Nicole Roder

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Nicole Roder

Nicole is a freelance writer specializing in health, mental health, and parenting issues. Her work has appeared in Today's Parent, Crixeo, Grok Nation, Chesapeake Family LIFE, and the Baltimore Sun, among others.

should part-time employees get health insurance?

November 19, 2018

Should Part-Time Employees Get Health Insurance?

Most small businesses rely on multiple types of employees. There could be full-time or part-time workers. Maybe independent contractors. At some point, part-time employees are likely in the mix. And one of the questions employers often ask goes like this: “Are part-time employees eligible for health insurance?” The short answer is “yes.” But that subject deserves […]

employee appreciation

November 12, 2018

A Step by Step Guide to Employee Appreciation

Officially, Employee Appreciation Day is celebrated each year on the first Friday in March. But we know that employee retention and job satisfaction improve when your workers feel the love all year long. Employee attrition and retention are major problems in just about every industry. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, over 3 million […]

learning to quiet workplace distractions and boost productivity

October 31, 2018

How to Quiet Workplace Distractions to Increase Employee Productivity

It seems that everywhere you look around the office, there is something to break your distraction. At work, there’s Slack, Jira, emails, and Confluence. Your friends and family text you all day. Your workflow is constantly interrupted by calls, push notifications, or conversations happening just outside your cubicle (or for those in open office floor […]

Keeping payroll by hand

October 29, 2018

Why Do So Many Small Businesses Use Pen and Paper for Payroll?

There is no more essential task for an employer than payroll. If you have people working for you, they’re going to expect a check at the end of the pay period. And if it doesn’t show, you probably won’t have employees for long. Payroll can also be one of the most intimidating employer tasks. There […]

good nutrition can boost productivity

October 26, 2018

Boost Productivity by Upgrading Your Food Options

Food is an awesome resource. It provides fuel for your day. It brings friends and family together. Many historians have argued that food, or the lack of it, has started and ended wars. But what you eat is just as important as how much you eat. You’ve probably known this for a long time. Your […]

women in small business month

October 23, 2018

Reflecting on Women in Small Business Month

Gender inequality and the gender pay gap are not only moral and social issues, but they also present an economic challenge. Women account for half the world’s population of working-age adults, but they are not currently achieving their full economic potential. If this trend continues, the global economy could suffer. In fact, according to a […]

how to write a resignation letter

October 22, 2018

How to Write a Resignation Letter

When most people resign from a job, they’re often eager to move on to the next exciting step in their careers. Some might be tempted to hop from one place to the next without much attention to what lies between, or how to properly close the door on a current position in an amicable way. But […]

how to set goals with your employees

October 18, 2018

How to Effectively Set Goals With Your Direct Reports

Just a few weeks ago, it seemed like summer would never end. Now it’s October. Halloween will be here in a few weeks. Then people will begin traveling for Thanksgiving and the winter holidays will creep up before you can say “After Christmas Sale.” In other words, the end of the year is quickly approaching. […]

open enrollment quick tips

October 4, 2018

Open Enrollment Quick Tips

For many, open enrollment starts in less than a month! Here are our best open enrollment quick tips in an at-a-glance FAQ sheet for employers. What Is Open Enrollment? Open enrollment is a period during which employees can freely enroll in or change their health insurance plan or other benefits programs. When Does Open Enrollment […]

51 gifts for coworkers

September 26, 2018

51 Practical Gifts for Coworkers That Won’t Dent Your Paycheck

Buying gifts for coworkers? Do you need some gift ideas that won’t break the bank? Maybe you’re thinking of small gifts for managers in your office. If you supervise staff, you might be looking for employee gift ideas. Sometimes the whole staff pitches in on group gifts for an employee retirement or wedding shower. But […]


September 20, 2018

So You Want to Change Your Vacation Policy

Many small businesses offer paid time off for vacations, sick leave, and other reasons. PTO is a popular benefit. In fact, you may have a hard time attracting qualified workers if you don’t have a vacation policy that incorporates at least some PTO and sick leave in your compensation package. But perhaps you already know […]

sunscreen is an FSA eligible expense

September 17, 2018

49 Surprisingly Eligible FSA Expenses

If your employer offers a flexible spending account (FSA) as a fringe benefit, you probably already know that it is an easy way to save a little money on healthcare. An FSA is a special account in which employees can deposit pre-tax dollars. You can then use that money to pay for certain out-of-pocket healthcare […]