Category Archives: Small Business Tips

Will Technological Advancements Steal Your Job?

July 25, 2018 | 896 views

Will Technological Advancements Steal Your Job?

Will Technological Advancements Steal Your Job?

Many people worry that apps, artificial intelligence, and machine learning will slowly chip away at their job responsibilities and may even displace them from their role entirely. Although futuristic sounding, with the influx of technology being used to simplify workloads, the concern is valid but not yet a reality.

 

Technology has been innovated upon to make life easier for professionals but that doesn’t mean that human input isn’t still required. To showcase this, let’s look at three areas of business where machines are entering the equation but not taking over work.

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What to Put in Your HR Tech Stack

July 18, 2018 | 838 views

What to Put in Your HR Tech Stack

What to Put in Your HR Tech Stack

You’ve probably heard of a marketing tech stack, but what about an HR tech stack? These are the tools that make your job more efficient. Better yet, these are the tools that let you get away from mundane tasks that eat away at your day, so you can get back to the creative, enjoyable parts of your job that you love.

 

So what should be in your HR tech stack? Here are four must-have tools.

 

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Is Summer Draining Your Employees’ Productivity?

July 11, 2018 | 995 views

Is Summer Draining Your Employees’ Productivity?

Is Summer Draining Your Employees’ Productivity?

School’s out for summer! Although that used to be good news as a kid, it’s now felt as more of an extra hurdle to cross for parents and employers alike. As more parents take off work to care for their children, employers are often left wondering how to fill the void and keep up the productivity momentum from months prior.

 

Sound familiar? If so, here are three ways you can boost productivity. Hint: it starts with offering flexible work conditions.

 

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How to Gather Feedback From Your Volunteers

July 3, 2018 | 956 views

How to Gather Feedback From Your Volunteers

How to Gather Feedback From Your Volunteers

In the business world, there’s something called the feedback loop. This loop is a systematic approach to gather opinions from people, use those opinions to make changes, and then start over again. It’s a cause-and-effect approach that enables companies to grow.

 

Your non-profit can benefit from feedback looping when requesting ideas and insights from your volunteers. Here’s how to make it most effective.

 

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Are You Being Too Transparent With Your Operations?

June 27, 2018 | 861 views

Are You Being Too Transparent With Your Operations?

Are You Being Too Transparent With Your Operations?

In general, transparency is seen as a positive in the workplace. This is especially true when it comes to HR tasks, like feedback on performance, scheduling expectations, and progress toward common goals. But is there such thing as too much transparency? Sure there is.

 

Here’s how to know when you’re being too transparent with your team and the potential downsides it can have.

 

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How to Better Understand Your Employees Needs

June 20, 2018 | 807 views

How to Better Understand Your Employees Needs

How to Better Understand Your Employees Needs

About a year ago, Amazon rolled out a program called Connections. This program prompts employees each morning to answer a single question. The questions range from how they feel about their manager to how they feel about the cleanliness of the bathrooms and cover everything in between. The goal? To give Amazon more information about how their employees think and feel while at work.

 

To employers, this sounds like a fantastic and easy way to gather information about employee’s needs without hitting the pavement and talking to each person individually. Although this program has serious potential, it can only work if it’s done properly.

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What Gen-Z is Looking For in an Employer

June 6, 2018 | 927 views

What Gen-Z is Looking For in an Employer

What Gen-Z is Looking For in an Employer

Move aside, Millennials. A new generation is entering the workforce and they’re coming in with new ideas for what they want out of their employers.

 

Gen-Z (or iGen or Post-Millennials) were born between the mid-1990s and the mid-2000s. This generation has grown up with technology and social media, which means their perspective on life is vastly different than older generations. What does that mean for their desires from employers? Turns out, it might not be as different as you might think. Here are three things Gen-Z is looking for as they enter the workforce.

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Want to be Better at HR? Study Empathy

May 23, 2018 | 1,097 views

Want to be Better at HR? Study Empathy

Want to be Better at HR? Study Empathy

Without question, we are living in an incredibly digital world. Today, you can order a cup of coffee, design the pizza your family will eat for dinner, request a taxi, and stock up on items for your next camping adventure, all with a few taps of your finger on your smartphone – and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

 

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Preparing for an Influx of Summer Vacation Requests

May 16, 2018 | 893 views

Preparing for an Influx of Summer Vacation Requests

Preparing for an Influx of Summer Vacation Requests

As the weather heats up, more people are itching to get outside and take advantage of the warmer temperatures. This time of year, managers like you are faced with a difficult dilemma. While you want to honor as many vacation requests as you can and give your team some freedom, you still have a business to run. Rain or shine, here’s how to prepare for an influx of summer vacation requests.

 

Communicate Early and Often

The earlier you can set expectations for your summer vacation policy, the better. Communicate what you expect from your team in terms of taking time off. Some policies might include:

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Do You Really Have to Offer Paid Time Off For Every Holiday?

May 9, 2018 | 1,062 views

Do You Really Have to Offer Paid Time Off For Every Holiday?

Do You Really Have to Offer Paid Time Off For Every Holiday?

A few months ago, we shared with you the jarring statistic that 662 million vacation days go unused every year, according to Project Time Off. That’s fairly startling, when you think about it. People have paid vacation time that they can use just about whenever they want and yet, they’re not.

 

As an employer, you might be asking yourself a few questions.

 

1. Should you do more to encourage your team to take time away from the office?

 

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