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Effective Employee Management? Look to the Golden Rule.

It should go without saying: treating your employees with respect is the mark of a great manager.
Penny Morey

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

Our expert weighs in on the advantages of being a full-time staffer versus a freelancer.
Penny Morey

Who Should I Hire for My Ecommerce Site?

Who are the major types of employees that one should hire to run a successful ecommerce website? Why?
Penny Morey

How Can I Keep Employees From Texting Too Much?

I have a problem with my employees getting distracted by their mobile phones. I catch them texting a lot. From a human resources standpoint, how can I handle this? Can I take my staff's phones away when they start work and hand them back at the end of their shift? If not, what should I do?
Penny Morey

How Can I Hire Exceptional Individuals?

I'm building my first startup toward launch. I've learned a lot during the process, but hiring continues to perplex me. I've hired about 20 people over the past several months, and fired most. But one guy I found is incredibly talented, 50 times better than everybody else. It's incredible to have this secret weapon on my team. When I first talked to him, I got a gut feeling and hired him to be my head of marketing. How do I meet more people like this without spending as much time as I did to find this one jewel? How do great companies leverage recruiting?
Penny Morey

How Do You Find Employees With the Right Mindset?

As an entrepreneur, my company is my pride and joy. When it comes to staffing up, how can I find people to bring into my organization that truly care about it the way I do?
Penny Morey

What is a Business Owner's Relationship with Freelancers?

Is the enterprise head the employer of the freelancer? Or is he or she the client of the freelancer? Are there any legal issues to consider? What tips can you share for managing this type of business relationship?
Penny Morey

Are Owners Required to Provide Past Employee Pay Slips?

As an employer in California, we provide printed pay slips and mail them to our employees. Many do not keep track of them and continue to ask us to send them six months of past pay slips. Legally do we have to provide these or is it the employee's responsibility to keep their records? What tips do you have to avoid this in the future?
Penny Morey

How Do I Chart a Path for Employee Growth?

I own a research and development company for pharmaceutical drugs. How can I create a success ladder for employees? I was thinking there would be three "ladders" altogether: Managerial, administration and scientist. What factors need to be considered? How should I get started?
Penny Morey

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

I have one full-time employee and one part-time employee who are both non-exempt. Can I just offer the full-timer a different day off?
Penny Morey

How can I find affordable health insurance for my employees?

I own a small business but I want to offer healthcare to my staff.
Penny Morey

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

A recently hired salaried staffer has been ill since shortly after she started at my company. She has never worked a full 40 hour week and is now unable to perform her duties. She needs surgery and is trying to stay on board until she qualifies for our health insurance plan.
Penny Morey

How can I recruit quality employees?

How do I know who I should recruit?
Penny Morey

How can I reduce my employees' benefits?

All of my current employees were hired with these benefits in place.
Penny Morey

Is it necessary to have an employee handbook?

Why or why not?
Penny Morey