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.

business bottlenecks

January 13, 2016

10 Business Bottlenecks That Are So 2015

At the start of each year, people of many cultures resolve to change their lives by beginning new habits and abandoning practices that weren’t serving them well. Business culture is no different, and offices are full of pain points. Now that 2016 is upon us, what are some bottlenecks business leaders are leaving behind? Keep […]

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20 Business Trends Leaders Will Adopt in 2016

December 31, 2015

20 Business Trends Leaders Will Adopt in 2016

It’s the end of December, which means everyone becomes clairvoyant. So what’s in store for businesses in the new year? In 2015, changes to workplace structure became part of mainstream conversation. Companies experimented with flattened hierarchies and flex time. Employees focused less on climbing the corporate ladder, and more on acquiring a diverse set of […]

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Volkswagen integrity

October 7, 2015

What the Volkswagen Scandal Can Teach Us About Leading With Integrity

On a scale of 1 to Volkswagen, what’s the biggest lie you’ve ever told on the job? You might say “great work” to an employee whose work is merely ok, but would you tell the world “clean diesel” when your cars are emitting 40 times the legal limit of environmentally toxic pollutants? Recently, Volkswagen was […]

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Same-Sex Marriage and Employee Benefits

August 18, 2015

Same-Sex Marriage: All Employee Benefits Are Now Created Equal

This summer, the United States Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage—its impact quickly carried from the court to the chapel to your company. The landmark decision in Obergefell v. Hodges overturns prior policy which had allowed some states to deny marriage licenses—and by default, employee spousal benefits—to same-sex couples. Now, same-sex couples across America are able to exercise their fundamental right to marry, […]

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ACA employer mandate

February 23, 2015

ACA Employer Mandate: The Ultimate Guide

The Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate went into effect two months ago. Is your company ready? Sometimes known as Employer Shared Responsibility or “ACA play or pay,” the ACA employer mandate aims to reduce the number of uninsured people in the U.S. by promoting employer-sponsored health coverage. When people talk about ACA compliance, they’re typically referring to the government’s […]

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