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hierarchy of managing people

August 20, 2018

First Time Managing People? Go Pro With These 3 Tips

One of the main reasons employees report leaving jobs is poor manager relationships. From feeling mismanaged to conflicts with management decisions, many things can make an employee-manager relationship turn sour. If this is your first attempt at managing people, these tips can help retain employees and keep conflict at bay. How do you manage people? […]

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how to classify different types of employment

August 20, 2018

The Types of Employment: A Quick Reference Guide

In a labor market that’s become more complex, employers could have as many as six or seven classifications of workers onboard at any given time. Working alongside full-time, part-time and temporary workers are seasonal and contingent workers. By hiring different types of workers, organizations can adjust their staffing needs according to economic fluctuations and peak […]

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education opportunities boost employee experience

August 17, 2018

3 Tips for Building a Great Employee Experience

From creating an enriching culture to performing essential daily tasks, employees are the backbone of any successful company. That’s why it’s so important to make sure that your employees feel and perform their best each day. Here’s how to create an employee experience that boosts culture, productivity, and happiness. Smooth onboarding Onboarding sets the tone of […]

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PTO unlimited policy

August 16, 2018

How Much PTO is Too Much PTO?

These days, more and more work can be done remotely. With this in mind, companies (especially small businesses) are constantly working to adapt to the ever-changing technological landscape. This means enhancing workplace flexibility. As a result, in recent years there has been a sharp increase in the amount of flexible PTO, often including unlimited PTO […]

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who qualifies for medicare?

August 15, 2018

Do I Qualify for Medicare?

Healthcare is hardly an easy topic to navigate these days. From job-based benefits to deciding which spousal plan to be on, and choosing between state insurance or private company options, there’s a lot to think about. And floating around in the sea of healthcare questions: who qualifies for Medicare? There are a number of elements that […]

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August 15, 2018

Open Enrollment Cheat Sheet – A Glossary of Terms You Need to Know

Do you remember scrambling to finish required summer reading before heading back to school? Whether or not you read the requirements from cover to cover, you may know (or have *heard*) a thing or two about CliffsNotes. In summary, this nifty site delivers a refresh on book terms, characters and key events. As open enrollment […]

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a woman practicing good communication in the workplace

August 14, 2018

How to Improve Communication in Your Workplace

When was the last time you opened your email inbox at work and found nothing but clear, useful messages? If you’re like most people, you probably can’t remember. Research shows that most people spend 13 hours of their workweek dealing with emails. But only 38% of the emails that end up in their inboxes are […]

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August 14, 2018

5 No-Sweat Ways to Manage the Last-Minute Summer PTO Rush

Year over year, employees are earning—and taking—more and more time off, much of that during the prime summer vacation months. With more people stepping out of the office from May through September than ever before, how do you ensure that you’re still meeting your goals in spite of the summer PTO rush? We have a […]

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August 13, 2018

9 Productivity Tips for Entrepreneurs That Enhance Well-Being

Between people management and meetings, deadlines and random tasks, if you’re running a business, it’s safe to say you’re probably also running out of time. If you thrive in situations like this, that’s awesome. But if you don’t, you’re not alone: 87% of gen x, millennials, and baby-boomer professionals surveyed said they encountered technology and […]

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employer identification number

August 13, 2018

The Small Business Guide to Employer Identification Numbers

Your dream of opening a small business requires all the usual first steps: choosing a name for your business, registering the business with your state, deciding how you want your business structured for filing taxes, opening a business bank account and, finally, “hanging up your shingle.” But after registering your business, the next important step […]

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how to write the perfect job description

August 10, 2018

How to Write the Perfect Job Description

What’s the first step in assembling your dream team staff? Contrary to popular belief, it’s not coming up with killer interview questions or even crafting the perfect training program—it all starts with writing the perfect job description. You see, before a potential hire even enters your office walls or chats with you on the phone, […]

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fringe benefits are sweeteners

August 9, 2018

Answers to 6 FAQs About Fringe Benefits

Fringe Benefits are confusing. What exactly is a fringe benefit? Are they all taxable? Are they the same from company to company? Fringe benefits are the large range of work perks you enjoy in addition to your salary. For employees and employers in the 21st-century, fringe benefits are becoming better incentives than just salary-based compensation […]

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