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.

Heres how to determine if you have a toxic workplace

December 11, 2018

4 Questions to Determine if You Have a Toxic Workplace

Gut check time. How healthy is your workplace? We don’t necessarily mean physical health (though that will factor in.) But overall, how well does your organization function? Better yet, how poorly does it function? Do employees often feel “out of the loop” on essential communication? Do managers resort to bullying or intimidation to control employees’ […]

new trends in data regarding sexual harassment in the workplace

December 5, 2018

Data Show New Trends in Workplace Sexual Harassment Reports

Employers have a legal obligation to maintain a workplace that is free of sexual harassment. If you allow your employees to work in a hostile environment where they experience or witness aggressive, unwanted sexual advances, or they have to endure sexually suggestive jokes and behaviors, you are violating Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. […]

small business guide to holiday bonuses

December 4, 2018

Your Employer Guide to Holiday Bonuses

‘Tis the season for Grandma’s plum pudding, eggnog, and driving your Uncle home after he’s consumed a little too much of both. Here’s something else that a lot of employees look forward to this time of year: holiday bonuses. If you’re an employer, you might be wrestling with your decision to give a holiday bonus […]

what does pregnancy discrimination look like in the workplace

December 3, 2018

What Business Owners Should Know about Pregnancy Discrimination

A police chief relegates all pregnant officers to “desk duty” during their third trimesters. A supervisor repeatedly teases his pregnant employee about the size of her belly. A business owner won’t hire young women for jobs that require extensive travel because they might soon have children and become unable to fulfill those responsibilities. All of […]

Colorados new online sales tax rule

November 29, 2018

What Colorado’s New Online Sales Tax Rule Means for Small Businesses

For online retailers, the holiday season is the busiest time of year. That’s great for businesses who look forward to end-of-year sales to bring them into the black. But this December, a barrage of customers won’t be the only thing keeping companies busy. If your online business sells to customers in Colorado, you’ll have to […]

high turnover rates are costly and can be a massive detriment to small businesses

November 28, 2018

Top Reasons for High Turnover Rates (And How to Lower Them)

Ask any HR Manager about their company’s greatest asset, and they are likely to give you the same answer. Talent. Whether you work for a small business or a multinational corporation, your business can’t run without employees. Unfortunately, many companies are facing the challenge of doing just that– as turnover rates rise employers are experiencing […]

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 […]