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By Nickie on August 14, 2017
They grate on your nerves and set your teeth on edge, but certain types of employees can benefit your small business. If you want to boost business and grow your company, you’ll have to learn how to deal with “annoying” employees. Here is a list of the five most irritating employees and how they can be some of your company’s best assets.
By Nickie on August 7, 2017
Everyone loves a good party. But holiday gatherings, company picnics and other employee social gatherings aren’t always fun and games. In fact, they can be uncomfortable, socially awkward gatherings used to judge your ability to maintain professionalism in a social setting. When office parties get out of hand, it can lead to some professionally disastrous situations—even lawsuits.
How can you make sure you’re not ruining your professional image or risking your job when attending a work social event?
Here’s a look at some of the worst missteps people make at company parties, and how to avoid them:
By Nickie on July 31, 2017
Starting and running a business out of your house has many rewards: no commute, less time-sucking small talk, no missed time with your family.
But before you settle into the bliss of this heaven on Earth, remember that, in the end, you are still running a business. Working from home has all kinds of pitfalls that need to be avoided if you are to succeed.
Here are five no-nos to avoid when running a business from the comforts of your abode:
By Nickie on July 24, 2017
Are you paying your kid to work for your business? You’re not? You should.
No, I’m not saying you should put your four-year-old behind the receptionist desk to take calls. Or ask your middle-schooler to assist you in surgery. But if you have a teenager, you should strongly consider putting him or her to work. The benefits are enormous. Here are six.
By Nickie on July 17, 2017
Even simple mistakes can put your business at risk.
When business data breaches hit the front page, they are usually massive and often involve technical hack attacks. But data can also be lost through less spectacular means, ranging from laptops forgotten in taxis and smartphones donated to charities to logins jotted on paper and tossed into the trash.
By Nickie on July 10, 2017
Lou and his brother Larry (real guys, different names) are two of the greatest penny-pinching business owners I know – and I’ve known them for going on twenty years. They run a small, 30-person company in Pennsylvania that manufactures custom industrial equipment for the food industry. The business was started by their grandfather after World War II and continues to be profitable today.
By Nickie on July 5, 2017
Incentive trips, conferences and other types of employee travel are common ways for employers to train, reward and motivate their best employees and managers. But off-site work events can also be a legal land mine. From injuries to assaults to alcohol-related incidents, your small business needs workers’ comp coverage to be prepared for the various issues that can surface on work-sponsored trips—and potentially lead to costly lawsuits.
By Nickie on March 20, 2017
Remember those childhood bullies who taunted their peers on the playground? Well many of them are now grown and wreaking havoc in workplaces across the country.
A 2014 survey published by the Workplace Bullying Institute in Bellingham, Wash., found that 65.6 million workers in the United States have been affected by bullying, and that many employers still fail to fully address reported mistreatment and abusive conduct by managers and co-workers.
According to Dr. Lisa Barrow, author of In Darkness Light Dawns: Exposing Workplace Bullying, unresolved workplace conflicts can take a huge toll on employee health and productivity.
By Nickie on March 13, 2017
Whether a weather disaster comes as flood, hail, high winds, lightning or something else, the result for about one in four of small businesses affected is the same — they never reopen. That’s according to the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety (IIBHS), a Tampa-based industry organization that researches ways to manage disaster risks.
By Nickie on March 6, 2017
All businesses face the risk of data breach, but recent studies indicate that small businesses are particularly susceptible. According to a 2016 report from the Ponemon Institute, 50 percent of smaller organizations surveyed experienced a data breach in the previous 12 months. New research by Symantec found that small businesses were victim to 43 percent of cyber attacks in 2015, up from 18 percent in 2011.