Synergy in the Work Place 

David Brooks, author of the New York Times Best-Seller, “The Social Animal,” believes students learn from people they love. Studies by cognitive scientists show that emotion is essential to reason. Brooks recalls a time when he was teaching at Yale and had to cancel office hours due to personal issues. Revealing that one unspecific, yet personal, detail humanized him to his class and changed both the relationship and the tone between students and professor for the rest of the term.

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HR Hot Topics

The first quarter of 2019 has brought several potential changes in both proposed regulations and legislation that may impact your organization.  Below are the current HR Hot Topics to be keep in mind: 

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Gearing up for Summer Interns

It’s barely Spring and yet here we are already looking into Summer. This is perhaps not by choice but because Summer Interns are actively seeking potential employers for internships. If your organization has intentions of employing Summer Interns, it’s time to proactively prepare.

Summer Interns can bring many different benefits to an organization. Some of those benefits may come through the Summer Intern’s unique perspectives and skill sets. Other benefits consist of easier recruitment for the employer in terms of future employment opportunities. Forbes recently reported on permanent placements of Summer Interns following internship programs: “In 2018, the offer rate for interns was 59%, the acceptance rate was 77.3% and the conversion rate was 45.6%, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).” (Fallstrom, 2019).   

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Hot Off the Press – Overtime Pay Regulation Proposal Announced

The Department of Labor (DOL) announced on Thursday, March 7, 2019, the long-anticipated proposal to the salary-level threshold changes for white collar exemptions (overtime pay regulation).

As many of you may recall, in May of 2016, the DOL released the Final Rule on the overtime pay regulation with an increase from $23,660 to $47,476 for full-time exempt employees; however, this was blocked in November of 2016 by a U.S. District Court Judge, Amos Mazzant. The DOL did appeal the District Court’s decision, but a permanent injunction was issued in August of 2017. Employers have been holding their breath, expecting a new proposal to be released with the Trump Administration.

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Making the Best of Every Meeting

Patrick Lencioni, author of the New York Times Best-Seller, “The Five Dysfunctions of a Team,” asserted, “Meetings are usually terrible, but they shouldn’t be.” Do your managers grumble when the infamous calendar invite for a company meeting invades their email inboxes? Do you find meetings monopolizing your calendar and preventing productivity? On average, office workers spend twenty-one percent (21%) of their work day in meetings, of which twenty-five percent (25%) is deemed as “wasted” in their opinion.

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What our clients say...

East Texas Electric Cooperative

Tambra Offield
Officer Manager
East Texas Electric Cooperative

“I first met Kristina Dietrick and learned of HR Partners at last year’s NRECA Interact conference.  Her presentation on developing an employee handbook was very informative.  Kristina sent me all the materials and introduced me to the staff who worked closely with myself and our General Manager to develop our new employee handbook specifically to fit our needs. 

We were so impressed that when our Board President asked about doing an evaluation of our General Manager’s performance, that we immediately thought of HR Partners.”

We can’t thank HR Partners enough for all their help with our GM’s review process.  Their knowledge and experience made the process so easy. 

I have recommended CBS to all 10 of our distribution cooperative members for all their human resources needs.