Employees

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Hire a Recruiter to Find Your Next Great Employee

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Hiring great employees for your small business can be a difficult and time-consuming chore. That’s why many small-business owners opt to use an outside recruiting firm to search for, vet, and rank suitable candidates. However, the quality of the applicants you get from a recruiter depends on the quality of the recruiter you select. Here are some simple, [...]
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How to Cover Your Bases When Hiring Foreign Workers

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An estimated 8 million unauthorized workers were employed in the U.S. in 2010, constituting 5.2 percent of the nation’s labor force, according to a 2013 report by the Migration Policy Institute. Although it can be tempting to hire undocumented immigrants to undercut the competition, small-business owners who employ ineligible workers not only be fined and [...]
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Small Business Employment Drops for First Time in Months

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For the first time since January 2013, U.S. small businesses saw a slight decline in employment, according to the July Intuit Small Business Employment and Revenue Indexes. July small business employment dropped 0.05 percent, equating to 10,000 jobs for businesses with less than 20 employees. But fear not, the picture may not be as discouraging [...]
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Foster an Open, Honest Workplace Culture

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Dishonesty in the workplace can be harmless if it simply involves co-workers telling occasional white lies to avoid offending one another. But when employees hide mistakes, sabotage their peers, lie to customers, or steal from the business, you have a major problem: These types of behavior are likely to hurt productivity, morale, and your bottom [...]
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How Will the New Health Care Law Affect Your Business?

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You may have heard that under the Affordable Care Act businesses with 50 or more employees will be fined for not providing health insurance benefits. That provision remains in place, but on July 2 the Obama administration extended the deadline for covering employees to Jan. 1, 2015. That means larger small businesses have a year and a half to [...]
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Are Background Checks Worth the Cost?

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Conventional wisdom says employers should run background checks on all potential new hires. The thinking: If you don’t do your due diligence, you could wind up with a problem employee — or worse. Yet background checks can be problematic for small businesses, notes Cranky Concierge owner and Intuit Small Business Blog columnist Brett Snyder. For [...]
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11 Phrases You Can Use to Motivate Staff

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Showing employees how important they are to you and your business isn't hard. In fact, it takes mere seconds of your time -- and can boost morale and performance. Recognize hard work and motivate your staff by regularly using these phrases in your conversations with them: "That was awesome. Tell me how you did it." [...]
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In the Trenches: Taking a Baby Break

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As a small-business owner, it’s one thing to prepare for a vacation — and a whole different thing to plan for a baby on the way. Due dates are far less certain than vacation dates, especially weeks or months in advance — and that’s what I’m facing this week. My wife could have our second child [...]
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