Monthly Archives: July 2014

How to Write an Employee Handbook

July 30, 2014 | 1,211 views

Employee Handbook

Employee Handbook

If you’re new to having employees, it’s time to start thinking about putting together an employee handbook. Having all your processes documented and in one easy-to-access place will make transitioning new staff a breeze.

 

What to Include

You don’t want to write a tome, so decide what’s important to cover in your handbook. The high points should include:

 

– Overview of company, history, contacts

– Rules for employees

– Policies for vacation and sick leave, as well as employee breaks

– Harassment policies and procedures

 

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Is Your Brand Blogging? Why It Should Be

July 23, 2014 | 1,617 views

Is Your Brand Blogging? Why It Should Be

Is Your Brand Blogging? Why It Should Be

Let’s face it; blogging is here to stay. If you haven’t gotten on the blogging bus, or have fallen off, now’s the time to hop back. There are some compelling reasons to blog beyond its inherent SEO value, and I’ll share those with you in a moment. While blogging may seem like just another chore to add to your never-ending To Do list, it can actually create value for your customers, as well as improve your bottom line and make running your business easier.

 

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10 Tips For Managing Summer Employees

July 16, 2014 | 1,185 views

10 Tips For Managing Summer Employees

10 Tips For Managing Summer Employees

Summer is here, which means, for many small businesses, it’s time to hire part-time seasonal staff or interns. Managing temporary seasonal help can be tough without a game plan, so let’s look at some best practices for managing summer employees.

 

1. Be Ready

Make sure you’re ready for summer employees to work by setting up a functional work station, email address, and passwords before their first day. Prepare to introduce them around the office and explain your company’s mission and vision, a particularly powerful motivating force if you’ve hired Millennials.

 

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Why Business Owners Don’t Make Good Managers

July 9, 2014 | 2,154 views

Why Business Owners Don’t Make Good Managers

Why Business Owners Don’t Make Good Managers

If you’re a small business owner, you know what it’s like to wear multiple hats and juggle multiple tasks at the same time. Running a business requires managing everything from finding customers to making investment decisions to managing employees. All of these tasks require vastly different skills and, some would argue, different people to perform them, so it’s no wonder that so many business owners don’t make good managers.

 

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