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A Helping Hand

Maybe you can't pay more, but you can still help low-wage workers stay healthy, happy and working for you.

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This story appears in the May 2000 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

It's an interesting paradox: Even though unemployment is at its lowest level in decades, many of the available jobs just don't pay workers enough to live on and support their families. But entrepreneurs have got to take an empathetic approach. Failure to take the time to understand and assist your low-wage workers with the life hurdles they face every day is a missed opportunity to build loyalty and reduce turnover.

How can you handle such delicate situations in a professional way? Randy D. Davis, president and founder of R. D. Davis Enterprises, a human resources consulting firm in Winter Park, Florida, offers these suggestions:

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