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When Family Members Work Together

When Family Members Work Together Follow these tips to manage employees who also happen to be kin. You say you’ve got some issues with the family members you work with? What’s the problem? You’re all family-you should be able to get along together. But that’s where you’re wrong. Because no...

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The Pros and Cons of Job Sharing

The Pros and Cons of Job Sharing Thinking about implementing a job-sharing program? Here’s what you need to consider before you do. In today’s hectic business world, people try cramming as much into the work days as possible. When employees are trying to finish up all the tasks on their to-do li...

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The Benefits of Flextime

The Benefits of Flextime With our personal lives busier than ever, offering flexible work options to your employees could be the best way to keep the good ones around. Five days a week, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., 48 to 50 weeks per year: That had been the typical work schedule for a good portion […]

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Teaching Good Customer Service

Teaching Good Customer Service Follow these tips to ensure that all your employees understand the value of good customer service. Is customer service important? Is customer service every employee’s responsibility? The clear answer to both of these questions is a resounding yes! And more important,...

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Summertime Business Dilemmas

Summertime Business Dilemmas When the kids are out of school, the parents sometimes become distracted employees. It’s summertime. That means vacation, fun and freedom for the kids. They need to be driven to activities, entertained and simply cared for. When all is going well and these activities r...

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Successful Succession Planning

Successful Succession Planning When it’s time to think about retiring from your business, these tips will help you find the best person to take over your job. “Am I getting too old to continue with my company?” “Should I retire early and enjoy my financial success?” “When is a good time ...

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Managing an Independent Contractor

Managing an Independent Contractor Smart tips on what to do—and what not to do—when it comes to hiring and managing contract employees When it comes to hiring staff for your business, you probably most often consider bringing full-time employees on board. But there are certain tasks and position...

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How to Tell an Employee He Smells

How to Tell an Employee He Smells As a business owner, you’re going to have to deliver bad news every once in a while. Here’s how to approach sensitive subjects without offending people. What’s so great about good news? Simple—everyone likes it. Employers don’t dread telling a worker they...

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How to Earn Employees’ Respect

How to Earn Employees’ Respect Tips for managing employees when you take over the family business Question: I recently took over the family business from my father. What do I need to do to earn the respect of employees who’ve been with the company for years—employees who used to be my co-worke...

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Dealing With an Office Romance

Dealing With an Office Romance When employees become romantically involved, should you anticipate trouble? Here’s some real-world advice on the matter. Love and marriage may “go together like a horse and carriage,” but the question for entrepreneurs is, Do they go together in today’s busines...

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