Workest Weekly: How to Recession-Proof Your Small Business, Best Employee Handbook Examples, Tips for Managing a Multi-Generational Workforce

Welcome to Workest Weekly — a newsletter for small business owners, HR leaders, and their growing teams.


We hope you had a great week! This week, we look at ways you can bolster your business in uncertain economic times. Plus, employee handbooks are crucial for helping your business run smoothly and providing clear expectations for staff members. Whether you don’t have an employee handbook for your organization yet or you want to ensure it’s updated and optimized for your needs, check out the best employee handbook examples. Finally, what are the benefits of having employees from multiple generations on your staff? Find out more about why it’s important and how to successfully manage a multi-generational staff.

Small Business and HR Compliance dates this week:

February 28, 2023

IRS Deadline: Forms 1094-B + 1095-B. This is the deadline to file all forms with the IRS if you file using paper.

Worrying about a recession is stressful. But preparing for one can make both potential and real recessions less damaging.

How to Recession-Proof Your Small Business

The pandemic led to an economic crisis. Inflation and interest rates are soaring. Talk of a looming recession continues. There’s no way to completely recession-proof a business, but being prepared can go a long way toward ensuring that your business makes it out on the other side.

Here are 5 concrete ways to help recession-proof your business.


An employee handbook can be crucial in building a positive workplace culture and employee loyalty, but they’re not easy to write.

7 Employee Handbook Examples You Should Steal From

Having an employee handbook isn’t something many employers think about until there’s a pressing need. However, this can easily lead to miscommunication, confusion, and chaos. For this reason, creating an employee handbook should be non-negotiable.

An employee handbook is a vital tool to help your business run smoothly and help employees know what’s expected of them. We cover the fundamentals of employee handbooks and offer 7 handbook examples you can learn from.


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How to Create and Manage a Multi-Generational Workforce

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The eBook covers topics such as: optimizing onboarding and training programs, providing continuous opportunities for learning and growth, identifying top talent, embracing performance reviews, and reevaluating benefits. With this guide, businesses can shift from a reactive mindset to a proactive one and avoid layoffs by making cuts where they can, before resorting to cutting people.


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