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Effective Employee Management? Look to the Golden Rule.

My professional theory is as basic as treating people as you wish to be treated. Lead through example (e.g., be on time and “present” for meetings; talk only when you have something of... (more)

Is It Better to Be a Freelancer or Full-time Employee?

Contractors usually fill a temporary need for specific talent or skills needed for a short amount of time -- for a specific project, for example. They are supposed to be very temporary, have their... (more)

Who Should I Hire for My Ecommerce Site?

Without  knowing more about your business (e.g., what you are selling on your ecommerce site), I am at a disadvantage to advise you precisely on whom you should hire to support your endeavors.... (more)

How Can I Keep Employees From Texting Too Much?

Years ago, this question was about how to control use of company phone systems and company time on personal phone calls. Sounds like eons ago, doesn’t it? However, the rules for managing... (more)

How Can I Hire Exceptional Individuals?

First of all, good job specifications are needed. You may have all the information in your head, but the real challenge is to clearly convey not only what the job is (its purpose and major... (more)

How Do You Find Employees With the Right Mindset?

First of all, as an entrepreneur, you need to understand that just about no one will ever care about your business as much as you do. That does not mean that everyone else is unenthusiastic or... (more)

What is a Business Owner's Relationship with Freelancers?

Normally, a freelancer is brought on board as a contractor under a professional services agreement. Essentially, you will be paying this individual to do specific work at a set rate per hour or per... (more)

Are Owners Required to Provide Past Employee Pay Slips?

Promote a new policy that states that employees are responsible for filing, copying and otherwise keeping track of their own pay slips. Say that if an employee requires replacement copies of pay... (more)

How Do I Chart a Path for Employee Growth?

It is commendable that you are thinking ahead to be sure that individual contributors have the chance to advance on their respective career paths. Many companies fail to do that and discourage or... (more)

Can I pay my employees their standard rate for working on a holiday?

Let's start with the full-time employee. You only need to pay at his standard hourly rate on a holiday, unless working on that holiday will constitute him working more than 40 hours in that... (more)

How can I find affordable health insurance for my employees?

There is no one source -- you really have to shop around. I recommend calling other small businesses. You could ask members of your local chamber of commerce for advice. Most often, people are... (more)

A New Hire is Sick and Can No Longer Work. Help!

If you have more than 15 employees, you are subject to the Americans with Disabilities Act or ADA Amendment Act. If this individual's malady is of a potentially long-term nature, she might qualify... (more)

How can I recruit quality employees?

Without any information on what kind of business you operate, I can only respond in the most general of terms. You should start by putting together a functional organization chart of the areas of... (more)

How can I reduce my employees' benefits?

An employer has the right to change benefits whenever she pleases, unless the company has specific employment contracts in place with employees guaranteeing them specific benefits for a particular... (more)

Is it necessary to have an employee handbook?

No, it is not totally necessary to have an employee handbook. Many companies do not have one. Now, if you asked me if it is advisable to have one, my answer would be yes. A good employee... (more)

What's the best way to fire an employee?

Based on your desire to be most kind, I am going to assume that you are terminating someone's employment because you have no other choice, likely for one of these reasons" 1. A lack of... (more)

Do employee reward programs really increase motivation and productivity?

My best advice is that you read Daniel Pink's book, "Drive." Pink has done extensive research into the area of motivation in the workplace. He says that there are three forms of... (more)

How do I determine appropriate deadlines for my employees?

Do you remember Detective Columbo? He would scratch his head and say "I am confused, can you explain this to me?" Well, it seems to me that you need to use the Columbo technique.... (more)

How do I hire a seasonal employee now for a job that doesn't start for two months?

You can certainly ask for them to sign an agreement to be available and dedicated to working exclusively for you for tax season, but whether they will abide by the agreement or not is another... (more)

Can my HR manager discuss my medical condition with other staff?

It's illegal. The only exception to this would be if your HR manager discusses a medical situation that will affect your ability to do your job and the HR manager is explaining to your manager only... (more)
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