe a few skeletons in your operational closet.
If you think about hiring as a big-picture project, your new hire will figure out how to paint themselves in that picture with you.
While the four-day work week is not yet universal, most citizens enjoy the pleasures of added three-day weekends during the year.
– Michael From
The idea of a 4-day work week has gained popularity in recent years, with some small businesses opting to implement this schedule in order to increase productivity and improve employee satisfaction. However, before making the switch to a 4-day work week, it’s important to consider both the pros and cons.
Pros of Implementing a 4-Day Work Week:
Increased productivity: By condensing the workweek, employees have more time to rest and recharge, which can lead to a more productive and engaged workforce.
Reduced burnout: The added day off each week can help to reduce stress and burnout among employees, leading to a more positive work environment.
Attracting and retaining employees: A 4-day work week can be an attractive benefit for potential employees, making it easier for small businesses to attract and retain top talent.
Cost savings: A 4-day workweek can lead to cost savings for small businesses, as they may need to pay less for utilities, office space, and other expenses associated with keeping the office open an extra day.
Cons of Implementing a 4-Day Work Week:
Reduced hours for employees: A 4-day work week can mean that employees work longer hours on the days they are in the office, which can be tiring and lead to decreased productivity.
Reduced availability: With a shorter workweek, small businesses may be closed an extra day, which can make it harder for customers to reach them.
Difficulty with scheduling: A 4-day workweek can make it harder for small businesses to schedule meetings and appointments, as everyone may not be available on the same days.
Difficulty accommodating with unexpected events: A 4-day workweek can make it harder for small businesses to handle unexpected events, such as a rush of customers or an emergency repair, as they may not have enough staff on hand.
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If you are considering implementing a 4-day workweek, here are some practical tips for making it work:
Communicate with employees: Make sure to talk to your employees about the potential change and get their input.
Test it out: Consider starting with a trial period to see how a 4-day workweek works for your business and your employees.
Be flexible: Be willing to adjust the schedule as needed to accommodate the needs of your employees and your business.
Plan ahead: Make sure to plan ahead for meetings and appointments, so that everyone is available on the same days.
Be prepared for unexpected events: Have a plan in place for handling unexpected events, such as having a designated employee who can come in on their day off in case of an emergency.
Overall, a 4-day workweek can be a great option for small businesses looking to increase productivity and improve employee satisfaction. However, it’s important to carefully consider the pros and cons and be prepared to make adjustments as needed to make it work for your business.
Inc. Business Media today announced the inaugural Power Partner Awards, honoring B2B organizations across the globe that have proven track records supporting entrepreneurs and helping startups grow. The list recognizes 252 firms in marketing and advertising, health and human resources, financial planning, engineering, logistics, and security, as well as other areas of business.
All 252 companies received top marks from clients for being instrumental in helping leadership navigate the dynamic world of startups. These B2B partners support entrepreneurs across various facets of the business, including hiring, compliance, infrastructure development, cloud migration, fundraising, etc., allowing founders to focus on their core missions.
“Trusted B2B partners provide guidance and expertise that founders rely on at various steps of their organization’s journey. Partners that possess a demonstrated ability to deliver quality support are at the core of entrepreneurship and help bring big ideas to life,” says Scott Omelianuk, editor-in-chief of Inc. Business media.
Jumpstart:HR President/CEO Joey Price says the following about this award: “The recognition that Inc. provides winners of the Inaugural ‘Power Partners’ list will be a great benefit for Jumpstart. We’ve spent a decade developing custom solutions for winning startups and small businesses and this feels like a congratulatory ‘job well done!’ We plan to maximize the awareness and recognition this award provides by reminding our current clients of the caliber of our team, encouraging new team members to join a thriving remote-first organization, and encouraging current team members that our mission is one worth chasing together. At Jumpstart, we believe that employees desire and deserve to work for an organization where they enjoy Monday morning just as much as most enjoy Friday evening. We look forward to building upon this honor by bringing our drive and outcomes to more organizations across the United States.”
Since 2011, Jumpstart:HR has been providing innovative approaches to shaping culture at some of the top performing organizations across the US. Our approach to workplace culture, compliance, recruitment, and employee relations has supported organizations from restaurants to non-profits. More specifically, Jumpstart’s success has been working with firms in the following industries:
Government Contracting Agencies
Hospitality, Restaurant, and Retail
While a hallmark of Jumpstart’s service offering is confidentiality, clients go on to support causes and organizations that are highly visible. Our client organizations provide direct services and support to brands like:
Meta (Formerly Facebook)
The NFL (National Football League)
Numerous Several Federal and State Government Agencies (Ex.: The Small Business Administration, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services)
And the following causes on a national and international scale:
Gun Violence Prevention
Remedying Food Insecurity
Health and Fitness
About the Power Partners Evaluation Process Inc. partnered with leading global social and media intelligence platform Meltwater to develop a proprietary methodology that uses a sentiment from online conversations about organizations and translates it into numerical scores. Companies were evaluated on commitment, reliability, trust, creativity, supportiveness, and other virtues that offer value to clients. Inc. also conducted surveys to gather client testimonials as part of the process.
The November 2022 Issue of Inc. magazine is available online now at https://www.inc.com/magazine and will be on newsstands beginning November 8, 2022.
About Inc. Business Media The world’s most trusted business-media brand, Inc. offers entrepreneurs the knowledge, tools, connections, and community they need to build great companies. Its award-winning multiplatform content reaches more than 50 million people each month across a variety of channels including websites, newsletters, social media, podcasts, and print. Its prestigious Inc. 5000 list, produced every year since 1982, analyzes company data to recognize the fastest-growing privately held businesses in the United States. The global recognition that comes with inclusion in the 5000 gives the founders of the best businesses an opportunity to engage with an exclusive community of their peers, and the credibility that helps them drive sales and recruit talent. The associated Inc. 5000 Conference is part of a highly acclaimed portfolio of bespoke events produced by Inc. For more information, visit http://www.inc.com.
ABOUT JUMPSTART:HR Jumpstart:HR is an outsourcing human resources firm providing innovative and fresh ways to drive human performance and interconnectivity in the workplace that meet the needs of emerging small businesses and teams. They are professionals with the experience and passion for transforming and inspiring workplace culture. Jumpstart:HR is committed to building better businesses and lending their expertise to solve organizations’ most complex people problems.
The SAPPHIRE NOW keynote address promised to be eye-opening and it exceeded my expectations. This year I had the privilege to be part of SAP’s influencer class and being part of the inside circle granted my colleagues and me exclusive insights into the future of technology in business. As valuable as they are, there was also a highlight – the open to all keynote that grabbed attention and brought forth business operation intelligence that benefits small, medium, and large entities alike.
This year’s keynote address was given by Christian Klein, CEO, COO, and member of the Executive Board of SAP SE, during the ”The Enterprise in an Age of Networks” session at the SAPPHIRE NOW summit yesterday.
Klein’s well-done keynote address focused on the changing ecosystem of learning and business prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Digital is the focus with emphasis on transparency across all areas of business operations. Technologies are evolving to bring not only businesses together but families too. The way we learn and the way we work will never be the same again. It is time to evolve to be more connected and innovative for a successful tomorrow.
Klein stressed three key insights which will shape the business world as we know it – all of which we found equally intriguing.
Key Insight Number 1
The most resilient companies are those who embraced technology to sustain their business. The COVID-19 Pandemic was a time for change and the opportunity to use technological intelligence. Companies that embraced the trend faster ensured lesser disruption in their processes and productivity.
The feat of being technologically intelligent is based not only on knowledge but courage as well. Courage to keep traditional business models behind and look towards forward-thinking models
Klein used the case study on Brakes Ecosystem – a SYSCO company is as a great example of what pioneering adaptation of technology can do the ensure minimal downtime even during a pandemic
Key Insight Number 2
We win together as a community – no business does business alone. This is one of the most important trends to move forward. We live in a connected economy and it only makes sense to be part of a connected community to help our businesses work smoother. Industries will be revolutionized when businesses become communities and vice versa.
The new businesses models must emphasize the following:
The need to reinvent how companies work
Complex logistics of old models need to be overhauled
COVID-19 showed us the importance of real-time transparency. In traditional methods, the one-to-one communications in the supply chain do not provide real-time data to businesses. Digitization gives the whole scenario much-needed transparency.
Key Insight Number 3
One of the most hard-hitting insights Klein put forward is preservation. Preservation that zeroes in on three vital aspects.
Klein focused his energy on emphasizing how important these three-pointers will be in the businesses of the future. SAP is already working full steam to create a very low carbon footprint model that will ensure steady work towards zero emissions. Businesses across the globe are focusing on minimizing their carbon footprint and technology is there to help.
Zero waste is the need of the hour during pandemics. With the delivery of almost everything hit with logistical glitches, waste curbing is of much importance. Businesses will do well to ensure that minimal wastage of resources occurs in the whole supply chain model.
The third and most arguably the strongest point of the session was zero inequality. This is the time to come together and form a better cause. Thereby inequality has no place in the new age businesses. Community is vital for businesses and that is where the focus must be given
We at Jumpstart enjoyed the session immensely, to say the least. What were your take and views on the keynote? Let’s exchange ideas for a connected future.