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How to Schedule and Help Your Workers Who are Stuck at Home with Kids

April 8, 2020 | 980 views

How to Schedule and Help Your Workers Who are Stuck at Home with Kids
How to Schedule and Help Your Workers Who are Stuck at Home with Kids

Current staffing is particularly difficult right now. If you are considered a necessary category of business, the Coronavirus/Covid-19 pandemic poses tough challenges when your employees have children out of school. For single parents, the challenge is particularly difficult if they have less family help.

Medical professionals are especially needed in-person at work right now. Clinic personnel and others in the face of a medical crisis are stressed. Their family needs with children at home pose costly choices about whether both parents can work. And if there is a single parent, options may be limited.

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8 Ways to Prevent Cyber Attacks on Your Small Business

March 25, 2020 | 608 views

8 Ways to Prevent Cyber Attacks on Your Small Business
8 Ways to Prevent Cyber Attacks on Your Small Business

More than half of small businesses had some sort of data breach in the last year, costing over $200K for recovery. Are you ready for that kind of financial and reputational hit? Small businesses are at higher risk from cyber-attacks because they have fewer resources to overcome a security breach. A large corporation has more resources like a dedicated IT department, deeper pockets, and greater protections. Being small doesn’t mean that you are safe—it means you are more vulnerable.

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Discounting, Factoring, and Selling Invoices for Cash

March 18, 2020 | 489 views

Discounting, Factoring, and Selling Invoices for Cash
Discounting, Factoring, and Selling Invoices for Cash

Everyone likes cash, right? We like seeing healthy account balances, and we feel a bit more confident when there’s money in our pocket. We also use it to our advantage—when we owe money, we want to keep our cash and sometimes use a card or account to delay payment. On the other hand, when we are owed money, we prefer that we are paid right away. So what happens if you’re not paid yet, but you need money sooner?

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Eliminate and Avoid Employee Burnout

March 11, 2020 | 480 views

Eliminate and Avoid Employee Burnout
Eliminate and Avoid Employee Burnout

We live in a culture that rewards the workaholic. At times, maybe you’ve been the one going in early, staying late, or putting in extra time on an important project. These efforts for the team seem like good engagement and a normal part of our working lives. Yet the results of too much of this goodness can create burned-out employees.

Symptoms of Burnout

When that reliable, always-says-yes employee starts to experience burn-out, it will be reflected in their behavior. Perhaps a short fuse is more common, or she backs away from projects that were normally a favorite. Worse, productivity may decrease and absenteeism may increase. These are all signs that an employee no longer has the fiery energy they once did.

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Labor Laws Coming Your Way

March 4, 2020 | 609 views

Labor Laws Coming Your Way
Labor Laws Coming Your Way

Wage and labor laws can be so confusing. Here you are, trying to provide exceptional service and products, and you are required to specialize in HR law too. Sometimes, there is great value in having other specialists manage these things for you. But even if you have an HR manager or PEO to accommodate changes, you must have an operational understanding of how trends in wage and labor law could impact your business.

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3 Reasons to Monitor Employee Review Sites

February 26, 2020 | 730 views

3 Reasons to Monitor Employee Review Sites
3 Reasons to Monitor Employee Review Sites

Social media allows us all kinds of insights as we make decisions. We read product reviews and try to vet inaccuracies or reviewers who were complaining about the shipper, not the product. We look for commonalities in reviews to establish some consistency in problems or praises. This is repeated for many decisions regularly: hotels, restaurants, doctors, professors.

For business relationships, hiring managers often review applicants’ social media for hints about personality and judgment. Likewise, review-reading is used by job applicants to get a feel for a company’s culture before an interview. For HR executives, this means that sites like Glassdoor and Indeed are a necessary part of the company’s online presence. Reviews by employees can be good for your brand if managed and used well.

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4 Tips for Accommodating Paternity Leave

February 19, 2020 | 884 views

4 Tips for Accommodating Paternity Leave
4 Tips for Accommodating Paternity Leave

It’s no secret that the United States is far behind dozens of western countries in offering paid paternity leave. Currently, a handful of states mandate paid leave for fathers of newborns or newly adopted children. This can be tough on businesses to provide. Under 20% of companies offer the benefit voluntarily, and the cost and uncertainty are daunting for small companies.

Where paid paternity leave is not required, many companies do offer time for new dads to kick off this new phase in life at home with their child. Unfortunately, for most, it is still unpaid. No matter how your state and company approach this more common benefit, scheduling leave and accommodating employees’ needs comes with some common-sense planning.

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A Staffing Plan Overview for Your Medical Clinic

February 12, 2020 | 797 views

A Staffing Plan Overview for Your Medical Clinic
A Staffing Plan Overview for Your Medical Clinic

Calculating full-time employees and efficiencies for a staffing plan is a science. Each productive (and non-productive) hour gets counted into formulas to determine the best staffing allocations for your clinic, your staff, and your patients. The nitty-gritty of man hours and staff levels are critically important, of course, but a high-level overview must come first. By collecting data on these areas, the final staffing plan will accurately reflect your clinic’s overarching plan which must come first.

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Choosing a Tax Preparer for Your SMB

February 5, 2020 | 663 views

Choosing a Tax Preparer for Your SMB
Choosing a Tax Preparer for Your SMB

Are you new to business tax preparation or unhappy with your most recent tax preparer? You are not alone. Businesses change tax preparers for various reasons, but the clock is ticking to complete last year’s tax filing, so choose a CPA or preparer wisely.

Changing CPA’s will mean some readjustment if you’re thinking about a change or need a new person to handle your taxes. Don’t take this lightly. Nearly everyone has a nightmare story about missed deductions, poor communication, or painful audits.

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Why We Hired Esports Talent at Our Corporate Office

January 29, 2020 | 614 views

Why We Hired Esports Talent at Our Corporate Office
Why We Hired Esports Talent at Our Corporate Office

No, we’re not expanding horizontally into gaming here at ScheduleBase. Nor are we hiring a fluffy position to entertain our employees in the break room. And we don’t currently plan to sponsor an Esports team. However, we have found that Esports aficionados have some excellent skills for the workplace.

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