Category Archives: hr

Goal Setting — Smart Goals

I’ve talked a little bit about how important goals are as a starting point to achieving anything in business, because goals drive activity, and activity without goals is just busy-work and a waste of money. Knowing what you want to achieve … Continue reading

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Managing Turnover: The Hidden Cost Black Hole

When you hear the words “turnover” and “churn” do your thoughts turn to chilly fall evenings with fresh-baked apple-filled pastries and a big scoop of ice-cream? Or do the words give you a staffing headache? A lot of small-business owners … Continue reading

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Ten Ways to Show Your Assistant You Care

It’s Administrative Professionals’ Day on April 23rd (that’s pronounced Secretaries’ Day for those over 40). Its a day to celebrate the person who manages your calendar, does your photocopying, handles all maner of irate colleagues, clients and family members so … Continue reading

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Health Insurance and Small Business

This is the health care article that has nothing (well, very little) to do with the ongoing discussions about the Healthcare Bill, whether it’s good or bad, whether it’s a blessing or a curse, whether it’s constitutionally sound, or a … Continue reading

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Protected Classes and Discrimination

There are five laws which form the basis of Equal Employment Opportunity law. They prohibit discrimination on the basis of: age sex race color religion national origin disability veteran’s status This protection extends to any terms and conditions, or privileges … Continue reading

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How to Fire an Employee

Firing people. Once, back in the days of the Hawthorne Experiment, it was easy, and employees would thank business owners for having hired them in the first place. Then it became kind of awkward for employers, having new “human resources” … Continue reading

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Ten Tips for a Successful Performance Review

1.  Create a safe environment. Ideally, you don’t want to be interrupted, so if you have an office with a door you can close that’s perfect. Most employees have some anxiety about performance reviews, so it’s important to create an … Continue reading

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