By now, if you don’t understand the huge impact social media is having on our society today, then you must be living under a rock. For millions of Americans, social media is a prevalent part of their personal and professional lives. And many small businesses are learning to expertly leverage social media as an effective marketing tool. Which raises a tricky question. How do you manage personal and business communications in this new medium?
There are a number of holidays that fall within the last six weeks of the year. As a result, employees clamor and compete for time off to enjoy and celebrate with family and friends. However, as a business owner, you are forced to balance the needs of the business against the requests for time-off in […]
As small businesses have struggled to survive during the recession, it has been difficult to reward employees with raises and/or bonuses. In fact, many small firms found it necessary to cut employee salaries, perks and benefits in order to survive financially. As we approach the end of 2010, the picture doesn’t appear to be appear to be getting any better. Only a small percentage of small businesses say they’ll be offering salary increases this year. And those who do, plan for the increases to be very small.
Is your office going to the dogs today? Maybe it should be. According to a recent survey, the majority of dog owners say they would put in longer hours at the office if their furry-friend could accompany them. And 38 million people believe that having pets in the workplace would increase productivity.
As business owners, we place trust in our employees that they will represent the company well in all public interactions. But have you ever thought about what could happen when a customer overhears your employees talking to each other. Do you know what they are saying? Your customers do and they are listening.