Employee Management

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...]

Why Showing Your Employees Appreciation is a Good Idea (and the Best Ways to Do It)

Most small business owners put a lot of stock into picking just the right employees for their company. They take the time to interview them, answering any questions they may have about the business or position with a smile on their face. Then, once hired, they provide top quality training and supportive feedback so the person knows they are doing a good job in their new … [Read more...]

Managing Millennials: An Interview with Joanie Connell

In this episode of Monday Morning Radio, host Dean Rotbart talks with Dr. Joanie Connell, President and CEO of Flexible Work Solutions, a consulting firm that specializes in leadership development, as well as in preparing youth for work and life. In this interview, she focuses on Millennials entering the work force and the challenges they are facing, and the challenges their … [Read more...]

Turning Passion into a Profession: 5 Questions with Porsha Vogt, Owner of Golden Care

Porsha Vogt, owner of an in-home senior care agency in the San Diego, California area, talks about how she got started in the elder care industry and what it takes to succeed. What are the primary service(s) or product(s) that your business provides? Golden Care provides in-home care. We hire trained caregivers that go into the homes of seniors and provide care. The services … [Read more...]

3 Major 2015 Workplace Trends You Don’t Want to Ignore

Staying current on workplace trends is essential if you want to run a business that flows with the world around it. Essentially, these movements give you an idea not only about what is happening right this moment, but they also provide a sneak peek at what is likely to come. This allows you to plan and prepare in a way that leaves you smoothly going with the flow versus … [Read more...]

The Secret to Making a Family Business Work

Owning and operating a small business is no easy feat. Add family to the mix and it can get even harder as Harvard Business Review reports that only 30% of family-run businesses survive to the second generation. This made me wonder why some are able to defy the odds and actually thrive when family is heavily involved. And who better to ask than Ziad Kassab, a successful … [Read more...]