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How to Manage Virtual Employees

by Erik Neilson

Considering hiring a virtual team? Be sure to follow these tips on how to run an efficient distributed office. Read more »


5 Ways to Turn Your Employees Into a True Team

by Ryder Cochrane

That said, merely working together doesn't allow me to really know all that much about my teammates. The way I've gotten to know my teammates is through all of the team bonding activities my office puts on. Read more »


Deeply Profound Money-Saving Advice for New Businesses: Skip the Jalapeños

by Matt Rissell

Here is a simple calculator to determine how much your business can benefit from having an automated time tracking solution. Read more »

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3 Best Ways to Reward People on Your Team

by Tim Berry

When somebody on your team presents you with some surprise good news, the results of a job done well, or a task accomplished with extra merit, you really need to react quickly, and well. Here's what I recommend you do when somebody on your team does an unusually good job at something. Read more »

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3 Things I Want Most From My Employees

by Tim Berry

Somebody asked me the other day what I look for in employees. As I think about it, I can boil what I'm looking for in an employee down to these three things. Read more »

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Sometimes The Customer Isn’t Right

by Andrea Vedder

Making customers happy is great for business, and so most managers don't think beyond the basic tenet of customer service that "the customer is always right." Which is great, except for the times when the customer is wrong. Read more »

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Manage like Michael Scott: Start Your Own Dundie Awards

by Jeff Robinson

Michael Scott, the manager of Dunder-Mifflin on NBC's hit situation comedy The Office, was a fool. However, even a broken clock is right twice a day. Read more »

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7 Ways to Get Your Employees Thinking Sustainably

by Brent Hardy

Step one was deciding to green your company's buildings and culture, but step two is getting your employees on board with the change, and motivating them to contribute to your company's new environmentally-friendly persona. Here are some creative ways to get where you're trying to go. Read more »


Happy people – happy business

by Sean Blanks

As has matured, we have come to understand that people make the business, so we have put into place a set of rules that we abide to in all aspects of our work: “Is it better for our customers? Is it more efficient for us?” Read more »


Q: How can you bring your employees closer?

by Scott Gerber

The following answers are provided by The Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an invite-only organization comprised of the world's most promising young entrepreneurs. Read more »


How to make sure your bar doesn’t end up on “Bar Rescue”

by Todd Edman

So how do you create long-term accountability behind the bar? How do get your bartenders to do an even pour each time? How do you make sure that your signature drinks are made exactly the same way so that you create that consistent customer experience that gets people to return? Read more »

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4 Questions to Ask Your Prospective Recruiter

by Dave Cannon

Have you ever considered hiring a recruiting agency to source a high-impact or hard-to-find employee? Our friends at Software Advice have a few guidelines to help you weed out the wrong type of recruiters. 1. What is the internal turnover rate at your recruiting firm? If an agency can’t source their own internal talent effectively, how do you... Read more »


Did You Pay to Invest Your Time in the Right Payroll Provider?

by Dave Thomas

You run a business and wear many different hats, one of which is making sure that those you employ are both productive and satisfied with their jobs. So, imagine the feeling in the pit of your stomach when you come to realize that the payroll provider you hired to make sure all your workers are... Read more »


Marissa Meyer at Yahoo! Wages War on Flexibility

by Sabrina Parsons

Last month, an internal HR Yahoo! email from the head of HR about Yahoo’s work at home policies and changes to that policy was leaked. Apparently Marissa Meyer is trying to whip the company back into shape and wants to reign in employees who have flexible working arrangements and work from home. Here is a... Read more »

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How to Create an Employee Training Plan for Your Restaurant: Part 3

by Zac Bond

In parts one and two of this three-part series, I covered how to get started with your plan, setting clear goals, training methods, and documentation. Today I’ll discuss revising and evaluating your plan. Being Realistic As discussed previously, you should establish goals for training based on the needs you have identified in the employee through... Read more »

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How to Create an Employee Training Plan for Your Restaurant: Part 2

by Zac Bond

In Part 1 of this three-part blog, I talked about where to start with your training plan, and the oft-overlooked step of setting simple goals. Here, I’ll discuss scheduling, common training methods, and documentation. Make a Schedule and Stick to It If you are in the restaurant business, you already know how important it is... Read more »

How to Create an Employee Training Plan

How to Create an Employee Training Plan for Your Restaurant: Part 1

by Zac Bond

In this 3-part guide I'll go over some of the basics of designing your own employee training plan. This is written for restaurants but contains a lot of information that should be useful to any business. Read more »


5 Ways to Make Employee Scheduling Easy

by Ming Ong

Employee scheduling is an important concern for every business manager. Managers can feel the pressure mounting when there is a lack of an effective scheduling process. Similarly, it hurts employee morale when they do not have a schedule that serves their skills and needs. To make matters worse, often the person in charge of staff... Read more »


How to build a better training program

by Tara Hornor

As a small business owner, you may never see the need to grow your company so that you have more than a few employees. Or maybe you never plan to hire even one employee. So, does this mean that you will never have to develop a training plan? Probably not. Even if you never hire... Read more »


5 ways to help remote workers thrive

by Lior Levin

Last week’s post about the pros and cons of remote employees discussed how to tell if a remote worker situation would be a good fit for your company. Today, guest author Lior Levin provides tips to help you get up and running with remote employees or offices. Remote workers make up of roughly 10 percent ... Read more »