Category Archives: Small Business Tips

Hiring for Seasonal Retail Workers – Why Virtual Hiring Works

October 6, 2021 | 51 views

Hiring for Seasonal Retail Workers – Why Virtual Hiring Works
Hiring for Seasonal Retail Workers – Why Virtual Hiring Works

The holidays bring expanded opportunities for many types of retail locations. Holiday travel, dining, and catered events usually increase. Salons and entertainment venues gear up for holiday spending and celebrations. Pandemic or not, we see economic growth in retail sectors where a seasonal workforce is needed. Virtually hiring seasonal workers is an appropriate and efficient technique to hire seasonal employees quickly. Here’s why:

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  1. Safety matters. This $@&# pandemic isn’t going away—at least not this holiday season. Virtual hiring methods allow you to schedule interviews with prospective employees remotely while still seeing their facial expressions. For now, an online interview without a mask is better than an in-person interview with masks.
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Qualities That Create a “Good” Work Schedule

September 29, 2021 | 55 views

Qualities That Create a “Good” Work Schedule
Qualities That Create a “Good” Work Schedule

What one person considers a good work schedule is not the same as another person’s ideal schedule. For a long time, we lumped the idea that we could be happy at work and home into a work-life balance concept that somehow perfected workloads while providing time for personal pursuits. The idea was that if we tried hard enough, we could neatly relegate workload demands to specific hours of the day. Then, an employee could then manage their personal needs (outside of work) accordingly.

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Is the 4-Day Work Week Worth Reconsidering?

September 15, 2021 | 98 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 | 138 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 | 183 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 | 144 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 | 135 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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6 Employee Retention Tips

July 27, 2021 | 155 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 | 137 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 | 135 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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