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OCT
23

How to Throw a Halloween Office Party (Without HR Consequences)

As Human Resources consultants, we tend to steer clear of holidays in general as everyone has different preferences. However, we understand that bypassing holiday celebrations all together isn't realistic as many companies build holiday celebrations into their company culture. With Halloween right around the corner, we figured it was time to make our yearly announcement about what works and what doesn't when planning a Halloween office party…especially if it's on company property and during work hours. The truth is that some people love Halloween with every bit of their being…while others could go without the costumes, parties, and candy. Before you complete the final details of your company Halloween party, here are some things to consider.
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OCT
20

Owner Spotlight: Dawn Stastny

Dawn Stastny is the owner and founder of Stellaris Group, using her 30+ years of experience in the HR field to provide businesses with customer and employee-related guidance. She has not only obtained degrees in Business Administration and Organizational Development but also holds a Senior Professional Human Resources Certification (SPHR) from the HR Certification Institute, an SHRM-SCP designation from the Society for Human Resources Management, and is also a HIPAA Compliance Officer.
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OCT
13

The Stellaris Review Part Three: 5 Reasons to Rethink 360 Reviews

While there are many options for employee performance appraisals, 360 reviews tend to be low on our list of recommended reviews. If you haven't heard of 360 reviews before, you may have heard of this review style as 360 feedback, peer feedback, or multi-directional feedback. In theory, 360 reviews sound like a great option, but realistically this employee review method isn't all it's cracked up to be as it relies too heavily on the opinion of others and doesn't take into account other factors that could affect the review process. If you need an employee performance review process that's reliable and objective, this might not be it.

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OCT
06

The Stellaris Review Part Two: Performance Reviews - No More Blasts from the Past

Performance reviews are often dreaded by all involved, but it doesn't necessarily have to be that way. With some tact and guidelines, the employer can make the process better than expected and keeping the blasts from the past to a minimum is a great way to do just that! Though there are a lot of variables depending on the chosen performance appraisal method, it's important that you focus your effort on looking to the future instead of getting stuck on past successes and failures. Keep reading to find out why it's so important to be future-oriented when conducting employee reviews!
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SEP
29

The Stellaris Review Part One: 5 Performance Appraisal Methods

In the coming weeks, we will be releasing additional blogs relating to review methods as a 3-part blog series on performance appraisal methods. This includes different methods, the objective of employee reviews, and an analysis of 360 reviews. This week, we will key in on five different types of reviews and the pros/cons of each.

As you know, employee reviews are important to the productivity of your business. They often determine who is doing well, who could be doing better, and what may need to change to improve overall performance. There are many different performance appraisal methods and not all of them are for you. Some are only good for small companies, others work better for large companies, while some can provide flat-out inaccurate results. Employee reviews help management make crucial decisions and if such large decisions are based on these reviews, you should make sure you're using a method that is beneficial for you and your employees.
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22

6 Benefits of Internships for Employers

Have you ever watched a movie where an intern's sole purpose is to go on coffee runs and complete meaningless tasks? It usually features a frazzled young adult, a callous supervisor, and a series of disasters. The good news is that this representation of interns isn't so accurate anymore as companies are taking advantage of all that interns have to offer and are reaping the benefits. One of the many benefits of an internship program is that it's useful for you and the intern. The intern gains valuable experience while the employer gets to use the internship program as an opportunity for company growth. Here are 6 reasons you should start an internship program!

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15

Employer’s Guide to Salary Negotiations

Salary negotiations can be delicate situations and require a great amount of strategy to achieve optimal results. It's a balancing act between reaching a conclusion that will please your employee and staying within the guidelines of your budget. People do it every day, but it doesn't make this process any less difficult or important. It can often be a make it or break it situation for your employee as your attentiveness and flexibility could determine if they're starting a job hunt or if they have an increase in workplace morale. With it being such a sensitive subject, it's important that you go in prepared and know how to tactfully negotiate a raise with your employee.
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SEP
08

How to Practice Active Listening in the Workplace

Do you know the difference between active and passive listening? Passive listening is when the listener is more focused on their internal monologue or the speaker's literal words instead of what they're really saying. Active listening consists of a certain level of engagement, acknowledgment, and ultimately a deeper level of understanding. It plays a vital role in workplace communications, productivity, and relationships and while it comes easily to some, others must make a more conscious effort. There's always room for improvement when it comes to communication and this skill can serve employers and employees well in all parts of their lives. If you're lacking active listening skills, now is the time to learn!
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SEP
01

How to Prevent Healthcare Burnout in a Pandemic

Amidst the chaos that 2020 brought with it, there has been the soft but consistent hum of healthcare personnel working to treat those with and without COVID-19. Their days consist of helping the weak, explaining to families why they can't come in to see their loved ones, and being faced with patient after patient – risking the health of themselves and their families daily. Why? Because the call came, and they answered. Over the last several months, healthcare workers all over the nation and world have been faced with struggle and taking care of everyone else – but who's taking care of them? Burnout in the healthcare industry was a point of struggle long before COVID-19 but is something especially prevalent in the middle of a pandemic. It's time to find what works and adapt typical burnout prevention methods to the times.
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AUG
25

7 Items You Should Have on Your Termination Checklist

Terminations are hard no matter what, and depending on the circumstances, they can result in a lot of emotion and potentially some drama. Due to the potential for emotions and a subsequent whirlwind of adjustment for managers and employees, it's important to have a concrete termination checklist that is specific to your company and system. Ensuring that all tasks have been completed is vital to office operations and security. Though we like to think that no one would purposely harm a company, disgruntled former employees could try to do something to "get back" at you – so make sure all bases are covered before he or she has the chance to do anything dishonorable.
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