Sarita Harbour

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Sarita Harbour

Sarita Harbour is a business and personal finance writer who comes from a long line of business owners. When Sarita isn't writing, she's homeschooling her younger kids and encouraging her older children as they continue the entrepreneurial family tradition.

paid time off policies

May 21, 2018

Paid Time Off Policies: 5 Things Small Business Owners Need to Know

As a small business owner, you may wonder about your rights and obligations as well as popular trends when it comes to paid time off policies (or PTO).   Am I required to offer it? And if so, just how much paid time off are my employees entitled to? What are other companies of my […]

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May 3, 2018

Boosting Employee Happiness | 5 Things Employees Value Above Salary

What’s important to employees? A lot more than just their paychecks. As it turns out, salary has less to do with employee happiness than you may think. “Money isn’t the driver of job satisfaction,” says Shawna Clark, founder and executive coach at Clark Executive Coaching. Clark, who has over 20 years of experience working in […]

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April 19, 2018

Eco-Friendly Benefits: How Green is Your Benefits Package?

In preparation for this Earth Day (April 22nd), we’d like to shed some light on a few environmentally friendly work perks that your employees will love! How do we know? Studies show employees want to work for companies that publicly display their core values– and not just for profit. Giving back to the community and promoting […]

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March 27, 2018

Sabbatical With a Cause: Conditional Sabbaticals Benefit Everyone

Sabbaticals, paid and unpaid, are becoming increasingly popular as companies strive to offer unique and exciting perks to their employees. Although sabbaticals are often associated with academics, a variety of sabbatical-like leave programs have become more common in other fields. Today, more and more companies offer programs such as conditional sabbaticals or paid time off […]

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March 19, 2018

Wellness Programs: 4 Work Perks Your Employees Will Love

Today’s competitive organizations are quickly learning that implementing wellness programs makes good business sense. Offering services and products to support employees’ mental, emotional, and physical health is becoming increasingly popular as employers strive to keep current staff happy and attract new recruits. According to the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans 2017 findings, over 63% […]

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March 13, 2018

Surviving Employee Turnover: Lessons From Sports and Military Leaders

Although your company may be working hard to improve staff retention, sometimes employees leave at inopportune times. So how do you keep your business moving forward when continually faced with employee turnover? Time to ask the experts. Organizations that struggle in the face of constant employee turnover can learn some valuable lessons from the military […]

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company culture retreat boosting productivity

February 28, 2018

Company Culture is Linked to Employee Productivity

Perhaps unsurprisingly, research shows that company culture is linked to employee productivity. In that particular survey of business owners, carried out by The Alternative Board (TAB), 86% of respondents say they believe company culture directly impacts productivity. However, acknowledging that company culture and productivity are linked isn’t enough to improve either one. As a leader, you must understand […]

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performance management meeting

February 26, 2018

5 Steps Towards Improving Management and Increasing Employee Retention

People leave managers, not companies. Managers can make or break your company when it comes to employee retention, morale, growth, and productivity. According to a recent study, 56% of workers would rather have a great boss than a 10% pay raise. In a time when your competition is focusing on improving employee retention rates to lower […]

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green workplaces

February 22, 2018

Environment & Productivity: Create Green Workplaces to Get More Done

Is there a link between green workplaces and higher productivity? Science says “yes.” According to several recent studies, workspaces that meet “green” standards contribute to the better cognitive functioning needed to think clearly and work efficiently. So how exactly does this work – and just what makes a workplace green? And short of constructing an […]

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February 21, 2018

6 Easy Questions to Maximize Productivity in the Workplace

When a workplace allows for a certain amount of autonomy, it’s up to each individual to arrange their workday to meet their agreed-to goals. But determining how to maximize productivity to get more done isn’t always easy. This is where a little help from the professionals – also known as your human resources department – […]

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Performance management meeting

February 15, 2018

Is Your Performance Management Culture Outdated?

In human resources departments everywhere, leaders are rethinking the way they evaluate employee performance. In fact, 79 percent of executives rate redesign of performance management a high priority – 8 percent more than three years ago, according to the Deloitte 2017 Global Human Trends Capital report.  Is your performance management system outdated and in need of […]

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using social media to promote diversity and inclusion

February 14, 2018

How to Improve Diversity and Inclusion Using Social Media

If your top 2018 goals include improving your organization’s diversity and inclusion (D & I) initiatives, you may have overlooked an important tool– social media. In today’s world, social media platforms help businesses with human resources in two important ways: internally to improve diversity and inclusion in the workplace, and externally to attract more diverse candidates […]

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