Deanna Lazzaroni

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Deanna Lazzaroni

Deanna is the Director of Content Marketing at Zenefits, where she enjoys bringing our mission to 'make entrepreneurship easier' to life through programs that champion the voice of small businesses and empower them to thrive in today's economy.

September 2, 2016

Pet Scoop Cleans Up HR Admin Mess, Sniffs Out Growth Opportunities

Twenty-two years ago, an enterprising Colorado University MBA student, Sam Johnson, started a small, part-time business to help support himself and his wife while he worked on his degree. By the time he graduated, he could see the potential of the business he’d created. Today, Johnson is the Founder and President of Pet Scoop, one […]

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August 26, 2016

Umbel Maximizes Employee Experience and Impact Through Streamlined HR

Umbel is a leading data software company that empowers sports, nonprofit, media and entertainment companies to make their data meaningful and actionable. Its vision is making data the most valuable asset a business can own. Founded in Austin, TX in 2010, the company is experiencing rapid growth and counts numerous NFL, NBA and NHL teams, […]

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August 21, 2016

Transform the Employee Experience with These 6 Onboarding Resources

For businesses with limited resources, a good onboarding program is a wise investment to ensure your new recruits are set up for success: ⇾ It boosts productivity. Studies show that a strong onboarding program can boost new hire productivity by 70%. ⇾ It helps you retain more employees. Organizations with a strong onboarding process improve new […]

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strategic HR

August 18, 2016

3 Ways Leaders Foster a Positive Company Culture

At a growing business, your culture, mission, and values are vital to establishing a strong company identity. But it’s not enough to simply define them: remember that you have to work by them, too. Your employees often look to you to lead by example. Showing your dedication to these elements of your business not only […]

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August 14, 2016

[Free eBook] 20 Questions to Help Leaders Tackle Top Employee Challenges

As a leader, you have a lot of responsibility on your plate. And while you’re likely keeping strong focus on the growth of your product (read: sales), you may not always be sure of the best ways to grow other areas of your company—namely, your people. Here’s the thing: To unlock future growth, your team is your […]

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August 5, 2016

Go for Gold: 3 Ways to Actually Boost Productivity During the Olympic Games

As the 2016 Rio Olympic Games kick off in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, viewers worldwide will be tuning in to watch their favorite teams compete for gold. It’s estimated that 3.6 billion people will be watching, including 72 percent of business professionals. (No pressure, athletes.) Summer months already see a decline in productivity, with more […]

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July 31, 2016

8 Tips to a More Productive Day

Time is a resource like any other. But in today’s business environment, millions of hours go wasted — not because we’re not filling them with things to do, but because we’re doing things that aren’t necessarily driving results. If you’re not already, start thinking about budgeting your time in the same way you would budget […]

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July 8, 2016

11 Compliance Resources to Help Keep Your Business Afloat

For approximately 80% of small businesses, the owner is primarily responsible for regulatory issues. But in a recent survey, 60% had some level of difficulty understanding and managing through regulations and laws that affect their business. These stats shouldn’t surprise. Running a business today is not without its challenges. But, here’s the thing: non-compliance can […]

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July 1, 2016

Improve Work Interactions With These Two Simple, Daily Habits

We’ve all seen the images of entire families on their phone at the dinner table, or meetings where everyone is looking at their computer, and not looking at their boss. While technology can certainly distract us, it’s also a powerful tool for feeling more connected among families, friends, and colleagues at work. Two experts suggest […]

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May 26, 2016

The State of Time Off at Small Businesses

What’s the right time off policy for your company? How much time do employees need? How much time are other companies in your region providing? Are you offering enough time off to remain competitive? And when employees do take off – is any real work actually getting done by the rest of your team? If you’ve found yourself questioning […]

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May 25, 2016

The Back to Business Tour: Austin — Embracing Entrepreneurship, Creativity & Tools for Growth

According to the SBA, there are more than 28 million entrepreneurs serving as the economic engine of our country today. They employ half of the private sector, create two out of three net new jobs, and if our small business sector was a country, its output would rank number three above Germany and Japan. But when […]

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