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The Importance of Cultural Sensitivity Training for Your Business

By Liz Greene The term “cultural sensitivity” covers a wide range of skills, such as the ability to assess different cultures and determine how to approach and communicate with them effectively. Going a bit deeper, it also includes recognizing how some cultural differences can affect working styles and how to honor differences in a way […]

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How happy and productive staff can help you streamline your business

By Bruce Hakutizwi Getting the most from your workforce begins with the recognition that good people are the most important resource you have. It is then a matter of translating this knowledge into a practical strategy which convinces your employees they are genuinely valued and appreciated. Research suggests that workers rarely become unhappy at work […]

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Tips to Help Companies Better Manage Remote Employees

If your company promotes and encourages telecommuting, you’re far from alone with this trend. Last year, 43 percent of Americans spent at least some of their time working remotely, up 4 percent from 2012, according to a recent Gallup survey. The survey also found that employees are telecommuting and working from other non-office locations for […]

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Look Closely. Is This Candidate a Good Fit? 

Interviewing candidates can be a rewarding experience, and everyone wants a team they can work with, that will get the job done and help the company move forward. On the surface, it seems like a straight-forward process. You ask questions, the candidate answers. You give the candidate a chance to do the same. But can […]

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How to team up with ‘slash workers’ for small business success

The difficulty of hiring solid talent has been a complaint among small business owners for the last several years. I suspect the convergence of one economic development and one social development may be to blame in large part. The economic component is our emergence from The Great Recession. As the recession worsened, small business owners […]

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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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Creating a more effective hiring process [#infographic]

By Ron Emery The single biggest mistake organizations make in acquiring talent is believing that the burden of proof is on the candidate; that the right candidate for the job will become evident no matter how they go about screening the candidate pool. What they don’t understand is that the process through which the candidates are […]

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How to know when it’s time to fire an employee

Deciding when it’s time to fire an employee isn’t an exact science. Occasionally a burst of outrageous behavior will make the decision obvious, but that’s seldom the case (fortunately!). Putting the issue in a broader perspective helps. I once heard someone divide employees into four groups: Type D: Those who won’t do their work, or […]

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Less Work = Better Health: Why Businesses are Throwing Out the 9-5

By Brooke Chaplan Employees value their health and personal lives more than ever before. The presence of the millennial generation in the workforce continues to grow, requiring employers to change their employment paradigms. A generation that was raised on the internet and connected devices has developed a belief that technology can accomplish almost anything and many […]

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Technology Tools to Streamline Efficiency

As any business owner will tell you, there just aren’t enough hours in the day. From sales and marketing to hiring and retaining talent to keeping finances in check, many do it all on their own. Eventually, smart business owners realize they need to outsource certain business functions. To ensure you spend your time — […]

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