Human Resources

Hiring for a Growing Company

A growing company often needs to hire a lot of people in a short period of time. This is a good problem to have—you’re succeeding and growing!—but a problem nonetheless. Hiring can be difficult and time-consuming, and the choices you make about the people you add to your team can have a huge impact on…

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Is Your Work Culture “Like a Family”?

You’ll often hear people describe their business’s work culture as being “like a family.” But is that a good description? Is that something we should aspire to, or not? The answer is, well, it’s complicated. There are definitely some strong positives people desire: commitment, communication, and acceptance, for example. On the other hand, some people…

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Consultant’s Corner: Working with Volunteers

Question: I own a small pet store and want to begin working with volunteers and a local non-profit to hold weekly pet adoptions. How should I do this to protect myself and my business? It is unusual for individuals to volunteer their services to for-profit businesses. It is more common for nonprofit organizations to utilize…

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Should You Outsource Your HR?

Human resources can be an extremely complicated, time-consuming task for small businesses, making it a prime candidate for possible outsourcing. Do some research, and determine whether outsourcing some of your HR functions could be a huge boon to your business, freeing you to spend more time on the things that you do best, and that…

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How Hiring Apps Can Save You Time and Money

The average employee is spending less and less time with a company before moving on to a new job, and businesses will need to find new ways to improve and speed hiring. Believe it or not, dating-style recruiting apps are growing in popularity, allowing recruiters to match candidates who not only have the right skills,…

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Job Interview Questions You Should Ask Candidates

Job interview questions should help you to get to know the candidate and how they will fit in with your company. You want to know more about a person than just their skills and whether they meet the job requirements. You want to know if a candidate will fit in with your company’s culture and…

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The Independent Contractor Checklist

Whether a worker is an Independent Contractor or must be put on payroll as an employee is a question of facts and circumstances. The primary issue is whether the employer has the right to “direct and control the exact duties and manner in which a worker carries out those duties.” There is no specific law…

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Pre-Employment Compliance Concerns

Bringing in new employees is a necessary and important key to any growing company’s success. But with new laws and regulations coming up every year, it’s vital to stay up to date with the legal requirements to stay compliant. In this article, we look at some of the compliance requirements in the pre-employment stage. Is…

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Taking a Positive Approach to Employee Discipline

Are your employee discipline policies focused on punishment, or are you more focused on offering positive guidelines? Done right, a more positive approach to employee discipline can improve morale and create a stronger, more impactful company culture. Learn the 5 steps for creating empowering human resources policies, and why the positive approach is so effective,…

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How Diverse is Your Team?

A diverse workplace can yield some obvious benefits, like building your brand, reaching your community, and adding to your office culture. But there are many other very important benefits to having a diverse team. Diverse teams think more creatively, are more likely to overcome biases, and make better decisions. To learn more about why diversity…

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