6 Ways to Train Your Small Business Employees on a Budget
May17

6 Ways to Train Your Small Business Employees on a Budget

Ensuring that you train employees well is critical to your small business operations. To get better results in service and productivity, training employees in crucial skills is a sound investment that too many business leaders fail to appreciate. Some executives or HR managers seem to feel that the time and costs of training aren’t justified. However, a lack of training reduces employee engagement with the company and their...

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Homeless In The Workplace, It Happens.
Apr07

Homeless In The Workplace, It Happens.

Homeless In The Workplace, It Happens. I once worked with the poster child of an Administrative Assistant. He was always energetic, very prompt, a PowerPoint whiz and a master of streamlining processes. A college-educated young man who never seemed to have a bad day. Even though he was homeless. Several clues led to this revelation. His clothing was always a bit crumpled, but never inappropriate. His grooming was not polished but...

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Everyone Is Entitled to Paid Rest and Meal Breaks, Fact or Myth?
Apr06

Everyone Is Entitled to Paid Rest and Meal Breaks, Fact or Myth?

Everyone Is Entitled to Paid Rest and Meal Breaks, Fact or Myth? I was recently reflecting on a speakerphone call I once received from a group of front of house employees asking, “Hypothetically, aren’t we entitled to a break and a lunch with pay?” Knowing that such a question is rarely “hypothetical, do” I provided the standard Department of Labor (DOL) response applicable for that particular state and...

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Creating a Family Friendly Culture is not a Choice. It’s the Law!
Apr04

Creating a Family Friendly Culture is not a Choice. It’s the Law!

I once boarded a corporate shuttle and happened to sit next to a manager who mentioned he was on his way to terminate an employee. When I asked why, he said he needed someone more reliable and dependable, someone who didn’t “have so many Dr. appointments and family issues”. Something about this offended my Benefit Manager sensibilities. So I kicked into action. “Tell me more,” I asked. As he told the story, I simultaneously texted a...

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The Role of HR in Acquiring High-Performers
Feb27

The Role of HR in Acquiring High-Performers

The basic talent acquisition approach of acquiring, hiring, and retaining employees fails to drive optimal levels of success in an uncertain economy where high-performers come at a huge cost. It is estimated that the cost of hiring a single “A” player can be as high as $100,000 per annum, but this “A” player can boost the company’s revenue by 10X for each year that he/she stays with the firm. Whether you...

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How an Automated Leave Management Software can benefit your Business?
Feb20

How an Automated Leave Management Software can benefit your Business?

It never was an easy feat for a human resource professional to track and manage the leave of employees whilst complying with the organisation’s leave policies using an old school tool or technique. Adding to the drudge comes the cumbersome task of managing all those frantic and frequent leave requests often in the form of emails, telephone calls, text etc. coming in from employees. This is certainly something that every HR department...

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HR: Some Great Resolutions for 2017
Feb08

HR: Some Great Resolutions for 2017

Hey, how are your new year’s resolutions going…? If, like many out there, your new leaf didn’t quite last into February, don’t fret! If you’re in the States, now is a good a time as any to tackle of a couple of compliance issues that will keep your year on the right track. With everything else that comes with the New Year and end-of-year paperwork (like those W2s and Form 1094s and 1095s), now is a good...

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Authenticity – It’s More Than a Leadership Buzzword
Jan18

Authenticity – It’s More Than a Leadership Buzzword

The rallying cry to “be yourself” may sound idealistic. But, as an inclusion professional, my ongoing work with senior leaders and organizations points to just that – authenticity – as a critical component of effective leadership and organizational success. The ability to bring your authentic self to work has some very tangible results: organizations that value authenticity see higher engagement, morale, productivity, and retention...

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