Tip of the Month

November 2014 Tip of the Month: Are you Prepared to Compliantly Return or Dispose of Airbags?

Monday, November 10th, 2014

7.8 million vehicles have been affected by the faulty Takata airbag recall. As a dealer, it will be your responsibility to safely and compliantly return or dispose of those airbags when they are replaced in your facility. View your State’s specific airbag disposal and recycling recommendations today to learn how to responsibly dispose of airbags.

Do you have further questions about airbag returning or disposal of airbags? Contact info@kpaonline.com today.

October 2014 Tip of the Month: What Should Never be included in Personnel Files?

Friday, October 10th, 2014

The confidentiality of personnel files is of great importance. Personnel files must be stored in a locked, fire-proof file cabinet in a locked location that is only available to Human Resources staff. While most documents are kept within personnel files, confidential information, I-9 Employment Verification forms, and medical/leave records must be kept in folders or binders that are separate from personnel files.

Confidential information refers to any documents that include:

  • Date of birth
  • Medical information
  • Marital status
  • Religious beliefs
  • Social security information

Do you have questions about what else should be included in personnel files? Contact hrm@kpaonline.com.

September 2014 Tip of the Month – What is HR Automation?

Monday, September 8th, 2014

HR Automation is the process of transitioning your paper-based HR products to an online system. HR Automation programs allow owners, managers, and employees to perform HR-related functions on their own. These self-serve options allow actions to be taken at individual conveniences, from personal desktops. So why should you be automating your HR?

  • Through HR automation, you can maximize employee productivity.
  • Easily provide employees with HR tools, templates, and best practices.
  • Do more with fewer resources.

Do you want to learn more about HR automation? Contact hrm@kpaonline.com.

August 2014 Tip of the Month: The Value of a Well-Rounded Compensation Package

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

To attract and retain dealership employees, offer a well-rounded compensation package. Compensation is comprised of four main parts: fixed pay, variable pay, short-term incentive pay, and long-term incentive pay. By utilizing all four parts of compensation, you positively reinforce employee efforts, incentivizing them to continue to work hard by providing them with additional pay. The four parts of compensation are defined as:

  1. Fixed pay: the base pay of compensation, fixed pay does not vary with performance or results and is determined by your dealership’s pay structure.
  2. Variable pay: a one-time payment, variable pay is often a bonus, and must be re-established and re-earned every time it has been won.
  3. Short-term incentive pay: this variable pay is highly focused and based solely on performance over a period of one year or less.
  4. Long-term incentive pay: this variable pay extends over a period longer than a year, and includes forms of pay such as stock options, performance shares, performance units, and cash.

By balancing all four of these compensation types, you are offering an enticing package that employees can continuously affect and work towards, inspiring them towards greater performance.

Do you want to learn more? Contact hrm@kpaonline.com.

July 2014 DigiGo Tip of the Month: Optimizing your Emails for Mobile

Monday, July 14th, 2014

Are your emails optimized for mobile sites? Of the 70 Million mobile users, 43% check their email on it 4 or more times a day. This means that if you aren’t optimizing your emails, you are missing out on a huge group of consumers. To optimize emails for mobile, implement the following:

  • Reduce image file sizes.
  • Increase the size of links and the CTA for easy viewing.
  • Invest in responsive email templates.

Do you want to learn more about optimizing your emails for mobile? Contact info@digigo.com.

July 2014 Tip of the Month: The Importance of Lift Training

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

Two Colorado auto facilities were cited for serious safety violations at the end of June 2014. According to the OSHA release, both shops were fined due to employee risk of being crushed under vehicle lifts. The lifts were not equipped with operational safety locks or adequate support stands to prevent the vehicle from falling in case of lift failure.

These citations are a strong reminder that lift training is a necessity at every facility, ensuring that employees are properly trained for their facility and specific lifts. KPA recommends the use of Lifting it Right, an online training created by the Automotive Lift Institute and provided through KPA.

For more information contact info@kpaonline.com learn more today or visit http://www.autolift.org/store.php to sign up now!

DigiGo Tip of the Month May 2014: Your Post Length

Monday, May 19th, 2014

The next time you post, try to keep your lines to a minimum. Social experts agree that the following lengths are the best:

Twitter: The limit is 140, but studies show that the ideal length of a tweet is 100 characters. Buddy media research shows that tweets shorter than 100 characters get a 17% higher engagement rate.

Facebook: Facebook allows 63,206 characters, yet, BlitzLocal found that 40 characters is best for posts. In their study BlitzLocal found that 40-character posts received 86% higher engagement.

May 2014 Tip of the month: Over the counter drugs in your first aid kit

Monday, May 12th, 2014

If your company chooses to include Over the Counter (OTC) ingestibles in your first aid kit, make sure you are compliant with the following:

  • OTC ingestibles must be provided in sealed, single doses.
  • Employees should be made aware that the OTC ingestibles are available voluntarily for them; the company is not dispensing/disbursing medicines.
  • A doctor’s note should be posted on the first aid kit allowing the inclusion of the OTC ingestibles in the first aid kit.

Have questions? Contact info@kpaonline.com

March 2014 Tip of the Month: How to Create More Content

Monday, March 17th, 2014

Sometimes, coming up with new content every day, week, or month can be difficult. To start the wheels turning, consider brainstorming with your colleagues.
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February 2014 Tip of the Month: Do You Know the Social Media Account Privacy Laws in your State?

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

Due to the rapid growth of social media, employers and employees have fought to find a balance between social media and the workplace. Some employers attempted to require employees to provide access to their social media accounts, causing lawmakers to create legislation to ban these practices.

Since 2012, twelve states have passed legislation barring employers from requesting electronic password information, including social media passwords. Currently similar legislation is pending in many other states.

To learn the status of your state’s social media accounts privacy laws, click here.

KPA’s Human Resource Management product helps keep employers compliant with social media laws. For a copy of KPA’s Social Media policy email BTorrez@kpaonline.com.