Author name: Kyle Bolt

Kyle Bolt, the founder of Crew HR - Simple HR Software, brings a wealth of expertise with over 15 years in Human Resources. Kyle has dedicated his career to building high-performing teams and fostering workplace cultures that drive business success. His hands-on experience has made CrewHR a trusted partner for businesses looking to simplify and streamline their HR processes.

Talent Philosophy in Business

Talent Philosophy in Business: What is it and how to use it!

What truly drives the success of the world’s leading companies? The answer lies not just in their business models or technological innovations, but in something more human and fundamental: their talent philosophy. In the ever-evolving landscape of modern human resources, understanding and implementing a robust talent philosophy is crucial for managers and business owners alike. …

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Pay Equity vs Pay Equality

Pay Equity vs Pay Equality in the Workplace: Understanding the Nuances

Is your business truly rewarding its employees fairly? In a world where the concepts of pay equity and pay equality often intersect and intertwine, understanding their nuances becomes critical for effective human resource management and ethical business practice. For managers and business owners, this isn’t just a compliance issue; it’s a strategic imperative that speaks …

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The True Cost of Hiring and Onboarding a New Employee

The True Cost of Hiring and Onboarding a New Employee

Have you ever wondered what bringing a new employee onto your team truly costs? The figures that come to mind, like recruitment advertising, salaries, and benefits, are just the tip of the iceberg. Companies incur many hidden costs when integrating a new hire into their workforces. This comprehensive guide attempts to unravel the complexities of …

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How to Engage Remote Employees

How to Engage Remote Employees: A Guide to Keeping Your Virtual Team Thriving

Are your remote team members thinking, “Out of sight, out of mind?”. Well, not if they work at a company and with managers who know how to keep them engaged. The shift to remote work has opened doors to global talent, but it’s also brought forth a critical question: How do you keep these remote …

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Essential Interview Questions to Ask Civil Drafter Candidates

Essential Interview Questions to Ask Civil Drafter Candidates

In the dynamic world of civil engineering, Civil Drafters play a pivotal role in shaping our urban landscapes, designing blueprints for infrastructure projects, and creating detailed drawings that guide construction teams. Recruiting the right Civil Drafter for your team requires a keen understanding of the role, a comprehensive set of interview questions, and a strategic …

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Team Culture vs Company Culture

Team Culture vs. Company Culture: Does team culture matter more to a company than company culture itself? 

Lucy Kellaway of the Financial Times surveyed the execs of 24 companies and found only 5 could recognize their own company values. Of those 5, 3 of them had actually written their company values themselves. From memory, do you know what your company values are? While “Company Culture” gets a lot of lip services and …

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What is an HRIS?

What is an HRIS? (AKA a Human Resource Information System)

Introduction to HRIS Picture this: You’re running an HR department and juggling tasks like employee data management, recruitment, payroll, and benefits administration. Sounds exhausting, right? Well, there’s a lifesaver that can help you streamline these tasks: a Human Resource Information System, or HRIS. What is HRIS? HRIS stands for Human Resource Information System. It’s essentially …

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Losing your employees? High turnover? Here are 15 retention tips to keep your best employees for the long term.

Retaining your top talent in a competitive ‘war for talent’ world is more critical now than ever. The cost, both monetary and in terms of company culture, of losing a key player is massive. We’ve all lost key team members, and we know how much it can hurt and set us back. Here are 15 …

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When Should Your Small Business Should Invest in HR Software?

Have you found yourself forgetting the total number of staff you have, when and who is on vacation, and details about their contracts and roles, and responsibilities? It may be time to transition from manual human resources (HR) processes to a more sophisticated HR software. HR Software may seem like an unnecessary expense initially, but …

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Striking a Balance: When Does the Workplace End and Personal Life Begin?

“Work to live or live to work?” is a question that has reverberated through the ages. However, some individuals fail to discern the boundary between their professional life and personal existence. These work-life integrators enthusiastically promote their dedication to the #hustleharder or #riseandgrind ethos, waking up each day ready to clock in 18 hours for …

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Stay Interviews

Stay Interviews: Reducing Turnover and Boosting Employee Satisfaction with Stay Interviews.

What is a Stay Interview and What are the Benefits?A stay interview is a proactive approach to employee engagement and retention, offering a valuable opportunity for open dialogue between managers and their team. This informal conversation allows employees to share their thoughts, concerns, and aspirations regarding their job and work environment. The benefits of stay …

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The Benefits Of HR Software For Small Companies: A Comprehensive Overview

As a small business owner, you have a lot on your plate and probably wear many hats. Sales manager, business development, sourcing, logistics and HR are just a few of your job titles, but somehow HR can overshadow all the others and consume too much of your time. Small business owners face a number of …

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Employee Engagement Survey Questions: The Ultimate List For Your Company (Free)

Employee engagement is crucial to the success of any organization. Engaged employees are more productive, committed, and motivated, leading to higher retention rates and better business outcomes. But how do you measure employee engagement? One effective way is through employee engagement surveys. Employee engagement is essential for the success of any organization. Engaged employees are …

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Bathroom Cleaning Check Lists Blog

Free Bathroom Cleaning Checklists with Printable Spreadsheet & PDFs

Keeping your company’s office bathroom clean and organized is essential to maintaining a healthy, safe, and hygienic environment in your workplace. A bathroom cleaning checklist is a great tool to help you and your staff stay on top of cleaning tasks and ensure that the bathroom/restroom area is presentable for your customers. We’ve created a …

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Employee Feedback Done Right

Employee Feedback Done Right: Your Guide to Giving & Receiving Feedback in the Workplace

Just like relationships thrive when people are on the same page, the workplace functions in very much the same way. When teams communicate effectively and everyone is on good terms, organizations are more likely to experience long-term success. Yet, the ability to give and receive feedback in the workplace is an elusive concept for many …

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Improve Employee Retention: Why Your Staff Leave and 12 Ways To Get Them To Stay!  

Even amid the “Great Resignation” and the tech layoffs of 2023, there are still more vacant jobs than people to fill them. Employees have more choices now than ever and remote work has compounded this trend. Of course, this is not the only factor, but it was a driving force behind PwC’s projection that 1 …

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A Guide to Employee Recognition

A Guide to Employee Recognition

Employee recognition is essential to a successful and thriving workplace and key to overall employee satisfaction. It is a way to show appreciation for employees’ hard work and dedication and helps boost morale, productivity, and overall job satisfaction. Let’s explore the importance of employee recognition, how to develop a recognition program, and look at the …

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Improving middle manager performance through engagement

Improving middle manager performance through engagement

Every member of the hierarchy likes to be credited for the overall project or business success. However, none are quite as impactful as middle management.  Middle managers account for a 70% variance in employee experience. They are the fulcrum of workplace engagement, culture, and productivity. They have a greater impact on employee performance than any …

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What do employees really want from their employers and job?

Is it money, fame, bragging rights, remote work, no dress code, corner office, expense account?  What is it that employees really want from their place of employment?  If we really dig into it, once extrinsic benefits such as salary, fair treatment, and benefits are at an acceptable level, intrinsic benefits become comparatively underserved.  Intrinsic benefits? …

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What is a “Position Agreement” and How To Use One To Set Expectations Between Managers And Employees

The vast majority of job descriptions under-serve employees and yield little inspiration or clarity. With at least 50% of the workforce in a perpetual state of confusion with regard to what is expected of them, you begin to wonder if we can do better.  We can. It starts by ‘getting in sync’ as Ray D’Alio …

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Does multitasking lower our IQ and kill productivity

Does multitasking lower our IQ and kill productivity? Here is the solution.

You have a huge project due on a fast-approaching timeline. You are rushing in early and working later than you’d like but the job doesn’t get much closer to being finished. You just can’t get into a solid rhythm. Your phone keeps buzzing, meetings keep happening, and you are still accountable for other tasks. Sound …

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Beginners Guide to Employee Engagement

Beginners Guide to Employee Engagement

Employee engagement is the biggest evolution in human resource and performance management strategy in the last 20 years. It deviates from the old carrot and stick extrinsic motivators and gets to the heart of what drives employees. Engagement centers around aligning employees’ career goals to that of the business and has been generating staggering economic …

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How can I motivate my team and employees? Try Frederick Herzberg’s Two Factor Theory

What makes people happy and motivated at work is what they do. What makes people unhappy is the situation in which they do it. Frederick Herzberg Motivation is a fickle source of fuel in today’s workforces and it is resulting in inconsistent productivity and output. Most companies see employees accomplish most of their tasks on …

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how do I have a one to one meeting?

How do you run a 1-on-1 meeting? (and why are 1-on-1s so important?)

For decades, General Electric delivered feedback to their employees on only an annual basis. This theory was based on Jack Welch’s brutal philosophy coined the ‘rank and yank’ where he insisted on boiling employee annual reviews down to 1 number and those who performed in the bottom 10% were fired. Luckily, the art and science …

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What is Gallup’s Q12 Survey and does it still matter?

What we know now as Gallup, the world’s biggest analytics and management advisory firm, was started 89 years ago with one man trying to do a favor for his mother-in-law.  To his credit George Gallup did successfully predict a landslide win for Ola Babcock Miller, the first Secretary of State for Iowa. From there he …

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Disengaged Employees Cost Money

Do you know that allowing employee disengagement to go unchecked costs your business thousands each year?  Disengaged employees are losing the US economy between $960 billion and $1.2 trillion in productivity losses, poor management, and floundering engagement initiatives every year.  Companies are throwing money at a problem they don’t seem to grasp.  Employees are not …

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10 Virtual Team Building Activities

Disconnection and disengagement are costing your business money.  If you are getting the sense that your remote team is uninspired, you need to act quickly because bored people quit.  And if they don’t quit, they cost. Gallup estimates disengagement costs the US economy $350 billion per year. This equates to approximately $2,246 per disengaged employee.  …

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The Merits of Virtual Team Building

Going remote has kept businesses worldwide afloat during the pandemic. While having this option has changed the landscape of business forever, employees are struggling with isolation. Morale continues to dip and engagement is slipping in line with mental health.  The world knows people and businesses need solutions, enter virtual team building. The search term “virtual …

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Does having pets in the office improve employee well-being?

When you look around your office or zoom meeting, do you see stress and isolation emanating from the team? HR teams and leadership routinely discuss methods of enhancing engagement and morale but are overlooking what is right under their noses… pets.  It might sound like bias but the research proves that introducing pets to the …

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Getting Employee Engagement Right or Wrong: The Pros & Cons

According to Gallup, companies with engaged workforces outperform others by as much as 202%. It is statistics like these that have HR teams scrambling for the next best thing to improve engagement scores. The belief is that engaged teams cause sales to skyrocket, productivity to peak, sick days to cease and the work-life dynamic to …

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What is employee engagement and why does everyone keep talking about it?

Companies that have high levels of employee engagement attract twice as much revenue as their low engagement competitors according to a Hay Group study. Gallup, a management consulting company, suggests that high engagement workforces outperform their contemporaries by 202% on average, and to achieve these benefits US employers are spending upwards of $720 million a …

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How often should I check in with my employees?

Team leadership and HR management, we have a problem! Employee engagement scores continue to dwindle, feedback loops have ground to a halt. Nevertheless, feedback, while critical to performance, remains tricky. Too much and you risk the distrust and disenfranchisement resultant from micromanagement, too little and employees feel a lack of care for themselves and detachment …

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The different types of employee surveys

Microsoft, a $1 trillion market cap, approximately 163,000 employees and ever evolving business model. It all sounds like a unicorn success story. However, in 2019 VP of computing devices, Brett Ostrum, noticed they had a growing problem – employee morale.  Ostrum and HR struggled to diagnose the issues until eventually, with the right survey designs, …

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Anonymous vs. Non-Anonymous Employee Feedback?

Over 85% of employees report feeling a sense of disengagement from their current employment. This is costing North American economies a staggering $550 billion in lost productivity annually. The importance of ongoing peer feedback and allowing employees to feel heard has very real fiscal impacts. We have come a long way in employment relations and …

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Designing an effective employee survey

Companies with high levels of employee engagement are 21% more profitable but unfortunately those are in the minority. Over 80% of employees report feeling disengaged from their work which dramatically reduces productivity and revenue. Giving a voice to your team through employee surveys helps to foster engagement through psychological safety, trust, respect and fulfillment. Employees …

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What comes first, employee engagement or company performance?

Does employee engagement really equal company performance? Let’s take a look. Gallup is considered the leading authority in business analytics so when they say employee engagement boosts profitability by 21%, it is worth taking note. However, despite the swell of attention and research contributing to the broad stroke statement, unmanaged and unanimous engagement do not …

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