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Party Success… 5,4,3,2,1

After a long year of meetings, memos, and project deadlines, your staff always looks forward to the opportunity celebrate, socialize, and unwind. The office holiday party has become a rite of passage in corporate America and something that even the most curmudgeonly employee learns to embrace. Don’t let your party get off the rails before it even starts. By taking the time to plan and follow a few easy steps you’ll be the organizer of a cherished holiday office experience.


Holiday Harmony

“It’s the thought that counts,” is a common holiday phrase we hear almost on repeat during this festive season. While we all have big budget items on our holiday wish list, a little personal attention from a boss or co-worker can have a profound impact. While the holidays can be a source of stress for many, there is no reason why you can’t seek a month of corporate bliss by striking a balance between projects and parties.

December is a month where many distractions are battling for our attention. Families are calling and emailing with regards to setting up holiday visits. Our inbox is filled with offers and rebates for the most competitive shopping deals. It can be a difficult time for anyone to focus on company projects. One way to combat the holiday hustle and bustle is too give your coworkers more personal attention. Spend an afternoon and schedule time to drop by a few cubicles. Keep it brief and focus on THEIR holiday plans. When you need details for a final project examined, your team will remember your drop-in and hopefully go that extra mile before signing off for the year.


5 Things To Know About Open Enrollment

DEADLINES:
All Enroll/Change/Term forms must be submitted by November 20, 2017

‚NO ACTION NEEDED:
If you are not making any changes to your medical, dental or vision coverage, benefits will rollover for the coming year

ƒFSA/HSA:
If you are currently enrolled in the plan and wish to continue participation for 2018, you must re-enroll. If you do not re-enroll your coverage will end on 12/31/17

„AVOID PENALTIES:
Be sure to enroll for adequate coverage in order to avoid penalties

…PRIOR MONTH BILLING:
Most deductions are on a prior month billing cycle, your new deductions will be reflected on your December payroll for January rates


Back to School, Back to Learning

The beginning of a new school year is an exciting time. Teacher’s spend the first few days discussing what skills and topics the students will be learning. Textbooks are distributed among the students and notebooks begin to be filled with information. The learning process begins, as facts and figures are absorbed by thirsty minds.

It’s never too late to hit the books yourself and learn something new. September is a great time of year to educate yourself on a new skill, discover a new team management strategy, or dive deep into a new software that will enhance your workplace performance. Below are three things you can start today to set the table for a great year in the office.


Room to Grow

Students are busy arriving to pristine classroom environments, while teachers are wiping the sweat from their brows. When the bell rings on the first day of school and class finally begins, the students seldom have any idea about the level of preparation their teachers have put in. They’ve spent all summer setting the stage for learning. While you don’t have all summer for a complete office makeover, there are many things you can do this month to remove distractions and optimize workflow. In this article we will look at a few ways you can declutter your workspace in a similar fashion.


7 Ways to balance your work and social life

Too often do we find ourselves struggling to balance our work and personal lives—sometimes it seems nearly impossible to do. Given today’s advanced technology, we can work from practically anywhere. Thus, we have accessibility to our work at all given hours. But that doesn’t mean we should be working at all given hours. We need a balance between work and our personal lives that allows us to grow professionally and personally. Below is a list of seven different things you can do to help balance your social and work life:


Transgender

Expansion of Transgender Protections – New Regulations in California

Effective July 1, 2017, the State of California will have new regulations concerning transgender identity and expression. The regulations address protections for individuals who identify as transgender, which include equal access to facilities such as restrooms and locker rooms.


Situation

Controlling Your Emotions at Work

A phrase we have all heard at some point in our lifetime. The phrase means that when you’re faced with a difficult situation, you work harder to solve that situation. Throughout our personal and professional careers, we are challenged. Sometimes we are placed in tough situations that can alter our emotions negatively. However, there are ways that one can cope with the tough situations, so that those emotions aren’t altered.


6 Things You Should Do at Work Prior to Your Vacation

Picture yourself relaxing on a beach, soaking in the sun, and enjoying that book you have been putting off for the last couple of months. Is it not great? Enjoy that stress free vacation this year by preparing properly prior to your departure. Do not let work intervene with your much-anticipated vacation. To help plan for your vacation, we have compiled a list of things you should do at work to ensure you can enjoy your vacation.


Affordable Health CaRE

What Happens if the Affordable Care Act is Repealed?

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) was signed into law on March 23, 2010 and has since helped approximately, “5 million Californians” gain health coverage throughout these last seven years. With President Trump’s opposition to the Affordable Care Act, employer-sponsored health plans may no longer be required. Many Californians are wondering what will happen to their health coverage with the uncertainty of the status of the ACA.


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