Category Archives: Small Business Tips

Employee Benefits for a Post-Pandemic World

May 12, 2021 | 14 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 | 75 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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Why Your Start-up Needs Scheduling Software

April 28, 2021 | 106 views

Why Your Start-up Needs Scheduling Software
Why Your Start-up Needs Scheduling Software

You’re a new entrepreneur—the business oundation of our economy. Congratulations on taking steps to strike out on your own. You’ll be your own boss and, finally, be the one calling all the shots in your new start-up.

Of course, we know a new start-up comes with hefty challenges, too, particularly financial concerns. It takes time to build revenue and your customer base. The business may keep you awake at night as you consider how best to utilize your capital to grow your new business, especially now that you have employees who come at a considerable expense.

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5 Steps for Managing the Onslaught of Upcoming Vacation Requests

April 14, 2021 | 173 views

5 Steps for Managing the Onslaught of Upcoming Vacation Requests
5 Steps for Managing the Onslaught of Upcoming Vacation Requests

Whoot! Travel destinations are opening, summer is on the way, and it is time for a vacation. After a year of WFH and little-to-no travel, we are ready to take off. From the latest camper van road trip craze to new international flights, the whole world is itchy to get away.

For managers, there will be an onslaught of vacation requests to manage, and scheduling them (without hurting your business) can be tricky. No matter the timing, there are several steps you can take to control what can be a disruptive vacation season.

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4 Ways to Incentivize Employees To Get Vaccinated

April 7, 2021 | 203 views

4 Ways to Incentivize Employees To Get Vaccinated
4 Ways to Incentivize Employees To Get Vaccinated

We are finally seeing rapid ramp-ups of vaccination centers in the US. After months of modifying our businesses, we see rapid changes, again, as we move toward more normalcy in our operations. The path toward widespread inoculation has been a circuitous and sometimes murky path, to be sure, but as the second spring season of pandemic rolls around, things are moving along.

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8 Business Lessons (So Far) from the Pandemic

March 31, 2021 | 208 views

8 Business Lessons (So Far) from the Pandemic
8 Business Lessons (So Far) from the Pandemic

At an early age, I learned that there is something to learn from nearly every situation. Mistakes teach us lessons just as successes do. Often, those lessons come in a situation that we have not yet encountered, so we are unprepared. The newness of the circumstances often puts us at a disadvantage, and we make mistakes (or we get lucky and things go well).

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5 Tips for Effective Workforce Management

March 17, 2021 | 245 views

5 Tips for Effective Workforce Management
5 Tips for Effective Workforce Management

Whatever your job entails, it probably takes a lot of effort, daily decisions, and people management to keep things rolling along smoothly. Managing employees is one of the toughest aspects of running a business. Every day involves other peoples’ skills and preferences, moods and mindsets. Yet, managing the workforce is a key ingredient in your recipe for success.

Effective workforce management demands starting with the acknowledgment that employees are critically important. They can make or break any given day (and your business). But with proper structure and strategies, your efforts will reap rewards.

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Questions to Ask About Your Scheduling Practices

March 10, 2021 | 316 views

Questions to Ask About Your Scheduling Practices
Questions to Ask About Your Scheduling Practices

Over the years, I’ve had to consider changes in employee scheduling. Most managers don’t want to change employee schedules, but usually, there was some sort of catalyst: a law change, a business change, or a complaint (or two) that demanded a review of how employees were scheduled.

When the status quo is not an option for scheduling, the prospect of change deserves a thorough rethinking of the goals and needs of both the business and of employees. To be effective, we must understand and agree on goals and then implement scheduling changes while being sensitive to everyone affected. Every stakeholder, then, should be considered by asking key questions about what scheduling change makes sense.

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Scheduling Suitable Training for Your Business

February 24, 2021 | 302 views

Scheduling Suitable Training for Your Business
Scheduling Suitable Training for Your Business

The need for hiring and training has not gone away in our virus-filled world. Instead, training employees is more challenging than ever. As with other processes in the last year, we need to consider multiple training options that suit our business needs and that conform to health guidelines.

Face-to-Face Training

Traditional in-house training can have different forms. A business training program might include one-on-one or shadowing a single person who can provide direct and immediate guidance to the trainee. Or it can be a class designed to educate a larger group at one time. In-person training, no matter the number of trainees, has the advantage of being fast and efficient. When someone has a question, the trainer can answer it quickly.

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Is a 9/80 Schedule Right for Your Business?

February 17, 2021 | 305 views

Is a 9/80 Schedule Right for Your Business?
Is a 9/80 Schedule Right for Your Business?

We’ve talked a lot about flexible scheduling, from a 4-day workweek to job-sharing options. Generally, these non-traditional schedules improve some areas of your business: efficiency, employee morale, or even your comparative attractiveness to prospective employees. Flexibility in working hours is in high demand from employees, and another option that might be right for your business is a 9/80 schedule.

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