Category Archives: Small Business Tips

5 Signs It’s Time to Grow Your Team

April 26, 2017 | 41 views

5 Signs It's Time to Grow Your Team

5 Signs It’s Time to Grow Your Team

There’s a strange limbo stage between every new hire. You aren’t sure if you need another person quite yet, but you know your team’s time is stretched to the max. How do you know it’s the right time to grow your team? Here are five signs.

 

1. Your growth rate just skyrocketed.

Sometimes, it takes the right product or marketing campaign to propel your growth rate forward faster than anticipated. Although exciting, it might have you wondering if it’s a short-term spike or if you’re going to have to stock up on manpower for the long run.

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Is It Time to Reorganize Your Office?

April 19, 2017 | 76 views

Is It Time to Reorganize Your Office?

Is It Time to Reorganize Your Office?

How productive is your team? If you feel like you’re caught in a rut, it might be time to shake things up. But let’s face it. The idea of reorganizing your office and operations can feel daunting, so you’d rather continue where you’re at than face office growing pains.

 

Before you get too comfortable with a routine that’s not working, go through these four steps to diagnose where you’re at and how you can best improve with minimal strain on your internal dynamics.

 

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How to Recruit More Engaged Volunteers

April 12, 2017 | 108 views

How to Recruit More Engaged Volunteers

How to Recruit More Engaged Volunteers

The initial start on a project is exciting. Your volunteers are jazzed about working with your organization and excited for what’s in store. Then, as time goes on and the dirty work begins, some volunteer’s enthusiasm fizzles out. Engagement suffers and soon, you’re left with about half the number of people you need to make your cause a success.

 

It doesn’t have to be this way. By recruiting and keeping more engaged volunteers, you can see your projects through and raise the money or awareness you need. Here’s how.

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Hitting Refresh on the Way Your Team Makes Decisions

April 5, 2017 | 148 views

Hitting Refresh on the Way Your Team Makes Decisions

Hitting Refresh on the Way Your Team Makes Decisions

Do you feel like your office gets stuck in a ball of red tape whenever a decision needs to be made? If so, you are probably using an outdated decision making process that’s slowing your productivity rather than keeping you on track. It might be time for a shake up.

 

Here are a few of the departments you should consider carefully when hitting refresh on the way your team makes decisions.

 

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How to Add More Meaning to Your Volunteer’s Lives

March 29, 2017 | 160 views

How to Add More Meaning to Your Volunteer's Lives

How to Add More Meaning to Your Volunteer’s Lives

Ever notice how hard it is to get quality volunteers on board helping your organization? You’re not alone.

 

The competitive landscape is heating up as more and more nonprofits reach out to communities in search of reliable volunteers. One way to help your nonprofit stand out above the rest is to deepen the meaning of their impact. Here’s how.

 

1. Hold an Award Ceremony

It’s one thing to say thank you to your volunteers. It’s another to go the extra mile to give them the recognition they deserve.

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5 Tips for Overcoming Insecurity as a Manager

March 22, 2017 | 184 views

5 Tips for Overcoming Insecurity as a Manager

5 Tips for Overcoming Insecurity as a Manager

There’s a lot of stress that comes with a leadership role. Everyone looks to you to make the right decision. Everyone puts all of their burdens on you and expects you to solve all of the problems as they arise. You’re under a lot of pressure and oftentimes, that can make even the strongest of leaders feel a little insecure from time to time.

 

If you’re battling insecurity, there are a few things you can do to help reset your mindset and get back to operating from a place of confidence.

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How Your Marketing Can Help Attract Better Talent

March 15, 2017 | 274 views

How Your Marketing Can Help Attract Better Talent

How Your Marketing Can Help Attract Better Talent

It’s not often that marketing intersects with the world of HR but when it comes to recruiting, there’s a distinct overlap. Although it might not be crystal clear on the surface, when you dig in, it’s easy to see why marketing is a great tool to use to attract better talent.

 

Here are a few of the marketing items you should take note of when thinking about how it impacts recruitment.

 

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Don’t Rely on the Luck o’ The Irish: How to Use Big Data in HR

March 8, 2017 | 265 views

Don't Rely on the Luck o' The Irish: How to Use Big Data in HR

Don’t Rely on the Luck o’ The Irish: How to Use Big Data in HR

It’s one of the hottest buzzwords in the business world today: Big Data. As popular as it is to toss around, few people have a solid understanding what Big Data is (beyond a few facts and figures) and even fewer harness this information to make business decisions – especially in the HR industry.

 

What is Big Data?

While it’s true that Big Data is a large set of numbers, that’s an oversimplified definition given the power this information can have. Big Data sets are able to be analyzed to uncover patterns, trends, and even human behavior. With it, you can understand things, such as:

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How to Overcome an Employee’s Resistance to Change

February 22, 2017 | 275 views

How to Overcome an Employee's Resistance to Change

How to Overcome an Employee’s Resistance to Change

Do you know what’s scary? Change. People regularly sprint from the idea of doing things differently because it feels uncomfortable. It means shaking up the normal routine. It means creating new habits. Change is hard work, but it’s also necessary – especially when it means a long-term benefit to your business.

 

If you’re ready to adopt new systems in your business, you’re going to need to get your team on board with the discomfort of change. Here are a few steps to ease into a new routine, new piece of technology, or new standard in your company.

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Could You be Guilty of Having an Unintentional Weight Bias?

February 15, 2017 | 266 views

Could You be Guilty of Having an Unintentional Weight Bias?

Could You be Guilty of Having an Unintentional Weight Bias?

“So you hired me because I’m the fat girl?” That’s a quote from the hit TV series, This Is Us. On the show, you get a behind-the-scenes look at one of the character’s lifelong battles with her weight. This struggle comes out during her job search as she is convinced she was hired for a new job because she is overweight.

 

Although the show is fictional, the bias is not. Overweight women in particular face discrimination in the interview process, according to a recent paper by Plos One, a journal with original science and medical research reports.

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