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Rethinking Employee Performance Reviews

Posted In MANAGEMENT AND TRAINING

Many employers hate to conduct performance evaluations, and many employees hate to receive them. That’s because performance evaluations are often ineffective and pointless, and the employees end up feeling confused, frustrated, and demotivated, says Samuel A. Culbert. The award-winning author, who is also a professor at UCLA's Anderson School of Management, also advocates doing away with performance appraisals altogether. [...]
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Don’t Let Social Media Damage Your Brand

Posted In EMPLOYEES

Social media, when used properly, is a great tool for growing your business. When used improperly, however, it can actually damage the brand that you’ve worked so hard to build. If you or your employees tweet inappropriate comments or post questionable photos, whether you’re using the company’s official handle or a personal one, the content may reflect [...]
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Is Your Product in Danger of Becoming Obsolete?

Posted In TRENDS

“People don’t want gadgets anymore. They want services that improve over time.” —Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon.com Once upon a time, building a quality product and offering it at an attractive price was the key to success. However, that time has passed. In the 21st century, the products that succeed are also social [...]
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The Hidden Costs of Workplace Stress

Posted In EMPLOYEES

American author Jane Wagner once wrote, “Reality is the leading cause of stress amongst those in touch with it.” Although Wagner — who pens jokes for her partner, comedian Lily Tomlin — meant to be humorous, the truth is that workplace stress wreaks havoc on the lives of many business owners and their employees. A [...]
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Easy, Cost-Effective Ways to Make Your Business More Eco-Friendly

Posted In GOING GREEN

Former baseball player Mike Piazza once starred in a shampoo commercial in which he declared, “I don’t mind looking good, as long as it doesn’t take too much effort.” Many small-business owners take a similar approach to running an eco-friendly company: They don’t mind doing their part to help the environment, as long as it’s [...]
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Why You Can't Afford to Hire the Wrong Employee

Posted In EMPLOYEES

“If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?” This cautionary quote, from legendary basketball coach John Wooden, emphasizes the importance of hiring the right employee — the first time. Hiring the wrong employee wastes time and money and causes unnecessary frustration for everyone involved. Small-business [...]
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Multitasking: Are You Working Hard or Hardly Working?

Posted In TRENDS

Multitasking is often praised as a way to be super productive, but the term “multitasking” may actually be a misnomer. When was it universally decided and accepted that we could be adept, even efficient, at juggling various tasks? If you’ve ever watched a juggler perform, you’ve probably noticed several things: First, the juggler is merely [...]
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Are Poor Passwords the Weak Link in Your Business?

Posted In TECHNOLOGY

Passwords are designed to authenticate users and prevent unauthorized access to digital devices and online accounts. However, relying on weak codes and softball security questions — or neglecting to use passwords at all — threatens the security and privacy of your company’s data and customer information. “Although small businesses don’t make the headlines, a recent [...]
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