Valerie Bolden-Barrett

Valerie Bolden-Barrett is a business writer and content specialist, covering best business practices, human resources and management, public policy, employment law, and workplace issues and trends. She’s a former editor of national business publications at Simon & Schuster and a senior editor at Aspen Publishers. She’s a Temple University alumna, living in Central Connecticut. She started her career as a graphic designer, who discovered that she worked better with words than pictures.

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A Guide to Using the V2MOM Goal-Setting Model

Find out why business leaders often cite V2MOM as their preferred model to set goals.

What Are Cascading Goals, and How Do They Improve Productivity?

Here’s how cascading goals can help align your employees’ work to your company’s overarching goals and ultimate success.

Equal Pay Day Is March 24, 2021: How to Show Support

The pay gap between women and men has been narrowing, but the progress has been slow.

Virtual Interviews: Best Practices Now and Beyond COVID-19

Allowing virtual connections with anyone anywhere in the world expands the pool of candidates for employers.

Employee Perks: Which Will Stay or Go After COVID?

As the pandemic continues, businesses must prioritize which perks they will continue to offer employees.

Lifestyle Benefits for Competitive Small Businesses

Lifestyle benefits can help employers improve recruiting, retention, and employee engagement — and help workers feel more satisfied with their jobs.

Time Theft: How SMBs Can Detect and Control it

The Fair Labor Standards Act requires employers to pay hourly workers for every hour worked, yet many employees take advantage of the system — costing companies billions of dollars in lost productivity.

Employee or Contractor? DOL’s New Proposal May Ease Classification Process in 2021

The DOL has released a proposed rule that adopts an “economic reality” test to make it easier for employers to classify workers as independent contractors.

Federal Benefits Changes to Watch for in 2021

Congress has adjusted federal laws and regulations throughout 2020, which will affect the way SMBs plan and administer a few benefits next year.

Helping Your Employees Pick the Best Healthcare Benefits

Your employees may not know how to choose the best benefits for their needs. Here’s how to improve the process for them.