5 Reasons to Require Uniforms in Your Workplace

August 21, 2019 | 789 views

5 Reasons to Require Uniforms in Your Workplace
5 Reasons to Require Uniforms in Your Workplace

Uniforms have a role in bringing people together as recognizable outfits that distinguish a group by color and design. That’s why sports teams, schools, airlines, and many businesses use them. Who doesn’t know the bright striped colors and short-brim, train-conductor hats worn at Hot Dog on a Stick? Even if they are hideous, they are memorable in the minds of customers.

Encouraging customers to remember you for good things like service and quality is important, but uniformity in dress also has a positive impact on your business in several ways that create and build your company brand.

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5 Reasons to Host a Company Picnic or Event

August 14, 2019 | 747 views

5 Reasons to Host a Company Picnic or Event
5 Reasons to Host a Company Picnic or Event

As a small business owner, it is hard to throw a party. Finances are tight, we spend a lot of time with those people already; and the big reason? It all comes out of profits. We pay for it all. Every penny. And it’s probably on a day off when we’d rather be watching a baseball game.

But we should do it anyway, and here’s why.

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Walking Boosts Productivity, So Get Outta Here

August 7, 2019 | 464 views

Walking Boosts Productivity, So Get Outta Here
Walking Boosts Productivity, So Get Outta Here

If you are like most people, you probably feel that nagging, mid-afternoon slump at work when you just can’t get much done. It’s worse if you need to start a new project and can’t begin to create ideas of how to get going. Maybe you reach for an iced coffee or a snack to get you going, but there is a more productive solution: go for a walk.

We all know that exercise has physical benefits, and walking might help avoid overindulging in candy and caffeine, but there are more than physical benefits—a short 15-minute stroll can stimulate your brain and jumpstart ideas for your next great accomplishment too.

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Don’t Forget These Elements in Your Employee Reviews

July 31, 2019 | 1,043 views

Don’t Forget These Elements in Your Employee Reviews
Don’t Forget These Elements in Your Employee Reviews

Performance reviews can create stress and strain for managers and employees alike. For some reason, the formality of sitting down and putting pen to paper can seem scary and uninspiring.

To make reviews easier and consistent, many organizations use software programs that simplify the evaluation process. These programs often make it very easy to rate employee characteristics and skill levels, and they are very helpful for participants to use. But there are a few areas that should not be overlooked.

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5 Reasons Why Hiring an Ex-Con Might Be Right

July 24, 2019 | 1,133 views

5 Reasons Why Hiring an Ex-Con Might Be Right
5 Reasons Why Hiring an Ex-Con Might Be Right

I used to volunteer in a male prison with youths under 18 convicted of serious crimes (this was no juvey). It was an interesting experience, filled with everything from trepidation and fear to incredible satisfaction and joy when things went well. The best memories were the moments when the inmates let down their guard and were able to be themselves, unencumbered by their convictions, their gang reputations, or their need to survive in a rough environment.

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Supporting Scheduled Absences for Jury Duty and Military Reservists

July 17, 2019 | 1,175 views

Supporting Scheduled Absences for Jury Duty and Military Reservists
Supporting Scheduled Absences for Jury Duty and Military Reservists

As business owners, we are part of the fabric of our communities. We provide jobs, we serve residents, and we often live where we work. Many times, we have employees who also contribute to society by performing important civic duties in the form of jury duty and military reserve duty.

Scheduling around the absences and time commitments created by military reserves and jury status can be a delicate process. While these civic activities are commendable, they can also be very inconvenient for an employer and the employee. We must accommodate them in the best possible way, of course, and having a scheduling process in place is wise. Scheduling people and training for jury duty and military leave can be simplified with a few simple steps.

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4 Emergencies That Small Businesses Must Prepare For

July 10, 2019 | 495 views

4 Emergencies That Small Businesses Must Prepare For
4 Emergencies That Small Businesses Must Prepare For

When it comes to emergencies in your business, the old adage is true: hope for the best, but prepare for the worst. No one wants to deal with business crises, but sometimes it happens. And you can be sure that it will happen at some point.

What can you prepare for now? Almost anything, but some of the weirdest things happen in life, and you will want as many resources at your fingertips as possible to defuse a chaotic and potentially threatening situation.

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5 Reasons to Hire a Temporary Employee

June 26, 2019 | 2,149 views

5 Reasons to Hire a Temporary Employee
5 Reasons to Hire a Temporary Employee

Need a quick project done? Or data input for marketing research? Has someone left on vacation? Hiring a temporary employee may be the solution to these projects and needs. Keep your business running smoothly by considering a temporary employee. Here are some great reasons to hire temporary staff to meet your human resource needs.

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Does Your Business Stink? Maybe It Should!

June 19, 2019 | 621 views

Does Your Business Stink? Maybe It Should!
Does Your Business Stink? Maybe It Should!

Certain smells bring back vivid memories, right? Maybe the rich smell of tobacco reminds you of your grandfather’s pipe. Or the unique odor of carnations brings a deluge of memories from high school dances. Scent memory is exceptionally strong, and our memories are emotionally aligned with scents from the past.

Sensory marketing has influenced many potential customers with its synergistic use of all the human senses. It draws upon our emotional reaction to what we experience through our senses. Maybe your business should “stink” a little more and use the sense of smell to influence customers.

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Do You Have a Policy Regarding Employment Verifications?

June 12, 2019 | 678 views

Do You Have a Policy Regarding Employment Verifications?
Do You Have a Policy Regarding Employment Verifications?

As employers, we get calls regularly looking for information on a past employee. The prospective new employers are dutifully trying to ensure that the information they were given is accurate. They also are looking for more insight into how the person performed for us, if their details are honestly and accurately given, and if we would rehire them.

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