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

what are the differences between a roth vs. traditional IRA?

September 19, 2018

What Are The Differences in a Roth vs. Traditional IRA?

When it comes to managing your retirement savings, the choices you make now might seem inconsequential, but they can (and probably will) have some major ramifications down the road. Whether you’re just launching a retirement savings plan or you’re at a crossroads trying to decide where to put your money moving forward, here’s the basic […]

types of employee leave, specifically parental leave

September 13, 2018

What Should I Know About Different Types of Employee Leave?

There’s no way around it– life gets in the way of work from time to time. Whether you’ve just had a baby, someone close to you has passed away, you’ve been summoned for jury duty or for a variety of reasons in between, chances are that eventually you or an employee will need a leave […]

how to create a performance management system

September 11, 2018

How to Construct the Perfect Performance Management System

You’ve started your own company after decades of dreaming about it. You’ve assembled a dream team and have begun raking in sales numbers like you’ve never dreamed of. Everything seems to be going along just fine until one of your employees starts to slack. His numbers drop and you must decide to either correct the […]

What is a 5498-SA tax form?

August 31, 2018

What is a 5498-SA Tax Form?

Ok—your first fiscal year as a small business is complete! While there are certainly plenty of celebrations to be had, there’s going to be a bit of work in regards to managing all the IRS reporting you’ll have to complete on behalf of your employees when tax time rolls around. One thing that many new […]

two co-workers in a performance management meeting

August 30, 2018

What’s an Employee Performance Improvement Plan (PIP)?

Whether you’re new to managing employees or on a path of developing your management skills, one central tenet of employee management is a process to help under-performers improve. After examining the financial cost of terminating an employee for poor performance and hiring someone else, choosing improvement over firing is a smart business strategy that any leader […]

agile office

August 24, 2018

Should My Business Convert to Agile?

“It’s no secret that millennials are having a profound effect on the modern workplace,” Forbes says. Among the myriad of ways that this up-and-coming generation is impacting today’s workplace, they are demanding more flexible work environments—more freedom and less unnecessary formal structure in their workplace. There’s actually a name for this kind of approach to work and it’s […]

first day at new hire training

August 22, 2018

New Hire Training 101

You’ve started your own small business– congratulations! You’ve mastered the hiring process and defined a company culture that’s able to attract top millennial talent. You have several teams all scheduled to start in the next couple weeks… and then it hits you. You have to put together a new hire training for your new team […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

offer letter templates

August 2, 2018

What Goes In an Offer Letter from Employer to Employee

Unless you’re a sole proprietor and determined to stay that way, every small business eventually gets to the point of needing to hire staff. If you use an offer letter you’ve received in the past, that strategy really only works if you’re still in the same industry and even then it might be a stretch. […]

what does employee engagement mean?

July 31, 2018

What is Employee Engagement?

Managers have been talking about employee satisfaction for what feels like ages, but what’s this new topic called employee engagement that’s entered the HR lexicon in recent years? Even if you’re not entirely sure about what it is, there’s a chance you’ve heard about how low the numbers associated with it are—according to Gallup, “only […]