Employee Management

Is Your Relationship with Your Employees Affecting Your Business?

Take a moment and think about how well you get along with your employees. On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being not-so-good and 10 being we-couldn’t-get-along-better, where would you rate your relationships? Realistically, this number is probably different with each staff member, with some climbing higher on the chart and others falling closer to the bottom. However, your … [Read more...]

Becoming a Better Manager Of People

The differences between a mediocre manager and an extraordinary one are many. Depending on the specific managers in question, there are likely to be many differences in style and approach between any individual and the next. But which combination makes for the perfect manager? Keep Striving to Be Better The desire to become a better manager is the key to actually becoming … [Read more...]

How To Be a Great Boss to a Diverse Team

"The worst kind of group for an organization that wants to be innovative and creative is one in which everyone is alike and gets along too well," according to Stanford University’s Margaret A. Neale. “And the key to making nearly any kind of diversity work is managing it well. “ Are you building a diversified team for your small business? Many studies have shown that … [Read more...]

Human Resources and Small Business: An Interview with HR Expert Tania Kiefer

Human Resources (HR) tasks are an important, albeit time-consuming, part of any business operation. Larger corporations often have dedicated HR departments, but in small businesses, HR-related tasks often fall on the shoulders of the business owner. Businessing Magazine sat down with Tania Kiefer, a 15-year veteran in the HR industry, for an interview to gain insight into … [Read more...]

When to Fire Employees and When to Give a Second Chance

I’ve never met a business owner who felt good about firing employees. Even when the employee deserved to be let go for excessive tardiness, ineffective work product, or countless other justifiable reasons to terminate employment, the owners I’ve spoken with have shared how they struggle with the decision because—deep down—they know that employee is still a person with a family … [Read more...]

How to Fire an Employee That Isn’t Working Out

There is wisdom in the old business adage “Fire fast, hire slowly.” You will not regret the time you spend interviewing and talking to references for that important new hire. However, you may regret hanging on to a less than stellar employee for too long. Keep in mind that many employees need a training and adjustment period when they begin a new position. Beyond that time … [Read more...]