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Supporting Scheduled Absences for Jury Duty and Military Reservists

July 17, 2019 | 79 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 | 133 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 | 522 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 | 354 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 | 427 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.

This diligent practice of employment verification is one that can have unintended consequences, however. So much so that many prior employers are fearful of lawsuits or claims of damages. These fact-checking quests can significantly affect whether or not a prospective hiring manager chooses to hire the job applicant. For this reason, your organization must self-police its verification policies and determine your acceptable level of risk.

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Sleeping on the Job? Yes, please!

June 5, 2019 | 814 views

Sleeping on the Job? Yes, please!
Sleeping on the Job? Yes, please!

Sleeping on the job is the topic of many a Blondie comic strip. Yet, Dagwood Bumstead may have been on to something good. Doctors, medical interns, and nurses have valued naps for ages; hospitals even provide a place to sleep for those with long shifts. So, maybe it is time for businesses to consider the value of allowing employees to take a nap on the job.

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Unusual Wage and Labor Laws in a State Near You

May 29, 2019 | 445 views

Unusual Wage and Labor Laws in a State Near You
Unusual Wage and Labor Laws in a State Near You

Human resource management is a specialty for a reason. Trying to stay abreast of new age and labor laws requires a translator, attorney, and payroll specialist. Sometimes, it’s nearly impossible to steer clear of strange legal employment cases while staying focused on your business’s core function. If you think it’s tough where you operate, maybe you should be grateful that you don’t have to deal with some of these unusual state laws.

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Is the FMLA Good for Business?

May 22, 2019 | 473 views

Is the FMLA Good for Business?
Is the FMLA Good for Business?

When an employee takes a leave from work, managers and owners are often left in the lurch. Under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), a business feels the strain of a missing employee, and the pain in the workplace can be exacerbated if it is unexpected. The work still must get done after all, and usually with less help. On the other hand, FMLA can be good for your employees and for your business.

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Is It Time to Hire Overnight Staff?

May 8, 2019 | 901 views

Is It Time to Hire Overnight Staff?
Is It Time to Hire Overnight Staff?

Overnight staffing may not seem feasible to many business owners. With labor costs your highest expense, having someone available overnight to answer calls, dispatch services, or sell goods is nigh impossible. Besides, why did overnight employees ever become the norm anyway?

Do you remember when the phrase “24/7/365” came into our vocabulary? It seems like it coincided with the advent of extended hours, 24-hour grocery stores, and other businesses that competed by being open every single day of the year.

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Succession Planning for Your Family Business—What is Hindering You?

May 2, 2019 | 905 views

Succession Planning for Your Family Business—What is Hindering You?
Succession Planning for Your Family Business—What is Hindering You?

Your son is a salesman like you. Your daughter is a financial wiz. Surely, they plan to take over the reins of the family business. Your dream is to build your own business and leave a supportive legacy for your family. This exit plan sounds normal and good but, without a sincere examination of your family, a few things might be hindering your next step for the future of your business.

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