Employee Management

Dealing with Workplace Conflict: 4 Steps to a More Harmonious Work Environment

No workplace is free from conflict. In fact, one study discussed in the CPP Global Human Capital Report, which involved 5,000 workers across nice different countries, confirms this as it revealed that roughly 85 percent of all employees experience some sort of conflict in their careers. To make matters worse, each person questioned reported spending just under three hours … [Read more...]

2 Unique Team Building Destinations to Consider for 2015

I used to absolutely detest team building exercises. Whenever I attended a training or function that required us to break up into small groups and work as a team, I would roll my eyes in the back of my head and pray that it would be over quickly. However, during my time as a serving member of the International Reserve Police Officer’s Association, I got the privilege of … [Read more...]

Help! I’m Doing Everything Myself. When Do I Hire People?

If you are running a thriving small business by yourself, you are probably feeling pulled in several directions at once. On one hand, you are feeling satisfied that your hard work is paying off. Orders are coming in and so is your income stream. On the other hand, you are realizing that you are missing quite a few opportunities simply because you don’t have time to pursue … [Read more...]

4 Tips for Painless and Productive Performance Evaluations

Evaluating employee performance is critical to managing human resources for large companies and small businesses alike. However, communicating strengths, areas that need improvement, and establishing future goals with employees can be an uncomfortable position for many managers or business owners. It’s understandably difficult to rehash professional and personal shortcomings in … [Read more...]

5 Ways Time Away Can Benefit Your Business

Taking a vacation may seem like the most unproductive thing in the world, but in reality it can be one of the best things you ever did for yourself as well as your business.  It is no secret that taking time to unplug and recharge can improve your physical, mental, and emotional health.  Many do not realize however, that there can be excellent benefits to the business when you … [Read more...]

5 Personality Points that Can Propel You to Business Success

There are tons of self help and advice books out there aimed at helping entrepreneurs be more successful.  There is something to be said for simple personality however.  No matter what you recite to yourself every morning, your personality can have a lot to do with how successful you are.  There isn’t really any one personality trait that makes you more successful than others. … [Read more...]

5 Tips for Attracting and Keeping the Best Workers

No matter what you do, good help is hard to find.  Keeping it is even harder.  Someone is always willing to do what they must to take them away.  If you can ever find them however, keep them happy and they will stay.  How do you do that?  It can be difficult, and there is a fine line to balance, but these tips are a good start. Show Them the Money Of course pay is going to be … [Read more...]

How to Fire an Employee – The Right Way

Firing an employee is probably one of the most difficult things that an employer has to do. You tell yourself that it is just business, but you also have a heart and don’t want to be the cause of someone else’s struggles – even if it is their own actions that created the situation in the first place. So, how do you fire an employee the right way, increasing the odds that … [Read more...]

A Small Business Dilemma Regarding Employee Selection

You are the owner/operator or maybe even the manager of a small-business and you need to hire a new employee for an entry-level position in your company.  After interviews and careful consideration, you’ve narrowed your choices down to two candidates. Candidate A has the technical skill and experience to jump right into the position with minimal training, but there are … [Read more...]

7 Common Mistakes Small Business Owners Make With Employees – And How to Avoid Them

Unless you are a company of one, being a small business owner requires that you learn how to effectively deal with the people you decide to employ. After all, they have the ability to take your business to higher levels or help it fall flatly on its face, making them a critical part of the operation. Unfortunately, not all employers are cut out for the task. However, you don’t … [Read more...]