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Is the FMLA Good for Business?

May 22, 2019 | 80 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 | 251 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 | 292 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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4 Ways Scheduling Software Benefits the Banking Industry

April 24, 2019 | 319 views

4 Ways Scheduling Software Benefits the Banking Industry
4 Ways Scheduling Software Benefits the Banking Industry

Scheduling bank employees can be full of frustrations, and it gobbles up managers’ time each month. If it is done manually, it is especially cumbersome. End the headache of keeping multiple, handwritten calendars for time-off requests, holidays, and employee availability with a simple and affordable scheduling software for the banking industry. This affordable scheduling option will benefit banks and credit unions in several ways.

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Does Your Office Need an Intern?

April 17, 2019 | 381 views

Does Your Office Need an Intern?
Does Your Office Need an Intern?

Internships can be mutually beneficial work arrangements if they truly meet the needs of the company and of the intern. They provide a rich opportunity for less-experienced workers to develop their resume, learn office protocols, and perhaps prove themselves as a worthy longer-term hire.

Many college students look to internships to develop themselves and prepare for the working world, and because of that, they are ready to work hard. They are not yet limited by what they think they cannot do and will willingly try their best. Employers then take the lead to ensure the relationship is worthwhile for both the employer and the intern.

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7 Tips to Better Manager-Employee Communications

April 10, 2019 | 427 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 | 693 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 | 821 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 | 501 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 | 561 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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