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How Seniors Can Choose the Best Part-Time Job When You’re Ready to Reenter the Workforce
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Did you spend years dreaming of retirement… only to get there and realize you miss having a job? For previous generations, retirement was considered the end of your working years, but today’s seniors are redefining what it means to live life to the fullest in retirement. In some cases, the need to earn extra money drives retirees to work, while for others, it’s the desire to find a meaningful pursuit or meet other people. Whatever it is that’s driving you to look for work, start your search by asking yourself these questions, provided courtesy of HR Consulting Services. There are limitless opportunities out there (you can even create your own!).

Where do you want to work?

We don’t mean where in terms of specific jobs, but instead, ask yourself the type of work setting you want. Do you want to be in an office that’s fast-paced and exciting, or maybe somewhere low-key and chill? Maybe you love art and would enjoy working in a local museum, or if you love the outdoors, spending your time as a trail guide might be fun. 

On the other hand, you may be ready to spend some time at home after years of going into work. When you first started your career, working from home wasn’t nearly as popular or as feasible as it is today. Now you can find remote work opportunities in all kinds of fields, whether you want a role that was traditionally office-bound, such as sales, marketing, or customer service, or you want to branch out on your own in a freelance role like writing. Most remote positions offer flexible hours, and you get to do something you enjoy from the comfort of home. Best of all, these jobs are easy to find with online job boards, plus most of these search sites also have their own app that you can use from a mobile device.

How important is pay?

Wanting to be compensated fairly for your time is a given, but it’s a simple fact that some jobs pay better than others. The question is – how much weight do you give to the pay compared to other factors like how enjoyable and rewarding a job is? If you’re looking for work because your budget is tight, finding a job that offers higher pay may be a top priority. However, you may be ready for a job that’s less demanding or that involves service, which may not pay as well as other opportunities. 

Pay certainly isn’t the only factor involved, but it’s worth knowing what to expect when you start your job search. Some of the best-paying jobs for seniors are often found in professional arenas, such as being an adjunct professor or a consultant in your field. If you have something else in mind, check out AARP’s top jobs for retirees, which are broken down by average salary.

What skills can you offer?

If you aren’t sure where to start with your job search, think about the skills you have from your career – or even skills you gained while raising children or volunteering. You can often turn those skills into an opportunity that’s similar to your previous job but that’s also more flexible. For example, someone who is good with numbers could become a bookkeeper or tax preparer. If you retired from education, you could be a tutor or a substitute teacher. 

Are you willing to learn a new skill?

Relying on the skills you have is an obvious choice, but what if you want to give something different a try? If you’re willing to learn new skills, there’s no time like the present to start gaining the knowledge you need for a second career. You can boost your skills with continuing education courses, online classes, and certification programs. Many community colleges and public libraries also offer coursework and classes that will help you prepare for a new job.

Do you want to travel?

If you dream of spending retirement as a jet-setter, there’s no better way to fund your travels than to find travel-related work. One option is to use the talents you already have while looking for opportunities abroad. For example, if you have experience working with children, you can find jobs in other countries as a nanny or teaching English as a second language.

Another option is to get into the travel industry. These opportunities can include everything from traditional jobs, such as being a travel agent, to more creative roles like becoming a travel blogger. Many seniors also get jobs working for cruise lines, resorts, or campgrounds. If there’s a locale where you would love to be, chances are there’s an opportunity to live and work there.

Is starting your own business the right move?

More and more retirees are enjoying the benefits of launching their own small businesses. And the perks are pretty compelling. You get to set your schedule, be your own boss, use skills you’ve built up, and do something you really enjoy. There are definitely a lot of pros to starting a business, but there are also some drawbacks. 

You’ll need to have a worthwhile service or product that customers want that can pay the bills. You’ll also need to create a solid business plan, and prepare for potentially high startup costs, as well as steel yourself for long days. This is only the tip of the iceberg. There’s also a possible learning curve that can elicit all kinds of questions like “What is payroll?”, “Do I need an accountant?”, “What type of compliance laws do I need to understand?” It’s a lot. However, if you have the means and the energy, this could be a great way to generate income in retirement. 

The bottom line is that, whatever you choose, this next job should be one you’re excited to go to. That may mean working from your home office… or traveling halfway around the world. The choice is yours – and the options are endless.

Written by guest blogger, Sharon Wagner

Minimum Wage Updates 7/1/2021

Effective July 1, 2021, two states and several cities/counties will be increasing their minimum wage – this means payroll processes will have to be updated if you have employees in the specific areas. The federal minimum wage is currently $7.25, but many states and cities have their minimum wage set higher than that. Read below for all of the minimum wage updates that are effective July 1, 2021. 

CALIFORNIA

  • Berkeley – $16.32 (including youth work & training)
  • Emeryville – $17.13     
  • Fremont – $15.00 (≤25 employees)
  • Fremont – $15.25 (>26 employees)
  • Long Beach – $15.69 (hotels only)
  • Los Angeles City and Unincorporated Los Angeles County – $15.00 (≤25 employees)
  • Los Angeles City and Unincorporated Log Angeles County – $17.64 (hotels w/ 150+ rooms)
  • Malibu – $15.00 (≤25 employees)
  • Milpitas – $15.65 
  • Pasadena – $15.00 (≤25 employees)
  • San Francisco – $16.32 
  • San Francisco – $14.44 (government-supported employee)
  • Santa Monica – $15.00 (≤25 employees, non-hotel)
  • Santa Monica – $17.64 (hotels)

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

  • District of Columbia – $15.20
  • District of Columbia – $5.05 (tipped employee)

ILLINOIS

  • Chicago – $15.00 (>21 employees)
  • Chicago – $9.00 (>21 employees, tipped employees)
  • Chicago – $14.00 (4 to 20 employees)
  • Chicago – $8.40 (4 to 20 employees, tipped employee)
  • Chicago – $11.00 (youth wage)
  • Chicago – $6.60 (youth wage, tipped employee)
  • Cook County – $6.90 (tipped employee)

MARYLAND

  • Montgomery County – $13.50 (1 to 10 employees)
  • Montgomery County – $14.00 (11 to 50 employees)
  • Montgomery County – $15.00 (>51 employees)

MINNESOTA

  • Minneapolis – $14.25 (>100 employees) 
  • Minneapolis – $12.50 (≤100 employees) 
  • St. Paul – $12.50 (101 to 1,000 employees)
  • St. Paul – $11.00 (6 to 100 employees)
  • St. Paul (≤5 employees)

NEVADA

  • Statewide – $8.75 (employees who receive health benefits that meet certain criteria)
  • Statewide – $9.75 (employees who do not receive sufficient benefits)

NEW YORK

  • Cities outside of NYC – $15.00 (fast food employees only)

OREGON

  • Within Portland’s Urban Growth Boundary – $14.00
  • Nonurban Counties – $12.00
  • All other “Standard” Counties – $12.75
Performance Management

Managing employee performance is essential to workplace success, but performance management is so much more than basic yearly evaluations. Performance management should incorporate a few different things; goals, reflections, and rewards. Unlike the standard employee appraisal system, performance management allows employers to take a more comprehensive view of their team’s work. 

Set Effective Goals

To have a successful performance management system, employers should help employees set effective goals. Establishing SMART goals will help employees align their personal goals to company-wide goals. 

Build an Engaged Team

A successful performance management system allows team members to feel open and comfortable during dialogue. A good way to build an engaged team is by establishing weekly team meetings or monthly check-ins. 

Improve Productivity

An effective performance management system can help improve productivity in the workplace. When employees have a solid performance structure, they tend to be more productive which can lead to a successful organization. 

Establish Transparency

To create a successful performance management system, employers should outline the process in advance. Being clear about the motivations behind the performance management process will encourage employees to be more invested in all aspects of work life. 

Plan for Improvement

When employers participate in continuous performance management, employees can understand how they are performing at all times. When this happens, employees can see where they are struggling and they can take the steps towards improvement. 

Having a solid performance management system is important for all employers, AZ HR Hub can help your organization during the process – we’re your #HRPartner, so you can focus on business!

Employee Training and Development

Investing in employee training and development should be a necessary step for employers, it not only motivates employees, but it also helps the company build a skilled staff. In recent years, employee training and development has been taken more seriously and organizations are starting to realize the benefits of it. 

In today’s world of business, it is important to have a  workforce full of skilled individuals. Investing in training and development programs can help employers in many different ways. Here are some benefits of investing in employee training and development:

  1. Retaining Top Talent

Employee training and development is an essential part of the talent management process because employers that offer training and development typically have more satisfied employees. When employees feel invested in and valued they tend to stay with a company longer.  

2. Increase in Profits

Many companies deal with paying for the costs of unskilled employees, some pay billions of dollars each year. Liabilities created by employee mistakes and inefficient workflows are big capital drains for a ton of companies. Investing in employee training and development can help prevent some of these issues from occurring. 

3. Maximizing Job Performance

When an employee is hired for a job, it is because they meet all of the requirements of the job and they have the required qualifications. Even though an employee is qualified for the job, it is still beneficial to offer training and development to offer insight into the employees’ strengths and weaknesses. Identifying strengths and weaknesses can help employers learn about their employees’ top skills and some of the areas where they need to improve.

4. Improve Workplace Productivity

If employees feel like they are supported, respected, and valued in their workplace, they will naturally become more productive and happy with work in general. Building a staff that is engaged and focused in their work is important, employers can help build their staff by investing in training and development to help educated employees. 

5. Boosts Company Profile

Employee training and development is vital for the internal operations of a company, but it also helps boost your company profile and reputation. When a company has a staff that is known for their advanced skills, they will be known as a top company in their respected field. 

Employee training and development is an element of strategy that employers should consider when trying to build a successful company. There are many benefits to investing in employee training and development, if your organization is interested in training and development programs, AZ HR Hub can be your helping hand – we’re your #HRPartner, so you can focus on business! 

Maintaining Employee Files

Employers typically keep many different personnel documents for their employees, but making sure they are organized is key for companies. In all cases, documentation on employees works as supportive data for any issue(s). Employee files can include many different types of files, some might include; hiring records, payroll records, benefit information, performance records, and retirement/termination information. 

HIRING RECORDS
Hiring records should include interview notes, resumes, application, drug test result, orientation checklists, and any other documentation related to the hiring process.

PAYROLL RECORDS 

There are so many different types of payroll documents out there, but according to the DOL companies should keep payroll records, collective bargaining agreements, and sales and purchase records for at least 3 years. Some other documents that should be kept in a file include, time cards, piece work tickets, wage rate tables, work and time schedules, and records of additions and deductions from wages. 

BENEFITS

Maintaining benefit documentation is important, some of this documentation may include family information, benefit plan packet, and any other benefit related information. 

PERFORMANCE RECORDS

Performance records are important to keep on file, they are important because employers might need that information to go back and look at. Some examples of performance records include performance reviews, disciplinary slips, and attendance slips. Any other documentation that deals with employee performance should go here. 

RETIREMENT/TERMINATION RECORDS 

Retirement and termination records are important to keep even though the employee isn’t with the company anymore. These records might be retirement plan documents, termination information, and exit interview paperwork. Any additional information that deals with an employees retirement or termination process would go here. 

Maintaining employee files is very important for companies, making sure information is organized can save a ton of time and money. If your organization needs help with maintaining employee files, AZ HR Hub can help you out – we’re your #HRPartner, so you can focus on business!

Employee Privacy

In any setting, privacy is important, but it is especially important when dealing with employees and their personal information. Every single employee comes with loads of personal information, it is so important for employers to respect employee privacy and keep information in a secure place. 

If an individual believes that there is a lack of privacy in their workplace, it will likely lead to a decline in productivity and overall performance. Employees want to feel safe at their workplace, and protecting their privacy is the first step to doing so. 

Workplace Information Security

Making sure that employee information is kept in a secure place is very important. Employee privacy is more than just keeping paperwork secure, it is about protecting employees at all costs, and keeping the personal information in a secure system. Personal information is more than just a social security number, it is also home address, marital status, and previous employment information. If an employee wants information to be kept secure, their employer should respect those wishes. 

Productivity

Employees will likely be more productive in their workplace if they feel completely comfortable there. Employees will work harder and feel more secure in their spot. It is so important to protect employees, employers who protect their employees often have great relationships with them. When employees and employers have good working relationships, all things work seem to go good. 

Protecting your employees is the key to running a successful and productive business. If your organization needs help with employee related issues, let us know – AZ HR Hub is your #HRPartner, so you can focus on business!

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