Staffing & HR
Originally published: 03.01.14 by Lisë Stewart
Hiring Smart! Effective Recruitment and Selection
High Performers: How to Get Them,...How to Keep Them!
Originally published: 09.01.13 by Steve Schmidt
High-performing employees are individuals every small business owner dreams of hiring. But how do you find them? How do you recruit them? And how do you keep them? Here are five strategies.
5 Rules for Minimizing Bad Hires
Originally published: 09.01.13 by Jim Johnson
These five rules will help you hire the right people and avoid making bad decisions with potentially negative consequences.
3 Keys to Successful Team Building
Originally published: 07.01.13 by Steve Schmidt
Team building is based on identifying and separating tasks, then assigning those tasks to the individuals who are best trained and skilled to perform them. Here are three keys that will help you build a successful team.
Company Uniforms Help Isaac Heating & Air Conditioning With More than Just Branding
Originally published: 07.01.13 by Ray Isaac
Uniforms impact many aspects of your business: branding, productivity, safety, employee moral and employee recruitment, not to mention customer relations and – the biggie – your bottom line.
6 Keys to Hiring A-Player Service Technicians
Originally published: 03.01.13 by Greg McAfee
In communications and computing, what we thought was the best yesterday does not even come into play today. It’s not much different in the HVACR industry. Although we’ve not evolved as quickly, the days of a standing-pilot and single-stage motor are all but over, and being just a “good mechanic” is only part of the modern service technician’s job. Here are six ways to hire the best of the bunch.
7 Steps to Hiring and Retaining Good Support Team Members
Originally published: 03.01.13 by Beverly Flaxington
There are a lot of unsatisfied workers out there. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that about 50% of all employees leave their jobs within the first six months of being hired. And in a new survey by Right Management, a whopping 86% of employees polled said they plan to actively look for a new position this year.
When Making Personnel Moves, Trust Your Gut
Originally published: 02.01.13 by Michael Feuer
Being the boss requires being a very good teacher. When a pupil is not measuring up, the first question is: How can you help, and what can you do to improve the person’s performance?
13 Tips for '13
Originally published: 01.01.13 by
Ways to Improve Your Workplace Relationships
4 Landmines of Hiring and How to Avoid Them
Originally published: 10.01.12 by Brad Remillard
How do you develop an ongoing hiring strategy?
The ‘Moneyball’ Approach to Business Hiring
Originally published: 10.01.12 by J. Allan McCarthy
How do you develop an ongoing hiring strategy?
Hiring a Veteran Has Benefits
Originally published: 09.01.12 by Mike Coyne
As the United States brings home soldiers from the Middle East, military veterans comprise a larger percentage of the labor pool. A number of government programs have been implemented to provide incentives for employers to hire veterans, and special incentives are available for employers who hire disabled veterans. Is this something you should consider?
6 Tips for Hiring a Professional Web Developer
Originally published: 09.01.12 by Joe Thomas
Tips to finding and hiring the right professional website developer.
Take it Slow: 6 Ways to Improve Your Hiring Process
Originally published: 08.01.12 by Greg McAfee
Here are six ways to improve your hiring skills. Yes they will slow you down, but that’s better than going fast and making a hiring mistake.
Give Your Section 401(k) Plan a Compliance Check
Originally published: 05.01.12 by
10 point checklist will tell you if your plan needs an adjustment according to the IRS's latest 401(k) Fix-It Guide
4 Crucial Traits To Look For In New Hires
Originally published: 04.01.12 by Patrick Valtin
Look for these “invisible” attributes to find high-performance employees.
Immigration-Law Changes Add To Employer Responsibility
Originally published: 04.01.12 by
Two developments in the immigration law area are causing employers a great deal of concern: the increase in so-called "I-9 Audits” and the Social Security Administration's resumption of the "No-Match" Letter Program.
Setting Goals: How To Inspire And Achieve With SMART And WISE Goals
Originally published: 01.01.12 by Joelle Jay
Goals help us to cut through the clut- ter of a crowded mind and keep our thoughts on the things that matter most. They help us to focus. To be effective, you can’t set random goals — long lists of wishes that eventually fall away. You need to be smarter than that. Wiser.
3 Ways To eliminate Low-Productivity Habits
Originally published: 12.01.11 by Ruth King
Ruth King offers three suggestions to help you get the most profitability and productivity from every dollar that comes in the door.
5 Apps That Will increase Productivity And Awareness
Originally published: 11.09.11 by Barbara Brown
Companies on the leading edge have discovered that great apps don’t over- whelm users with information. They help them prioritize. This means it’s easier for managers to pick which problem to solve first, while staying on top of the general health of day-to-day operations.
Changes Coming To Retirement Plans
Originally published: 10.01.11 by
If you currently have a retirement plan that allows you to make large contributions, you may want to think about maximizing your contributions this year, as the opportunity may not be available in the future. It's also a good time to discuss personal contributions and 401(k) fee-disclosure rules with your plan investment adviser or broker.
Originally published: 07.01.11 by Doug Mitchell
The U.S. government reports that by next year, the country’s workforce will fall short of filling 3 million skilled-worker positions. The result: HVACR contractors will be competing with each other and other industries for good employees.
Health Insurance: Be Aggressive About Redesigning Plans
Originally published: 03.01.11 by
Get answers to questions about the new healthcare law.
Checklist: When New Hires Mean New Regulations
Originally published: 10.01.10 by Jeff Fenster
Here are some broad guidelines on human-resource compliance changes as your company grows.
Are You Using Contract Labor?
Originally published: 09.01.10 by
Congress considering changes to address 'worker misclassification' regarding independent contractors.
Healthcare reform: Readers’ Questions Answered
Originally published: 08.01.10 by
Changes coming this fall but recipients won't be taxes on benefits. Readers raise questions about the healthcare reform and we answer.
Encouraging Peak Performance From Older Workers
Originally published: 05.01.08 by
Managing Sales Performance
Originally published: 12.01.07 by Tom Piscitelli
Setting a goal and creating a plan for achieving it and not reviewing performance regularly is like setting out for a road trip without ever looking at the route you mapped out. Maybe you’ll get there — maybe you won’t.
Pre-Employment Screening Requires Caution
Originally published: 10.01.07 by
To find the best people, you need to adopt good hiring practices. Pre-employment screening should be one aspect of these hiring practices. However, you need to be aware that there are important limitations on an employer’s right to pre-screen potential employees.
Recruiting Co-workers, Part 1 of 2
Originally published: 01.01.07 by Ron Smith
Properly staffing a company requires that you individually address six key elements: recruiting, hiring (recruiting and hiring are totally different), orientation, training, motivation, and retention. If you correctly handle each of the six, your staffing problem for now and the future will be solved.
Take Sexual-Harassment Claims Seriously
Originally published: 1/1/10 by
Written policies and clear instructions are two ways to protect your business from costly claims.
Complying With Immigration Law In Hiring
Originally published: 1/1/10 by
The safest way to avoid problems under the immigration laws is to understand your responsibilities as an employer.