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Three Steps to Hiring an Intern

I’ve talked to a lot of business owners who have tossed around the idea of hiring an intern, but many of them view it as a way to handle overflow work for less than it would cost to hire a full-time employee. Once we start talking about what’s really involved in...

The Importance of Role Clarity

Role clarity, or more often the lack of role clarity, is an issue for a lot of small businesses. It’s something I consult with my clients about frequently, and it’s an issue I’ve seen in businesses of all sizes through the years. When an organization goes through a...

Workers’ Compensation: The Importance of Having a System

When it comes to assessing risk for small businesses, workers’ compensation is a big one. Many employers are afraid of workplace injuries and have a tendency to ignore the issue because it’s something they don’t want to deal with. But it’s only an issue if you...

Employee or Independent Contractor?

In working with small businesses, I talk with a lot of people who have questions and misconceptions about employees versus independent contractors. Sometimes they think they have independent contractors but they really have employees. And often times, they don’t fully...

Regulatory and Compliance Agency Overview

Small businesses are subject to a wide range of state and federal regulations, and it’s the responsibility of the business owner to know those regulations and be in compliance with them. But when people start a business because they have an idea for a service they...

The Value of Stay Interviews

Employment engagement requires two-way communication from things like feedback loops, evaluations, open-door policies, and effective meetings. Stay interviews can be a powerful addition to that mix, but it’s a process that very few companies use, and that’s...

Using Exit Interviews to Improve Engagement

Exit interviews are an extremely beneficial process, but many organizations don’t take the time to do them. Or, if they do them, they don’t take the time to analyze the data and really evaluate the trends identified through exit interviews. When an employee leaves by...

The Real Cost of Turnover

In the human resources industry, we often quote the statistic that it costs an employer 60% of someone’s salary to replace them. That’s an average statistic for the cost of turnover, so it will be less for some employees and more for others. But it’s a measurable...

Three Ways to Improve Workplace Communication

Workplace communication can make or break a company. Countless employee conflicts, performance issues, and hostile work environments come back to communication or lack of communication. Here’s the bottom line: If you think you’re communicating with your employees...

Human Resources is About People

Human resources is a pretty broad category that includes a lot of different functions. When I tell people that I own a human resources consulting company, I get a lot of different reactions. Some people think that means benefits and payroll, some people think it means...
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