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10 Tips for Managing Intermittent FMLA Leave

Managing intermittent FMLA leave while minimizing fraud and abuse is challenging. J.L. Nick & Associates offer ten tips for making the process as smooth as possible:  Require medical certification Make sure certification is sufficient Contact the physician for verification Encourage the employee to work with you in scheduling Relocate to a position where absences are less disruptive (if applicable)  Look for obvious abuse patterns Arm your first-line supervisors with a list of questions to ask. . .

J.L. Nick Welcomes Jim Fiorenzo

J.L. Nick and Associates Inc. is proud to announce that Jim Fiorenzo will be joining the firm as a partner and executive consultant. Fiorenzo was previously the President of UPMC Hamot and was responsible for both the for-profit and not-for-profit business segments of the health system. “Jim brings a wealth of experience and corporate knowledge to our firm and presents many new opportunities for us to expand regionally,” said John Nick, President and Founder of. . .

6 Tips In Ensuring A Company’s Competitive Edge

Six tips to ensure your organization has the HR competitive edge include: Recruit the brightest and the best  Have a well-designed orientation program  Develop supervisors and managers into leaders  Have a defined compensation system that is fair & equitable  Create & maintain a culture of honest, constructive & frequent feedback Make open communication a “way of life.”  There is one common thread that exists within all businesses: the responsibility to realize an organization’s potential rests. . .

J. L. Nick & Associates, Inc. Announcing the Launch of Our New Website!

Updating our Technology to Provide Better HR Consulting Services Founded in 1988, J. L. Nick & Associates, Inc. started with one simple goal in mind–to help our clients achieve their business objectives. To us, it’s not just about delivering HR support, it’s about providing an objective outlook, identifying business needs, and generating innovative strategies to get your business to the next level through a focus on developing Human Capital. To continue taking our clients to. . .

‘Tis The Season To Be Jolly: Avoiding A Workplace Party Lawsuit

The annual office holiday party is a time to let loose and celebrate with colleagues outside of a typical workday. It gives everyone a chance to unwind and share a laugh, while getting to know each other outside of the stressful office environment. These parties often include an indulgence on good food, music and gift exchanges; all of which are washed down with some delicious holiday cheer in the form of mixed drinks, wine and. . .

Developing Your Organization’s Talent

As a competent leader, you probably realize the most precious asset in your organization is your people. Yet, few leaders invest the necessary resources to develop them. Quite often, our attention focuses primarily on investing in physical resources such as technology and equipment upgrades instead. Of course, you wouldn’t be a prudent leader if you paid no attention to technological advances in your industry. However, imagine how much more successful you could be at growing. . .

Why Trust is Important in the Workplace: How to Gain Employee Trust

Why is Trust Important in the Workplace? Trust is the foundation of every relationship. It will make or break a marriage, a friendship, and a company. Successful businesses are built on trust. Relationships between employers and employees, staff and customers, internal stakeholders, and external stakeholders’ success all depend on trust. The single most important opportunity for every leader is to build trust because from there, all great things happen teams ignite, talent explodes, and corporate. . .

Breast Cancer Awareness: Getting Your Employees Involved

This October, we have more to celebrate than unseasonably warm weather, joyful sunshine-filled days and the beauty of fall foliage. Breast Cancer Awareness Month is in full swing. You’ve probably noticed this by the pink merchandise in the stores, pink light bulbs shining outside of homes in your community, and fundraising events. Even athletes at the professional, collegiate and school-age levels are getting in on this important cause by sporting pink athletic gear. In honor. . .

The Unexpected Secret Behind Bigger Profits

You’ve attempted to do all the right things to grow your business according to what trusted experts and mentors have advised. You’re diligent about planning and forecasting. When it comes to customers, you do whatever it takes to please them. Hiring smart is something you take very seriously. You always carefully consider the risks and potential returns before spending a dime. Competitor awareness and technological advances are also at the top of your radar screen.. . .

Leadership Lessons from Improvisational Comedy

Imagine yourself as a student sitting in a classroom with your kindergarten friends. I am your teacher and I’ve just asked anyone in your class who can paint a picture to raise their hands. Not surprisingly, every child’s hand eagerly shoots into the air; including yours. Fast forward to the present. You are a business leader who has signed up for a training session focused on learning how to bring creativity and innovation into the. . .

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