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Kathryn Carlson

Kathryn Carlson is the Product Director for KPA’s HotlinkHR, an HR management and compliance solution designed for auto dealerships. Kathryn has over 25 years of human resources management experience and is a certified HR professional (SPHR). Prior to joining KPA in 2009, Kathryn was a senior director of product management for ADP. For the past 9 years Kathryn has focused on developing HR software and HR compliance programs to improve efficiency, reduce risk, and ensure compliance for companies ranging from small businesses to international corporations. You can reach Kathryn at kcarlson@kpaonline.com.

Posts by Kathryn Carlson:

How Should You be Preparing for Year End?

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

How Should You be Preparing for Year End?

By Kathryn Carlson

As 2014 comes to a close HR also has year-end responsibilities. The most important year-end preparation revolves around compliance, benefits, and payroll administration. Ensuring that the following list is completed at the end of each year allows you to start off the new year with a clean slate and also allows you to keep track of when these tasks are completed so that you stay up-to-date:
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Using Total Rewards as a Recruitment Tool Part 3

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

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Last week, we delved further into the concept of the total rewards toolkit, defining what exactly benefits and work-life mean for prospective and current employees. Through the use of a total rewards program, employees may stay loyal to their dealership longer. A total rewards program also serves as an additional benefit to new employees, making your dealership even more attractive to applicants. Two parts of total rewards remain: Performance and Recognition and Development and Career Opportunities. (more…)

Using Total Rewards as a Recruitment Tool Part 2

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

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Last week we discussed the value of total rewards for a dealership. Through the implementation of total rewards, prospective and current employees can be attracted, motivated, and retained. We now know that through the use of full compensation packages (a four-part concept), employees are motivated to perform even better. However, compensation is only one small portion of the total rewards toolkit. Also included are benefits, work-life balance, performance and recognition, and development and career opportunities. (more…)

Using Total Rewards as a Recruitment Tool Part 1

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

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For some, a job is just a job, for engaged, productive employees, a job is so much more. Engaged employees are looking for a job that has the whole package- a well-paying, flexible job that includes benefits and work-life balance. It isn’t enough to simply have an open position at your company; you must also offer total rewards. What are total rewards? They are the tools available to employers that can attract, motivate, and retain employees. (more…)

Want to Increase Productivity and Morale? Empower Employees

Monday, July 21st, 2014

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Workers who feel empowered by their employers are more productive and have higher morale, regardless of their industry.

These are the findings of a new study by lead researcher from the University of Iowa, Scott Seibert. He explains, “Empowerment is an effective approach for improving employee attitudes and work behaviors in a broad range of industries, occupations and geographic regions.”
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Protect Your Company – Always Confirm Employment Eligibility with E-Verify

Monday, July 14th, 2014

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Get a jump on proposed new Immigration regulations. Under proposed federal immigration reform all employers would be required to use the E-Verify. Already many states required the use of the E-Verify system.     Make sure that you complete a new I-9 form within three days of hire and take the extra step of confirming eligibility to work in the United States by using E- Verify. (more…)

Protecting your Dealership – Benefiting from Social Media while Limiting Risk

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

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Social media is no longer a new concept; it has become a common and highly used tool in society today. Often a free tool, social media can help take your dealership to new heights; however, it can also create legal risk if taken advantage of or used improperly. (more…)

Internships: Paid or Unpaid?

Monday, July 7th, 2014

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With daydreams about laying by the beach on hot summer days looming in the near future, comes the burning staffing question: are we going to need student interns who are on their summer break and (quite possibly more important) do we have to pay them?
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Protect Your Company – Always Confirm Employment Eligibility with E-Verify

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

 

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Get a jump on proposed new Immigration regulations. Under proposed federal immigration reform all employers would be required to use the E-Verify.  Already many states required the use of the E-Verify system. Make sure that you complete a new I-9 form within three days of hire and take the extra step of confirming eligibility to work in the United States by using E- Verify. (more…)

Mindfulness – How to Increase Efficiency, Creativity, and Workplace Harmony

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

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What is mindfulness anyway? Mindfulness has become the antithesis to multitasking; instead of focusing on many things at once, which can cause poor decision making and lead to confusion, stress, and poor communication, mindfulness includes calming and focusing of the mind, often through meditation and breathing practices. A 2003 study, and 6 week implementation of a mindfulness program, showed that 70% of participants took fewer sick days due to depression and anxiety. In the following 3 years following the study, absences for all health conditions were halved. (more…)