Friday, June 24, 2016

Here's A Tip: Eliminate the Subminimum Wage for Tipped Workers

By and on June 23, 2016 - Re-posted from the U.S. Department of Labor Blog

In states and cities across the nation we’re seeing incredible momentum to raise the minimum wage. These efforts have meant that millions of workers have gotten a raise thanks to efforts by policymakers and the voting public. Nine Champions of Change who have played key roles in creating and sustaining this momentum were honored today at the White House, including restaurant worker Alia Todd and restaurateur Buz Grossberg.

But despite this amazing progress, one group has too often been left behind: millions of tipped workers who earn a subminimum wage. In crafting minimum wage increases, states and cities have frequently left the minimum wage for tipped workers below the full-wage rate paid to other workers − sometimes far below. President Obama and Secretary Perez support legislation that would gradually eliminate the tipped minimum wage. There are many reasons to do so.

What is the tipped minimum wage?

Federal law and all but seven states allow employers to pay a subminimum wage to workers who earn tips. The current federal tipped minimum wage has not been increased since 1991 and still stands at just $2.13 per hour. States’ subminimum wages for tipped workers vary, but almost all are well below the full federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour. Employers are required to ensure that workers’ wages equal at least the full minimum wage after tips are included, but that doesn’t always happen....

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Monday, May 09, 2016

Five Fun Onboarding Activities for Your New Crew!

In this post we bring you our unwavering belief in your ability to
 kick butt as well as an energetic shot of fun and inspiration.


Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranch, Idaho - Erica Cole
We connected our new 2016 hires with two of our returning crew members to chat about what it's REALLY like to live, work and play at the Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranch. The new hires were more comfortable asking them the 'real' questions they wanted answers to, but may have been afraid to ask management. 

A private Facebook group was created for 2016 crew members.  It's a platform for the crew to get to know each other, ask questions and coordinate travel plans.  Everybody has joined -- the chatter is ongoing with the excitement and anticipation for the upcoming summer kicking into overdrive.

Major Marine Tours and Alaska Coach Tours, Alaska - Kyle McDonnell
Alaska Coach Tours does a big bowling tournament as well as kick ball teams against the other tour companies. Major Marine does a big pig roast party for everyone at the beginning of the season and a few though out the summer. 

Hidden Valley Camp, Maine - Peter Kassen
We've got a couple standbys that are a hit each season. We hold a Contra Dance, which is like a big old-fashioned square dance. We put on a Booth Night where returning staff set up booths in our Barn, and new staff can go table to table and learn about Camp Lore, Off time options, etc.  We also put on a Staff Talent Show, to encourage everyone to share something, foster bonds and build fast relationships.

Grand Canyon South Rim, Arizona - Meg Rudge
A bus tour of the Grand Canyon - with a guide to offer interpretive info and share Park and location highlights. For some, this is their first real look at the Canyon. It helps foster relationships to this magical place, and connects them to why they’re here.

Copper Mountain Ski Resort, Colorado - Regina Case

One of the best celebrations we do at the beginning of our ski season is our Holiday Celebration. The dinner is served to you by the leadership team, so the President is giving you turkey while the VP is handing you potatoes. It’s just one way we recognize and thank our employees for all of their hard work! In addition, we have Santa come and give out little gifts to employees’ kids, amazing prizes are raffled off, photo booth fun, and a caricature. The past couple of seasons, we have even said to wear your best holiday sweater and then we take a picture with everyone dressed up.

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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

3 Ways To Start Out On The Right Foot Entering Your New Season

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Most of us here at CoolWorks were once sitting where you are now. The majority of Team CW comes from a Human Resources and seasonal recruiting background. We understand your world and the varied and colorful challenges you face. Whether you are an HR Manager, a do-it-all proprietor, or an office admin that suddenly finds themselves “helping out with the hiring,” everyone is on the same mission: to find the best and the brightest people to help you make your operation a success this season. We've lived it, we know it's not an easy task.
We believe in the life changing power of a seasonal job. We consider the people in the positions to hand out these life-changing opportunities to be wielders of a certain kind of magic. HR is nothing if it isn’t danged hard! But you wield a magic wand. You grant people a fork in the road that they’d have never seen coming - and that is AWESOME.

This week, we’ll look at three helpful tools to keep your head on straight as you step into your spotlight. It’s nearly time for your staff to arrive - this is the moment you’ve been working towards all winter - and you are gonna rock it. It’s time to:

1. Master your planning 2. Plug your holes 3. Put out the welcome sign

Killer calendar game. You’ve got so many moving targets to track this time of year that if you don’t write them down, you know your head will explode. Google Calendar or it’s equivalent is a great way to track your staff arrival days, the first meals your employee dining room will serve, and D-Day - when all you year-rounders whip yourself into presentable dress for your return into the public’s eye. With a digital calendar you can keep managers and supervisors up on key events while saving loads of printer ink. Work it together and avoid tripping each other up. Try a calendar app to keep you tracking while you’re out of the office making sure all your prep gets done.

Fill your remaining gaps. It’s inevitable: plans change and so does your staffing plan. As last minute needs arise, our go-to call for reinforcements is the seven day Help Wanted ad. It packs a punch, draws great traffic, and you can advertise all your vacancies in one shout out. Ask your CoolWorks rep about the Social Media Package, which consists of one Help Wanted ad with Social Media exposure across all of our platforms and a targeted, paid reach on Facebook.

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Roll out the welcome wagon. It’s exciting to meet all these people you’ve been working so hard to bring to your property, and it’s really devastating when you’re waiting there with a smile on and some of them don’t turn up. One way to cull that is by putting a lot of juice into building relationships with your hires from that first phone call. When people feel invested in, they invest. Fostering relationships is key, and helping your new hires do so with one another will go a long way. Your operation may be small, and it’s easy to put a personal touch on things yourself. If you’re a part of a larger organization, it may be a bit more of a challenge to infuse the personal touch into your practices - but it is doable.
In today’s social webbed world - why not set-up a meeting space for them to mix and mingle before they arrive? A private facebook group can let them get to know each other. Send out a newsletter or an email of the top five things they don’t want to forget, and emphasize how much your company is looking forward to welcoming them in.
Above all let, them know that you just want to keep the communication flowing. Wouldn’t you rather they let you know if their plans change? Empower them, and they’ll respect you. Invest in them, and they’re more likely to turn up and make you happy you did.

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One last tip for your personal health and well being. Put a notepad by your bedside. As your brain tries to fight off your exhaustion on the nightly you can release your woes with the knowledge that you’ll be able to pick them up and squash them in the new day - and still get yourself a good night's sleep! Make room for bubble baths, walks, dark chocolate, or at least 30 minutes of whatever helps you decompress each day. You’ve got a lot going on. Take care of yourselves and keep in mind, these people you’ve hired are really excited, and they deserve a warm welcome.

We want to help you generate your pixie dust. We're here to listen, help, inspire and cheer you on. There is a lot of digital magic that goes into 21st century recruiting. We hope the services that we provide you are a part of that equation.