Employees

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Showcase Underdogs to Motivate Employees

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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 published online in September from the journal Media Psychology finds that watching short videos [...]
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Just Say No to Tech Purchases That Won’t Yield ROI

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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 important role: the owner of a [...]
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Foster a “Next Man Up” Mentality in Your Small Business

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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 done — which often allows teams to continue to win [...]
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Small Business Employment On the Slow Road to Recovery

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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 industries tracked by the November Intuit Small Business Revenue Index showed declines in business revenue. [...]
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Managing Maternity Leave When You’re Self-Employed

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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, for most independent service providers, if you’re not on the job, you’re not [...]
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What to Say in Your Year-End Message to Employees

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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 important elements of a year-end message are sincerity and authenticity: You will develop [...]
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6 Costly Winter Business Risks

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Everybody loves the first snowfall of the year, but winter also brings some challenges for many people. Some of those annoyances, from accidents to illness, can cost your small business money. Here are six winter-related risks and tips for mitigating them. 1. Flu — Flu season peaks in late January, according to the Centers for [...]
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Want to Be Like Zappos? Get Insights Directly From the Company

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Zappos is renowned for its open corporate culture and stellar customer service. But following the online retailer’s lead — and building similar best practices into your small business — may be easier said than done. So, why not seek assistance from Zappos itself? The company’s Zappos Insights department offers constructive advice to entrepreneurs. You can [...]
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