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October 1, 2018

Debris, Damages, and Jobs in Limbo: Hidden Costs for Small Businesses After Hurricane Florence

Although the Goat & Compass didn’t open until 2007, the cinderblock building has been around for decades and survived other hurricanes with minimal damage. Hurricane Florence was not just another storm. “When we started preparing for the hurricane, it was a [Category] 4,” recalls bar owner Scott Wagner. “We boarded up the windows and doors, […]

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July 18, 2018

The Pros and Cons of Allowing Employees to Work from Home

Thanks to today’s technological advances, supporting a work from home policy is increasingly accessible. It not only lets employers skip on the costs associated with an office, but it also provides the freedom and flexibility that more and more workers are demanding (especially millennials). However, there are undeniable advantages to the face-to-face time that only […]

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June 29, 2018

Should Your Company Have a Marijuana in the Workplace Policy?

Cultures change. And when cultures shift, so do laws and so do workplaces. The legalization of marijuana for either medical or recreational purposes in individual states across the country is an example of a cultural shift — one that is likely to impact workplaces. However, many small business owners and HR professionals are grappling with how […]

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June 13, 2018

A Quick Checklist for Hiring Seasonal Employees

Summer is here, and many businesses need to hire seasonal employees. As the beaches get crowded and tourist spots heat up, the seasonal workers arrive as a force, preparing meals, running registers, taking reservations, and countless other jobs. In particular, teens step in to fill these temporary positions. Based on data from the Bureau of […]

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June 6, 2018

How Important are Flexible Work Schedules? (Perhaps More Than You Think)

The Digital Era has revolutionized our workspaces and our work schedules. We can be “on call” around the clock, which sounds great for employers—but not so much for employees. Entrepreneurs and small business owners are at an even higher risk of abusing flexible work schedules. It’s not uncommon for small business owners, startup founders, and […]

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June 1, 2018

Vermont Passed Legislation to Become a Remote Work Haven. Here’s Why the Bill’s Author Says it will Work

This July, a new piece of legislation will take effect, encouraging more remote workers to remain in or move to the state of Vermont. While Vermont had the highest rate of inbound migration in 2017, they saw mostly older and wealthier families moving to the state to retire. They have had less luck attracting young […]

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March 19, 2018

Wellness Programs: 4 Work Perks Your Employees Will Love

Today’s competitive organizations are quickly learning that implementing wellness programs makes good business sense. Offering services and products to support employees’ mental, emotional, and physical health is becoming increasingly popular as employers strive to keep current staff happy and attract new recruits. According to the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans 2017 findings, over 63% […]

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company culture retreat boosting productivity

February 28, 2018

Company Culture is Linked to Employee Productivity

Perhaps unsurprisingly, research shows that company culture is linked to employee productivity. In that particular survey of business owners, carried out by The Alternative Board (TAB), 86% of respondents say they believe company culture directly impacts productivity. However, acknowledging that company culture and productivity are linked isn’t enough to improve either one. As a leader, you must understand […]

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November 22, 2017

6 Ways to Show Employees You’re Grateful for Them

With Thanksgiving on the mind, we’ve been carving out some creative ways that companies can show gratitude to their employees. And by “creative,” we mean that we’re thinking outside of the standard bonus check. From recognizing exceptional employee performance to providing snacks in the kitchen, there’s a cornucopia of opportunities to show employees you’re grateful […]

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Holiday Bonuses are Less Common

November 10, 2017

Fewer Companies are Offering Holiday Bonuses this Year: Here’s Why

It’s always nice to have a little extra cash in your pocket, especially when it comes to traveling and buying gifts for loved ones during the holiday season. But should those holiday bonuses be guaranteed at the end of each year? Turns out, many companies believe the answer to that question is no. We looked […]

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August 23, 2017

The Gig is Up: A Deep Dive Into the Future of Casual Work

More and more people are opting for temporary jobs over full-time positions, but are the tradeoffs worth it? The promise of greater work-life balance, the opportunity to meet more people, and the exposure to new trades are just a few of the reasons why workers of all ages are increasingly opting for non-permanent positions over […]

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August 17, 2017

5 Signs Your Company Culture is Superficial

Businesses love to preach about the importance of company culture, but many companies struggle with a disconnect between what they say and the reality of their own company culture. A joint study between the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University and Columbia Business School surveyed over 1800 CEOs and CFOs worldwide focusing on over […]

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