6 HR Mistakes Not To Make For Small Businesses

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Running a small business means taking on multiple roles. However, having to handle so many jobs, from marketing to managing employees, can lead to costly mistakes. It's not uncommon for a small-business owners to neglect the human-resources side of the business when things are going smoothly, but not staying on top of employee management can lead to high turnover and possible litigation. With human-resource errors being one of the main reasons most small business fail in less than five years, employee management must be one of your top priorities. To up your odds of survival, here are 6 HR mistakes not to make for small businesses:

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Tips for Employee Training For Your Small Business

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Whether you're running a small business or a blossoming startup, the best training will meet the mission of your business, offer consistency for the company’s services and products providing new members of staff with the skill they need to be productive and to succeed. Here are some tips for employee training for your small business:

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Terminating a Contract of Employment - What You Need to Know

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Terminating an employee's contract is never easy but on some occasions there may be no other alternative. There are certain steps that you should follow. Here's what you need to know about terminating a contract of employment:

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How to Attract the Best Talent to Your SME

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Is your business ready to grow and take on new staff? Are you at the point that you need to increase your employees but are wondering how to attract the best talent to your SME? Here are some tips on hiring the best talent based on my experience. 

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How to Get Employees to Brag About Your Business

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Research has shown that the key to getting your employees to brag about your business isn't your services or products - it's your engagement. Interestingly enough, when an employee feels engaged at work, there is a 96% chance that he/she will give their job nothing less than their best effort. Here's how to get employees to brag about your business:

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7 Inexpensive Benefits to Show Your Staff They’re Appreciated

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Health insurance, retirement plans, and paid time off are some of the most common benefits employers provide to their staff – and with good reason. While a competitive salary can attract top candidates to your company, the key to retaining highly qualified staff is showing them how much they’re valued. Offering additional benefits to your employees not only shows them how much you care, but it motivates them to put their best foot forward on the daily basis. If you’re interested in extending a little appreciation to your staff, here are some ideas that won’t break the bank. 7 inexpensive benefits to show your staff they're appreciated:

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Simple Things to Create a Productive Environment For Your Business

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Do you feel maybe that your employees aren't as productive in your business as you'd like them to be? Want to create a more productive environment at your company? Here are some suggestions for simple things that can help to create a more productive environment for your business:

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Five Simple Approaches for Staying Healthy at Your Desk

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If your work is primarily at your desk, then this doesn’t mean your health has to fall by the wayside. In fact, there are several ways to take care of yourself despite the sedentary nature of your work. Here are 5 simple approaches for staying healthy at your desk:

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How To Create The Perfect Benefits Package For Your SME

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Attracting and retaining staff is one of the biggest challenges facing businesses and organisations. Recruiting staff is time consuming and expensive and a settled staff line-up means more productivity and continuity as opposed to interruptions and slow-downs caused by gaps in the workforce and the time taken to replace them. Along with a competitive salary, an attractive and flexible benefits package is a major driver in attracting and keeping staff. Here's how to create the perfect benefits package for your SME:

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New Research Shows Millennials Put in More Extra Hours

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Lazy and entitled - just two of the adjectives used to describe the millennial cohort in the workplace. But new research looking into the amount of overtime employees are doing each week suggests otherwise. And lo and behold, it's millennials that make up the greatest segment of that percentage.

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Why Absenteeism Is Driving Flexible Working Uptake

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Do you know that stress levels, chronic health disorders, and high absenteeism rates cost companies nearly $450-$550 billion annually? IFEPB reports that stress, less focus on-the-job, physical health concerns and absenteeism are the top barriers negatively impacting the workplace. But there's another change afoot. Here's why absenteeism is driving flexible working uptake:

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4 Ways To Use Training To Get New Employees Up And Running Quickly

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When an employee is first hired, they must usually complete a training period in order to effectively get going with their new job. A fun and interactive training period not only boosts morale and motivation, but also allows employers to be confident their new employees are engaged with their new company. Here are 4 ways to use training to get new employees up and running quickly:

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Why a Talent Management Strategy Is Beneficial For Your Business

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Why is talent management so beneficial to small and medium-sized businesses? Interestingly enough, the reasons are remarkably similar to why bigger and more well-known companies benefit from them, only with small businesses the valuable perks are more immediately obvious. Here's why a talent management strategy is beneficial for your business:

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How Using Motivational Speakers Can Help Engage Employees

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Staff can be motivated by an increase in their wages, or by a good incentive program. However, often employee motivation can be increased with the aid of a great motivational speaker. They can motivate and inspire a workforce in a way that no manager can by simply appreciating them from the point of view of an outsider. Motivational speakers do not need to be expensive although the cost of hiring a good one can be more than offset by the increased productivity and motivation of your staff. Here's how using motivational speakers can help engage employees.

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How Not to Kill Your Employees’ Motivation

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As you grow and build your business and beyond it is important to have motivated employees around you, so how do you make sure to keep them motivated and enthused? Here are 10 straightforward things to do to make sure not to kill your employees' motivation:

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SME Growth Plateaued? Try This Approach to People Management To Spur Your Business Forward

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When you’re running a business of any size, but in particular a small or medium firm, you can reach something of a plateau or impasse within the first 3-5 years. If your SME growth has plateaued then try this approach to people management to spur your business forward:

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How Business Owners Can Help Employees With Addiction Problems

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With an increasing number of people struggling with substance abuse and addiction today, the chances of the problem finding its way to the workplace are high. And it isn’t just the employee that grapples with the issue, the company and consequently the economy suffers too. That is because employees with addiction problems are typically less productive, more likely to view their jobs negatively, use more sick days, make more mistakes, file employee compensations claims and have problems with supervisors. Here's how business owners can help employees with addiction problems:

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How to Motivate Staff With 3 Simple But Effective Strategies

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Ever wonder how to inspire employees to be their most productive? Unengaged employees are more likely to look for other job opportunities and cost companies tons in lost productivity. While sometimes work ethic or personal issues may be to blame, employers play a large role in influencing how productive their employees are. Here's how to motivate staff with 3 simple but effective strategies:

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5 Ways For Making Training and Development for Employees Even Better

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Workplace training doesn't have to be boring or just a paper exercise. New techniques and methods can be applied to engage your employees while bringing other benefits to the workplace. Here are 5 ways for making training and development for employees even better:

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5 Simple Ways To Ensure Happy Employees

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If you own a business, your goal should be to make money (of course!). However, you should also strive for happy employees. After all happy employees make a happy company. We’ve been inundated with images of quirky offices around the world that find unique ways to boost productivity and encourage creativity. Small business owners might not be able to do things on such a grand scale, but there are smaller and more affordable ways to lift your employees’ mood. Here are 5 simple ways to ensure happy employees:

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