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Mentoring: An Important Developmental Tool

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Mentoring has always been a way for employees to build relationships and employers to maximize low-cost training time. Traditionally, a senior member of a staff would take a newer, less experienced employee under their wing to teach them skills, help them to integrate into the company culture, and provide them with a support system. While mentoring still offers those invaluable benefits, it has also become a way for companies to build a positive and collaborative company culture, promote employee development, and to decrease turnover. Providing a mentoring program can assist with recruitment and training of new employees. Job candidates often…

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3 New Year’s Resolutions for Small Business Success in 2019

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This article was written by guest author, Jim McKinley of Money With Jim, retired banker providing free financial counsel.  New Year’s resolutions are a great opportunity for personal growth. Whether you want to improve your health, finances, or habits, the start of a new year inspires change. But resolutions shouldn’t be limited to your personal life! The new year is also the perfect time to make plans for growing your small business. If you want to improve your business in 2019 (and what small business owner doesn’t?), these are three resolutions you should make. Improve Your Online Presence A strong…

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Should You Hire Candidates with a Criminal Background History?

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While the bill has yet to go into effect, the recently passed, bi-partisan First Step Act will reform federal prison sentencing and may prompt a shift in our judicial system that means more individuals with criminal backgrounds are entering the workforce.  While many organizations maintain a blanket policy ruling out candidates with a criminal background, this may be a mistake and unlawful in some cases.  In the current job market, finding the right candidate can be difficult enough, and immediately discounting an entire group of potential employees seems to be leaving organizations with a hole that could easily be filled….

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DOL Audits: A How To

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Even with all your ducks in a row, an audit from the Department of Labor (DOL) can be nerve-wracking experience for any business. The goal of a DOL audit is to ensure your organization is in compliance with employment laws. These audits can occur at random but are most often spurred by employee complaint. Compliance is important, and equally important is your ability to prove it. Throughout a DOL audit, the auditor will need verification of your compliance. They will do their best to maintain an open line of communication but the key to making it smoothly through an audit…

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