2019 Holiday Calendar

November 1, 2019

Thursday, November 27 Thanksgiving Holiday Office is closed Friday, November 28 Black Friday Office is closed, but phones and email will be monitored Tuesday, December 24 Christmas Eve Office is closed, but phones and email will be monitored Wednesday, December 25 Christmas Day Office is closed Tuesday, December 31 New Year’s Eve Office is closed, but phones and email will be monitored Wednesday, January 1 New Year’s Day Office is closed If you have any questions, please contact a team member at EctoHR by calling 810-534-0170 or emailing hr@

Working (Too) Hard for the Money: The Negative Impacts of Excessive Overtime

October 16, 2019

Based on client and project needs or the seasonality of the business, many companies ask employees to work a considerable amount of overtime for sustained periods. This begs the question of whether excessive overtime creates a negative impact on productivity, quality and efficiency in the workplace. The experts say yes! Employers typically think when employees work overtime (over 40 hours in a work week) that more hours on the job correlates to more productivity. This is not always the case! According to Pennsylvania State University professors H. Randolph Thomas and Karl A. Raynor, a study of construction workers revealed that ...

Is now a good time to talk? Maintaining an Open Door Environment in the Workplace

October 14, 2019

An open door environment is more than a definition or policy outlined in an employee handbook.  It speaks to a culture that encourages all employees to approach members of management with questions or concerns, as well as suggestions or feedback.  An open door environment fosters transparency in the workplace and free flowing communication between employees and management.  Some of the benefits that come from having an open door environment are: Managers maintain an overall pulse on how their employees are feeling and how things are going.Deeper working relationships between managers and employees.Open flow of communication, both bottom-up and top-down, leading ...

The Dreaded Counteroffer

September 20, 2019

Imagine a situation where the perfect candidate accepts a job offer. Your entire team is excited for the help they have been waiting for and have started making first day preparations for the new hire. Then, the dreaded call comes - the candidate has accepted a counteroffer from the current employer. The candidate had legitimate reasons for finding a new job and was shocked when a counteroffer was presented. Now his head is filled with thoughts of instant gratification, promotion, comfortability and most importantly - more money! Over the past 10 years, nearly 50% of candidates who quit their job ...

The Power of Giving Back: Employer Benefits of Workplace Community Involvement

September 20, 2019

Catered lunches, ping pong tables, massage chairs and gym memberships tend to receive the most attention when it comes to creating high retention rates and a fun, cohesive work environment. However, one of the most overlooked ways to build a strong company culture is to provide opportunities for employees to engage in community service. A study conducted by Deloitte found that an overwhelming 89% of employees think organizations that support or fund volunteer opportunities offer a better overall working environment*. While companies may shy away from touting their involvement in the community, EctoHR recommends building volunteerism into the fabric of ...