Sprout

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Sprout

Jeremy "Sprout" Brautman is a writer, problem solver, and big fan of growth. When he's not trying to solve problems to help small businesses grow, he can be found developing amenities to increase occupancy at his urban Ladybug Hotel.

Kemo Sabe

February 9, 2016

How Kemo Sabe Triumphed Over Turnover with Zenefits

Kemo Sabe sells cowboy boots, belt buckles, and hats, but they’re not just another western wear retailer—they’re a matchmaker. When someone needs a Stetson, the Kemo Sabe staff ensures it’s the very best fit. If a cowboy’s got loose pants, dedicated personal shoppers will select an accessory to restore his swagger. Kemo Sabe’s three stores […]

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workplace dating & office romance

February 8, 2016

6 Tips for Crafting an Employee Dating Policy

As Valentine’s Day approaches, there’s an uptick in whiteboard hearts and watercooler gossip. Love is in the air alright, but chances are, it’s been there all year long: 56% of business professionals say they’ve been in relationships with coworkers. That percentage is on the rise, and it’s no surprise: we spend one-third of our lives […]

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BetterCloud

February 2, 2016

How a CFO and HR Director Collaboratively Grew Their Company with Zenefits

People are a business’s most valuable asset, and, in most cases, its greatest expense. Because of this, a company’s workforce falls under both the HR and finance functions. While the CFO allocates the financial resources to deliver the company’s strategy, the HR director ensures the right people are in place to execute that strategy. And […]

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Air Comm x Zenefits

January 26, 2016

How This CFO Streamlined A Growing Company’s Insurance with Zenefits

Which one of these things doesn’t belong on a modern CFO’s mind: productivity, profitability, or paperwork? When Fritz Van de Kamp joined Air Comm last Spring, there was a ton of paperwork, and health insurance, in particular, was “a complete mess.” Employees had been able to choose their own insurance plans, but nothing was standardized. […]

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HR Errors

January 20, 2016

Top 5 HR Errors (and How to Fix Them)

“To err is human; to forgive, divine” wrote the poet Alexander Pope. Two centuries before the release of Microsoft Excel, Pope couldn’t have possibly imagined the types of errors that would one day fill the popular software’s tidy columns and rows. While forgiveness is a virtue to strive for in life, in business, errors can […]

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Instrument

January 19, 2016

How A Design Agency Bridged the Digital Divide with Zenefits

Instrument is a digital creative agency with dream clients and culture. When Google needed an online campus for budding entrepreneurs, Instrument developed a network of intuitive websites. When Nike wanted to celebrate everyday athletes, Instrument designed cutting edge web tools. But when Instrument needed to onboard new hires, the company—known for its simple, elegant solutions […]

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