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Why Businesspeople Should Learn a New Language

Why Businesspeople Should Learn a New Language

By Rosetta Stone Enterprise and Education – ADP Marketplace Partner Recently, the UK version of the Huffington Post blog published a list of eight reasons why you should learn a language. Although the list was directed at post-secondary students, some of its insights can be applied to the world of business. We’ll start with cognitive benefits. It seems as if the scientific community keeps building the case that bilinguals experience brain-strengthening benefits compared to monolingual cohorts. If you want to stay sharp throughout your career, including staving off the effects of dementia, learning a language is a great strategy. The list talks a lot about culture. The cultural competency gained through learning a language is just as valuable to a career as the language skills themselves. Understanding the people and places you are targeting is a great way to make a positive impression on clients, coworkers, and other colleagues. Then there are the practical benefits to a career. Bilingualism is one of the most sought-after skills in the marketplace....

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Tackling ACA Compliance Allows Barton Malow to Focus on Strategic Growth Initiatives

Tackling ACA Compliance Allows Barton Malow to Focus on Strategic Growth Initiatives

The Challenge A Growing Company Deals with ACA Compliance Like many in her position, Sarah Bertolini, total compensation manager for Barton Malow Company, struggled with the new compliance demands brought about by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Dealing with the ACA’s complex reporting requirements and knowing what to do, and when to do it, to mitigate compliance risks and penalties could easily have been an overwhelming full-time job, requiring regulatory expertise and hours that Bertolini and other in-house resources simply didn’t have. Additionally, Barton Malow, a top-performing North American contractor that specializes in large-scale commercial construction, such as higher education, automotive and health care, had almost doubled its employee base in three years, making ACA compliance even more complicated. Bertolini needed a proactive solution and expertise to help her manage ACA compliance, including determining offer of coverage eligibility and monitoring important regulatory changes that might affect her company, so she could focus on her everyday tasks and job responsibilities. “ACA was just so overwhelming and constantly changing, as it...

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Meet Addi P!

Meet Addi P!

We are excited to introduce Addison Peoples. Her friends call her Addi P. Addi P will be joining ADP’s team of writers on our blogs SPARK, BOOST, and THRIVE to answer questions, provide insight, and keep you informed about what matters to business, HR, and humans at work. We sat down with Addi to learn more about her and what she’s up to. Here’s a transcript of our conversation. Connect@ADP: Hi Addi! We are so happy you’re here. Tell us a little about yourself. Addi: Hi. I’m a digital character, so I started out as an idea in a Content team brainstorming session, became a cartoon, and now I’m a writer. I’m really happy and kind of relieved to be here. Being an idea felt a little uncertain and I wasn’t sure how I would turn out. I was kind of hoping for more than one outfit, but otherwise, I’m delighted. Connect@ADP: We are too. At ADP, we love seeing great ideas come to life. How do you write...

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Avoid These Traps When Disciplining Employees

Avoid These Traps When Disciplining Employees

When an employee’s conduct or performance becomes an issue, employers need to take steps to correct the problem and prevent it from reoccurring. This isn’t always easy, and additional problems can arise if you don’t handle the situation carefully. Here are some discipline related pitfalls to avoid: Inconsistency. Disciplinary practices that reflect favoritism, or otherwise treat similarly situated employees differently, can lead to discrimination complaints and decreased morale. Train supervisors on how to enforce your policies and procedures on a consistent basis. Before disciplining an employee, look at how you handled similar situations in the past and make sure decisions are reviewed by more than one individual (such as, HR and an impartial member of the management team). Lack of flexibility. While policies should be enforced consistently, reserve the flexibility to take disciplinary action based on the facts and circumstances of each case. For example, don’t state that a verbal warning will be given for all first offenses no matter how severe. In your employee handbook, make clear that...

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Fantasy Football & the Workplace: Is There A Flag Down on the Field?

Fantasy Football & the Workplace: Is There A Flag Down on the Field?

Football season is in full swing and millions of Americans are participating in fantasy football leagues. In these leagues, individuals draft virtual teams and earn points based on how well their players do in actual games. Some fantasy football leagues involve money (participants pay entry fees and win money if their virtual teams prevail), while others don’t. With fantasy football becoming more popular, employee participation might spill over into your workplace. Here are some considerations for addressing fantasy football leagues and similar competitions. Anti-Gambling Laws: Some states have enacted laws that specifically prohibit gambling in the workplace and/or online, but these states may differ on whether fantasy sports (that involve money or something of value) are considered a form of gambling. Even in states that don’t prohibit gambling or don’t consider fantasy sports a form of gambling, employers have the right to ban fantasy leagues in the workplace. It’s a best practice to have a written policy that: Prohibits all forms of gambling in the workplace; Includes a definition...

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