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To Carry or Not to Carry?

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John is a business owner in Texas where he believes everything is bigger and better and a little wild is good but not in his place of operation. John’s company is a semi-skilled service operation and he’s pretty strict about employees following the rules. Recently, John was...

Using Social Media as a Powerful Recruiting Resource

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Finding the right candidate for a new position has really never been easier…and in most cases less costly. Social media gives you and your business the ability to stand out from the rest. So take this opportunity to create a job posting that sets your business out from all the...

Managing Employee Files

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Many people might pass up this blog post up because the topic is not very snazzy and employee files are not at the top of the “must do food chain” but here are few facts that you should be keep in mind. Recently, Elizabeth was working with a client when the topic of employee...

Are You Ho-Hum About Handbooks?

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We know they are a pain to create and a bigger pain to keep updated. All too often we completely forget about them once they are completed. Trust us when we say that we understand what a pain creating your employee handbook can be…we create them all the time for clients. But...

Is It Gossip Or Something Worse?

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Jane sits at the break room table and tells the group that she just heard Suzie is having a baby. Tom walks into the office and announces that he just saw Mike and Fred walking down the street holding hands. Sally overhears Kim tell John that the guy in the mailroom is dating the...

Developing Your Coaching Conversations

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No matter what your business is…your biggest priority is your employees. You’ve worked hard to hire the right talent but your work doesn’t stop there. Retaining your top talent requires coaching and counseling. In order to make a difference in your workforce, reduce turnover and...

Dodging Bullets

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Dodging Bullets is all about managing risks & identifying the bullets! Successful business owners understand that managing risk is the name of the game. Managing risk requires identifying exactly what risks your business faces and then, quantifying as best you can the...

Little Investments Can Yield Great Results

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Little Investments Can Yield Great Results especially when you are investing in the future of your new hire… You interviewed… a lot of people…and you finally found the right person. Good for you! But not so fast…your onboarding process isn’t over yet. Did you know that the...

Anatomy of a WHD Investigation

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It’s no surprise that more Department of Labor, Wage & Hour Division (WHD) investigators are showing up unannounced at employers door. With the addition of thousands of investigators in 2013-14, the big surprise is that every company in the US hasn’t had at least one auditor...

When Does the Workday End?

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Overtime claims are among the most frequently filed employment claims nationwide. So when does the workday end? Frontline managers, who really don’t know the rules and act on instinct, make many of the decisions about what hours of work employees should work.If you allow your...