What is a PEO, Exactly?

What Does a PEO Do? Professional employer organizations (PEO) provide integrated HR solutions for small and medium sized businesses. The services a PEO offers include payroll, benefits administration, human resources best practices consulting, state and federal employment tax administration, regulatory compliance and risk management. How Do Businesses Benefit from a PEO? By partnering with a PEO, businesses turn over time-consuming and expensive back office HR tasks to a team of experts. Business owners can focus on their business’ core functions and growing that business, while Anthros focuses on the wellbeing of the team. A PEO navigates the constantly changing landscape of employment regulations and taxes, which means businesses stay in compliance and are better protected against liability. In addition, business owners and their employees get access to HR management technology and experts that have decades of experience in HR problem-solving. Businesses that hire a PEO are more flexible, grow more quickly and experience lower rates of employee turnover. Does the PEO Become an Owner or Operator in the Business? No. The PEO has no power to hire, fire, change wages or set strategy. Ownership remains the same. The PEO supports business operations by processing payroll, paying employment taxes, administering benefits and maintaining employee records. Most of the time, employees will interface with the PEO only when they need to update their personal information or have payroll inquiries. The PEO may consult or offer training on HR and employment issues, but the client remains solely responsible for business operations. What Makes Anthros Different from Other PEOs? Anthros is not like other PEOs. We do all the things a PEO does... Read More

Behind the Anthros Logo

How An Icon Represents Our Integrated Approach Our name, Anthros, comes from the Greek word for human or humankind. People are at the heart of what we do. By focusing on people, we bring empathy and emotional intelligence back into the Human Resources industry. The Anthros logo comes from the iconic drawing by Leonardo da Vinci. His pen and ink drawing is an enduring image and one of the most recognizable symbols of the Renaissance. Da Vinci was both an artist and scientist. Representing and exploring the proportions of the human body was a mathematic, scientific, philosophical and artistic pursuit. For him, these fields were inextricably linked and his Vitruvian Man, as the drawing is known, reflects his integrated approach. At Anthros, this inspires us daily. We don’t believe Human Resource functions should be compartmentalized. We always take a holistic approach. Everything from payroll and compliance to technology and risk management must be part of an integrated solution to meet our client’s specific needs. By taking its inspiration from da Vinci, the Anthros logo speaks to our big-picture thinking, our rigorous attention to detail, and our commitment to constantly improving and re-engineering our service delivery model. About the Author Dyannah Byington is the Brand Manager at Anthros... Read More

Seven Common Accident Causes

  Consider this statistic: 80 out of every 100 accidents are the fault of the person involved in the incident. Unsafe actions cause four times more accidents and injuries than unsafe conditions. Accidents occur for many reasons. Management may contribute through improper new hire orientation or inadequate training in tasks and equipment. Supervisor accountability for safety processes can also be a factor. When an accident occurs, most people look for someone or something to blame because that’s easier than examining the root causes. Consider the underlying accident causes below. Have you ever been guilty of any of these? Taking Shortcuts Every day we make decisions we hope will make our job faster and more efficient. But do these time savers ever risk your own safety or that of other team members? Shortcuts that reduce your safety on the job are not shortcuts but an increased chance for injury. Being Overconfident Confidence is a good thing. Overconfidence is too much of a good thing. “It’ll never happen to me” is an attitude that quickly leads to improper procedures, tools or methods on the job, and any of these can lead to injury. Poor Housekeeping When clients, managers or safety professionals walk through your work site, housekeeping is an  indicator of everyone’s attitude about quality, production and safety. Poor housekeeping creates hazards, while a well-maintained area sets a standard for others to follow. Good housekeeping is a matter of both pride and safety. Failure to Pre-Plan the Work Being hasty in starting a task or not thinking through the process can put you in harm’s way. Instead, Plan Your Work and... Read More

Department of Labor Announces New Overtime Rule

  We know many of you have been waiting for months to hear the DOL’s decision regarding the overtime rule. This morning the DOL announced a Final Rule to update the regulations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The rule will effect millions of previously classified exempt employees in the United States. The Anthros team is here to help our clients understand how this new rule affects your business and how you can prepare for and address it. The DOL covers the provisions of the new rule in this Fact Sheet on their website. The Key Provisions are also listed below. Key Provisions of the Final Rule The Final Rule focuses primarily on updating the salary and compensation levels needed for Executive, Administrative and Professional workers to be exempt. Specifically, the Final Rule: 1. Sets the standard salary level at the 40th percentile of earnings of full-time salaried workers in the lowest-wage Census Region, currently the South ($913 per week; $47,476 annually for a full-year worker); 2. Sets the total annual compensation requirement for highly compensated employees (HCE) subject to a minimal duties test to the annual equivalent of the 90th percentile of full-time salaried workers nationally ($134,004); and 3. Establishes a mechanism for automatically updating the salary and compensation levels every three years to maintain the levels at the above percentiles and to ensure that they continue to provide useful and effective tests for exemption. The Final Rule also amends the salary basis test to allow employers to use nondiscretionary bonuses and incentive payments (including commissions) to satisfy up to 10 percent of the new standard salary... Read More

Are Your Employees Engaged?

How would you answer this question: are your employees engaged? Studies show that a huge chunk of workers in the United States are not engaged: more than 75 percent! And the cost is enormous. In the U.S. employee disengagement carries with it a price tag of $300-$500 billion dollars each year. So what does an engaged employee look like? • Enthusiastic. Committed. Heart and soul goes into their work • Mission oriented. Think in terms of “us” and what will further the interests of the organization • Works harder and more efficiently Employees who are engaged feel and convey pride in their work, and this enthusiasm fosters an environment of collaboration in the workplace. When employees are engaged, everyone is pushed to be a better employee. This is the result: • Fewer layoffs for poor performance • Employees come to work • Employees stay • Fewer on-the-job accidents and Human Resources problems Companies with engaged employees are more productive, more profitable and save big from their low rates of turnover. According to a Gallup study, companies with high levels of employee engagement are 400 percent more profitable than companies with disengaged employees. So how do you engage employees? Here’s what employees are looking for: • Recognition and appreciation for their contributions and a job done well • Open communication between managers, leadership and employees • Opportunities for advancement, longevity, mentorship and training Most executives say motiving employees is their greatest challenge. But what’s the cost of not motivating them? Much greater than the time and expense that goes into creating a comprehensive employee engagement strategy. At Anthros Inc. we... Read More

Unconditional Support: Treating Your Team Like Family

  Unconditional Support: Treating Your Team Like Family Should the saying, “in sickness and in health” only apply in a marriage? We don’t think so. Just as a family supports one another in times of need, a “work family” should do the same. At Anthros, we began asking the question, “What if individuals cared for their work families as much as they cared for their birth families? Imagine the impact it would have on the team member and overall organizational morale. Imagine the example it would set for corporate America. Imagine the effect it could have on humankind. At Anthros, we no longer wanted to imagine. Anthros Founder & CEO Anurag Dandiya recently announced that the company has placed $5,000 into the Anthros Family Emergency Fund (AFEF). No one can predict unforeseen emergencies, but when and if they occur, the financial impact can be a heavy burden to bear. A loss of a loved one, an auto accident, a serious illness, damage to a home, all of which may contribute to unexpected expenses. The financial burden on a team member may trickle out towards other members in forms of performance, morale or absenteeism. The Anthros Family Emergency Fund (AFEF) is a special fund designed to assist any Anthros team member who may need some extra “breathing room” in the event of financial or personal hardships. Establishing this fund can help team members in several ways: Provides support which creates a morale boost Gives team member a level of relief to better focus on Anthros responsibilities Maintains our “family” atmosphere Protects our most important asset- the Anthros team! Ultimately, the fund was designed to... Read More