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The genius of using benefits as a strategic tool for competitive advantage

By Susan Solovic, THE Small Business Expert If you’re a small business owner, staying ahead of recruiting and retaining top talent is one critical way to grow. Yet, when MetLife conducted its most recent Employee Benefit Trends Study (EBTS), it found that only 16 percent of small business owners are planning to change their benefits […]

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You’ll be surprised to see how under-30 women value workplace factors

I’m joking a little bit here, but do you think there’s a correlation between the increased popularity of yoga and the increased importance of workplace flexibility? A Fairygodboss online survey of 100 women showed that flexible hours/part-time employment is one of the most cherished job factors for women job seekers. But while workplace flexibility is […]

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These Are The Benefits Your Employees Really Want

By Liz Greene Though companies have been using benefits to attract and retain talent for decades, selecting and implementing these optional extras isn’t always cut and dry. Many small-business owners aren’t sure which benefits are most valuable to their employees. Consequently, they suffer from decision paralysis, or worse, extend the wrong benefits and lose money in […]

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How to recruit and retain great employees with your benefits package

Tech companies like Google and others have increased their focus on employee benefits and perks to a whole new level of intensity. And, this heightened awareness has made benefits and perks more important than ever before. A new report from MetLife, “Beyond Medical: Why Small Business Owners Offer Added Benefits – and How They Do […]

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Five Secrets of Employee Retention: How small businesses can ensure they keep their best and brightest

Great employees are the lifeblood of any small business. However, as the job market accelerates, even happy workers may be tempted to explore whether the grass is greener at another company. Losing employees is a concern for most small businesses, not least because of the cost: a study from the Center for American Progress estimated […]

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It may be time to increase paid time off (PTO) and the reasons will surprise you

This may sound like one of those Zen koans – such as, “What’s the sound of one hand clapping” – but I assure you it’s not: What can you offer your employees as incentives not to work that are, in fact, incentives to make them work? In today’s highly competitive market for top talent, fast […]

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Should you sweeten your benefits with snack foods?

For quite some time we’ve been reading that small business owners want to expand their teams, but are having a hard time finding the qualified candidates. So here’s a question to consider: If the path to your small business is paved with snack foods, will desirable recruits start pounding at your door, wanting to get […]

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How to sell things: Highlight the obvious

“Nobody ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public.” – H.L. Mencken If you feel a bit insulted by that classic Mencken comment, I need to tell you that so do I. However, there’s a bit – actually a lot – of truth in it, especially when you put it in the context […]

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Get Creative: How to Reward Your Employees

Workplace compensation has changed. It used to be that a competitive salary and decent benefits would attract and retain any good employee. But the truth is, today that just doesn’t cut it. Don’t be fooled, though. Employees, whether current or prospective, still expect things like health benefits, paid time off and retirement options, but that […]

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Get Big Tax Breaks When Employing Your Kids

One of the tragic upshots of the Great Recession and the not-so-great recovery has been a big increase in teen unemployment. It’s not easy for kids to find jobs today, even when they’re looking for part time or summer employment. Not only does this deny them income, it keeps them from learning some of the […]

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