Category Archives: Small Business Tips

Ideas to Increase Employee Engagement

July 21, 2021 | 34 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 | 50 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 | 72 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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Are Floating Holidays Right for Your Small Business?

June 30, 2021 | 88 views

Are Floating Holidays Right for Your Small Business?
Are Floating Holidays Right for Your Small Business?

Offering paid time off is one of many incentives to improve your hiring prospects. In some situations, based on region or company size, paid time off may be required. To accommodate paid time off, small businesses usually specify common holidays that are suitable. Sometimes, it is better to be more flexible and offer floating holidays to employees—floating holidays might be right for your employees and your small business.

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What Predictability Pay Means for Employee Scheduling

June 23, 2021 | 94 views

What Predictability Pay Means for Employee Scheduling
What Predictability Pay Means for Employee Scheduling

Wage and labor laws constantly change—usually for the benefit of hourly workers. The latest pay advantage for workers is predictability pay. It is a legal mandate designed to penalize employers whose scheduling is not as predicted, making it difficult for employees to plan their shifts. Starting this month, predictability pay requirements will be enforced in the city of Philadelphia, and it is likely to spread to cities soon.

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4 Ways to Make Employees Think More Like Owners

June 16, 2021 | 110 views

4 Ways to Make Employees Think More Like Owners
4 Ways to Make Employees Think More Like Owners

We’ve all worked for someone else as an employee. From the first fast-food job in high school to the job we secured after college, we know what it is like to be an employee. It means following a prescribed set of rules—from arrival times to task lists, employees are governed by what their “superior” tells them to do.

The manager or owner giving the orders, on the other hand, is prioritizing tasks based upon information and goals about which employees have no information. An employee may complete their task list, but they do not share the overall objective of the owner. However, for a business to be its best, managers must foster an environment that helps employees think like owners.

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7 Low-Cost Employee Incentives to Increase Employee Productivity

June 4, 2021 | 74 views

7 Low-Cost Employee Incentives to Increase Employee Productivity
7 Low-Cost Employee Incentives to Increase Employee Productivity

As a manager or business owner, employees are valuable to your organization and, sometimes, difficult to motivate. When we deal with people on our team, we face personality issues, skills limitations, and large payroll costs. It is not always a positive experience. Yet, employee performance affects our organization and is deeply entwined with human behavior. To get the best performance and responses, I suggest utilizing some kind of employee incentive program.

Now, before you scoff at giving more to employees who already cost a lot to pay, consider some of the data about incentive programs:

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Reduce Labor Expense with Stringent Management

May 26, 2021 | 231 views

Reduce Labor Expense with Stringent Management
Reduce Labor Expense with Stringent Management

Employees are both assets and liabilities. They add value to the business (we hope), but they also come at great expense. In service industries, labor costs can top 80% of all expenses. However, that number is not just only the wages paid. It also includes the cost of overtime, absenteeism, late arrivals and early departures, and abuses of the allotted time for breaks. Hourly wages are set for each employee, but you can reduce labor expenses with careful management in key areas.

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Employee Benefits for a Post-Pandemic World

May 12, 2021 | 174 views

Employee Benefits for a Post-Pandemic World
Employee Benefits for a Post-Pandemic World

Fortune offers several business-related newsletters that I read when I can, many of which offer insights from CEO’s around the globe. A recent executive conversation centered on attracting talent in a post-pandemic world. Deloitte US’s CEO considers the current environment the “hottest market for talent that most of us have ever seen,” and Allstate’s CEO envisions “an employee-choice model in the new world.” One consistent theme was that social issues are now business issues. And, in an employee-choice model, businesses must widen employee benefits to remain competitive.

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6 Scheduling Mistakes to Avoid

May 5, 2021 | 204 views

6 Scheduling Mistakes to Avoid
6 Scheduling Mistakes to Avoid

A common scheduling strategy is to divvy up the human resources by the hours and slots you need covered. It seems simple enough that way. But a good schedule also pays attention to key factors of productivity. When you overlook these factors, you probably make one of these common scheduling mistakes (that you should avoid).

Sticking to One Pattern. Consistency can be a good thing, of course, but scheduling has to flex based on real data. A schedule that doesn’t change when business needs change will become inefficient and more costly. Instead, review your peak hours, employee performance, and other things that are fluid. A limber scheduling pattern will improve shifts to suit your business’s ever-evolving demands.

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