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Our Must-Read Articles of 2017

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Our Must-Read Articles of 2017

2017 went by like a blur. If you’ve been busy like us, you likely overlooked some relevant articles that we’ve shared over the year.

Don’t fret! From AI to Gen Z, enjoy this list of our top 6 articles from 2017 that are worth the read.

Managing a Human/Robotic Workforcemanaging a robot workforce

November 2

In the not too distant future, your officemate could very well have a computer for a brain. The introduction of collaborative robots have made the notion of humans working alongside robots a reality. Before you dismiss the idea, think about the benefits: they require less training, can retain more information, make fewer mistakes, and never call out sick.

There are already many organizations, including an e-commerce fulfillment provider and a fast food chain, reaping the benefits of a hybrid/robotic workforce. Read how in this original article.

How Cloud-Based Technology is Transforming HR

April 6

This has been our most referenced article of the year for a reason – there’s no escaping cloud technology. It has impacted our lives in many ways, from how we navigate our cars to how we stream our favorite shows. It’s no surprise it has impacted the way we manage our workforce.

Coupled with social and mobile advances, the cloud has transformed HR from an administrative activity into a faster, more efficient business process. Benefits include an enriched employee experience and increased flexibility and mobility. And that’s just the beginning. This article addresses them all.

How to Successfully Roll Out HCM SoftwareHCM Software Implementation

October 26

For those responsible for selecting new HCM technology, half the battle is getting your colleagues on board for the change. For some, it’s easier to stick with the familiar than make a change, no matter how outdated the current system is, and how great the new one will be.

Prepping your team for the change is no easy feat, but it is achievable by following our plan.

Why National Payroll Week is as American as it Gets

August 31

Every year, sandwiched between National Minority Donor Week and National Apple Week, sits National Payroll Week. The American Payroll Association initiative began in 1996 to “honor the partnership among American workers, their companies, the payroll professionals who pay them, and the thoughtful government programs like social security, Medicare and child support.”

Balance Point joins in the festivities each September. While we have evolved into a full-service human capital management provider, payroll is still at the heart of what we do. And while it may not be glamorous, we know how important it is to employers and the nearly 128 million U.S. employees who work hard to earn a paycheck every day.

The Rise of Generation Z within the Workforce

July 27

We’ve published many articles about the Millennial generation, from the challenges of onboarding them to importance of attracting them. Just when we thought we could take a breather, in comes Generation Z. Born between the early 1990s and the mid-2000s, Generation Z is expected to reach 84.7 million individuals by 2020.

The oldest members of the group are now entering the workforce, but there’s no need for alarm. This group is seemingly more creative, more entrepreneurial, and more grounded. With a few tweaks to your management style, you’ll easily make the most of their talents.

How to Manage People You Don’t Like

August 22

This article is this year’s most-shared, likely because it’s relatable. We’ve all had to work with someone with whom we don’t see eye to eye. When that person happens to be someone we manage, the situation gets a bit more complicated.  

Fortunately, there are ways to turn lemons into lemonade…or at least ways minimize the sourness.

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