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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Why Employees Should Play an Active Part in Organisation Redesigns

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A global e-mail goes around to the whole company, announcing that the senior management have drawn a new organisation chart and front-end staff are being cut. It doesn’t have to be this way, yet it’s a typical scenario across organisations. I’ve personally been on the end of such moves numerous times in my career as an organisation design consultant and I have never seen a positive version of it that doesn’t damage moral and the psychological contract of the survivors. Here is why employees should play an active part in organisation redesigns:

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4 Reasons Why Hiring During the Holidays is a Good Idea

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Hiring during the holidays can be challenging. Business hours are abbreviated, your internal key decision makers are likely taking time off. In addition, candidates most likely have the holiday lull in mind, and are holding off on the job hunt until recruiters are back in office. But it can offer some advantages. Here are 4 reasons why hiring during the holidays is a good idea:

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Health & Safety is Essential Even for Small Businesses: A Guide to Getting Started

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For small businesses, establishing health and safety in the workplace early on is essential. Why? Because the early stages of growth are the best times to put into place your policies and procedures. While the process is not complex, it's better to get in early rather than to scramble with a patchwork response when a crisis has already occurred because you don't have a policy in place. Here's a guide to the essentials of health & safety for small businesses:

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5 Tips For Building the Perfect Startup Team

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A startup company is only as good as its team. No matter how good your idea is, no matter how much experience you have, your startup’s success will depend completely on the people you hire. Here are 5 tips For building the perfect startup team.

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Tips for Managing and Communicating Employee Benefits

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Not all companies are in a position to implement complex reward schemes to keep employees motivated thus ensuring performance goals are met. However, it is important to make sure employees clearly understand their entire benefits package and are fully aware of everything that is on offer to them, from flexible working arrangements to holiday entitlements above the statutory minimum. Here are tips for managing and communicating employee benefits:

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Workplace Relationships and Employing Family Members

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Given the amount of time we all spend in the workplace it's only inevitable that workplace relationships develop over time. Or it may be the case that a business owner decides to employ a family member and this could potentially cause resentment. Here's what you need to know about workplace relationships and employing family members.

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Telltale Signs of When to Hire and Fire Employees

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While a business owner has many challenges each day, the toughest might be deciding when to hire and when to fire employees. Here are telltale signs of when to hire and fire employees:

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How to Motivate Staff Through Employee Training

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Training is an excellent and a proven effective tool for motivating your employees. Not only does training create numerous benefits for the company and the employer, but it also benefits the employees. Here's how to motivate staff through employee training:

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