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small business CEO

March 27, 2019

When Should a Small Business Hire a CEO?

Despite common belief, a Chief Executive Officer (CEO) isn’t always the idolized leader of a large, multi-national corporation. They also aren’t always the founder or owner of a company. While that is the case some of the time, the truth is that the CEO position is very dynamic, and can fit a variety of different […]

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new age discrimination law

March 27, 2019

New Age Discrimination Law Considered By U.S. Congress

A bipartisan bill which would make it easier for older workers to prove age discrimination in the workplace has been introduced in the U.S. Congress. The “Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act” (POWADA) would reverse a 2009 U.S. Supreme Court decision, Gross v. FBL Financial Services, Inc., that imposed a higher legal standard by requiring […]

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female employee

March 26, 2019

How Did We Get Here? Solving the Gender Wage Gap

In light of women’s history month, we examined 2018 data from over 1,000 employees and owners of Small and Mid-Sized Businesses (SMBs), defined as having 11-500 employees. The results of this nationwide survey found an alarming 34% gap in pay between men and women — about 18% greater than the national average. Women working at […]

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diversity and inclusion training

March 26, 2019

The Unintended Negative Effects of Diversity and Inclusion Training (And How to Avoid Them)

Inclusion and diversity are watchwords for almost every company in America. Unless you are a sole proprietor, chances are you’re going to have some diversity in your company, whether by gender, race, religion or other categories. Training employees to be more inclusive has been going on for decades, as workforces have become more diverse. Different […]

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best paid time off policies

March 21, 2019

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 size […]

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sunglasses by the pool

March 15, 2019

Unlimited PTO: Pros, Cons, and Considerations

One evergreen HR theme is productivity: how do you get more out of the resources at hand and improve the performance of your employees? Though it may at first seem counterintuitive, increasing productivity in the office could depend on your company’s time off policy. We don’t mean limiting vacation time– we’re talking about offering more! […]

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the employee onboarding process

March 13, 2019

5 Tips to Optimize Your Onboarding Process [+ Our Onboarding Quiz!]

Adding a new employee to your team can be just as stressful as it is exciting. You’re introducing a new factor into a process that is already running smoothly– how can you ensure things will continue as such without hiccups? Here are some tips for setting up new hires for success. What Is the Onboarding […]

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March 7, 2019

How to Ask the Right Employee Survey Questions [A Guide]

Nebulous. Impossible to measure. Hard to influence. These are a few ways some employers think about managing employee engagement. But it shouldn’t be this way. An engaged workforce is consistently linked to profit, customer satisfaction and employee retention rates. In fact, Gallup reports that subtle differences in employee engagement can result in 21% greater profitability. Understanding […]

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age discrimination in the workplace

February 6, 2019

How to Identify Age Discrimination in the Workplace

Age discrimination in the workplace is common– particularly in younger startups and tech-heavy environments. While many business owners and HR leaders know this and don’t discriminate intentionally, there are subtle cues that might suggest ageism still exists. In this article, we’ll discuss how to identify age discrimination in the workplace. You’ll learn about The Age […]

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ways to improve mental health in the workplace

December 12, 2018

The New Emphasis on Mental Health in the Workplace

As we see a rise in physical wellness programs across US workspaces, we’re also noticing a new interest in improving mental health. As mental health challenges plague the workforce, employers are starting to invest more in their workers’ emotional well-being. Take a look at the current state of mental health in the workplace and how […]

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The best holiday team building games for the office

December 12, 2018

The Best Holiday Team Building Games

In the business world, it’s the season for holiday parties. Why not use this opportunity to work on team building as well? There are quite a few options for holiday team building games that are quick, easy, and give your employees the chance to increase their co-worker bonds in the process. And besides, everyone has an […]

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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’ […]

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