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how to improve performance reviews and terminations

November 16, 2018

How to Handle Poor Employee Performance and Terminations

There are times in many businesses when tough conversations and decisions need to be made. Managing poor employee performance and terminations are examples of these delicate situations. Here’s how to properly handle RIFs, Performance Management, and Terminations. Understand the Needs of the Business The first thing to consider is the business needs and the driving […]

creative office charity drives to try

November 15, 2018

Looking to Get Into the Holiday Spirit? Here are 5 Creative Office Charity Drives

With Halloween behind us, it’s officially the holiday season! Some will love it, others cringe at the thought of Jingle Bells blasting from every retail store they walk into. But one fail-proof way to bring the holiday spirit to your office is offering volunteering time off and of course, hosting office charity drives!  There are several […]

how do small business owners get paid?

November 15, 2018

How Do Small Business Owners Get Paid?

Small business owners juggle a lot of responsibilities and wear a lot of different hats. Getting your company off the ground, and making sure it stays there, requires a lot of decisions. One of which should be how you are compensated– how do small business owners get paid? Although it’s often the last thing people […]

how to support your local businesses on small business saturday

November 14, 2018

5 Ways to Support Small Business Saturday

It’s that time of year again—the holidays are just around the corner and, as any small business owner knows, that means Small Business Saturday, this year on November 24th, is near. There are all kinds of ways that small business owners can promote their business, but fewer talk about how small business owners can support […]

employee appreciation

November 12, 2018

A Step by Step Guide to Employee Appreciation

Officially, Employee Appreciation Day is celebrated each year on the first Friday in March. But we know that employee retention and job satisfaction improve when your workers feel the love all year long. Employee attrition and retention are major problems in just about every industry. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, over 3 million […]

4 employee improvement suggestions

November 9, 2018

4 Employee Development Suggestions

In today’s fast-paced work environment, it’s more important than ever to foster employee development. Employers who encourage learning and growth among employees have high-performing, happier teams as well as lower turnover rates. Supporting employee development is shown to improve job satisfaction, morale, employee motivation, and job performance. What are the best ways to encourage professional growth […]

your employee handbook needs these policies

November 7, 2018

Your Employee Handbook Isn’t Complete Without These Must-Have Policies

You’ve made the decision to create an employee handbook and you’ve begun compiling what you want to include. You’re off to a great start. Now for the arguably most important step: you have to begin adding policies. Here are some of the most important policies to consider including in your handbook. Sexual Harassment One of the […]

what is civic time off?

November 6, 2018

What is Civic Time Off? Behind the New Fringe Benefit

A major responsibility that accompanies living in a democracy is civic engagement– including voting! However, participation in things like voting, volunteering for a candidate, attending a school board meeting, and canvassing can be tough to schedule around a full-time job, let alone the multiple jobs that many Americans have these days. One way that a variety […]

Whats the difference between an HMO vs PPO vs POS

November 6, 2018

What’s the Difference Between an HMO, PPO and POS?

One thing is true across the board about health insurance in the United States—it’s a complicated system to navigate, to say the least. Between benefits tied to various jobs, employees coming and going, and endless policy changes, it can be a lot to keep up with. However, there are a few things that won’t be changing […]

what to office gift your manager

November 5, 2018

What to Gift Your Office Manager

The weather is getting colder by the day, which means that the holiday season is descending upon us quickly. Whether you picked your manager for the gift exchange, or you simply want to thank her for the year of hard work, selecting an office-appropriate present can be challenging. Here are our tips for choosing that perfect office […]

How are disability payments calculated?

November 2, 2018

How are Disability Payments Calculated?

Despite the importance and prevalence of disability payments, many employers are still uncertain as to how these payments work. This is particularly true because payments and what qualifying factors change over time. Here’s what all employers should know about how disability payments are calculated. How are disability payments calculated? Contrary to what many employers and […]

how to offer the best employee benefits

November 1, 2018

How to Build a Competitive Employee Benefits Package: A Guide for SMBs

Employee benefits can give you an edge when competing for top candidates and employee retention. When creating your employee benefits package, it’s not necessarily about who offers the best benefits in every category, but focusing on what’s important to candidates and employees. Take a look at which benefits are most highly valued. Health Benefits The […]