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Jessica Dennis

Jessica Dennis is the HR lead writer at TechnologyAdvice. She has B.A. in English Literature from the University of Michigan and over six years of experience in onboarding, payroll, benefits, compliance, and workforce management as an HR generalist. Since joining TA, she’s covered additional topics like DEI, engagement, training, communication, hiring, and performance management best practices. Her expertise, in-depth research, and hands-on experience with HR software ensures she provides the best people operations and technology insights to readers. When she’s not writing, you can find her obsessing over her labrador retriever, crocheting, or jumping into the nearest body of water.

Expertise
  • Employee life cycle.
  • People operations and administration.
  • HR compliance.
  • Performance mangement and employee engagement.
  • Diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB).
  • All-in-one HR software.
  • Content writing.
  • SEO.
  • Interviewing.
  • English literature.
Education
  • Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from the University of Michigan.
Featured In
  • TechnologyAdvice
  • CNBC
Favorite Technology

HR professionals wear a lot of hats, from writing and enforcing new handbook policies to orchestrating the company potluck. I love productivity, organization, and collaboration tools that allow me to switch between multiple tasks without losing my work. The web browser Arc and Google Workspace are my favorites. With them, I can separate different aspects of my job — like researching, writing, and administration — to stay on track with multiple priorities.

5 Costly Payroll Errors and How to Avoid them

Key takeaways Disclaimer: We’re not legal experts, and every case is different, so check with your legal counsel or tax expert before making an important decision. TechnologyAdvice does not offer legal or tax counsel. 5 common payroll errors and how to...

Best Human Resources (HR) Software for Small Businesses in 2024

Our picks for the best HR software for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) are ADP, Gusto, Zenefits, BambooHR, Namely, Rippling, and Paycor. Read our comparison to find the best fit for your...

How to Do Payroll Yourself: A Comprehensive Small Business Guide (2024)

Key takeaways Disclaimer: TechnologyAdvice is not a tax or legal service/agency. The portions of this article about federal, state, and local employee and employer tax withholdings are for informational purposes only and are not intended as legal advice....

Employee Attrition Rate: Meaning, Formula & How to Calculate

Key takeaways What is attrition rate? Attrition rate measures how many employees leave a company over a period of time. It gives a glimpse into your company’s overall health, such as the strength of your hiring and retention efforts. It also aids in...

The Top HRIS Systems of 2024

My top picks for the best human resources information system are: Jump to comparison overview ↓ Jump to methodology ↓ What kind of HR software do you need? Learn more in HRIS vs HRMS vs HCM: What is the Difference? What are the best HRIS systems?  ...

Employee Development Plan: Everything You Need to Know (+ Free Template)

Key takeaways What is an employee development plan? An employee development plan, also an employee action plan, is a tool that helps upskill your existing employees to meet larger company objectives. It typically includes short- and long-term goals with...

How to Manage Zoom Fatigue in the Workplace

Disclaimer: This article is not intended as medical advice. Please consult a healthcare professional if you’re experiencing serious medical issues. Key takeaways What is Zoom fatigue? Zoom fatigue — also known as virtual or video meeting fatigue — is...

Top Performance Metrics Examples & What They Measure

Key takeaways Check out our video overview below. What are performance metrics? Performance metrics are the quantitative and qualitative measurements that assess how well employees are doing their jobs. Companies typically represent performance metrics as key...

Employee Life Cycle: The HR Guide to Managing the Stages

Key takeaways What is the employee life cycle? The employee life cycle provides a concrete framework for conceptualizing each part of the employee journey, from brand awareness to offboarding. It consists of six stages an employee experiences before, during,...

Diversity Equity & Inclusion: What is DEI?

Key takeaways What is diversity, equity, and inclusion? Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) is a framework companies use to create supportive and inclusive workplaces for the spectrum of employees’ unique identities and experiences. It also helps...

Top Contractor Payroll Solutions 2024

Here are our picks for the top contractor payroll solutions: Check out our Payroll Software Guide for our full selection of payroll software options on the market today. You can also watch our video overview of the top contractor payroll solutions below. What...

UKG vs ADP Comparison 2024

Key takeaways: UKG vs ADP: Which is better? UKG Pro and ADP Workforce Now are two major human resources (HR) software solutions with comparable payroll, benefits administration, recruiting, onboarding, and performance management features. Both products target...

How to Engage Employees in the Workplace

Key takeaways 8 ways to engage employees Only 23% of global employees are considered engaged at work, according to Gallup’s 2023 State of the Global Workplace. Although higher than in years past, this low percentage can explain trends like quiet...

Employee Disciplinary Action Guide + Form Template

Disclaimer: This article is not intended as legal advice. Please seek counsel from an employment law attorney to understand the requirements for your specific employee disciplinary action situation. Key takeaways What is the employee disciplinary action...

7 Warning Signs of an Unhappy Employee

Key takeaways What are the signs of an unhappy employee? Many factors could cause disgruntled employees. Some are organizational — they’re dissatisfied with the workload, the pay, or the company culture. Others are personal — their home life situation...
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