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12 Break Room Design Ideas That Up Your Employees’ Game

September 11, 2019 | 256 views

12 Break Room Design Ideas That Up Your Employees’ Game
12 Break Room Design Ideas That Up Your Employees’ Game

We’ve all heard that highly engaged employees value a good time-out from their work. Being stuck at a workstation for 8 – 10 hours does not make a productive or happy employee. Employees know this and yet many do not take much time for themselves during a shift.

Developing and keeping highly engaged and productive employees takes many forms. Current trends include flexible hours, remote workspaces, exercise and health benefits. Some cost more than others and are not always feasible. But every employee should be taking a break. So how can you use breaks to your advantage? By creating an employee break room environment that allows real rest while fostering camaraderie and productivity. 

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How to Offset Minimum Wage Increases with these Tips

September 4, 2019 | 163 views

Retail businesses, like restaurants who employ dozens of hourly wage workers, face tremendous pressure as the city and state minimum wage increases. With labor a huge portion of expenses, how can a restaurateur deal with rising labor costs?

You’ve seen other eateries deal with this a few different ways. Some have increased menu prices; it costs more to get the food to the table, so this is a traditional way of maintaining profitability. Others have specifically added a clearly identified percentage to guest totals so that guests realize the increased cost legislation that dictates pay levels. And some businesses simply make do with fewer employees at the risk of reducing the quality of customer service.

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Avoid Worker Fatigue with Intelligent Scheduling

August 28, 2019 | 176 views

Avoid Worker Fatigue with Intelligent Scheduling
Avoid Worker Fatigue with Intelligent Scheduling

The dangers of worker fatigue are very real. About 1/3 of the workforce works in shifts, many with rotating schedules. Nearly any location open 24 hours each day will rotate workers as needed to cover specialties and production for round-the-clock operations. Hospitals, police and fire, and manufacturing sites all need to schedule workers at non-traditional hours.

However, disrupting the body’s natural sleep patterns and circadian rhythms can wreak havoc on worker performance due to fatigue. Fatigue will certainly be caused by inadequate sleep, but scheduling shifts thoughtfully can help avoid worker fatigue and protect the company from accidents and workers’ compensation claims.

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5 Reasons to Require Uniforms in Your Workplace

August 21, 2019 | 263 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 | 347 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 | 323 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 | 925 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 | 492 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 | 1,096 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 | 428 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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