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5 Reasons to Hire a Temporary Employee

June 26, 2019 | 1,434 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 | 560 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 | 618 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 | 1,643 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 | 561 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 | 592 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 | 1,676 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 | 1,692 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 | 1,972 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 | 658 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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