Hiring & Firing

15 Smart Ways to Test New Hires Before You Commit

Hiring a new employee is a huge commitment, especially if you’re a small to mid-sized business with a tight budget. Before you invest time, energy, and resources into a new team member, you’ll want to make absolutely certain they are truly a good fit. Implementing a trial period can be a great strategy for confirming …

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Small Business Owners: Don’t Overlook Your HR Strategy

By Tegan Fitzpatrick When you’re an entrepreneur, you generally need to understand every function of your company: operations, sales, marketing, finances, and human resources. Many business owners, however, only concentrate on departments that are directly linked to sales and increased ROI, and put human resources on the back burner. However, by not making HR a …

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The Year Ahead for Small Business, Part 2: More Expert Predictions on New Trends and Opportunities We’ll See This Year

Last week we took a look at what several business experts, entrepreneurs, and business thought leaders predicted was going to unfold for small business owners in 2020. Now, in part 2, I want to share additional predictions about advertising, marketing, workplace issues, retail, and more. If you missed part 1, be sure to read The Year …

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10 Key Lessons for Startup CEOs and Founders

By Richard D. Harroch, Mike Perlis, and Mitch Zuklie CEOs and founders of startup businesses face many challenges: raising startup capital, building a management team, developing competitive products, starting a marketing program, finding early customers, and more. The prospect of launching a new startup can be daunting. We have collectively been involved in hundreds of …

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Diversity Is Good for Business—Here Are Simple Ways to Build a More Diverse Team

By Alex Sokolov It’s a proven fact that having a diverse workforce leads to more profitability. According to McKinsey’s “Delivering Through Diversity” report, companies ranking higher in gender diversity among their executives were 21% more likely to experience above-average profitability than their peers. Organizations that also scored high in ethnic and cultural diversity were 33% …

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Here’s Why Your Business Should Hire During the Holidays

It’s December. The fiscal year is wrapping up and the days are filled with finalizing budgets, sending and collecting outstanding invoices, and preparing tax documents. Holiday parties are on the calendar, and the office seems a bit quieter as the phones ring less often. It is a time to reflect on the coming year’s plans …

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5 Steps to Hiring (and Retaining) the Best Employees for Your Small Business

By Christine Alemany One of our clients introduced me to a new hire. My immediate thought was the client had hired a chief revenue officer because I could tell right away that he was a great salesperson. However, I was wrong. He was hired to be the chief marketing officer. As a marketer, I could …

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12 Ways to Successfully Welcome and Onboard New Employees

New employees coming into an office for the first time can feel remarkably out of place. Company cultures and expectations can vary wildly between organizations, and job duties may have a lot of small details that can’t be conveyed with a simple PDF or Google Doc. But helping new workers feel comfortable, as well as …

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13 Valuable Soft Skills to Look for When Hiring New Employees

Ask any hiring manager or business leader what they want in a new hire, and they’ll probably tell you “good communication skills.” While a strong ability to communicate is essential for any position, there are other soft skills to look for in a new hire as well. To find out which skills are especially valuable, …

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