Cinnamon Janzer

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Cinnamon Janzer

Cinnamon Janzer is a journalist and content writer based in Minneapolis. Her first job was at a buffet in Mandan, North Dakota which was just as lowbrow as it sounds. Read more about her at

here are the top books for women in leadership

February 21, 2019

The Top Books for Women in Leadership

When it comes to women in leadership, it can frequently feel like we’re navigating a man’s world. As the Center for American Progress reported in 2017, women make up nearly 51% of the U.S. population and hold almost 52% of all professional-level jobs. However, American women lag substantially behind men when it comes to their […]


February 20, 2019

The Benefits of Employee Resource Groups (ERGs)

Creating a cohesive work environment while placing a premium on diversity, equity, and inclusion during your hiring process is a challenge, to say the least. While there is no “simple fix” or magic bullet solution to inclusion and belonging within your company, this first step can help: building employee resource groups (or ERGs).  What is an […]

exit interview template

February 8, 2019

Departing with an Employee? Use this Exit Interview Template

Parting ways with employees is never easy– whether it was their decision or yours. The time spent recruiting, hiring, and training those employees and the potential for information lost in that transition can feel overwhelming. However, there’s another way to look at departing employees: an opportunity to mine crucial information. When an employee leaves your […]

How to create an exit interview form

February 5, 2019

Should I Create an Exit Interview Form?

As a small business, it’s important to use employee feedback to create a comfortable and efficient company culture. And when it comes to fixing your culture issues or replicating your successes, the more you know, the better. While it’s difficult to get subordinates to give honest criticism to their managers and superiors for obvious reasons, […]

how to create the best employee handbook

February 1, 2019

What Components Make the Best Employee Handbook?

There are all kinds of things you probably never thought you’d find yourself doing until you became a small business owner. Fretting over creating the best employee handbook possible might be one of those things. Considering how important an employee handbook is—from keeping your company compliant to creating a seamless onboarding experience for new hires—it […]

emotional intelligence in the workplace

January 25, 2019

How to Improve Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace

It’s becoming clear that emotional intelligence, or EQ, is becoming more valued at home and at work. The components that make up emotional intelligence—things like self-control, perseverance, grit, and empathy—have clear benefits to people’s personal lives, but recently the focus has turned to the benefits of taking seriously emotional intelligence in the workplace. All of […]

benefits of a new payroll system

January 17, 2019

2019 is the Year of the Payroll Solution

A new year means a lot of new regulations for small business owners. From minimum wage increases to disability calculations and a changing definition of independent contractors, payroll just got a lot more complicated. That’s why 2019 is the year of the payroll system solution. All of the business-related changes can be a lot to keep up with, especially when […]

what small businesses need to know about california payroll tax

January 16, 2019

California Payroll Tax: What Employers Need to Know

Congratulations! You’ve reached the point in your small business where you’re ready to hire your very first employee (or employees!). However, now is also the time that you have to get familiar with payroll taxes, something you’ll either have to pay or withhold from you employee’s checks and send into the government on their behalf. […]

welcoming Gen Z in the workplace

January 14, 2019

Small Businesses Are Welcoming Gen Z in the Workplace

Running a small business comes with a wide set of challenges, not the least difficult being employee retention. However, a talent opportunity is emerging on the horizon for small businesses: Gen Z. Within the next two years, Gen Z—the generation that follows millennials—will comprise a whopping 20% of the workforce. For small businesses that have been […]

short-term disability

January 10, 2019

What is Short-Term Disability?

Many employers will encounter short- and long-term disability insurance at some point. Parsing out which conditions qualify for which program and the differences between long-term and short-term disability is not exactly intuitive. Nor is understanding how disability insurance fits in with the Family Medical Leave Act. The stress of navigating disability leave is no reason […]

small businesses' people problem

January 2, 2019

Small Businesses’ People Problem

It’s no surprise to small business owners that there are special challenges they face that larger or more established companies don’t. But did you know that small businesses face greater employee retention issues than bigger businesses? Employers with fewer than 1,000 employees tend to see a significantly higher turnover rate than even those with 1,000-5,000 […]

the business owners guide to 2019 federal holidays

January 2, 2019

The Small Business Owner’s List of 2019 Federal Holidays

When running a small business, one of the most difficult processes to manage is the time off that your employees not only want but that you’re required to provide in the form of federal holidays. Many first-time business owners don’t understand the rules around federal holidays. Is requiring employees to work on a federal holiday […]