Archive for September, 2018

Quick Tips for Taking Your Small Business to the Next Level

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This article was written by guest author, Jim McKinley of Money With Jim, retired banker providing free financial counsel.  Being a small business leader comes with a great deal of responsibility. Likely, you are the person responsible for meeting objectives, handling administrative tasks and keeping finances in order. With all these responsibilities it’s no wonder business owners work upwards of 50 hours or more per week. The sheer volume of work combined with the immense responsibility of leadership can cause a great deal of stress. While you may have accepted stress and long hours as a “cost of doing business,”…

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EAPs: Empowering Employees to ‘Leave Their Problems at the Door’

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We have all heard the old mantra: “leave your problems at the door” but anyone who has experienced personal stress knows it is not always that easy. Often, as hard as we might try, our personal stress follows us to the workplace, negatively affecting our focus and productivity. Since the Industrial Revolution employers have been searching for a solution; a way to decrease the effect our outside lives have on our work. In the 1940’s employers began to explore the idea of Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs) as a way to support employees, empowering them to handle personal stressors and put…

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PIP: Empowering Employee Success

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A performance improvement plan (PIP), also known as a performance action plan, is a tool that that can be used to assist struggling employees in improving their performance. This step by step plan establishes a clear timeline for employee improvement, while still holding them accountable for past performance and setting clear expectations for the future. When used correctly, a PIP can not only empower an employee to take control of their performance, but it can help build stronger relationships between management and employees, thereby improving employee satisfaction. Before implementing a PIP, take time to carefully consider if a PIP is…

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The Climate is Changing – Are Your Leave Benefits?

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Chances are that your business has offices located in a region of the country that has at least some occasional extreme weather. Whether your city is susceptible to heavy snow, hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires, or another phenomenon, problematic weather can be impactful to both your business and your employees. Over the years, we’ve witnessed the terrible effects that extreme weather can have on cities. This has prompted a number of businesses to institute climate leave – paid time off for weather-related absences. If this sounds unnecessary at first, it’s important to realize that it’s not uncommon for  employees to lose their…

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