Employees

How to Hire and Manage Small Business Employees

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Get New Employees Off to a Great Start

Placing ads, setting up appointments, conducting in-depth interviews — a lot of work goes into recruiting and hiring employees. Yet, surprisingly, once job applicants have been hired, many employers don’t …

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Business Etiquette in the Workplace: Tips for Leaders

Rules of etiquette govern virtually all social situations. Effective business leaders understand that they set the tone for “proper behavior” in the workplace. How well they do so can affect …

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Tips for Combating Employee Burnout

As a small-business owner, you expect to work long hours, assume ever-increasing levels of responsibility, and think about your job all of the time. It’s easy to start expecting the …

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3 Apps for Laying Out Office Space

Only about one in four U.S. professionals has an optimal workplace environment, while the rest struggle to do their jobs effectively, according to a 2013 U.S. Workplace Survey [PDF] by …

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In the Trenches: How to Use Commissions

Over the years, I’ve flirted with various commission structures for the people who work for me, and my views keep changing about whether it’s a good or bad way to …

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How to Reduce Germs in the Workplace

As the fourth quarter begins, small-business owners can anticipate more than the rigors of Black Friday. Cold and flu season is also upon us. If you aren’t careful, germs will thrive …

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A Quick and Easy Process for Sorting Resumes

With online sites making it easy for people to apply for jobs, you may end up with dozens — or hundreds — of resumes for any job you post. Yet …

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What You Need to Know About Hiring Short-Term Employees

The hiring of short-term, seasonal, contract, or otherwise temporary employees is on the rise among U.S. businesses. In fact, the nation’s labor force currently includes more temp workers than ever …

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Could a 4-Day Workweek Work for Your Business?

The popularity of offering employees a four-day workweek seems to ebb and flow, but it’s currently back in style, as recent articles by Forbes, CNNMoney, and even Patch.com suggest. A …

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How to Deliver Bad News to Employees

Nobody wants to be the bearer of bad news, but sometimes you have to do what you have to do. Let’s face it, times are less than stellar for many …

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How to Comply With the Affordable Care Act

The Affordable Care Act’s marketplace opens today — despite the federal government’s budgetary shutdown — so it’s time for small-business owners to take steps to remain in compliance with the …

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Small Business Employment Almost Flat in September

U.S. small business employment saw a slight increase of 0.01 percent in September – growth so small that it is almost flat. Hours worked, compensation, and overall small business revenues …

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How to Manage Technical and Creative Experts

As a small-business owner, you may require the specialized know-how of technical, creative, or subject-matter experts – either as full-time employees, part-timers, or consultants – from time to time. Although …

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Why Your Business Needs More Entrepreneurs Than Just You

As a small-business owner, you understand the importance of finding and retaining qualified employees. The kind of people you hire can, quite literally, make or break your business. The ideal …

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You, Smarter: 4 Ways to Make Better Decisions

Let’s face it, we all make bad decisions from time to time. This is especially true of small-business owners, who are often required to learn on the fly and make …

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