Stories written by Becky Ripper

Becky Ripper is human resources coordinator at High Country Energy Services in Grand Junction. She’s also public relations and marketing director for the Western Colorado Human Resource Association.

Health care law raises issues for small businesses

Since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), many small businesses owners and managers have been intrigued by the possibility they could discontinue group health insurance and instead offer employees a stipend to purchase individual health insurance policies on their own.    Employers must remain aware, however, that implementing such a plan could violate […]

Space race: Clean office to make room for improvements

You might believe the way you keep your office is a matter of personal preference and style, and I suppose it is. But this personal space of yours is likely visible to co-workers, supervisors and maybe even customers. Appearances are powerful and matter. In fact, the appearance of your office and desk is as important […]

Get engaged by making connections with employees

What’s employee engagement? It’s the process of getting employees to feel connected to and enthusiastic about their jobs and the companies for which they work. Connection is key. Why should companies be concerned with this? Because this connection is vital to productivity. Employees engaged in their work tend to make better employees. They’re more likely […]

Job hunting? Impressive effort required

Ready to make a great first impression on a potential employer? Here’s a checklist to help make the job hunting process easier and to make your resume and job application stand out from the others. There’s some information  here business owners and managers might want to review as well about what they should expect from […]

Fair event offers HR learning opportunity

Want to network with local human resource professionals? Like to learn more about how an HR group can help you and your business? Interested in increasing employee satisfaction and performance through a more inclusive workplace? The Western Colorado Human Resource Association and Society for Human Resource Management has scheduled a free event in Grand Junction […]

The big, bad boss: Poor management costly

Nearly everyone I know has had a bad boss at one time or another during their careers. A recent Gallup poll of more than 1 million employed U.S. workers confirmed the No. 1 reason people quit their jobs is a bad boss or immediate supervisor. “People leave managers, not companies … . In the end, […]

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