Are Floating Holidays Right for Your Small Business?

June 30, 2021 | 128 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 | 126 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 | 131 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.

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7 Low-Cost Employee Incentives to Increase Employee Productivity

June 4, 2021 | 93 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 | 267 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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7 Ways to Work Smarter in Your Small Business

May 19, 2021 | 403 views

7 Ways to Work Smarter in Your Small Business
7 Ways to Work Smarter in Your Small Business

Imagine the perfect day at work:  no distractions, lots of customers, balanced tills, productive employees, no overtime. We want our small businesses to run smoothly, but very few days are perfect. Yet, we do have some control over our productivity and progress. But with so much to do, is working more hours a good idea? In fact, it is not—productivity decreases as the workday and workweek grow longer. But do not despair. Here are seven  to work smarter in your business.

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Employee Benefits for a Post-Pandemic World

May 12, 2021 | 200 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 | 222 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 | 227 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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Library Staff Scheduling Pitfalls and Solutions

April 21, 2021 | 238 views

Library Staff Scheduling Pitfalls and Solutions
Library Staff Scheduling Pitfalls and Solutions

Libraries, like most organizations, work with tight budgets and limited resources. Creating an efficient library operation demands everything from managing book inventory and class schedule to assisting with research. One consistent aspect, however, is scheduling the right person for each type of necessary work so that the library provides full service to library users.

Effective library scheduling directly improves efficiency in the library. With the use of scheduling software, library managers easily manage these common challenges for library operations.

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