J. Kent's Blog - Articles for Employers and Job Seekers

Is Your Company Doing This in Interviews? (Well, You Shouldn’t)

Posted by: Karen Booher on June 4th, 2023

Why risk turning off top talent in the interview and hiring process? In a January 2023 survey of 1,000 job seekers by the IT trade association CompTIA, nearly half (46%) said they have turned down a job opportunity because of perceived red flags when they were interviewed by hiring managers. The following are several examples…

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Public Health Emergency (PHE) Leave Relating to COVID-19 Ends June 8, 2023

Posted by: Karen Booher on June 3rd, 2023

The Healthy Families and Workplace Act (HFWA) PHE leave continues until four weeks after all applicable PHE declarations end or are suspended. As of May 11, 2023, all applicable PHEs relating to COVID-19 (both federal and state) have ended. Therefore June 8, 2023, is the last day of PHE leave that Colorado employees with remaining…

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August 30, 2023 – Employer Deadline to Update I-9s Completed Remotely Due to COVID-19

Posted by: Karen Booher on May 27th, 2023

Since March 2020, employers have been allowed the flexibility to temporarily defer the “physical examination” of employees’ identity and employment authorization documents for the Form I-9, if the employer is taking physical proximity precautions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Employers meeting this criterion have been allowed to examine employees’ documents remotely, such as by video,…

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Stay Interviews – What are They & 10 Questions to Ask

Posted by: Karen Booher on May 16th, 2023

Many organizations conduct “exit interviews” with departing employees. But, what about “stay interviews”? Although information gleaned in an exit interview can be very valuable on what went wrong, many times it’s too late. In an effort to curb the “Great Resignation”, companies may greatly benefit from implementing a consistent stay interview program. What is a…

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What Do 2023 Grads Expect From Their First Career Job?

Posted by: Karen Booher on May 15th, 2023

Congratulations to the graduating class of 2023! Many in this year’s graduating senior class were freshmen in college when the pandemic struck in early 2020. In many respects, the workplace today is vastly different from when they first started college. Savvy employers understand that as workplace trends change, it’s important to stay flexible and open…

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Phrases to Avoid When Terminating an Employee

Posted by: Karen Booher on May 15th, 2023

Terminating an employee is one of the least favorite tasks of managers and HR departments. To avoid an uncomfortable or confrontational situation, there can sometimes be a tendency of the party doing the termination to soften the blow by not being forthright in sharing the actual reason(s) the termination decision was made. However uneasy it…

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Incorporating Autistic Individuals Into Your Workforce

Posted by: Karen Booher on April 11th, 2023

April is Autism Awareness Month. In terms of employment, most autistic people are unemployed. Some analysts estimate that the unemployment rate of those with autism is as high as 85% in the U.S., as compared to the general population of under 4%. In recent years, with companies’ efforts to be more diverse and inclusive, many…

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J. Kent’s Accounting Manager Volunteers Time Assembling Easter Baskets for Underserved Children

Posted by: Karen Booher on April 5th, 2023

On March 24th, our Accounting Manager, Reean Waddle (pictured 3rd from the right), teamed up with Cathy Rieber, a Discovery Toys consultant, at A Precious Child’s headquarters in Broomfield, CO.  Alongside other Discover Toys consultants, friends, family, and other volunteers, they spent the day organizing and assembling Easter baskets for Colorado’s underserved children of all…

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Mental Wellness Benefits Are Utilized More By (& Very Important To) Younger Employees

Posted by: Karen Booher on March 29th, 2023

Gone are the days when our employees are just expected to “tough it out” on their own through bad times. However, the four generations in today’s workforce take advantage of, and view, available resources for mental health challenges differently. Workplace mental wellness benefits are being utilized by younger generations more than by older generations in…

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70% of Job Candidates Prefer Interviewing In-Person Versus Virtually

Posted by: Karen Booher on March 12th, 2023

Over the last several years, we have all grown accustomed to conducting video interviews. Many companies have continued to interview by video even though they have returned to working in the office and can meet with candidates in person. Whereas video interviews can offer a convenience factor for job seekers, they still overwhelmingly prefer an…

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