Employees

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Business Etiquette in the Workplace: Tips for Leaders

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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 some tips for being a role model: Make yourself visible. Staying at your desk with your [...]
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Tips for Combating Employee Burnout

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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 burnout, which can have serious consequences for your business. When an employee’s [...]
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3 Apps for Laying Out Office Space

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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 designed office can negatively affect collaboration, innovation, and employee productivity, engagement, and morale. So, why [...]
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In the Trenches: How to Use Commissions

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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 past wasn’t very productive — and that I can do [...]
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How to Reduce Germs in the Workplace

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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 doorknobs and copy-machine buttons, can become infected with a virus when a single [...]
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A Quick and Easy Process for Sorting Resumes

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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 flood of resumes can be taxing [...]
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What You Need to Know About Hiring Short-Term Employees

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The hiring of short-term, seasonal, contract, or otherwise temporary employees is on the rise among U.S. businesses. In fact, the nation’s labor force currently includes more temp workers than ever before — some 2.7 million people, according to The New York Times. Small-business owners can use temporary help to their advantage: By enlisting a short-term [...]
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Could a 4-Day Workweek Work for Your Business?

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The popularity of offering employees a four-day workweek seems to ebb and flow, but it’s currently back in style, as recent articles by Forbes, CNNMoney, and even Patch.com suggest. A four-day workweek typically allows employees to put in 10 hours a day instead of eight, so that they fulfill their full-time commitment, or 40 hours, [...]
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