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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

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 […]

emotional intelligence at work

December 28, 2018

What is Emotional Intelligence at Work?

Until just recently, aptitude used to be all about the intelligent quotient, more commonly known as IQ. The working assumption until recently was that the higher a person’s IQ, the better they would be able to perform work. Therefore, recruiters would frequently look for traditional intelligence in candidates. Today recruiters are starting to put a […]

2019 social security payroll tax cap

December 25, 2018

What the FICA? The Social Security Payroll Tax Cap for 2019

When it comes to running a small business, there are a million things on your plate and in your mind all the time, especially around the end of the year. And on top of throwing holiday office parties and navigating everyone’s time off requests, there still exist all of the regular day-to-day business operations that […]

Here are some new ideas for employe retention strategies

December 14, 2018

Is it Time to Try out Some New Employee Retention Strategies?

As any savvy business owner knows, it costs your business less to retain its employees than it does to hire new ones. From job postings to interviews and training, the costs associated with employee turnover adds up. Whether you’re just getting off the ground and funds are tight or you’re simply looking to be smart […]

The best holiday team building games for the office

December 12, 2018

The Best Holiday Team Building Games

In the business world, it’s the season for holiday parties. Why not use this opportunity to work on team building as well? There are quite a few options for holiday team building games that are quick, easy, and give your employees the chance to increase their co-worker bonds in the process. And besides, everyone has an […]

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 […]

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 […]

best hr conferences in 2019

December 4, 2018

The Best HR Conferences in 2019

When you’re running a small business, you tend to end up wearing multiple hats. Especially at the beginning, when you’ve employed just a few people, chances are one of the hats you’ll wear is an HR hat– and that’s an important one. While many new and small businesses tend to opt for DIY HR options, […]

What is casdi?

December 3, 2018

California Business Owners Need to Know: What is CASDI?

Paperwork seems to magically pile up when you’re a small business owner, especially when it comes to taxes (and then even further compounded if you live in California). One tricky thing that tends to trip up small businesses in California is CASDI, sometimes spelled CA-SDI, which stands for California State Disability Insurance. Whether you’ve got employees […]

how to prorate vacation days

November 28, 2018

How to Prorate Vacation Days for Full-Time and Part-Time Employees

There’s a lot to look forward to when it comes to the holiday, but for small business owners, ’tis the season for managing vacation days. Figuring out how to prorate vacation days often lands somewhere near the stop of most business owners’ stressor lists, especially if you’ve got a wave of new hires or seasonal […]

calendar extensions from IRS form 8809

November 26, 2018

Everything You Should Know about IRS Form 8809

Managing all the taxes, withholdings, and paperwork for your employees can be a hassle, especially if you’re a new or very small business. However, there is one quick solution that can help make the whole process a bit easier: Gaining a basic understanding of the forms that are relevant to you and your business. One form […]

6 ways to show appreciation to employees

November 20, 2018

6 Ways To Show Appreciation to Employees

What better time is there to show appreciation for your employees than during the holiday season? Thanksgiving is the perfect reminder to communicate gratitude to friends and family– but it doesn’t have to stop there. Bring that positive feedback to the office with these 6 ways to show appreciation to employees. A small, personalized gift […]