Archive for February, 2012

The Power of Technology with a PEO

February 29th, 2012

Thousands of business owners enjoy the benefits associated with outsourcing to a PEO (Professional Employer Organization). HR administration and employee management do, after all, come with a laundry list of policies, liabilities and costs. But, PEOs don’t just step in to save you time, money, and administrative headaches; they also introduce highly effective (and efficient) technology solutions for employee management.

Traditionally, PEOs have partnered up with smaller businesses ranging from 15-20 employees, but larger businesses are increasingly finding value in a PEO arrangement because of the robust HR information technology systems that PEOs bring to the table. Through a co-employment arrangement, you and the PEO contractually share employer responsibilities and liabilities, and your company gains the support of amazing technology, without having to necessarily invest in it yourself.

If you are a larger company of 100+ employees and you are considering your own technology investment, perhaps an HRIS, (Human Resource Information System), consider the following:

  • How much is this technology investment going to be? Are there renewals each year?
  • Do you have the experienced staff to manage this technology? Or, will you need to hire an expert?
  • IS a PEO more cost effective ?

PEOs are investing millions in sophisticated web-based tools and powerful back office databases.  Chances are that PEOs are already using a system you’re considering.  HR Pyramid, Ultimate Software, Davidson, Darwin, People Soft, HR Passport are just a few examples of sophisticated, best-in-class HRIS that are included as a standard PEO service.  They are experts in utilizing different technologies to handle the needs of numerous clients that sometimes have tens of thousands of employees.

Chances are, a PEO may be the more cost-effective (and efficient) route to go. Now, where can you find the best PEO? The team at PEO Advantage continually finds co-employment solutions you can count on, and manages the entire process for you—turning complex quotes into business intelligence so that you can make the best possible decision.

If you are currently trying to determine whether or not you should invest in technology, or outsource to a PEO, please call us today: 877-636-9525.

Can a PEO Help with Workplace Ethics?

February 23rd, 2012

Every two years, the Ethics Resource Center conducts research on organizational ethics and misconduct from the employee perspective. The report that is published with key findings, the National Business Ethics Survey® (NBES), serves as the nation’s indicator of workplace ethics, and provides insight into national trends.

Upon reviewing the organization’s most recent findings, we found ourselves thinking “This report must be VERY intimidating to the employer. How do we prevent employee misconduct and create a more principled environment where employees are comfortable reporting misconduct, and can do so without retaliation?”    Fortunately, the findings of this report are not as intimidating, if you’re working with a Professional Employer Organization (PEO) that can help. Let’s review:

What were the concerning NBES findings?

  • 45% of US Workers witnessed misconduct (That’s 62 million Americans!)
  • While misconduct witnessed by US workers is actually now at historic lows, reporting of misconduct is now at near highs –employees are reporting!
  • Retaliation against employee whistleblowers has increased. 
  • The percentage of employees who perceived pressure to compromise standards in order to do their jobs has climbed since    2009, and is now at 13%.
  • Active social networkers report far more negative experiences in their workplaces than non-social networkers or coworkers that are less involved with social networking. And, they are more likely to experience pressure to compromise ethics standards.

 How can a PEO help?  PEOs certainly cannot control an employee’s actions or an employer’s actions. But, they can assist in keeping a sounder, more ethical environment by proving the appropriate protocol for addressing issues, as well as many other supporting services including:

  • Better communication—Improved access for employees, to personnel data, labor regulations, workers’ rights, worksite safety and more.
  • Improved job satisfaction—Clear expectations, easy-to-read handbooks and procedures, and professional assistance with employment-related issues.
  • Whistleblowing—PEOs offer assistance in developing policies that protect employees and promote an overall more honest environment.
  • Employee Incentive Programs PEOs can help set up an incentive program for employees, which reinforces ongoing work ethics and a positive workplace environment.
  • Social Media Policy— Ask your PEO about assistance in developing a social media policy that outlines expectations for all existing employees.
  • Specific Documentation and Decreased Liability:  A qualified PEO can help your business reduce  its exposure and provides both employees and employers with specific documentation for reference, in the event that an employer/employee issue progresses to a court of law.

For more information on PEOs, or assistance in selecting a PEO for your company, contact us today.

 

PEO Advantage Gives Back!

February 14th, 2012

At PEO Advantage we’re constantly busy managing human resources, so that our clients don’t have to! Through our performance-driven team and affordable employee leasing solutions we give back every day—by putting dollars back in our clients’ pockets! But, did you know we also give back to our Tampa community?

A positive company culture and a community that supports one another is often a top priority here. We encourage our employees to get involved with charitable organizations, community events and/or social activities by planning occasional events during the work week. Not only do employees gain a fun day outside of the office, but in working together we all make a difference and improve our community.

Just a few weeks ago, some of our employees took an extended lunch hour (well, quite a few hours!) to volunteer at Trinity Cafe! Trinity Café has been a beacon of hope and compassion in the Tampa Community since it was founded in 2001. It serves over 200 hot, nutritious meals each and every weekday, to anyone who walks through their doors. Guests include the homeless, poor and anyone wishing to receive a free meal. Since 2001, the team at Trinity Café has served more than 700,000 meals!

Our team at PEO Advantage was touched by this amazing opportunity to volunteer and give back, and we hope that other companies in the Tampa area will help this wonderful organization as well!  If you are interested in volunteering as a company at Trinity Café, schedule your team’s hours by contacting program director, Cindy Davis, at 813-865-4822.

Or, if you’d like to join our team in giving back in the Tampa area, just give us a call!  We’re always looking to expand our group of friends and volunteers!

 

PEO Advantage Volunteers (left to right): Patrick Moraites, Greg Arnold, Chris Donahue and Ryan DeJong

Volunteers not shown: Jenni Stone, Lisa Sterling, Amy Lassiter

SBEA….What is this and how will YOU benefit?

February 10th, 2012

Last week we discussed NAPEO’s support of the Small Business Efficiency Act and how this directly ties into the President’s recent State of the Union address, and the overall American economy goals for the near future.  To elaborate on the Small Business Efficiency Act, and how this will benefit Small Businesses and PEO, let’s review!

What is the Small Business Efficiency Act?

The Small Business Efficiency Act is a federal bill that will help small business owners ensure their companies are compliant with complex federal payroll tax responsibilities.   If passed, The Small Business Efficiency Act (H.R. 2466), will provide clarity around the co-employment model that many PEOs and small businesses operate within.

How will Small Businesses and PEOs benefit?

  • The Small Business Efficiency Act will enable companies such as PEOs and employee leasing solutions to continue withholding and remitting federal payroll taxes on behalf of their clients.
  • Small business owners can focus on what they do best and not be forced into adding “administrative headaches” to their workload.
  • PEOs can continue to do what they do best: administrative tasks!
  • Small businesses can focus on growing their businesses and hiring new employees.

PEOs serve as one of the most efficient outsourcing options for businesses within many different industries. A PEO can provide a single source for outsourcing payroll, workers’ compensation, human resources, employee benefits administration and other administrative tasks. This helps employers at small to medium-sized companies gain efficiencies in non-core business functions–all while saving money and taking advantage of economies of scale!

In many instances, PEOs and small businesses make the perfect partners, providing the improvements listed above that are instrumental in gaining a competitive advantage. Many PEOs and small business clients develop long-term relationships because they allow clients to reduce costs and devote more time to revenue generating activities.

For more information on small business and PEO relationships, or for help in selecting a PEO for your company, feel free to contact the PEO experts at PEO Advantage.

PEOs: Supporting the Backbone of American Economy!

February 2nd, 2012

In President Obama’s State of the Union address (SOTU) last week, the President made the following statement regarding supporting innovation for small businesses: 

“After all, innovation is what America has always been about. Most new jobs are created in start-ups and small businesses. So let’s pass an agenda that helps them succeed. Tear down regulations that prevent aspiring entrepreneurs from getting the financing to grow. Expand tax relief to small businesses that are raising wages and creating good jobs. Both parties agree on these ideas. So put them in a bill, and get it on my desk this year.”

Coincidentally, The National Association of Professional Employer Organizations (NAPEO) participated in a conference call with Obama administration officials just prior to the SOTU. Administration officials urged groups on the call to submit their policy ideas and suggestions. NAPEO took advantage of this opportunity, and wrote in expressing their support in passing the Small Business Efficiency Act.

Why? Well, for starters, PEO’s primary customers are America’s small businesses and help small businesses and the American economy in the following ways:

  • Providing advanced access to healthcare for as many as 4 to 6 million Americans
  • Helping small businesses save money: The right employees, best practices, reduced turnover, automation, compliance expertise and streamlined processes add up to huge savings so companies can invest in new employees and focus on growth.
  • 95% of workers in PEO arrangements have access to pensions
  • Helping small businesses attract and retain their employees—Comprehensive benefits packages and recruiting assistance makes sure the right talent is hired and stays put, benefiting both the worker, and the employer.
  • Sharing special perks with Small Businesses—Many PEOs have access to credit union membership, exclusive employee discounts and reduced rates on travel, entertainment and services.
  • And much more!

Unfortunately, in SOTU address, the Small Business Efficiency Act wasn’t used as a direct example of reform or an idea that will be signed right away, but NAPEO and PEOs across the country will continue to push for small business success! The Small Business Efficiency Act, if passed, would benefit both PEOs AND small businesses by improving tax compliance, and providing needed certainty for small businesses. This certainty will allow small businesses to shift gears and concentrate on a positive movement of small business growth and creating new jobs!

Join us next week, as we dive further into the Small Business Efficiency Act and review all the details and benefits for small businesses!