Sonja Jacob

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Sonja Jacob

Sonja writes on company culture, employee engagement, and growth. With an M.A. in sociology and a background in business, she's fascinated by people, art, and social movements.

August 13, 2018

9 Productivity Tips for Entrepreneurs That Enhance Well-Being

Between people management and meetings, deadlines and random tasks, if you’re running a business, it’s safe to say you’re probably also running out of time. If you thrive in situations like this, that’s awesome. But if you don’t, you’re not alone: 87% of gen x, millennials, and baby-boomer professionals surveyed said they encountered technology and […]

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July 19, 2018

The 7 Benefits of An Onboarding Program

Today’s workplace moves faster, demands more, and waits for no one. If you want your new hire to hit the ground running, you’ve got to provide them with the tools, education, and information they need to be productive right from the start. The best way to do that? A comprehensive onboarding program. Onboarding: Much More […]

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August 18, 2017

The 4 Traits of a Truly Engaged Employee

Engaged employees are more productive, less likely to leave their company, and boost business much more than their counterparts. In fact, according to research from Gallup, employees who were highly engaged with their company had 147% higher earnings per share than their competition. So what do you need to do to foster an engaged workforce […]

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April 5, 2017

7 Ways to Boost Employee Happiness

If you’re running a business, managing HR, or charged with almost any dimension of people operations, it’s more than likely you’ve encountered the term ’employee happiness’ at some point in your daily life. A quick Google search for the term yields over 21 million results – articles, slide decks, and other posts – so one thing is clear: People are […]

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July 12, 2016

The 7 Personality Types Every Startup Needs

When it comes to startups and small businesses, most tend to share these two characteristics:           They move fast.           They operate with few resources. Although there are many other characteristics of startups and small businesses, these two elements tend to make hiring a team challenging. After […]

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May 10, 2016

17 Realities of Start-up Life Entrepreneurs Need to Know About

Start-up life has been depicted in television shows like “Silicon Valley”, maligned in books like Disrupted by Dan Lyons, and misunderstood by media outlets for years. For small business owners and entrepreneurs on the front lines, these popular depictions of startup and small business life are light on facts and heavy on sensational storylines. What’s […]

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May 5, 2016

Onboarding Best Practices That Benefit New Hires and Your Business

You’ve interviewed tons of candidates and finally found the right person for the job. You extend an offer and she accepts. Your work is done, right? Wrong. In reality, recruiting a candidate is just one part of an effective onboarding program. If you want to set your new hire up for success on day one […]

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April 26, 2016

The Worst Mistakes New Entrepreneurs Make

When you’re starting a small business, mistakes are inevitable. After all, getting a company off the ground takes a lot of hard work, hustle, and know-how. Problem is, most entrepreneurs don’t possess these skills when they’re just starting out. That means that in addition to having a great business idea, entrepreneurs must also deal with […]

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April 21, 2016

The Road Not Taken: The 6 Life Events That Made Andy Sparks An Entrepreneur

From starting a micro-brewery while still in college to becoming co-founder of Mattermark, one of Silicon Valley’s most buzzed about start-ups, Andy Sparks has had an unconventional road to success. But it was his decidedly unusual past that prepared him for the ups and downs of running a start-up today. Recently, Sparks sat down with […]

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April 20, 2016

6 Under-the-Radar Tools That Make Running A Small Business Less Painful

If you run a small business, there’s one thing you’ve probably got a lot of experience with: Having to do it all. Whether it’s managing new hire paperwork, finances, or helping teams collaborate more effectively, you’re typically the point-person for every decision– large or small–about your business. Not surprisingly, this can be (very) painful. To […]

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April 14, 2016

Working Remotely Makes Employees Happier and More Productive

Technology has changed the way we work. According to Gallup, 37% of of U.S. workers say they have telecommuted, a dramatic increase from the just 9% who reported the same back in 1995. And, as the number of remote workers increases, a new study from TinyPulse finds that employee reports of job happiness and productivity […]

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April 6, 2016

4 Secrets for Growing Your Start-up Team (That No One Ever Tells You)

Fact: Start-ups and small businesses have limited resources. For that reason, the team you hire to make your big idea a reality plays an important role in your success. But finding the right people to help your company grow can be a challenging task, especially when early-stage founders and CEOs don’t always have the experience […]

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