Employees Articles

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    In the Trenches: Trusting Your People

    by on October 23, 2013

    I’ve written about vacations a lot on this site, and for good reason: I think taking time off is as important as anything to maintaining my sanity as an entrepreneur. Of course, getting away is easier said than done. But I took another vacation earlier this …

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    Get New Employees Off to a Great Start

    by on October 23, 2013

    Placing ads, setting up appointments, conducting in-depth interviews — a lot of work goes into recruiting and hiring employees. Yet, surprisingly, once job applicants have been hired, many employers don’t pay enough attention to integrating them smoothly i…

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    Business Etiquette in the Workplace: Tips for Leaders

    by on October 21, 2013

    Rules of etiquette govern virtually all social situations. Effective business leaders understand that they set the tone for “proper behavior” in the workplace. How well they do so can affect morale and productivity more than any other action.

    Here are som…

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    Tips for Combating Employee Burnout

    by on October 15, 2013

    As a small-business owner, you expect to work long hours, assume ever-increasing levels of responsibility, and think about your job all of the time. It’s easy to start expecting the same of your staff. But if you constantly overload people, you risk employee…

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    3 Apps for Laying Out Office Space

    by on October 10, 2013

    Only about one in four U.S. professionals has an optimal workplace environment, while the rest struggle to do their jobs effectively, according to a 2013 U.S. Workplace Survey [PDF] by Gensler, a global architecture, planning, and consulting firm. A poorly des…

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    In the Trenches: How to Use Commissions

    by on October 9, 2013

    Over the years, I’ve flirted with various commission structures for the people who work for me, and my views keep changing about whether it’s a good or bad way to offer compensation. I recently came to the conclusion that how I’ve used commissions in the…

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    How to Reduce Germs in the Workplace

    by on October 9, 2013

    As the fourth quarter begins, small-business owners can anticipate more than the rigors of Black Friday. Cold and flu season is also upon us.

    If you aren’t careful, germs will thrive in your office. More than half of commonly touched surfaces, such as door…

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    A Quick and Easy Process for Sorting Resumes

    by on October 8, 2013

    With online sites making it easy for people to apply for jobs, you may end up with dozens — or hundreds — of resumes for any job you post. Yet many of those applicants won’t even come close to being a good match for the position you’ve advertised.

    The…

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