Culture and Workplace Articles

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    5 Ways to Squeeze an Extra Hour Into the Day

    by on April 8, 2015

    Although every small business owner’s experience is unique, chances are very good yours includes feeling short on time. How much better would things be if you had an extra hour per workday? That’s five extra hours each week — about 250 extra hours a year.

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    3 Ways to Take Advantage of Group Influence in Your Business

    by on April 3, 2015

    Have you considered group influence as a contributor to your business’ success? A study [PDF] submitted to the 2008 International Conference on Information Systems found a strong relationship between group cohesion and productivity. The closer your team is, …

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    In the Trenches: Planning a Company Retreat

    by on April 1, 2015

    Every June, I’ve gathered together the employees at Cranky Concierge for a get-together that has informally been dubbed Crankyfest. We plan to do it once again this year, but as we grow, these things get more complex. There’s a lot to consider in putting toget…

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    How Motivated Employees Can Help Grow Your Business

    by on March 13, 2015

    Bank of America’s 2014 Small Business Owner Report found that finding and retaining good staff was the most often reported hurdle for small business owners, a success factor they dubbed “challenging, but critical.”

    Pack & Stack Storage Solutions owner…

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    How to Set Up a Telecommuting Program for Your Small Business

    by on February 5, 2015

    In a study recently published in Personnel Psychology, researchers found that in some cases, employees who are given the opportunity to work remotely (telecommute) are more productive and better co-workers. In addition, Global Workplace Analytics summarized mo…

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    Essential Sections of an Employee Handbook

    by on January 30, 2015

    An Employee Handbook is a resource that delineates company policies, procedures and expectations with the intent of avoiding potential conflict. Its purpose is to enable employees to understand what you expect of them and to know what they can expect…

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    5 Ways to Improve Your Company Culture

    by on December 8, 2014

    According to The State of the American Workplace, a poll conducted by Gallup, employees who are engaged in their company are the lifeblood of their organizations. In fact, the study finds that the most engaged employees — those whose engagement level was in t…

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    Volunteering Your Business: Find A Cause That’s Right For You

    by on December 2, 2014

    Business owners are frequently asked to contribute or donate to special causes. For small businesses, every penny counts. Instead of making small financial contributions to every walk-in request, think about finding a cause that your business can really suppor…

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