Your Character Traits Need to Match the Job

Assessing characteristics of a current employee or a potential employee and matching their character with a suitable role within your company is not only vital to the success of your employees but also your business.

Freelancers are the New Entrepreneurs for Services

You don't need to invent an innovative product to be a real entrepreneur. Self-employed services specialists are just as important, and most often operate remotely (from anywhere in the world) in this age of the Internet. Many of these new entrepreneurs were regular employees a few years ago, focused on a skill specialty. They are not the generalists required for new product startups.

Social Media Strategy Drives Employee Engagement

If company leaders are NOT blogging and tweeting about the values of your business, how could you expect front line staffers to do so? It is surprising, then, that only 6% of businesses active in social networks are using it to motivate existing employees.

Cash Isn’t King: 4 Tips for Employee Retention

Employee retention is a hot topic as the economy slowly improves and employees' job options are increasing. Lucky for bootstrapped startups, cash isn't king when it comes to employee retention.

5 Ways to Effectively Train New Hires

Companies typically spend countless time and money hiring the ideal candidate, but then tend to stop such efforts before the training stage. It's no secret training programs can be pricey, but are they worth it?

Using Facebook to Find High-Quality Employees

When employers think of online recruiting, LinkedIn is usually the first service that comes to mind. LinkedIn does have a great professional network, but Facebook can be an overlooked source for finding high-quality employees.

How to Scale Your Business Staffing Requirements

One of the biggest challenges for a business owner, especially in a small organization, is knowing how, when, or if they should recruit extra staff. Hiring new staff is a costly affair, and if you get it wrong, it could be detrimental to your firm. Here's the lowdown on how to scale your staffing requirements.

Maternity Leave: How to Best Handle the Employee’s Absence

Maternity leave, which is now often referred to as family or parental leave, is the period of time that an employee takes off after giving birth to or adopting a baby.

Independent Contractor Versus Employee?

Is it better to be an independent contractor or an employee? For a small business owner (SBO), the question mostly is how to determine what business relationship exists between the person providing the services & the SBO, and if that relationship is that of an independent contractor or an employee.

The Problem with Hiring Relatives

Hiring relatives of employees can be a dangerous policy for so many reasons. Early in my academic career, the small department where I taught hired a husband and wife as teachers.

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