Management Practices

February, 14 2018
How to Create a Culture of Transparency in a Virtual Work Environment (and Why You Should)

The number of employees who telecommute is growing rapidly. Startups and small businesses can benefit by hiring a remote workforce. While it’s important to take care to incorporate remote employees into your organization’s culture, it is also important to consider the type of culture you have and whether it’s conducive to having a remote workforce.

August, 29 2017
How to Fire Someone Without Getting Fired Up

As a business leader, you will eventually be faced with the unfortunate task of firing an employee. Here are some sanity-saving tips for approaching your employee with the news, without losing your cool.

July, 27 2017
4 Ways to Coach Your Employees to Success

Coaching and development are critical components of employee management and among the most worthwhile business investments you can make. So how do you lead your team to greatness? Here are some tips for efficiently coaching employees to their best performance.

May, 23 2017
5 Things HR Pros Wish Managers Knew

As a business owner or manager, you wear many hats. While we don’t recommend going it alone in trying to navigate complicated HR regulations, providing benefits or managing the complexities of payroll or insurance, we do think it’s worthwhile to understand some basic HR principles. Knowing these tips can help you retain your employees, give them the opportunity to flourish and, inevitably, lead to your own business success.

April, 27 2017
4 Budget-Friendly Ways to Motivate Employees

As a small or midsize business (SMB) owner, it is up to you to find ways to motivate your employees without driving your company into bankruptcy. While this can pose certain challenges, the good news is that there are plenty of things that today’s employees often appreciate as much as – if not more than - money. Here are a few things employees covet that money can’t buy.

March, 30 2017
Want to Take a Summer Vacation? Here Are Some Expert Tools to Help You Manage Your Business From Afar

If you’re an entrepreneur with a growing business, the thought of taking time away from the office may sound like a total impossibility. Fortunately, with a little planning and preparation, you can take vacations while continuing to manage your employees. You just need to take a few steps ahead of time.

March, 24 2017
3 Common Hiring Challenges and What You Can Do About Them

Hiring the right people is a critical part of successfully growing your company. Each new hire can have an impact on your company’s turnover rate as well as bottom-line costs. Also, new hires at smaller companies can often have a greater influence on company culture compared to larger organizations. Here are three common hiring challenges and ways to overcome them.

July, 29 2016
4 Tips for Successfully Incorporating Remote Employees into Your Office Culture

With the development of communication technologies, it is now possible for employees to work remotely from various locations. Employers are increasingly adopting this hiring model since it gives them an opportunity to hire talent outside their local areas.

June, 27 2016
Bad Managers Are Bad for Business: 6 Steps to Curbing Management Issues Before it’s Too Late

Being a manager is hard and if you’re in the business world, you are bound to eventually encounter a boss whose management style is less than ideal. Sometimes, however, you find that you have working for you an outright nightmare of a manager.

May, 11 2016
Beyond Checking a Box: How to Create a Real Employee Engagement Program

There is a direct link between employee engagement and organizational performance. Highly engaged employees are vital to creating a quality customer experience and, thus, contribute directly to your company’s success.

April, 28 2016
3 Simple Ways Businesses Can Make Feedback a Two-Way Street

Although we can all recognize the importance of giving feedback to our team, have you ever considered the importance of getting their feedback? It’s valuable. It’s important. It’s how the organization stays current. So why don’t you ask your team for feedback? Because it’s hard, that’s why.

April, 06 2016
5 Signs One of Your Employees is About to Quit

No company likes to deal with employee turnover. And there's one good reason for that – hiring and training new employees is expensive. Employee replacement costs can reach as high as 50-60 percent of the employee’s annual salary. However, being able to recognize the warning signs of an employee who has mentally resigned (and is possibly pursuing other career opportunities) may help you retain them through early intervention.

1) They’re non-committal

Do you have an employee who is talking less about long-term commitments within the company? Are they mentioning other interests they’re pursuing? Are they withdrawing themselves from projects that will span several weeks? It could be that they don’t intend to be around for the completion of the project.

April, 01 2016
5 Tips for Managing Remote Employees

Working from home has its perks. It provides a flexible work environment, eliminates certain overhead costs and can provide efficiency for all parties involved. When it comes to managing remote employees, managers should find a happy medium between ensuring that their staff is productive, without being overbearing. If some of your employees work from home, consider these tips when managing remote employees.

1. Hire the right people

A successful remote-work relationship starts with the employees you’re hiring. Make sure you’re recruiting trustworthy, hard-working individuals who add value to your business. If you’re confident that the people you’re hiring can responsibly handle working from home, it will make your life much easier.

February, 29 2016
March 4 is Employee Appreciation Day! Here’s How to Step Up Your Employee Recognition Game

National Employee Appreciation day is on March 4 and it is the perfect time to review your current employee recognition program. The idea of recognizing employees for their length of service or the quality of their work is well known. When most of us think about employee recognition, we probably have a vision of an employee being given a gold watch for their 20-year anniversary or a trophy for “outstanding customer service.”

However noble these tokens may be, they may not really be contributing to your business in a valuable way that both achieves business goals and is rewarding for your employees. If you are wondering how effective your employee recognition program is, start by asking yourself the following questions:

February, 11 2016
Are You Still Courting Your Employees? 5 Ways to Keep the Spark Alive

February is a month dominated by love, mostly thanks to one particular holiday celebrating all things red, chocolate and romantic. However, one very important relationship doesn’t always get the attention it deserves – that between an employee and their employer.

While it is clearly important to tend to your personal relationships, the truth is that you spend a significant portion of your life with your work colleagues. Unfortunately, most people simply do not put forth the necessary effort to nurture the employer/employee relationship for long-term, mutually beneficial success.

In honor of Cupid’s big day, we have put together some of our HR experts’ best tips for managers to help their employees feel the love.