Employees Articles

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    Set Meaningful, Measurable, and Motivating Employee Goals

    by on January 13, 2014

    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…

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    Showcase Underdogs to Motivate Employees

    by on January 13, 2014

    Motivating your employees can be a complex task. As Forbes contributor Glenn Llopis notes, money isn’t the only thing that can light a fire under people. And, besides, raises aren’t always possible, so it’s smart to pursue other options.

    A study publish…

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    How to Control Payroll Costs

    by on January 10, 2014

    Your employees are a key asset in keeping your business running smoothly, but they’re not an insignificant business expense. Here are few strategies for controlling your payroll costs without shortchanging your staff, limiting your growth potential, or jeopa…

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    Just Say No to Tech Purchases That Won’t Yield ROI

    by on January 9, 2014

    When your kid asks you for a toy you can’t afford or don’t think is appropriate for his or her age, you simply say “no.” Sure, your response may elicit tears or a tantrum, but you know what’s right for your child.

    The same is true in your other impo…

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    Foster a “Next Man Up” Mentality in Your Small Business

    by on January 9, 2014

    The NFL playoffs are in full swing and, whether you’re a football fan or not, the sport offers some valuable lessons in leadership.

    Most notable is the “next man up” philosophy — that every player should be ready and willing to get the collective job …

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    Small Business Employment On the Slow Road to Recovery

    by on January 7, 2014

    The December Intuit Small Business Employment Index showed an increase in employment for the second month in a row, following a stall from May through October.

    However, with the exception of the construction sector and the “other services” sector, all industr…

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    Managing Maternity Leave When You’re Self-Employed

    by on January 6, 2014

    Are you thinking about having a baby? When you’re self-employed, planning your maternity leave can be a challenge. Although you won’t have to return to work on someone else’s timetable, you may find it tough to schedule significant time off. After all, f…

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    What to Say in Your Year-End Message to Employees

    by on December 25, 2013

    The end of the year is a perfect time to talk with employees about the business’s accomplishments in 2013 and what lies ahead in 2014. A year-end message helps to reinforce everyone’s sense of belonging and build excitement for the coming year.

    The most…

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