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how to improve performance reviews and terminations

November 16, 2018

How to Handle Poor Employee Performance and Terminations

There are times in many businesses when tough conversations and decisions need to be made. Managing poor employee performance and terminations are examples of these delicate situations. Here’s how to properly handle RIFs, Performance Management, and Terminations. Understand the Needs of the Business The first thing to consider is the business needs and the driving […]

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The most common compensation and payroll questions

November 15, 2018

Our Most Common Employee Compensation and Payroll Questions

Our HR professionals get a lot of payroll questions. Why? Because it’s both complex and a crucial aspect of an employer’s relationship with their people. In other words, you don’t want to get it wrong. In fact, 49% of employees said they would start looking for a new job after just two issues with their […]

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creative office charity drives to try

November 15, 2018

Looking to Get Into the Holiday Spirit? Here are 5 Creative Office Charity Drives

With Halloween behind us, it’s officially the holiday season! Some will love it, others cringe at the thought of Jingle Bells blasting from every retail store they walk into. But one fail-proof way to bring the holiday spirit to your office is offering volunteering time off and of course, hosting office charity drives!  There are several […]

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how do small business owners get paid?

November 15, 2018

How Do Small Business Owners Get Paid?

Small business owners juggle a lot of responsibilities and wear a lot of different hats. Getting your company off the ground, and making sure it stays there, requires a lot of decisions. One of which should be how you are compensated– how do small business owners get paid? Although it’s often the last thing people […]

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9 payroll reports

November 14, 2018

9 Payroll Reports You Might Want to Bookmark

If you run a business or head up payroll for an organization, you may be wondering how to streamline payroll tracking and analytics. It’s critical for companies to monitor payroll details, labor reports, tax liability, and deduction information to effectively manage cash flow. What’s the best way for payroll professionals to do so? Payroll reports. Which […]

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how to support your local businesses on small business saturday

November 14, 2018

5 Ways to Support Small Business Saturday

It’s that time of year again—the holidays are just around the corner and, as any small business owner knows, that means Small Business Saturday, this year on November 24th, is near. There are all kinds of ways that small business owners can promote their business, but fewer talk about how small business owners can support […]

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small business benefits packages

November 13, 2018

4 Steps to Rock Your Small Business Benefits Offering

One of Fireclay Tile’s goals is to offer the best, most beneficial and comprehensive benefits package in the design industry to our 150+ team members. That’s challenging, especially given we are still a relatively small company with many financial needs across each and every department. We do have a few things going for us that […]

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working out after fsa enrollment

November 12, 2018

FSA Enrollment: Employer FAQs Explained

FSA enrollment can be a stressful period for both employers and employees, especially when it comes to changes in eligibility. The good news is that, with a little information and knowledge, employers can be readily prepared for FSA enrollment. Here, we answer the most important questions regarding this topic. Can You Sign up for an […]

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employee appreciation

November 12, 2018

A Step by Step Guide to Employee Appreciation

Officially, Employee Appreciation Day is celebrated each year on the first Friday in March. But we know that employee retention and job satisfaction improve when your workers feel the love all year long. Employee attrition and retention are major problems in just about every industry. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, over 3 million […]

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4 employee improvement suggestions

November 9, 2018

4 Employee Development Suggestions

In today’s fast-paced work environment, it’s more important than ever to foster employee development. Employers who encourage learning and growth among employees have high-performing, happier teams as well as lower turnover rates. Supporting employee development is shown to improve job satisfaction, morale, employee motivation, and job performance. What are the best ways to encourage professional growth […]

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how to transition an employee

November 8, 2018

How to Transition an Employee from Full-Time to Part-Time

When an employee or employer’s needs change, often that means a change in schedule. But how does on transition an employee from full-time exempt employee to part-time employee? Here are our quick notes (and a video explanation from an HR professional!) Can I Decrease Salary? If you’re going to transition an employee from full-time status to […]

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owner's draw in a small flower shop

November 8, 2018

The Skinny on Owner’s Draw for Small Business

What’s an “owner’s draw” and how does it work to benefit the business and the owner? Owner’s draw, or simply draw, is money taken out of the business to pay or repay the owner – either for work performed or for funds provided to get the business started or keep it going. Most small businesses […]

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