Human Resources

Need Help Retaining Employees? Some Apps for That
Motivation and Retention

Need Help Retaining Employees? Some Apps for That

Social media-style programs give workers public kudos when they go above and beyond. Consider these employee rewards-and-recognition apps.
How to Give Employees Independence Without Losing Control
Managing Employees

How to Give Employees Independence Without Losing Control

Every business owner knows how to wear a lot of hats. But at some point you have to stop being a control freak. With a nod to Independence Day, here are three tips to empower your team's ideas.
Richard Branson on When Workers Rebel Against a New Manager
Training

Richard Branson on When Workers Rebel Against a New Manager

Second-guessing a newly hired manager can be tricky business. The British billionaire offers advice on how he works with managers.
How to Attract -- And Retain -- Staff When You Can't Pay Big Bucks
Compensation and Benefits

How to Attract -- And Retain -- Staff When You Can't Pay Big Bucks

Here are the basics every entrepreneur needs to know about creating an employee benefits package.
Gordon Ramsay's Lessons for Motivating a Sales Team
Managing Employees

Gordon Ramsay's Lessons for Motivating a Sales Team

The celebrity chef knows how to rev up his staff to perform at their best. Here are seven lessons from the season premiere of Fox's 'MasterChef.'
3 Employee Mistakes That Cost Businesses Big Time
Managing Employees

3 Employee Mistakes That Cost Businesses Big Time

Managing employees comes with hidden costs. Find out how to protect yourself from situations that can emotionally and financially devastate a business.
Telltale Signs You Have a Workplace Bully
Managing Employees

Telltale Signs You Have a Workplace Bully

How to spot and stop an office bully from chasing away talent -- and damaging your small business.
Democratic Lawmakers Question NFIB's Motives for Small Business
Compensation and Benefits

Democratic Lawmakers Question NFIB's Motives for Small Business

The small business organization that is leading the case against President Obama's health care reform act is asked to disclose its donor list.
When Employees Become the Competition
Managing Employees

When Employees Become the Competition

It could happen in nearly any company: Employees sometimes go into business for themselves. It's so American it makes apple pie look suspect.
Listen to Small Business: Don't Increase the Minimum Wage (Opinion)
Compensation and Benefits

Listen to Small Business: Don't Increase the Minimum Wage (Opinion)

Business owners often oppose the minimum wage because it reduces their profits. But their position might be more helpful to low-skilled workers than the altruistic views of elected officials.
Tabatha's Take-No-Prisoners Guide to Business Culture
Managing Employees

Tabatha's Take-No-Prisoners Guide to Business Culture

The Bravo show about a brutally frank salon consultant has a lot to teach business owners from all fields.
Want the Right Stuff? Start With Your Help-Wanted Ad
Hiring Center

Want the Right Stuff? Start With Your Help-Wanted Ad

A top-performing team starts with writing a thorough and accurate job description. Consider these five tips.
When Facebook's 'Like' Pushes the Wrong Button with Employers
Managing Employees

When Facebook's 'Like' Pushes the Wrong Button with Employers

Clicking the 'Like' button on a business, brand, organization or person's official Facebook Page may be grounds for dismissal.
Think It's OK to Ask for Employees' Facebook Logins? Think Again
Hiring Center

Think It's OK to Ask for Employees' Facebook Logins? Think Again

State and federal legislation aimed at protecting freedom of speech is catching up with social media and employers.
How Top Employers Say 'We Love Moms'
Compensation and Benefits

How Top Employers Say 'We Love Moms'

More women are working outside the home than ever. If you're looking for ways to retain top talent, consider these ideas for supporting working moms.
A Lie-Detector Test for Resumes
Hiring Center

A Lie-Detector Test for Resumes

In a tough economy, job seekers can be tempted to fudge facts or outright lie on their resumes. Here's how to catch them in the act.
9 Ideas for Health-Care Reform
Compensation and Benefits

9 Ideas for Health-Care Reform

Our blogger says that the state discount pools for small businesses planned under the health-care reform seems like the most immediate way, among the myriad alternatives under consideration, to save business owners money.
Small Business Hiring Slows, But Still Adding More Jobs Than Large Companies
Hiring Center

Small Business Hiring Slows, But Still Adding More Jobs Than Large Companies

While revenues rise among small businesses, the latest payroll numbers show the smallest increase in hiring in seven months.
Hackathon Hiring: How to Scout for Coders with Confidence
Hiring Center

Hackathon Hiring: How to Scout for Coders with Confidence

Some advice to help you mingle with and recruit coders for your growing team.
What I Learned About Great Meetings from Steve Jobs
Managing Employees

What I Learned About Great Meetings from Steve Jobs

One principle that is key to Apple's success is keeping meetings small and attended by the smartest people.
What an End to the Health-Care Law Could Mean for Small Business
Human Resources

What an End to the Health-Care Law Could Mean for Small Business

The U.S. Supreme Court's decision on the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act won't be known until June, but here are some of the potential effects small-business owners might want to consider now.
Can't Afford Employee Training Programs? Think Again
Human Resources

Can't Afford Employee Training Programs? Think Again

To attract and retain great employees, Fortune 1000 companies spend hundreds of millions of dollars a year on training. Small businesses can't afford not to compete.
Gas Prices, Health-Care Law Keep Small Businesses from Hiring
Hiring Center

Gas Prices, Health-Care Law Keep Small Businesses from Hiring

While small-business owners are feeling slightly more optimistic about the economy, they aren't creating jobs, according to a new survey.
Hiring on a Shoestring
Hiring Center

Hiring on a Shoestring

Ray Madronio needed help when he started Local Bigwig, a short-term housing company, but lacked the budget for staff. Here's what he did, plus more hiring tips.
Accounting Software Giant Intuit Offers Health-Care, 401(k) Services
Compensation and Benefits

Accounting Software Giant Intuit Offers Health-Care, 401(k) Services

The maker of popular accounting tool QuickBooks has expanded its services into the world of employee benefits.
Time to Hire?... Maybe Not So Fast
Hiring Center

Time to Hire?... Maybe Not So Fast

Even as the pace of hiring eases, small businesses continue to haul the job train along. Is your business hiring?
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