Reprimanding an employee in front of the whole staff is almost certain to crush office morale. Worse still, if someone gets fired like an AOL employee did recently. But leaders often scare employees in far more subtle ways without even realizing it — and often believing that they’re doing more good than harm. Here are eight behaviors [...]
Employee “turf wars” occur in organizations of nearly every size. They can be especially prevalent in small businesses where employees play numerous roles and have overlapping job responsibilities, which makes it easy to step on one another’s toes. Here’s how to prevent turf wars from escalating into morale-damaging and productivity-killing conflicts. Emphasize teamwork. Convey the [...]
A SEP IRA allows a small-business owner to make retirement contributions to his or her own retirement plan, as well as to company employees' plans.
If your small business employs or plans to employ virtual workers, check out the recent article by software analyst Ashley Verrill on TechCrunch. In it, Verrill says she emailed more than 40 current and former employees of Apple’s At-Home Advisor program to learn how to run a team that’s based in disparate locations. These Apple [...]
Want to learn some basic HTML to keep your company’s website updated? Need to acquire some advanced skills, such as writing APIs, so you can develop web and mobile apps? In either case, knowing how to code can be a valuable skill for any entrepreneur. Fortunately, you don’t need to pay hefty college tuition fees [...]
“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 [...]
Entrepreneur Jordan Fliegel says coaching makes all the difference to many aspiring athletes. “I wasn’t very good at basketball, but I loved it,” Fliegel says. “I found a private coach working at a summer camp I went to, and through his coaching I got a lot better.” Fliegel (pictured), 27, says that one-on-one coaching experience [...]
A little over a month ago, I wrote about my struggle to find the right way to do a background check on a new employee. Now that I’ve successfully completed one, I thought I’d share what I learned during the experience. First, I should say that this was one of the most stressful things I’ve [...]