Employees

How to Hire and Manage Small Business Employees

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Hire Smart (or How Not to Spend Your Holiday Weekend Reading 175 Resumes)

When most small-business owners decide that it’s time to hire an employee or two, their work is typically piled up and their to-do list is often a mile long. The …

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How to Avoid Costly HR Mistakes

People are often a company’s greatest asset. This is especially true for small businesses that count on employees to pull their own weight (and then some). Yet managing human resources …

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5 Warning Signs That Your Business Partnership Is Failing

A business partnership can be every bit as complicated as a marriage. And, like matrimony, some partnerships end unhappily. Wouldn’t it be helpful if you could spot the warning signs …

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Should You Rehire a Former Employee?

Looking for qualified staff? Perhaps you ought to consider hiring so-called “boomerang” employees, or workers who left your company on good terms and are interested in returning. There’s a compelling …

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Sheila Cluff

Spa Pioneer Sheila Cluff on Living Her Dream

Sheila Cluff, founder of The Oaks at Ojai in California, is known not only for starting America’s first real spa in 1977, but also for helping to create the International …

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5 Reasons You Need to Take a Break

It’s easy to get caught up in the hamster wheel of running a small business. But, although it may seem like a waste of precious time, it’s important to take …

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In the Trenches: When Email Lags

Our business relies on very fast interactions between travelers and concierges. If plans change or something goes wrong, or even if a client just has a simple question, we need …

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IRS Cracking Down on Misclassified Employees

Forewarned is forearmed: The Internal Revenue Service is examining the tax filings of small businesses in a special effort to find owners who are misreporting employees as “contractors.” The IRS believes that …

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How to Sharpen Your Listening Skills

Businesses in the U.S. and U.K. lose $37 billion a year simply because workers do not fully understand their jobs, according to a new IDC white paper commissioned by Cognisco, …

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How to Manage a Negative Employee

Did anyone you know instantly come to mind when you read the title of this article? Every business seems to have at least one negative employee. This person finds flaws …

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Is Your Workplace a Happy Place to Work?

Anyone who has ever had the unhappy experience of working with a disgruntled fellow employee (or has been one themselves) knows the personal value of maintaining a positive work environment. …

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In the Trenches: Prioritizing Tasks, Getting Paid

I had a rude awakening earlier this week when I stumbled upon our commissions list. Some of our income comes from the commissions we receive from hotels, rental cars, and …

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tearing down the house

Is Working From Home Going Out of Fashion?

In an already infamous move, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer is eliminating the company’s telecommuting policy in an effort to promote better collaboration among employees, MSN Money and others report. “We …

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How to Get Through a Workday When You Haven’t Slept

It’s the morning after you’ve pulled an all-nighter, and your eyelids feel like sandpaper. Your frantic push to get through a backlog of orders took longer than expected, after weeks …

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Establishing an Employee Expense Account Policy

As your company grows in size and success, the likelihood that you’ll empower some of your employees to spend its money increases dramatically. The typical scenario involves either traveling or …

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