Employees

How to Hire and Manage Small Business Employees

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Hire a Recruiter to Find Your Next Great Employee

Hiring great employees for your small business can be a difficult and time-consuming chore. That’s why many small-business owners opt to use an outside recruiting firm to search for, vet, and rank suitable …

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How to Cover Your Bases When Hiring Foreign Workers

An estimated 8 million unauthorized workers were employed in the U.S. in 2010, constituting 5.2 percent of the nation’s labor force, according to a 2013 report by the Migration Policy …

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Small Business Employment Drops for First Time in Months

For the first time since January 2013, U.S. small businesses saw a slight decline in employment, according to the July Intuit Small Business Employment and Revenue Indexes. July small business …

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Foster an Open, Honest Workplace Culture

Dishonesty in the workplace can be harmless if it simply involves co-workers telling occasional white lies to avoid offending one another. But when employees hide mistakes, sabotage their peers, lie …

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health insurance

How Will the New Health Care Law Affect Your Business?

You may have heard that under the Affordable Care Act businesses with 50 or more employees will be fined for not providing health insurance benefits. That provision remains in place, but …

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investigation

Are Background Checks Worth the Cost?

Conventional wisdom says employers should run background checks on all potential new hires. The thinking: If you don’t do your due diligence, you could wind up with a problem employee …

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Carrot on a stick

11 Phrases You Can Use to Motivate Staff

Showing employees how important they are to you and your business isn’t hard. In fact, it takes mere seconds of your time — and can boost morale and performance. Recognize …

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In the Trenches: Taking a Baby Break

As a small-business owner, it’s one thing to prepare for a vacation — and a whole different thing to plan for a baby on the way. Due dates are far less …

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forgiveness

Why It Pays to Forgive

When you run a business, sooner or later you have to deal with forgiveness. Maybe you are the offender and must ask for it, or maybe you aren’t and must …

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check your reputation

7 Tools for Managing Your Business’s Online Reputation

Do you know how your brand is perceived in the digital world? You should. Like it or not, your online reputation — fueled by what consumers choose to share with …

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angry and nice

How to Be Nice (But Not Too Nice)

Your small business is a reflection of your personality. But you may have to step outside your comfort zone a bit in order to succeed as a boss. After all, …

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analysis

In the Trenches: A Get-Together Post-Mortem

It’s been a couple of weeks since we had our annual Cranky Concierge staff meeting, which means I can now look back to judge its effectiveness. Because everyone works remotely …

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subcontractors

How to Hire Subcontractors for Client Projects

You’re on the short list of contractors vying for a large project for a big-money client. There’s just one problem: The project requires specialized expertise that you lack, such as …

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meeting

Make Your Meetings More Efficient

Are meetings draining you and your employees of time and energy? The average business meeting lasts 45 minutes and has 4.3 people in attendance, according to a new report by …

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the brain

Author Christine Comaford on Using Psychology to Engage Employees

Three simple words — and creating an organizational culture around the principles they embody — may be key to your company’s success: safety, belonging, and mattering. “If you want to …

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