Cost of the Grind: The Impact of Stress at Work

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Bills are tight. Your spouse had to go to the emergency room recently, so you’re trying to make it up with longer hours. The clock is dragging. Your mother is getting older and might have to move in soon. It takes twice as long as usual to read...

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Four Risks Small Businesses Face When Firing Employees

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When you’re a small business owner, having to fire an employee sometimes comes with the territory. The process is never without some anxiety. Adding to the unpleasantness are the inherent risks all employers assume when they decide terminating an...

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Sick Days: What to do When Employees Lie

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“I’m sick” is sometimes the grown-up version of “the dog ate my homework.” It’s nothing new. For years, employees have been feigning illness just because they want a day off. What is new is that employers have more ways to check up on employees’...

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The Dos and Don’ts of Workplace Dress Codes

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A business dress code detailed in your employee handbook provides guidelines to help your employees understand what you expect them to wear to work. After all, your employees are representatives of your business and a dress code not only ensures...

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Ask the HR Expert: Employee Engagement and Your Business' Success

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Employee engagement is arguably the single largest indicator of business success. When employees are committed to the organizations they work for and actively seek to advance their employers’ missions, productivity and profitability improve. In...

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Ask the Payroll Expert: How Long to Keep Payroll Records

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Whether you own a two-employee business or have grown to a team of 15, recordkeeping is a must. But having accurate payroll records is only part of the process — business owners must keep them in a secure place and for varying amounts of time to...

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6 Keys to Effective Employee Discipline

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More often than not, managers want to avoid employee discipline just as much as the employees receiving it. But employee discipline should not be confused with or treated like punishment. Think about it - how often does responding to something in...

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Onboarding Sets Interns Up for Success

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Interns and smaller businesses both benefit from well-structured internship programs. Students gain valuable, real-world work experience, while small and mid-sized businesses enjoy affordable workforce support that becomes a talent pipeline for...

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Go Green: 4 Tips for an Eco-Friendly Workplace

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Earth Day provides us the opportunity to take a look at our daily practices in our workspaces to evaluate how we can improve for a better world. And if that isn’t reason enough, research shows eco-friendly businesses may be more attractive to...

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Employment-Related Medical Exams and Inquiries Present Compliance Quagmire for Employers

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Employers use all manner of pre-employment tests to make sure applicants qualify for open positions. But when it comes to medical screenings and inquiries, companies must navigate a compliance quagmire to avoid discriminatory behavior that could...

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