Category Archives: Small Business Tips

7 Tips to Better Manager-Employee Communications

April 10, 2019 | 591 views

7 Tips to Better Manager-Employee Communications
7 Tips to Better Manager-Employee Communications

Poor workplace communication is often blamed for many workplace problems. What is wrong is not always easy to identify, but better communication does help avoid serious problems like injuries, failed projects, and high employee turnover.

Each of us may think we are doing a good job communicating but, as a manager, we may not hear from anyone where we need improvement. Instead, we are frustrated by an employee’s lack of results or unwillingness to share ideas.

There is not a perfect, single solution, but these tips will help improve manager-employee communication. They are easy to implement, too.

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3 Areas You Should Invest in for Your Business ASAP

April 3, 2019 | 1,396 views

3 Areas You Should Invest in for Your Business ASAP
3 Areas You Should Invest in for Your Business ASAP

The list of things to help grow your company is long, and they are probably all good ideas. Some, however, have quicker returns and should be evaluated and improved as soon as possible.

1. Technology

For every company, there are different tech needs, but your investment in technology is for several good reasons: mainly for speed, mobility, and attractiveness to clients and prospective employees.

Good technology makes things faster—transactions, employee scheduling, referrals, and payments, for example. Increasing the speed at which you do business frees up time to simply do more business. Clients appreciate it too, because no one wants to wait for things that can be done electronically in seconds.

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How to Create a Time-Off Request Process for Your Team

March 27, 2019 | 1,459 views

How to Create a Time-Off Request Process for Your Team
How to Create a Time-Off Request Process for Your Team

Everyone occasionally wants or needs some time off from work responsibilities. And sometimes the requests come all at once — especially during holidays and busy seasons. Manage your staff’s time-off requests fairly and clearly to avoid staff shortages and have employees return to work happy from their days off. Set up a clear request process for hourly employees that everyone understands while keeping a few key points in mind.

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3 Business Tips for Auto Service Companies

March 20, 2019 | 602 views

3 Business Tips for Auto Service Companies
3 Business Tips for Auto Service Companies

Highly-rated businesses, no matter the industry, share some common attributes. Their reputations remain positive because they care greatly about providing quality work with integrity at a fair price. True success occurs when a company does all that well.

A search for auto service companies found hundreds within a few miles. There is clearly significant competition among car care companies, but many customers drive in for the first time because a shop is nearby. So while location may play a role initially, word-of-mouth recommendations help to develop a customer base by focusing on a few key

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How to Manage HR in a Small-Medium Business in a DIY Environment

March 13, 2019 | 622 views

How to Manage HR in a Small-Medium Business in a DIY Environment
How to Manage HR in a Small-Medium Business in a DIY Environment

Big companies can afford larger, internal HR departments because it is cost-effective to maintain an internal group of specialists. But often, this cost savings doesn’t exist for small and medium-sized businesses. For them, the daily burden of all personnel-related functions falls on the owner or general manager.


If this describes your organization, then the DIY method of human resource management is a necessary evil for you. With fewer employees, you can’t justify hiring an HR professional. Still, you need to handle human capital management, scheduling, and payroll and tax functions.

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3 Rookie Scheduling Mistakes You Don’t Want to Make

March 6, 2019 | 680 views

3 Rookie Scheduling Mistakes You Don't Want to Make
3 Rookie Scheduling Mistakes You Don’t Want to Make

You can’t be everywhere at once when your business is doing well, so you decide to bring on some help. However, if you’ve never managed staff before, you may quickly learn that it’s not always easy to keep everyone happy with scheduling. To get the most out of your new employees and make them want to stick around a while, avoid these three rookie mistakes in scheduling your employees.


1. Not Including Employee Input on Hours

If you’re just getting started, be sure to listen carefully to your employees’ preferred schedule when hiring. Flexibility and work/life balance have become very important to nearly all employees.

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Why You Should Gamify HR (and How to Do It)

February 28, 2019 | 622 views

Why You Should Gamify HR (and How to Do It)
Why You Should Gamify HR (and How to Do It)

Gamification is becoming a trend in the workplace, and it’s easy to see why. Gamification techniques done right can make the most boring HR processes more fun (or at least a little less boring) and engage employees.


Gamification takes competitive, social, and progress-based game techniques and applies them to non-game environments. This can help HR managers help employees feel rewarded in ways outside of traditional compensation.


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4 Contributors to Poor Productivity (that You Should Avoid at All Costs)

February 20, 2019 | 850 views

4 Contributors to Poor Productivity (that You Should Avoid at All Costs)
4 Contributors to Poor Productivity (that You Should Avoid at All Costs)

Poor productivity may be costing you more than you realize: having disengaged workers costs organizations around $500 billion per year. If you haven’t considered how lack of efficiency or motivation has impacted your business, it’s time to assess whether you might be part of the problem.


1. Not Keeping Your Eye on the Big Picture

In order for employees to feel important, it helps for them to know that they are a critical part of the success of the company. To do this, managers must work with employees to identify key performance indicators (KPIs) that will be used to evaluate their success for their unique positions.

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4 Ways to Improve Employee Morale

February 6, 2019 | 856 views

4 Ways to Improve Employee Morale
4 Ways to Improve Employee Morale

How would improving employee morale enhance your organization? Maybe it could improve production and collaboration, decrease absenteeism, and even improve employee’s work-life balance. Doesn’t that sound good?


Having employees that believe they have a positive work-life balance can actually increase their productivity by 21%.  And those that don’t feel they have it are more likely to leave the company:


“One study revealed that one out of four workers who felt they had no support structure for adequate work-life balance made plans to quit in the following two years, in comparison to 17 percent who felt they had support,” says William Craig at Forbes.com.

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How to Increase Your Productivity Without Going to Great Lengths

January 30, 2019 | 1,160 views

How to Increase Your Productivity Without Going to Great Lengths
How to Increase Your Productivity Without Going to Great Lengths

Perhaps one of the most inspiring CEOs of our time is Peter Shankman. One of his cornerstone accomplishments is Help A Reporter Out (HARO), a business that became an almost overnight success and was acquired in less than two years by Vocus, Inc. But recently he’s turned his focus elsewhere — on telling his story about being a productive CEO with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).


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