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Should You Stay or Should You Go? Tips for Small Business Owners on Building for Expansion

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This article was written by guest author, Jim McKinley of Money With Jim, retired banker providing free financial counsel.  With your small business growing by the day, there are probably signs it’s time to increase your office or workspace. An excess of happy customers, having a great team, and the need for more workspace are all valid reasons to expand. But you want to do it right and keep costs low. Keep reading for a few ideas on how to successfully expand your business and keep riding that wave of growth. To Stay or to Go.  Your first consideration is…

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The Influence of Feedback in the Workplace

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For most companies in the United States, annual performance reviews are still the norm. They assist organizations in determining compensation, employee development, promotions, and, in some cases, terminations. While many businesses feel annual reviews are necessary, they were never intended to replace on-going feedback, and studies show they leave a lot to be desired. Well, more than half of American workers feel that they are not receiving enough feedback and in this age of increasing turn-over, it’s easy to see the importance it holds. Adequate and consistent feedback can make the difference between an empowered employee and a failing employee….

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In the Face of Corporate Goliath: Be an HR Hero

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On November 13th Amazon announced it would split its second headquarters between Arlington, Virginia and Long Island City, New York. This will allow the company to pull from talent in both New York and Washington D.C., and, they suggest, limit their impact on these communities. While it is difficult to anticipate the impact of Amazon’s second headquarters, there is no doubt that bringing 50,000 jobs with an average salary of $150,000 will impact local employers. Amazon employees’ average salary is 20% higher than the national average and in cities already well above average, Amazon has promised high salaries and extensive…

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Happy Holidays! Holiday Party DOs and DON’Ts

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Providing employees with a space to let their hair down and get to know each other can build much needed community in the office, encouraging collaboration and a positive work environment year-round.  That said, planning the company party can be anything but relaxed. The key to a successful holiday gathering is to facilitate a relaxed and fun environment while maintaining a professional atmosphere, and also keeping in mind potential liability.  When planning your company’s party, here are a few DOs and DON’Ts to keep in mind. DO plan early! Event planning can fall to the wayside, but it takes time!…

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EEOC Crack Down: How to Avoid a Pregnancy Discrimination Claim

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In the last several years, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has been aggressively cracking down on pregnancy discrimination, filing lawsuits on behalf of women who have faced discrimination in the workplace. In 2017 alone, they awarded more than $15 million in damages and continue to investigate employers across the country. Charges range from refusal to hire to unwillingness to provide reasonable accommodation and span every sector of the workforce. The companies found guilty of discrimination are faced with being in violation of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and are…

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An Employee-Centric Company: How to Find and Retain Quality Employees

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This article was written by guest author, Jim McKinley of Money With Jim, retired banker providing free financial counsel.  Companies spend a lot of time and money trying to attract the best and brightest employees—people who can help the business grow and remain competitive in the marketplace. Unfortunately, over time some employers lose sight of the fact that these individuals are human beings, not cogs and wheels. Employees have specific needs which must be met in order for them to feel happy, fulfilled, secure in their roles and, perhaps most importantly, appreciated for the work they do. Meeting those needs…

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Hiring Veterans – Overcoming Stigma Leads to Success

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One of the best moves a company can make when attempting to diversify its workforce is to hire veterans. Veterans are skilled employees, known for their dedication, drive, and loyalty. But despite the positive impact they bring to organizational productivity and standards, stigma often gets in the way of hiring. Employers are sometimes reluctant to take on the challenges that come with hiring and training vets, strongly contributing to the unemployment rate among veterans. When hired for a position that both matches their skill-set and allows for adjustment to civilian life, veterans are often top performers. Among the most disciplined…

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Keys to Successful Open Enrollment

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For many, Fall is the season of bonfires, s’mores, and preparing for upcoming holidays. For many businesses, it’s also open enrollment season! This season comes with its own set of challenges and rewards, and at the forefront of those is employee engagement. Many employers cite employee engagement in the benefits enrollment process as one of their top challenges. While effective benefits enrollment correlates with their bottom line, employers struggle to engage their employees, creating a less than perfect benefits enrollment process. While we cannot avoid all the struggles of open enrollment, these eight steps will help to ensure your company…

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Don’t Discount Accountability

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The word ‘accountability’ is used a lot in the workplace.  Employees must take accountability for the successful completion of their their work, as well as their actions, and managers are accountable for ensuring that business operations run seamlessly. Most people seem to have at least a general understanding of what is intended when people refer to ‘accountability,’ but not necessarily an understanding of what it completely entails in an office setting. Accountability is the acknowledgment and assumption of responsibility for actions and/or being answerable for your actions (or lack of action).  Most employees are naturally going to claim that they…

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Lessons From the White House: What’s a Healthy Level of Turnover?

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The current presidential administration has the highest turnover the White House has seen in the last fifty years. At 37 percent (and much higher in senior-level positions), this administration has more than triple the turnover of the first two years of the previous administration.  While the American government is not meant to be run like a business, the effects of such rapid and high turnover are much the same as they would be in any organization. High turnover, particularly for high-responsibility positions, can cause disruptions and inefficiencies in an organization. In the case of the White House, these disruptions have…

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