Human Resources Articles For Entrepreneurs & Small Business Owners

Team Building to Support Change Management

Purpose of Team Building Team building is necessary to support change in organizations. It is a collaborative effort between the employees who will carry out change initiatives and the managers and executives who provide leadership, guidance and vision for the proposed change.Team building is conducted for a number of reasons in organizations. It serves many [...]

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What’s In Store for HR?

Economists predict that recovery is unlikely until 2011. As the economy continues struggle, what should HR professionals expect to see through 2011?  Because of the number of recent layoffs, workers are anxious about job security. Companies will have to find ways to maintain morale and build employee involvement and commitment to the organization amid the [...]

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5 Steps To Creating A Successful Workplace

Creating a Successful Workplace One of the keys to being an effective manager is to have an approach and philosophy that is consistent and visible to your employees. In fact, every business should take the time to establish a management philosophy for all supervisors and managers to follow that will foster a productive and successful [...]

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Employee Skill Development: The Five Rights of Training

No matter how long we have been training employees, it helps occasionally to go back to the basics. We all tend towards repeating what has worked for us before, and sometimes we forget the wider organizational context of our training efforts. By focusing solely on what goes on in our training room or what we [...]

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Keeping Employees Excited, Involved

Downsized organizations, tough economic times, demands to reduce costs and improve quality and a myriad of other reasons can stimulate the need for an employee incentive program. Done properly, the investment can be minimal but it can produce very positive results. If you want to improve results and morale throughout the organization, here are some [...]

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Make The Most Of Your Mentoring Relationships

Mentoring is one of the best ways to learn, to get feedback, and to take your career to the next level.  Here are ten tips for making the most of your mentoring relationships. Tip #1 Self-assess.  Ask yourself, “What skills do I need to get where I want to go?” Tip #2 Identify your learning [...]

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Top 10 Unemployment Benefits

In current economic conditions, getting a pink slip can be disheartening, but it will rarely come as a tremendous shock. No company is safe from the downsizing or restructuring – and every employee should have a basic understanding about unemployment benefits. Furthermore, it would be wise to learn the rules of unemployment eligibility and the [...]

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Looking After Yourself And Your Staff At Work

Wouldn’t it be great if our bodies could diagnose and fix themselves so we wouldn’t have to worry about going to the dentist, or visiting the doctor and you’d never fall foul of the usual round of cold and flu viruses that magically appear at this time of year?  Unfortunately, there isn’t yet a Matrix [...]

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Employee Life Cycle

The Employee Job Life Cycle describes the evolving quality, productivity and job retention of typical employees throughout the process of hiring, employment and then termination. An employee life cycle is the steps the employees go through from the time they enter a company until they leave. Often Human Resources professionals focus their attention on the [...]

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10 Ways To Cut Your Training Budget

This may not be the first time that your CEO has sliced your training budget and I am sure it will not be the last. If you already run a lean and mean training function, then congratulations on your efforts. You may find, though, that your previous good management will not slow the CEO from [...]

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Leading Workplace Change In Six Steps

Many organizations muddle through change. How is your organization progressing at implementing that new accounting system or moving to a new employee performance management process? Are your managers nodding approval in public but sabotaging the initiative in private? Are your employees shell-shocked and just giving up? Do you have no money left over for post-implementation [...]

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Recruiting for Personality Fit

Hiring the wrong person for the job can be detrimental to the productivity of the company, and may cause avoidable expenses. The cost of hiring the wrong person is higher than taking the time to find someone with the right personality fit for your business. Think about the time and monetary costs of having to [...]

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Character

Legend has it that Theodore Roosevelt and one of his cowhands found an unbranded steer on land controlled by Gregor Lang, a neighboring rancher. In accord with the usual custom, they prepared to brand it, but as the cowboy applied the brand, Roosevelt said, “Wait, it should be Lang’s brand.” “That’s all right, boss,” said [...]

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3 Employee Training Tips for Managers

When you became a manager, there’s a good chance that you didn’t realize that providing employee training would become a major portion of your job. However, it’s a fact that teaching is an essential function of every managerial job. When you’re in charge of managing and motivating other workers – no matter how small or [...]

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Be a Better Manager by Using Psychology

Many managers and supervisors struggle to get the best out of their employees. Do you have difficulty understanding why your workers behave the way they do? Sometimes this is because managers mistakenly assume that everyone is like them: “I like a lot of detail, so everyone else must as well”. And when an employee turns [...]

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Book Review – Manager’s Desktop Consultant

Do you find yourself struggling with how to deal with people problems at work? If so, Manager’s Desktop Consultant: Just-in-Time Solutions to the Top People Problems that Keep You Up at Night is a worthy addition to your library of business books. Written by organizational development experts Louellen N. Essex, Ph.D. and Mitchell E. Kusy, [...]

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What is a Compromise Agreement?

When a relationship between an employee and employer breaks down irretrievably a compromise agreement can be the only way to deal with the situation and prevent a possible complaint to an Employment Tribunal.      A ‘compromise agreement’ is a legally binding agreement following the termination of employment. It usually provides for a severance payment by the [...]

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The Absence Headache

The glitz and glamour of all the Christmas and New Year festivities are now over and summer is a long way away – have you counted the cost of the festive cheer? For many employers, January is a hard month to get through and absenteeism has a direct impact on your bottom line.  Have you [...]

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Identify Workforce Skill Gaps With Needs Assessment

As a small business owner, it’s important to take proactive steps toward making sure that your employees are ready and able to handle the technological and environmental changes that are likely to impact your business. It’s important to remember that employee training doesn’t stop with your new hire orientation procedures. Organizational training needs are ongoing, [...]

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Is Your Workplace Safe?

Have you taken the appropriate steps to make sure that your workplace complies with all necessary OSHA regulations? As an employer, you have a duty to make sure that you are providing a save working environment for your employees. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has very specific regulations and standards, and it’s your responsibility [...]

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