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How to Detox Your Small Business in 2014

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Detox diets are popular among celebrities and the health conscious, especially after holiday binges. Can these periodic “cleanses” be beneficial for businesses, too? Author and small-business consultant Regina Anaejionu thinks so. She observes that “the reason most of us cleanse our bodies is we’ve gradually let in unnecessary toxins and want to get rid of [...]
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How to Conduct Painless, Practical Employee Performance Reviews

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Managers and employees alike often dread annual performance reviews, but when they are done well those reviews can help your business. Employee reviews are “one of the best management tools people have to improve performance,” says Sharon Armstrong, an HR consultant with 20 years of experience and author of The Essential Performance Review Handbook. Employees, [...]
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Tips for Working With Temps and Temp Agencies

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Temporary workers can be a godsend. They meet your small-business needs at a lower cost than regular full-time employees with benefits, which is a huge plus when you don’t have the resources to hire permanent staff. Increasingly, U.S. companies of all sizes are turning to temps for support. If you’re thinking about doing the same, [...]
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Small Business Employment Continues Its Slow Recovery

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The January 2014 Intuit Small Business Employment Index showed an increase in employment, although the pace of growth slowed slightly. Conversely, with the exception of the construction sector and the "other services" sector, all industries tracked by the December Intuit Small Business Revenue Index showed declines in revenue. See more on this in this month’s [...]
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Why You Need an Employee Advocacy Strategy (and How to Implement One)

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Some business owners scoff at the idea of worrying about whether their employees are content. It sounds callous, but it’s true. Yet happiness shouldn’t be ignored, because it leads to greater productivity, staff retention, and brand advocacy (particularly on social media). You can foster a happier workplace by setting up an employee advocacy strategy. Here’s [...]
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Don’t Let Social Media Damage Your Brand

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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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Volunteering Is Good for Your Small Business

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Think that donating your time to a worthy cause will benefit you personally but not professionally? Think again. Engaging in activities that support your community can produce tangible rewards for your small business, in terms of networking, brand-building, fostering customer loyalty, and recruiting quality employees. Specifically, volunteer work can: Build and strengthen interpersonal relationships — [...]
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Set Meaningful, Measurable, and Motivating Employee Goals

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Are you and your employees setting goals for 2014? Now's the time to finalize your plans for the year ahead. Follow these five steps to help ensure that your expectations are met and that everyone’s efforts drive the business’s success. 1. Align all goals. Define your annual strategy for the business and then develop departmental [...]
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