Staffing & HR

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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How to Conduct Effective Employee Surveys That Will Improve Your Business

By Andy Bailey For B2B companies, team members are one of the main reasons clients turn into repeat buyers. Without great team members, client service and operational execution suffer, which means your business will also suffer. It’s as simple as that. As competition increases in the B2B world and products and services become more commoditized, …

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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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How to Effectively Manage Remote Employees: Lessons Learned From Apple and Google

By Denis Kryukov Although the world of large corporations may be different from the world of small business, there are still many lessons smaller companies can learn from organizations like Apple and Google. One of these valuable insights concerns remote teams and how to organize and manage them. Remote teams are more than “the same …

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Toxic Employees Can Have Deadly Consequences for Your Business

Toxic employees are like any other dangerous substance; in the context of a business, they can poison a workplace. What may have once been a congenial group of employees can seemingly turn into a renegade band in which no one has any loyalty to the company or even cares what happens in the future as …

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The DOL Proposed Overtime Rule: Will Your Company Be in Compliance?

By Tonya Fletcher Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published a proposed rule that would make nearly a million workers eligible to receive overtime pay. The proposed rule is for white-collar exemptions to overtime, which refers to employees with duties that primarily involve executive, administrative, or professional responsibilities as defined by the …

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8 Tips for Hiring When the Unemployment Rate Is Low

Small businesses often struggle to find the perfect job candidate, even in times of plenty. But when the national unemployment rate is at record lows, hiring becomes even more difficult. At the beginning of the decade, the unemployment rate climbed to 10%. Now that it’s below 4%, business owners are scrambling to hire whoever isn’t …

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Pay Equity: Are You Paying Your Employees Fairly?

Is pay equity getting a fair shake at your business? In 2017, female full-time, year-round workers made only 80.5 cents for every dollar earned by men, a gender wage gap of 20%, according to the Institute for Women’s Policy Research. If progress toward pay equity continues at the current snail’s pace, IWPR estimates it will …

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5 HR Tasks You Can Streamline With Smart Processes

Smart process applications are strategically designed to streamline HR department resources while saving companies money and time. Because HR tasks are often repetitive and monotonous, automating tasks frees up valuable time, allowing your HR staff to focus on other important things. Automated processes are also beneficial since they improve data accuracy, efficiency, and consistency. When …

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Generation Z Is Entering Your Workforce: Do You Understand How to Harness Their Unique Skills?

Generation Z is no longer on its way into the workplace—it’s already arrived. The members of Gen Z have their own style and characteristics, already influencing one-fourth of the work world this year. If you want your business to be competitive, you’ll need to adapt your training methods to Gen Zers’ style. This class of …

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Are Your Employee Hiring Practices Putting Your Business at Risk?

Few small business owners relish the process of hiring employees. It takes time away from their business, it’s stressful, and most entrepreneurs don’t enjoy interviewing job candidates.  What’s more, the hiring process could be opening your small business to legal risks even without your knowing it. Reading a recent survey by QuickBooks Payroll about small-business hiring, …

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