My Queue

There are no Videos in your queue.

Click on the Add to next to any video to save to your queue.

There are no Articles in your queue.

Click on the Add to next to any article to save to your queue.

There are no Podcasts in your queue.

Click on the Add to next to any podcast episode to save to your queue.

You're not following any authors.

Click the Follow button on any author page to keep up with the latest content from your favorite authors.

Small Business Encyclopedia

Encyclopedia Search

Category: Employees

Absenteeism

Definition: An employee's deliberate or habitual absence from work

Consultants

Definition: A person engaged to provide professional advice or services for a fee, but not as an employee of the business that engages him or her

Cross Training

Definition: Teaching your employees the skills and responsibilities of another position at your company to increase their effectiveness

Hiring

Definition: The practice of finding, evaluating, and establishing a working relationship with future employees, interns, contractors or consultants

Human Resources

Definition: The department or support systems responsible for personnel sourcing and hiring, applicant tracking, skills development and tracking, benefits administration and compliance with associated government regulations

Independent Contractor

Definition: A person hired to do work for another but who is not an employee or agent of that person. Control is subjected to the end result and not as to how the work is performed as opposed to an employee who receives direction on what, when and, to some degree, how to do a job.

Interns

Definition: A person, usually a student, participating in a program of temporary, supervised work in a particular field in order to gain practical experience

Executive Recruitment

Definition: The act of using a personnel firm to locate potential candidates to fill open senior-level management or other critical positions in your company

Payroll Management

Definition: The administration of the financial record of employees' salaries, wages, bonuses, net pay, and deductions

Performance Reviews

Definition: An analysis of an employee's work habits undertaken at a fixed point in time to determine the degree to which stated objectives and expectations have been reached

Leased Employees

Definition: Workers who are officially employed by a professional employer organization, which is responsible for overseeing all HR-related functions, but who actually perform all work for your company

Professional Employer Organization (PEO)

Definition: A company that technically "employs" the workers of several other companies and oversees all HR-related functions

Professional Service Providers

Definition: Individuals who provide your company with specialized service, including but not restricted to lawyers, accountants and management consultants

Minimum Wage

Definition: A wage below which employers may not legally pay employees for specific kinds of employment

Telecommuting

Definition: The practice of working from home for a business and communicating through the use of a personal computer equipped with modem and communications software

Temporary Workers

Definition: Employees who are not permanently hired but hired just for limited periods of time

Wellness Programs

Definition: Services focused on the promotion or maintenance of good health rather than the correction of poor health

Free Business Tools

Latest Articles

Memory

7 Strategies You Can Use to Improve Your Memory

Want to remember more of what's important? Use these strategies to improve your memory.
Sales

You're Thinking About Sales All Wrong

Selling is impossible if you don't understand the value you bring to the table.
Efficiency

Be More Efficient in Your Business With These 4 Tips

Here's how to stay ahead of your competition.
Personal Finance

How to Live Within Your Means Without Feeling Cheap

Just because you get a raise, it doesn't mean you should raise your spending.
Blockchain

More Than Just Bitcoin: Blockchain Has Value Across Multiple Industries

Beyond cryptocurrency, the new ledger technology offers huge benefits for health care, crowdfunding and the cloud.
Cryptocurrency

How Much Caution is Necessary in Business? 3 Lessons From the Crypto Craze.

People are investing their hard-earned cash in Bitcoin, Ethereum and Other Cryptocurrencies. Should they?
Customer Engagement

If You Want to Win Over Customers, Appeal to Their Emotions

Shopping data often looks at website visitors through hard numbers, but humans are more driven by irrationality.
Project Grow

Stop Focusing on 'Right' and Start Building Your 'Right Now'

Here are the ways to know when you should throw 'best practices' out the window and Just. Get. Started.
Privacy Concerns

12 Privacy Mistakes that Can Cost You Your Job in 2018

Countless people have lost their jobs due to easily-avoidable privacy mistakes.
leadership training

Research Shows That Your First-Time Managers Aren't Ready to Lead. Now, What?

Here are four moves that, as senior leader, you can make to put your new manager securely in the driver's seat.
Favors

I Tried to Build My Business By Doing Favors, But It Got Me Nowhere

If you want people to do something for you in return, you have to make them "pay" for the favor.
Restaurants

What's the Biggest Challenge of Starting a Restaurant?

Are you ready to start a high-risk business like a restaurant?
Marketing

5 Ways Email Marketing Can Help Boost Ranking In a Hurry

Loyal subscribers will help you get to the top.
Distractions

Why You Are Losing 10 IQ Points Every Time This Happens

You might even be better off smoking marijuana at work or missing a night's sleep.
The Digest

How An Odd Macadamia Nut Milk Company Caught Walmart's Attention Without Doing Any Marketing

Milkadamia started as an experiment in coffee shops. It's now carried by 5,000 stores in the U.S.
More Articles

About Encyclopedia

No matter what business topic you're interested in, you'll find our category list is an easy way to navigate our small-business encyclopedia. From Accounting and Advertising to Location and Operations, every topic offers information on the terms that matter most. And if you can't find what you need here, our "Terms A - Z" list makes tracking down terms a snap.