8 Business Lessons (So Far) from the Pandemic

March 31, 2021 | 262 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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Unpredictable Work Schedules Hurt Your Employees and Your Business

March 24, 2021 | 395 views

Unpredictable Work Schedules Hurt Your Employees and Your Business
Unpredictable Work Schedules Hurt Your Employees and Your Business

You’ve probably heard about new “predictive scheduling” laws enacted in some states and cities. These laws are designed to give employees ample notice of work schedules so that they can plan accordingly. The law often requires that employers post schedules 14 days in advance or maintain some consistency in hours. However, most of the regulations impact large companies with 100’s of employees and dozens of locations.

For most of you, scheduling two weeks in advance is not required by law; however, scheduling practices have come under greater scrutiny because disruptive and unpredictable work schedules hurt your employees and, in turn, your business.

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5 Tips for Effective Workforce Management

March 17, 2021 | 287 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 | 342 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 | 320 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 | 324 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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How Technology Matters in Small Business

February 11, 2021 | 587 views

How Technology Matters in Small Business
How Technology Matters in Small Business

Growing a small business is tough work. It requires a limitless supply of dedication and perseverance to succeed. The hard work pays off, eventually. It starts in little ways:  you finally have a family meal, or you allow yourself to sleep in on a weekend day. And those moments are necessary for you and the business so that you are fresh and able to keep your entrepreneurial strength for the hard work ahead.

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9 Tips to Reduce Zoom Fatigue

February 5, 2021 | 345 views

9 Tips to Reduce Zoom Fatigue
9 Tips to Reduce Zoom Fatigue

Do you remember when we complained about meetings and the time they took? I’m afraid it has gotten worse as we’ve switched group meetings to Zoom. Since the pandemic began, the length of meetings has shortened—that’s a positive change. However, the number and style of meetings have changed in negative ways. If you use Zoom for meetings, you probably feel the negative impact of constantly being “on” and “in” a meeting. Zoom fatigue is very real, and we are less productive because of it.

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What the DOL’s Clarification of Travel Time Pay Means for Scheduling

January 27, 2021 | 473 views

What the DOL’s Clarification of Travel Time Pay Means for Scheduling
What the DOL’s Clarification of Travel Time Pay Means for Scheduling

The US Department of Labor (DOL) claims to “foster, promote, and develop the welfare of the wage earners…” As business owners and managers, we are all affected by DOL rulings on topics that impact our employees and, by association, our businesses. The policies and procedures we follow regarding hourly pay minimums, breaks and lunch schedules, and safety regulations originate with the DOL.

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Encourage Employees to Volunteer

January 20, 2021 | 307 views

Encourage Employees to Volunteer
Encourage Employees to Volunteer

Nearly one-third of Americans volunteer their time with formal non-profit organizations, and many more do so less formally. From classrooms to beach cleanups to coaching sports, you can see volunteer efforts throughout our communities. Generosity is one of our country’s positive attributes, and it permeates all ages and interests.

Volunteering has benefits for businesses, too. Volunteers are more engaged in their communities than non-volunteers. They participate more often in public meetings, elections, and civic development. If businesses can actively encourage employees to volunteer, those entities will receive various benefits in return:

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