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Fringe benefits include free food for employees

August 8, 2018

What Are Fringe Benefits? A Small Business Explainer Guide

When the market for talent shrinks, many employers review their benefits and perks in an effort to attract talent. The range of benefits companies offer can be vast – from basics like sick and vacation pay, to more specialized like health and wellness coverage. Most employers offer two types: essential benefits such as healthcare and fringe […]

No-cost fringe benefits

August 7, 2018

20 Low to No Cost Fringe Benefits that Engage and Retain

Offering benefits can be key to attract and retain talent in today’s tight labor market. But for small businesses, competing with the big players is tough. While on-site massages, fully stocked juice bars and nap pods may be off the table, there are a host of no-cost fringe benefits you can provide to boost employee […]

what does employee engagement mean?

July 31, 2018

What is Employee Engagement?

Managers have been talking about employee satisfaction for what feels like ages, but what’s this new topic called employee engagement that’s entered the HR lexicon in recent years? Even if you’re not entirely sure about what it is, there’s a chance you’ve heard about how low the numbers associated with it are—according to Gallup, “only […]


July 31, 2018

What Do Employees Want? Here are the Most Popular Employee Benefits in the Biz

Freud’s infamous question, “What do women want?” still remains somewhat of an unsolved mystery. Similar to this query is one that employers are constantly trying to debunk: “What do employees want?”. As the workplace landscape has changed, today’s employees seek different benefits than those of generations past. While today’s technology has eased so many workplace […]

What is employee engagement?

July 30, 2018

Understanding Employee Engagement (and How to Increase It)

When an employee is genuinely engaged, they are invested in their work and their company. However, truly engaged employees are a rarity. The State of the American Workplace 2018 report noted that only 33 percent of workers in the U.S. are engaged. That’s much better than the 13 percent average on a global scale, but […]

irregular shift schedules hurt both your team and sales

July 27, 2018

Is Unstable Shift Scheduling Hurting Your Sales?

Few things are predictable in business. Shop owners and proprietors can’t be sure whether a shipment of goods will arrive on time before a big sale, whether revenues will meet the projected goal by year’s end, or if employees will be available to work on a moment’s notice due to a last-minute scheduling change. For […]


July 26, 2018

What You Need to Know Before Sending A Termination Letter

Few tasks that HR professionals and hiring managers perform are more challenging than terminating an employee. On top of the emotional stress of the situation, there can be significant legal pitfalls to avoid. Whether separating the employee for cause or simply ending their career at-will, the termination meeting and subsequent documentation must be managed professionally. Continue […]


July 19, 2018

5 Company Retreat Ideas That Won’t Break Your Budget

Company retreats have gotten a reputation for being an extravagant perk that only large businesses can afford. Even small businesses can—and should—host company retreats for their staff. The team bonding that occurs when your company interacts outside of office doors is invaluable in building strong teams, and in turn, a strong company.  While we agree […]

graphic of rural remote work

July 16, 2018

Rural Economies Have a Labor Problem. Are Remote Workers the Solution?

Vermont sparked plenty of buzz when it announced it would give $10,000 to organizations who hire remote workers stationed in the state (or are willing to move there). The move grabbed headlines — including here — and online chatter. But it will take time to see if it nets the desired result: young, working residents. […]

employees with flexible work arrangments

July 3, 2018

7 Types of Flexible Work Arrangements

There are many types of flexible work arrangements, and choosing the right one can make a big difference. Whether you’re a manager or a job seeker, it’s important to know the differences between the various types of flex arrangements. Different setups might attract different employees or apply better to different job descriptions. Regardless of which […]

man holding business analytics tool

July 3, 2018

Data Analytics Tools are the Magic Wand for Small Businesses

Small and Medium Businesses (SMBs) drive the US economy by contributing close to 50 percent of the overall $19 trillion. But the importance of SMBs goes beyond just the economic contribution; they have also contributed to growth and vitality in socioeconomic metrics by creating jobs and further opportunities for women and minorities to achieve necessary […]

what is Erisa?

June 28, 2018

What is the ERISA Law?

ERISA is a popular acronym, but few know how it applies to them as employees. ERISA, which stands for the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, became law in 1974. The law sets standards for pension and welfare plans to protect employees and their beneficiaries, safeguarding any employer-sponsored plan. If the employer/employee contributes in any fashion, […]