Is the 4-Day Work Week Worth Reconsidering?

September 15, 2021 | 52 views

Is the 4-Day Work Week Worth Reconsidering?
Is the 4-Day Work Week Worth Reconsidering?

A 4-day work week has always sounded attractive. Not too long, not unreasonably short. I could enjoy longer weekends and probably still get my work done each week before traveling on weekends to cheer on my son’s football team.

We’ve written about this idea before. What struck me recently was how the combination of pandemic-related demands for scheduling flexibility have combined with large movements to a 4-day week. Naturally, there are concerns about how some schedules might be too condensed and cause more harm than good. And even Utah’s government reverted to a traditional 5-day schedule after budget savings were not enough to outweigh citizen complaints about reduced availability (although local governments in Denmark, Spain, West Virginia, and Colorado have stayed with their 4-day weeks).

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Which Employees Deserve a Promotion?

September 8, 2021 | 102 views

Which Employees Deserve a Promotion?
Which Employees Deserve a Promotion?

The career development of employees helps your business grow. It increases self-confidence and improves employee engagement when staff members understand how they can advance their careers. Appropriate staff development helps your organization, also, because it is cost-effective to promote internal people rather than hiring and training someone new. The challenge for managers is recognizing talent along with productive work. It is not always a hard skill set that determines increased responsibility. Sometimes, there are internal motivations in employees that will make an employee more deserving of a promotion.

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Softer Leadership Qualities for Better Staff Management

August 25, 2021 | 154 views

Softer Leadership Qualities for Better Staff Management
Softer Leadership Qualities for Better Staff Management

Occasionally, it strikes me how leading and coaching employees and others is a particularly heavy responsibility. Whether I’m working with a child’s athletic team or developing my own staff, every word and action becomes a model for others. Staff management sometimes feels no different than parenting my kids on how to succeed. What I’ve discovered is that experience is respected, but that softer qualities make good leaders and model appropriate behavior expectations for staff.

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Scheduling Employees When You Aren’t Sure of Demand

August 18, 2021 | 125 views

Scheduling Employees When You Aren’t Sure of Demand
Scheduling Employees When You Aren’t Sure of Demand

Yesterday, I walked into a retail store where a sign greeted me, apologizing ahead of time for long wait times due to limited staff. Limited staff is a recurring news topic these days, so I expected my shopping service to be a bit slow. Instead, I found a store nearly devoid of customers. It was a quiet time of day, so that was not so odd. What surprised me was that after reading the warning sign and seeing an empty establishment, I discovered three employees on the clock with no customers to help.

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Controlling Labor Costs in Hospitality

August 11, 2021 | 124 views

Controlling Labor Costs in Hospitality
Controlling Labor Costs in Hospitality

Controlling labor costs is always a top priority to manage profit. Labor is usually the largest portion of a business’s total expense, so any changes in wages directly influence business success. This is particularly true in the hospitality service industry. Employees provide the services you sell, and they are important to the organization’s success.

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5 Rules for Scheduling Staff Meetings – Perils and Promise

August 4, 2021 | 147 views

5 Rules for Scheduling Staff Meetings – Perils and Promise
5 Rules for Scheduling Staff Meetings – Perils and Promise

Do you hear a collective groan from employees when you schedule a staff meeting? Employees hear “meeting” and think something important (and probably bad) must be shared with everyone simultaneously. This is especially true for unplanned and unexpected meetings, but even if staff meetings are regular and consistent, the response is not always positive.

It does not matter if a meeting is departmental, all-staff, or simply one-on-one—the reception from employees is not always warm. There are good reasons for this, though. To avoid it, promise a well-organized meeting to encourage good response and participation from employees.

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6 Employee Retention Tips

July 27, 2021 | 146 views

6 Employee Retention Tips
6 Employee Retention Tips

This year’s news has been full of difficulties for small businesses. From the pandemic’s closure orders to the difficulties of rehiring staff now, retail locations are particularly reeling from employee hiring issues. Nearly half of employees plan to leave their jobs this year, and many others do not plan to return, especially to lower-paying retail positions.

If you are fortunate enough to have your staff still, you will want to keep them to avoid the costs of finding and training a new hire and the upheaval that employee departures can create. Perhaps more than you have before, delve into methods for keeping your employees working with your small business. Here are a few employee retention tips to get you started.

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Ideas to Increase Employee Engagement

July 21, 2021 | 127 views

Ideas to Increase Employee Engagement
Ideas to Increase Employee Engagement

Managers are interested in getting the best performance from employees for their organization. There is a lot of noise about how employee engagement helps achieve that goal. Engaged employees are more productive and help increase productivity. They are committed to company success and help reduce employee turnover.

But what exactly is employee engagement? We must understand the goal before we can implement useful techniques to reach it. Employee engagement refers to the extent to which an employee is invested in the work, motivated by the company’s success, and passionate about how they contribute to that success. It is not simply satisfaction, although engaged employees are more satisfied in their work.

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How to Choose the Best Scheduling Software for Your Needs

July 14, 2021 | 124 views

How to Choose the Best Scheduling Software for Your Needs
How to Choose the Best Scheduling Software for Your Needs

We sell scheduling software, so it seems a little fishy for me to tell you how to choose yours. That could be a conflict of interest, I suppose. But believe me when I say that we are equally interested in the correct SaaS scheduling solution for you. Selling you a product that does not fit your needs would be detrimental to our company and yours.

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Keeping Your Parent-Employees from Quitting

July 7, 2021 | 135 views

Keeping Your Parent-Employees from Quitting
Keeping Your Parent-Employees from Quitting

During the pandemic, businesses and employees navigated their way through some tough scheduling conflicts. For employees with children, it meant juggling online learning and work responsibilities. For employers, staff child care burdens meant losing nearly one-fourth of their employees, a large portion of them women. This attrition was a dilemma for both parties by reducing household income for parents while limiting scheduling options for business owners.

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