Human Resources Articles For Entrepreneurs & Small Business Owners

Five Steps to Spark Company Innovation

Innovation will always be a hot topic for businesses. Whether you are the head of a startup company or the CEO of an established and marketable corporation- everyone is looking to stay ahead of the proverbial curve. And for good reason. The business world is closing in on itself. As technology gets faster, more mobile, [...]

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Hiring For Startups

One of the most formidable challenges in launching a successful startup is finding the right mix of talent, skills and attitudes to support your business model. I believe that great ideas only come to life with great people, so follow these Do’s and Don’ts and you’ll be in good shape on the ‘human capital’ front. [...]

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How to Avoid Employee Lawsuits? Tips for Small Businesses

“Employers being sued” is the bottom of the stories at the time. Workplace disputes are rising dramatically around the globe. There is no single region which we can ignore while studying about the employee lawsuits and legal compliance. However, there are managers that never had the bitter chance of experiencing such cases. Their employees never [...]

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How To Make More Money By Making Your Employees Happy

How can a manager sustain his/her employees’ enthusiasm towards their work?  Noelle C. Nelson, author of Make More Money By Making Your Employees Happy, has some answers that she shared with FastCompany.com.  She noted that most employees lose their eagerness and work enthusiasm after the first few months.  She advises managers to value their employees [...]

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Are You An Effective Manager?

CBSNews.com lists some attributes of effective managers.  Good managers have open communication lines with their employees.  They understand the needs of their employees.  They create a working environment where the employees can develop their work skills.  They encourage and guide their employees to do great work.  They give credit to the accomplishments of their staff.  [...]

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Using Social Networking Sites in the Hiring Process

Social media websites can offer substantial opportunities for employers who are searching for information about prospective employees. However, these social networking sites also create serious challenges if employers want to use them for employee screening purposes and background checks. For some businesses, searching for the names of potential employees on popular social networking sites such [...]

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Employing An Age-Diverse Workforce

By 2020, almost a third of the workforce will be over the age of 50. The number of “mature workers” is steadily increasing around the world, and research proves that more of us are looking to work longer. Research carried out by Prudential shows that 40% of us want to carry on working past 65. [...]

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The Financial Cost Of Unhappy People

Business owners know that they have to juggle two types of asset: their fixed assets, such as property – and people assets. While the former is a fixed cost, the latter is what drives profitability, and deserves most of your attention. Therefore, it is perhaps peculiar that Human Resources professionals find it so hard to [...]

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McDonald’s Business Practices Recognized

QSR reports that McDonald’s Corporation and its CEO Jim Skinner were honored last month during the 12th Higginbotham Corporate Leadership Award gala.  This award follows similar recognition from other award-giving bodies and magazines for the corporation’s “leadership in advancing equal opportunity and diversity “.   McDonald’s is now serving 64 million in 118 countries and is [...]

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How Top Management Views Performance Appraisal Systems

A survey of human resources professionals recently found a surprisingly high number of them lacked confidence in the effectiveness of their company’s performance-management system. Though 91% of respondents said their organization evaluates performance, only 47% said the process is effective. It gets worse. Only 47% of respondents said their appraisal system helps their organization achieve [...]

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Three Tips For Teaching Audio Conference Training Sessions

Are you planning to teach an audio conference training session? Delivering training to attendees via telephone communication is very different from teaching in a face-to face setting or via a webinar. When you are leading an audio conference, you must engage and educate the participants whether they are listening in on the live session or [...]

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Managing Change In Organizations: Lessons From The Best

Creating successful change today in any organization is getting more difficult. However, making change successful is not a choice that we have. How is your organization going about changing systems and people? IBM’s Global Business Services survey, Making Change Work Study, asked more than 1,500 people involved with change management projects about their change management [...]

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Four Benefits Of Hiring An HR Consultant To Update Your Employee Handbook

Is it time to update your employee handbook or manual? Are you wondering if you should handle the task internally or hire a human resource management consultant to work with you on the project? While the matter of how much help you might need is a function of how much time and expertise that you [...]

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Five Tips For Selecting An HR Consultant

Are you thinking about enlisting the services of an HR consultant? Whether you need professional assistance creating an employee manual, if you are seeking guidance regarding how to handle the difficult employee issues that arise from time to time or if you are in need of some other type of employee relations assistance, it’s important [...]

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Why Outsource Recruitment?

Employment law, let’s face it, is a minefield – an ever-changing tangle of legislation covering all aspects of human resources; it’s hard to keep up if you don’t have an in-house HR team. This is particularly true of the recruitment process. You need to be mindful of where you advertise any job vacancies, be careful [...]

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Managing Skills For Business Continuity

In a meeting recently, a client made a comment to the effect that they were very concerned that “Talent Management” has become just another fad word. Sadly in many circumstances this is already the case. One of the main contributors to this demise is the fact that many limit “Talent” to “professional” occupations or positions [...]

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Use Job Aids To Extend The Training Room Into The Workplace

Experienced trainers use a variety of training aids throughout their training programs. These include models, simulations, diagrams, mnemonics, reminder cards, templates, and so on. All of these are designed to assist trainees in the learning process. However, learning does not finish at the conclusion of the training program. In fact, for some training programs, work [...]

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The Newer Rules of Mentoring

In 2002 I wrote an article entitled The New Rules of Mentoring for The Wall Street Journal. Nine years later the Millennials have changed the playing field and now we have “the newer rules of mentoring”. The Millennial Generation, born between 1977 and 1998, are the latest generation to enter the workplace. They are 75 [...]

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Why Aren’t My Training Programs Working?

The class on improving time management looked as if it would be a smart idea at first. You had every employee attend, and now months down the line schedule slippages are worse than ever. What is the problem? Could it be because your concept of how training works is outdated? According to this oversimplified view, [...]

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Training and Development in Economic Recessions

The Case for Investing in Employee Training During an Economic Recession When companies struggle through economic downturns, much like the one we are experiencing now, the first instinct is to start slashing the operating budget. Managers and employees are asked to do more with fewer resources.The economic outlook for the foreseeable future in our country [...]

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