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Heres how to determine if you have a toxic workplace

December 11, 2018

4 Questions to Determine if You Have a Toxic Workplace

Gut check time. How healthy is your workplace? We don’t necessarily mean physical health (though that will factor in.) But overall, how well does your organization function? Better yet, how poorly does it function? Do employees often feel “out of the loop” on essential communication? Do managers resort to bullying or intimidation to control employees’ […]

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ideas for holiday bonuses in lieu of cash

December 11, 2018

Small Business Guide to Holiday Perks (In Lieu of Holiday Bonuses)

Between buying presents, visiting family, and cooking for crowds, cash is tight for most people around the holidays, which is why holiday bonuses are highly sought-after. A 1,000 person poll conducted by Research Now SSI found that 41% of respondents ranked bonuses as their most preferred holiday perk. However, the reality for most small business owners […]

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401K company match limits 2019

December 10, 2018

401K Company Match Limits for 2019

A 401K is one of the most common types of employer-sponsored retirement accounts in the US, but it’s only one type of account, and not standardized across the country. Some employers give the option for employees to contribute part of their salaries to a 401K (up to a certain limit), while others entice you by also […]

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When employee absence becomes a problem, try an absence management policy

December 10, 2018

How to Create an Absence Management Policy in 6 Steps

If you run a small business, you’ve probably dealt with unexpected employee absences. Between family emergencies, injuries, doctor visits, and unpredictable circumstances you’ll have to deal with absences from time to time. However, repeat absences and staff shortages can have repercussions on the business if not managed properly. Here’s the good news: creating an absence […]

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voters increase arkansas minimum wage

December 10, 2018

Voters Pass Bill to Increase the Arkansas Minimum Wage

Arkansas businesses could be handing out larger checks to minimum wage workers come Jan. 1, 2019. On November 11, voters approved a bill to increase the Arkansas minimum wage from $8.50 an hour to $9.25 starting Jan. 1, 2019. The wage will increase to $10 on Jan. 1, 2020 and again to $11 on Jan. […]

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why consumer confidence should be a top priority

December 7, 2018

Why Consumer Confidence Should Be a Priority for Your Small Business

You may have heard some chatter about consumer confidence. Not surprising, since it’s an important topic for small business owners, economists, and politicians. Why should you care about it? Read on to find out. What is consumer confidence? Consumer confidence is a statistical measurement that captures the consumer’s outlook on current and future economic conditions. […]

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Can I offer cash in lieu of benefits?

December 6, 2018

Can Employers Offer Cash in Lieu of Benefits?

Offering health insurance to employees is a great way to provide value and retain a skilled workforce. But since offering high-quality health insurance can be extremely expensive, some employers may consider offering cash in lieu of benefits– that is, instead of offering traditional health insurance packages. But is this really the easier route? Here’s what […]

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main causes for absenteeism and what to do about it

December 6, 2018

The Main Causes of Employee Absenteeism (and What to Do About It)

Many small business owners, particularly newer ones, might think that the hardest thing about employees is managing them– but what about managing the absence of them? Employee absence is a growing problem and one that can’t be fixed without first examining the root causes. Separate from legitimate days away from work because of illness, vacation, or […]

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office holiday party ideas

December 5, 2018

3 Fun Office Holiday Party Ideas

The holidays are largely a time of giving: giving back to the community as well as giving to your employees. Holiday bonuses might be on the top of their lists, but there’s something magical about hosting a hit holiday office party, especially when it brings coworkers closer together. Are you looking for a few fun office […]

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how to determine the right compensation for employees

December 5, 2018

How to Determine the Right Employee Compensation

There are several strategies on how to determine the right employee compensation structure and packages for small and mid-size businesses. How much should you offer? What’s fair? Here’s the breakdown. New Hires In a small to medium-size business new hire compensation is usually determined on a case-by-case basis. Start by taking a look at the […]

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new trends in data regarding sexual harassment in the workplace

December 5, 2018

Data Show New Trends in Workplace Sexual Harassment Reports

Employers have a legal obligation to maintain a workplace that is free of sexual harassment. If you allow your employees to work in a hostile environment where they experience or witness aggressive, unwanted sexual advances, or they have to endure sexually suggestive jokes and behaviors, you are violating Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. […]

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5 new employee wellness programs to try in 2019

December 4, 2018

5 Employee Wellness Programs to Consider for 2019

Businesses of all sizes are thinking of ways to make 2019 healthier and happier for everyone. What better time than the New Year to add or improve employee wellness programs? Numerous studies indicate that healthy employees are happy employees—and vice versa. When your employees aren’t feeling 100 percent, they and the company suffer. Plus, healthy […]

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