Let us reintroduce ourselves!

Meet Whirks! Since we stepped into the payroll world back in 2009, we have been thinking about what our name should be. Patrick Payroll just hasn’t encompassed all that we do and what we want to do. Our name didn’t clarify that we are a lot more than just an ordinary payroll company. We have awesome people…

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Change is in the air

I’ve probably heard this phrase a million times, and I smile every time I hear it because I know it means change is coming. Around my house, fall is an exciting time for many reasons. With the new season, we get cooler weather, comfort food meals, and football, which leaves everyone excited. (Not to mention…

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Tips for Avoiding HR Overload

If you are responsible for HR in your company, a smorgasbord of tasks probably lands on your desk each day. You already know that being adaptable is a crucial part of working in any job, especially in human resources. However, when your normal routine is derailed, it’s easy to start feeling overwhelmed. We could spend…

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Change is Hard!

My kids, ages 16, 14, and 12, have been back at school about a month now. Full speed ahead, super active, and super teenagery (is that a word?). When school starts back, my wife and I’s world just changes. Back to games or practice every night of the week – usually with three kids going in three different directions. We are back to studying late at…

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Top 3 Tips from the Whirks Staff

What’s your top three tips for small business owners? We asked our local experts (the Whirks staff) for their best bits of wisdom! Rose Heckendorf, Client Care Coordinator 1. Make sure you’re keeping your business and personal expenses separate. It’s a lot easier to do this on the front-end and it can save you a…

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What You Need to Know About Developing Your First-Time Managers

You believe you’ve identified the perfect employee to fill a management role at your business. Now what?  Unfortunately for many first-time managers the next step is figuring out how to lead or manage people without being provided with formal leadership training. In other words, “winging it.” According to The Ken Blanchard Companies’ First-Time Manager Survey,…

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How to Identify Potential Managers Within Your Ranks

If you have a spot open in management it’s tempting to look only to your top performers to fill it. Or maybe it’s time to conduct an annual performance review for your account executive who keeps blowing up her sales goals. She’s been with your organization for three years and is hoping for a promotion.…

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How to Protect Your Brand in the Face of Online Employee Reviews

It used to be that you reviewed your employee’s performance. In today’s digitally connected culture, employees now get to review you. Current, potential, and former employees have countless platforms on which to share their good and bad experiences with your workplace. Your potential hires are likely reading any number of employment sites such as Indeed,…

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When Two Become One: How to Manage Merging Cultures During an M&A

For the past few weeks we’ve been talking about the practical implications of mergers and acquisitions (M&As) on payroll and your core HR functions. This week we’ll cover what’s likely the most challenging piece of an M&A to navigate—the blending of two cultures. When Two Become One Mergers are often compared to marriages because in…

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