Human Resources

Can You Ask Questions About Salary History?

Do you live in one of the states or localities that have banned salary history questions during the hiring and/or salary negotiation processes? Already, 7 states have laws in place, and there are many more states looking at similar legislation. If you live in one of these areas, it’s important to be fully up-to-date on…

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What to Do When You Hire Seasonal Employees

Many small businesses rely on seasonal employees to handle increased work demand during specific parts of the year. If your business is among them, are you following best practices to take care of those employees, keep your business in legal compliance, and increase the return rate of your seasonal employees? Our blog team has put…

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How Transparent is Your Compensation?

A more transparent compensation process can help your business in a lot of ways, including attracting top candidates to apply with your company, increasing employee retention, and improving morale among your team. Make sure you have a clear understanding of where your company’s pay fits into the industry standard, and how your compensation stands in…

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Consultant’s Corner: Creating an Internship Program

Question: I want to begin working with student interns, giving them course credit and real-world experience before entering the actual work place. Where should I start? Workers engaged as interns can be paid or unpaid, but our response assumes that your question refers to engaging workers as unpaid interns. In order to engage workers as…

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What Will Work Look Like in the Future?

What will work look like as we move into the future? Today doesn’t look like 40 years ago, so there’s no reason to expect 40 years from now will look like today. There have been many trends impacting work in recent years, including a decrease in the number of hours worked, an increase in the…

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Don’t Overlook Your Employees’ Good Performance

Could your performance reviews be having a counter-productive effect? In many businesses, reviews are a source of stress that actually hurt productivity, rather than spurring excellence. But it’s not because performance reviews are bad in and of themselves. It’s that many of us are doing them wrong. Recent studies urge business owners to focus on…

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Are You Watching Out for Workplace Bullying?

More businesses are increasing awareness of sexual harassment in the workplace, but there are other harmful behaviors that could negatively impact your business, too. Workplace bullying is a serious problem that can sometimes be more difficult to diagnose, yet can hurt productivity and morale in your business, increase employee turnover, and leave the company open…

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Consultant’s Corner: Taking Over an Existing Team

Q. I am about to become a new boss, supervising three people who are incumbent to the organization. I am the new player on the team. Any suggestions on best practices in embarking on this journey? While your most recent professional experience may be as a self-employed professional with no employees, you certainly have the…

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Get the Most Out of Your Performance Goals

Performance goals have the greatest effectiveness when they are part of regular discussions and give employees clear ways to measure their progress. A goal that is stated during an annual performance review and then never mentioned again until the next year’s review isn’t going to make much of an impression. To get the most out…

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Consultant’s Corner: Why You Need an Employee Handbook

Question: I run a small business and have less than 10 employees. Why should I have an employee handbook? An effective employee handbook that lays out all company policies can be a great benefit to your small business. Although there’s no kind of legal requirement forcing you to develop a handbook, experts have found that…

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