The benefits of offering employees continuing education

As a small business, you know that the process of finding the right team members is costly and time consuming. Job postings, recruiting, interviewing, hiring and onboarding add up quickly. In addition, you know that keeping your employees around is vital to the survival of your startup because going through the hiring process over and over zaps your budget and your energy. One way to boost both your business and employee morale is with learning opportunities. In this article, we look at the bene...
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Why you should care about what current and past employees are saying about your company online

When looking for new employees, you want to set your company up for success. This may mean several things for your business when crafting your job posting ads. It turns out that according to Career Builder nearly 75% of job seekers begin their search online. What does this mean for your hiring potential? It means you want a clean, respectable online reputation. What's being said about your business online is vital not only to your revenue stream but to your well-being as an appropriately staffed...
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Payroll processing mistakes your startup needs to avoid

Mistakes happen every day in the business world, and some are more forgivable than others. Payroll isn't on the list of forgivable mistakes. Why? Payroll mistakes can be incredibly costly to your startup. Failing to comply to payroll laws gets the government involved which leads to penalties and fines. In the most extreme cases, it can even lead to jail time. What's more, when you mess up payroll, your startup's team can lose faith in you, and you may even lose staff members. To help you avoid c...
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4 things you must do before hiring your first employee

Like most entrepreneurs, you may start out doing everything yourself. Sooner or later though you'll reach your full capacity. And if you want to take your business to the next level, you'll need someone to help with the day-to-day running of the business so you can focus on growing it. Although hiring your first employee can be daunting, the business may suffer if you keep putting it off. To help you decide when it's time to start building a team and who to hire first, founder Raj Jana shar...
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Digitalization: the path to employee engagement

The Robots are Here: Good news – for employees While robots which vacuum the carpet, mow the lawn or deliver lunch are cute time savers, their possible entry into the workplace can be scary. Employees who have spent years performing a routine task can be threatened by the idea of technology taking over their job. People in customer facing roles (cashiers, bank tellers, check-in agents) may argue that use of self service or remote interfaces 'dehumanizes' the company. Business leaders today know ...
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The challenges SMEs face when sending employees abroad

Hiring and retaining the right people is challenging for any business. And choosing a suitable candidate who can meet the demands of an overseas assignment creates additional challenges. Compared with large companies, SMEs often have less experience in having staff based overseas, smaller budgets for relocation and fewer resources available to support employees on long-term assignments abroad. While having staff based overseas always comes with some risks, the rewards of a successful assignment ...
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Six components of corporate culture help attract and retain talent

A healthy company culture is one of your strongest assets, helping you to attract and retain top talent. The culture of any organization is defined by the values, behaviors and practices that create its unique environment. The stronger the culture, the better your employees understand what's expected of them and what they're working towards. And a high level of employee engagement translates into high performance and low staff turnover. This article explores the elements that mаkе uр a company's...
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How coworking impacts innovation for startups and small businesses in the U.K.

Coworking has become a way of life for many startups, freelancers, remote teams and individual employees with flexible working arrangements. And the coworking market shows no signs of slowing down, writes Jo Gifford. Research shows an average annual growth rate of 24.2 percent since 2007 and forecasts estimate 30,432 spaces and 5.1 million paid coworking members worldwide by 2022. In this article, Gifford explores the myriad benefits of coworking, for businesses and individuals alike, and how it...
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Managers: this is when your constructive criticism is needed (and when it's not)

Feedback is crucial for making sure everyone delivers his or her best performance at work. Employees need to know what they are doing well and not so well and, when it's delivered with the right intentions and in a way that's helpful, feedback is a valuable part of their learning and development. Since the purpose of giving feedback is to improve a situation or a person's performance, you need to think carefully about why you're giving feedback and how you're going to approach it. "Where and whe...
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