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HR PROFESSIONAL VACATION SWEEPSTAKES OFFICIAL RULES

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER TO WIN. A PURCHASE DOES NOT IMPROVE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING.

This sweepstakes is governed by exclusively by the laws of the United States. You are not authorized to participate in the sweepstakes if you are not located in the fifty (50) United States, District of Columbia or in Puerto Rico.

1. Dates of Sweepstakes
The Sweepstakes begins at 12:00:01am PT on August 28, 2017 and the Sweepstakes ends at 11:59:59 pm ET on December 15, 2017 (the Sweepstakes Period).

DATA TRANSFERS, NOT “AUTO-MAGICAL”

Have you ever asked yourself, “What did we do before electronic data transfer?” because it is impossible for Human Resources (HR) professionals to do our jobs effectively and efficiently without them. Employees don’t get their benefits, paychecks and tax forms unless data transfers are successful.

At some point in time, nearly every HR professional needs data sent from their HR Information Systems (HRIS) to a vendor of some kind -- whether benefits, compensation or a government agency for reporting.

SEVEN STRATEGIES FOR HELPING EMPLOYEES MAKE MEMORIES

Many companies incent and reward their employees with cash. “Our top performance receive 100%+ of their annual bonus.” Or “Spot awards and gift cards are great for finishing a project early.” And “Complete your health assessment and participate in biometric screenings and reduce your insurance contributions!”

Cash is king. However, the stickiness, engagement and behavior motivation that companies are looking for come in a different form – helping employees make fantastic memories with the company, with their spouses and with their families.

THE PITFALLS OF UNLIMITED VACATION

One of the latest trends to help mitigate cost and create a value-add for organizations is the concept of “Unlimited Vacation”. Organizations tout (especially those in the technology sector) that this allows employees to take as much time off as they need to recharge, refresh and relax. Where philosophically this is great - a world where employees are free to manage their busy schedules by incorporating work into their life versus trying to incorporate a life around their work sounds like nirvana– unfortunately, it’s not all rainbows and unicorns.

MONEY AND WELLNESS

Everyone these days is thinking and talking about wellness in the workplace. When companies spend, on average, $10,000 an employee annually for healthcare (not to mention absenteeism costs) helping people become healthier makes smart business sense.

The real question is how do you create a program that will remove the obstacles that are in the way of employees engaging in your wellness program and get them to actually take charge of their health? That’s the million-dollar question, isn’t it (or in some companies the multi-million dollar question)?