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Performance review options for startups

You probably know your employees dread performance reviews, but did you know that most managers are uncomfortable with them, too? If you fall into this category as well, it's good to know you aren't alone. Performance reviews are difficult to do, but they are the basis of a happy, well-trained staff. That is, if they are done right. In this article, let's look at performance review options for startups. Ditch the annual review ​Who really wants this hanging over their head all year long? Plus, w...
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Why your startup needs a sick leave policy

Do you like working with people who are sick? Probably not. Would your employees like sharing space with someone coughing and sneezing? Of course not. Do you like it when employees call in sick when they really aren't? That's an easy one – we're sure your answer is no. If there was a ripple effect, and everyone called in sick in the same week, what would happen to your startup? Because of these scenarios, we look at why your startup needs a sick leave policy from day one.  Policies are vita...
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7 effective tips for remote workers

Remote work is becoming increasingly popular. According to the State of the Remote Job Marketplace report from FlexJobs, 3.9 million US employees, or 2.9% of the total US workforce, work from home at least half of the time. Experts predict that in the next 10 years, this number will grow to more than one third of the US workforce. The Owl Labs Global State of Remote Work reports that employees who work remotely at least once a month are 24% happier than those who never work remotely. As a remote...
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Things to consider before transitioning from founder to CEO

You've thrown everything you have into your startup. You've been the one in charge from the start, making things happen, and gradually leading your startup to growth. In the beginning, you probably had your hand in a little bit of everything – you were product developer, human resources manager, marketer, fundraiser, and several other jobs in-between. At some point during this time and now, you might be thinking about transitioning your role into something more specific. In this article, we look...
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5 tips for building a successful management team

Scaling your startup in the right way and with the right people is certainly key to your success. When you begin building a startup team, it's about finding people with the right skills. But you also want to find people who will work well together and complement one another. You have the unique opportunity of creating your team from the ground up. You get to choose the skillsets, the personalities, and the right mix of people who can work as a true team, collaborating to scale your startup. To h...
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The real answer to fight burnout in the workplace

Job burnout isn't just an expression anymore, it's now officially a medical disorder. Last May, the World Health Organization classified job burnout as "a syndrome conceptualized as resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed." To sum up, it's a state that can lead to fatigue, low productivity, and even anxiety and depression. The term 'burnout' goes back to 1974, when psychologist Herbert Freudenberger used it in a paper to describe his colleagues at a free he...
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5 ways to increase talent diversity as you grow your startup

According to a study by McKinsey, companies with more diverse workforces perform better financially. Companies with a diverse talent base are also more productive and have employees that show more initiative. As you grow your startup and continue the hiring process, diversity will be important to your hiring strategy. Increasing diversity and inclusion at your startup takes a commitment from the top down and the bottom up, and it has to start with you. If you're ready to make the commitment to i...
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Why your startup needs a social media policy and how to write one

You may think because you are a startup in its early stages that you don't need a social media policy, but this isn't so. In fact, your startup benefits greatly from a social media policy whether you're outsourcing this marketing or doing it in-house. In this article, we look at why your startup needs a social media policy and how to write one. Why you need a policy Social media is vital to the success of your online marketing. In fact, social media can make or break your startup, especially if ...
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CDOs value to business growth and transformation

Why do companies with Chief Digital Officers underperform similar organizations without CDOs? Often the role (and a department under the CDO) are established to 'transform the business' by leading innovation projects, driving company expansion into mobile, social media, and other technologies or to implement technology to streamline operations. However over 50% of CDOs and their teams deliver sub-par results. Next Step's experience and that of our Executive Growth Alliance members shows that man...
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5 tips to create a successful employer brand

With unemployment hovering around 3.7%, you're going to have to work hard to find the best talent for your startup and retain them into the future. Yet, as a startup you are in a unique position in that you can set your employee culture from the ground up. This is important because building and maintaining a strong employee culture with high morale makes your employer brand more attractive to potential hires. This gives you the competitive edge when recruiting and retaining the top talent. Let's...
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How startups benefit from a diverse staff

As a founder or CEO, you want to hire the most experienced, skilled, and knowledgeable team to propel your startup to success. To do this, and to do it well, you may want to make sure that your team is also diverse. Your first inclination may be to hire people just like you, but this isn't always the best idea. You want to find skilled, capable people who are different from you, so your team is well-rounded, and your employee culture is more open and accepting. In this article, we look at how st...
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What exactly is a hashtag wall and why using it is a great idea for events!

Introduction Events as a social gathering are a great place for networking and exposure. It is crucial that the audience is excited and engaged in the event as this engagement intensity will decide the success of the event. With time there have been many developments in the event management domain, especially technological advancements. Technology's integration with any event has made it more creative and interactive than ever before. People are always sharing their offline experiences on online...
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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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Deliver customer value to build loyalty

Increasing global competition, ubiquitous access to a plethora of choices, personalized marketing and new consumer buying habits are making customer loyalty more critical and difficult for all organizations. The key to loyalty is delivering value to customers – in their eyes. Similar to Maslov theory of how people live in society the Elements of Value show how people make purchase decisions. It is not based on product but quality or price but recognizing and delivering an offering that addresses...
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How startups can use social media to recruit talent

Did you know that job seekers rank social media networks as the most useful resource for jobs when compared to job boards and ads, recruiting agencies, employee referrals, and recruiting events? This is worth noting because the recruiting process has changed for many companies over the last several years. Like many things, social media has solidified its place as somewhere your business needs to be. When you use social media to attract candidates, you are easily able to narrow your target market...
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