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    7 Steps to Creating a Successful Holiday Schedule

    by on November 17, 2014

    Every year, one of the main things on your employees’ minds is the holiday schedule. Some companies are able to close for a few days or operate with a skeleton staff. But if you’re already running your business with as few people as possible, coming up with a …

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    How to Give Your Employees Inexpensive Holiday Gifts Without Looking Like Scrooge

    by on November 14, 2014

    It’s that time of year again. The office is filled with the hustle and bustle of the holidays and everyone seems to be in good cheer. Your employees are likely busy with the season, and are likely to expect something in the way of a gift from their boss …

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    In the Trenches: Picking the Right Job Titles

    by on November 12, 2014

    When I first started Cranky Concierge, I decided to go with nontraditional job titles. As the self-proclaimed “chief airline dork,” I thought it would catch people’s attention. Besides, it was true. I am a huge airline dork. While my title isn’t going away (th…

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    Advice from a Restaurateur on Weathering a Minimum Wage Increase

    by on November 4, 2014

    As states and cities around the country enact legislation to increase minimum wages, some small-business owners are bracing themselves. An increase in the minimum wage can have a big impact on the bottom line for food-service businesses in the seven U.S. stat…

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    6 Secrets for Successful Family Business Transitions

    by on October 28, 2014

    “I grew up in my family’s business,” says Henry Hutcheson, grandson of the founder of Olan Mills, once the largest portrait studio in the United States. “I worked as a kid growing up there,” he says. “I got to see the good, the bad, and the ugly of f…

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    How Better Internal Communications Can Triple Productivity

    by on September 17, 2014

    Have you ever wondered how your company could benefit if all of your employees were engaged and enthusiastic about their work? A study by Dale Carnegie finds that companies with engaged employees “outperform those without by up to 202 percent.”

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    Employee Happiness: Why It Matters

    by on September 2, 2014

    When you’re trying to grow a business, keeping your customers happy is sure to be high on your list of priorities. While it’s certainly important to take an interest in who’s buying your products or services, you don’t want to overlook the people who are drivi…

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    Handling Workplace Conflict

    by on July 15, 2014

    Most employers strive to foster a workplace that encourages teamwork and efficiency. When you promote an environment of collaboration, leadership and discussion, you can’t always avoid conflict within your organization. Whether the issue is personal or profe…

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