Archive for January, 2017

Payroll Strategies That Work for Nonprofits: Payrolling

Payrolling, or payroll transfer, is an effective tool for managing some or all of your employees by moving them to a staffing agency payroll. PNP Staffing Group provides Payrolling services for hundreds of employees in many nonprofits. This effectively makes our organization the employer of record. When using Payrolling services, the employer of record becomes responsible for: On boarding for new hires. Verification of work eligibility and maintenance of all employee paperwork, including W4s and I-9s. Administration and distribution of paychecks , including direct deposits. Payment of all mandatory Federal, State and City taxes, including processing tax returns. Management of liabilities, including workers compensation, insurance costs, and management of work related injury claims. Assumption of unemployment liability and payment of unemployment costs. When should you use Payrolling? When engaging special or highly skilled professionals on an as-needed basis, especially when top tier talent is required During probationary periods for new employees to ensure against unemployment claims With contract, temporary, short term, and seasonal staff When internal audit systems aren’t in place to ensure accurate classification of 1099 consultants and to help avoid potential associated tax penalties When hiring staff to fulfill grant requirements without artificially increasing your organization’s budget To…

Hiring Without Hesitation: Filling Vacancies As They Occur

An organization’s workforce is its most important asset as well as one of its greatest investments. Understanding the importance of a good workforce is increasingly critical as organizations push to improve top and bottom line performance while managing costs. In addition, competition in the nonprofit marketplace – for talent, donations, support – is at an all-time high. Research shows a clear association between a nonprofit’s performance, on all levels, and its talent management practices. Nonprofits with better talent management practices attract better talent, earn significantly higher performance ratings, and succeed in fulfilling their missions more successfully. Yet, it is clear that some nonprofits have adopted counter-productive talent management practices, such as putting off hiring talent when needed, as a strategy for budget management. In a recent PNP survey, 40% of nonprofits polled had one to three staff vacancies for over 6 months. 20% had more than three vacancies for over a year. An organizational practice that keeps positions vacant is a bad strategy that drains the organization and is contrary to what research tells us: The best investment for an organization is its workforce. Every study shows that a nonprofit with a committed and fully productive workforce is more successful….

3 Ways to Help Your Team Excel This Year

1. Provide your employees with the proper job training—and don’t stop. Successful onboarding is only a step in the process of helping your employees develop their skills. Employees are far more likely to stay with the company when you provide opportunities for professional development and a path for career growth. This helps you build the talent and teams needed to deliver on your mission. 2. Focus on strengths. Research from the Gallup Organization found that building on employee strengths is much more effective than trying to improve weaknesses. Individuals who use their strengths are six times more likely to be engaged in their job. Find out more in the report State of the American Workplace. 3. Help everyone feel valued. Help your team members see the value they bring to the organization, and make sure they know you see it too. Engage team members in finding solutions instead of simply providing directions. Trust them with challenges. When you create a culture based on respect and individual value, it helps you, your team, and your bottom line.

How to Optimize Your Career in 2017

Build a personal brand. Everyone has a personal brand. You may not have cultivated it, but it’s there. Most people think of personal brands in terms of followers, likes, blog subscribers, etc. If this is your measurement, time to re-cut the cloth. Building a personal brand is the process of associating your name with particular traits. Check out Why Being a Jack-Of- All-Trades Won’t Help Your Personal Brand, written by Kathy Bloomgarden for Fortune. Optimize your resume for ATS. Many nonprofits and recruiting firms are now using applicant tracking systems (ATS). This means that most likely, 3 out of 4 resumes are never read by an actual person. You can increase your odds of being that special one by inserting the critical keywords often found in job descriptions into your resume. Manage your LinkedIn presence. Most nonprofit employers include a review of your social media, particularly Facebook and always LinkedIn. There are hundreds, if not thousands of professional LinkedIn coaches to help you build or improve your LinkedIn profile and posts. For the cost of a few hours, it is well worth the investment in your career. Entrepreneur published a great infographic full of helpful pointers for DYI: 18 Tips…