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Top 5 Ways to Optimize Staffing in Today's Market

Thanks to the recent dynamic adjustments to our economy, many companies are currently running about as lean as it's possible to get. Increased efficiencies can certainly be the silver lining in these types of cyclical economic clouds. But, if you're like some of the organizations we've spoken with, you may have found yourself shedding more than just the fat in the rush to get costs under control. Now that the turnaround is in sight, building back productivity while staying smart is the order of the day, and we have five tips for doing just that. More...

Getting to the Heart of Workplace Romance

Valentine's may be the one day Cupid comes to mind, but not to worry - he's a year-round regular in most workplaces. Various studies reveal that close to 80 percent of employees are involved in or knew someone who is involved in a workplace romance. In fact, workplace romance is so common, research indicates that one-third of all relationships begin at work. Unfortunately, many of these beginnings end there as well – and as many can attest, employees' heartaches can easily lead to major employer headaches. Read on to learn what experts suggest. More...

Book Review

How to Become a Great Boss: The Rules for Getting and Keeping the Best Employees
-by Jeffrey J. Fox, Hyperion, 176 pages, $11.87

Anyone responsible for hiring or managing people will find invaluable and highly actionable advice within Jeffrey J. Fox's excellent book, How to Become a Great Boss. It addresses a wide variety of the challenges managers face each day and includes specific steps to take to become a more effective and motivating manager. More...

Q. Dear Staffing Success, Does an employee have to take a lunch break?
- Interstate Employer

A. Dear Interstate Employer,
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, federal law does not require coffee or lunch breaks. However, when employers do offer breaks (e.g. coffee or snack breaks; also called ‘rest periods’) of 5 to 20 minutes, federal law considers the breaks work time that must be paid. Bona fide meal periods (e.g. lunch breaks) lasting 30 minutes or more are different from coffee or snack breaks. Bona fide meal periods are not considered as part of the employee’s work time and therefore fall outside the employees’ paid work hours.  On the state level, only seven states (namely, California, Colorado, Kentucky, Minnesota, Nevada, Oregon and Washington) require rest periods. These states’ requirements are outlined in the table below. Since laws and regulations regarding breaks vary widely from state to state, we suggest you contact the departments of labor for each state in which you have employees. More...


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