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Whether you’re your own boss or a manager of a team, productivity in the workplace is a hot issue right now. We all want to work smarter, not harder, to get things done...and enjoy work/life balance in paradise too.

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Have you ever made a bad hire? You’re not alone. Surveys have found that 48% of all new hires have to be replaced in the first 18 months. And hiring the wrong person can be an expensive mistake—on average, a bad hire can cost a company 30% of the person’s annual salary.

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It’s an old saying that the only constant is change—and that certainly applies to the world of HR. Even as employers are still getting used to changes like tax reform and Hawaii’s new “salary history ban”, it’s important to keep looking forward and anticipate what’s to come.

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This article is an excerpt from Atomic Habits, James Clear's New York Times best-seller. Join us for Growth Series with James Clear on February 27, 2019 to learn about how to improve 1% every day through tiny changes. Registration is still open. Use promo code GS2019 to save your seats.  

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What are your most important goals in life? What habits fuel those goals? And what would happen if every day, you were able to get 1% better at each of those habits?

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It’s the start of the new year and chances are you’re busy locking down your plans and major milestones for 2019. And if you haven’t started yet, it isn’t too late. In fact, we’ve made it easier for you by creating a 2019 HR Calendar!

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Whether your practice has been treating patients for years or you are just getting started, you need great employees in order to be successful. Failing to keep high performers can leave your practice understaffed, with a less qualified workforce, and ultimately hinder your ability to provide quality patient care. In fact, the cost to replace a highly-trained employee can exceed 200% of their annual salary!

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Attracting top talent in the highly competitive Hawaii market is challenging, and it’s especially hard for the healthcare industry. Like attracting patients into your practice with effective advertising, how can you get in front of the right candidates?

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Earlier this year, Governor David Ige signed a bill into law which prohibits employers from asking job applicants about their salary history. Hawaii’s Equal Pay Act, also known as the Salary Ban Law, takes effect on January 1, 2019.

So what do you need to know?

While it’s true these changes mean many businesses will have to look at their hiring practices and potentially make changes to their application process and training, the new law also offers an opportunity for employers to modernize their business practices by creating a formal compensation philosophy or strategy.

Ultimately, getting your hiring process and compensation strategy up to date will help you attract quality employees — and retain them for the long haul.

What It Means

Under the new law, you can’t ask applicants what they earned at their last job, or anything else about their salary history. You also can’t use what you know about their past salary to determine their pay, benefits, or other compensation during the hiring process.

What’s more, employees have the right to discuss their wages or ask about what others earn, and you can’t punish them for discussing salaries amongst themselves.

Why Not Ask?

So why not just ask? The purpose of the law is to end the cycle of pay discrimination. Even today, women in Hawaii earn 84 cents for every dollar earned by men. When an employee’s salary is based on what they earned in previous jobs, unequal pay can be perpetuated years into the future for women and minorities.

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With the end of the year quickly approaching, many small business owners are starting to consider giving their employees a holiday, or year-end, bonus. And it’s not a bad idea! According to World at Work, 82% of employers give out bonuses.

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