Is It Time to Cut Ties with an Employee?

Running your company means you have a lot of responsibilities on your shoulder. With that in mind, one of the biggest calls you have to make at times is now the right time to cut ties with an employee?

Whether performance, issues with co-workers or money, letting someone go can be difficult.

So, will you cut ties with them?

Thinking If Now is the Time

As you ponder the idea of letting someone go, it is good to consider the following:

  1. Performance – Even if an employee has a quirk or two, you more than likely rate them on their job performance. Has their performance been detrimental to the company and clients as of late? If so, did you try and talk with them about improving on the job? In the event you did give them chances to improve and they did not, you more than likely will move ahead with a release.
  2. Personality – You can have the most talented worker, but what if he or she doesn’t get along well with others? That is a dilemma many bosses face over time. You might have to dismiss someone because they are causing too much friction in the office place. In looking at their personality, did you know a lot about them before hiring them? Although many do background searches, they do not always get all the details on someone. It could also be a case where an employee changed during their time with you.
  3. Repercussions – Although you do what is best for business, do you worry one may cause problems if you let them go? In doing an online people search, you can more times than not keep tabs on someone. This could be important if a former employee is trying to undermine your company. You may have lost track of where he or she moved to after you dismissed them. That online search may yield clues on where they are now and how to contact them if you need to. If a former worker is making trouble for you, you will have to decide if legal action may be necessary.
  4. Future – Last, what is good for your office and of course your business will be what is most important to you. That said parting ways with an employee is oftentimes never easy. Like you, they need to earn a living to get by. Before you cut ties with someone, think about the real reason why you are doing so.

Hiring the Best from Day One

Although your goal should always be to hire the best people, you know that this does not always happen.

Did you rush to hire someone only to fill a seat in the office? Many use a public records search to find out where people are and what they’ve been up to. Should you have done more background investigating on someone you hired?

When you craft a job hiring advertisement, take the time to get it right.

Be sure to spell out not only the qualifications you want, but also the type of personality you want in the office.

Hiring workers is not as easy a task as some might make it out to be.

That said getting it right the first time around will save you money and frustration.

About the Author: Dave Thomas covers business topics on the web.



4 Easy Ways To Show Your Workforce That They Are Valued

The days of finding a job when you leave college to then remain with the same company for the next forty years or more have long gone. Graduates are now keen to broaden their horizons by experiencing different working environments and joining different companies on a mixture of short and long-term contracts. Securing the loyalty and services of an exceptional employee can be tricky, especially if you work in a fast-paced and dynamic industry such as advertising or PR. However, there are some strategies that you could implement to ensure that you not only attract the best candidates but that you can retain their services.


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It’s a pretty obvious concept but to show your staff team that they are truly valued, you need to ensure that the remuneration package that you offer exceeds that of your rivals and the market rate. By stretching their salaries just that little bit further and providing an exceptional benefits package, you will gain a reputation for rewarding staff. This is one of the easiest ways of attracting the best potential employees.

It’s not just the basic salary that can create the most productive team. You could provide healthcare insurance, contribute generously to a pension and even cover legal fees should your employee need them. Head to–iowa-auto-accident-attorney.cfm or any other local attorney to see the sorts of services they could provide for your staff, such as help with personal injury claims, automotive accidents and negligence.

Get To Know Your Staff

It’s vital that you know your staff especially if you only have a small team. They need to know your face, see you around the office and know a little bit about you. When your team are going on away days, make sure that you attend with them, take part in the team-building exercises and take the time to learn your employees’ names. By inquiring every so often as to how little Jimmy is getting on at school, you are showing your staff that you care. The tiniest action can boost the morale of your workforce and keep them settled with your company.


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Be Open With Your Employees

There’s nothing worse than working for a company that remains secretive. This doesn’t mean that you should share every single detail of your business plan with your staff, but you could send a weekly email to celebrate the company successes with your staff team. Tell them how different projects are going, inform them of upcoming events, and single out those employees who have gone above and beyond to exceed a target. By being open and giving your employees recognition for their achievements, you will be actively showing them that you care and that you value their contribution to your company’s performance.

Allow Freedom Within Their Roles

Being stuck behind a desk for eight hours a day is a working model of the past. No longer do we have single booths to lock ourselves within and beaver away on a desktop computer sending out emails, answering calls and writing documents without so much as looking up over our cubicle. Office environments need to be more fluid, free and more conducive to a comfortable way of working as displayed at You should be making opportunities for those water cooler moments when your staff might be having a chat over a coffee and come up with the finest marketing idea that will see your company’s online exposure go stratospheric.

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By having a more open, transparent and flexible workplace, you can show your workforce that they are valued. As described at, a valued workforce is a more productive and happy workforce. Set the core expectations and allow your team the freedom to decide how they meet them. They may wish to work from home a couple of days a week or take a break every so often in the company games room. Empower them to fulfill your business vision.

Being the sort of boss that helps their employees look forward to work every morning and enjoy their jobs means that you have the greatest chance of keeping the most talented and hardest working staff members. To be that boss you need to give praise where it is due, keep your team updated, celebrate successes and allow your employees a level of autonomy that shows a deeper level of trust. Only then will you have shown your staff team that they are truly valued.

Is Your H.R. Department Firing on All Cylinders?

As you stop to look at your small business operation, does everything leave you smiling?  One fear can be your human resources department is not firing on all cylinders. If they are not, problems can begin to take over a company.

So, as you assess the success or lack thereof within your H.R. department, are you left with any notable concerns?

Don’t Let Employee Problems Engulf Your Business

In looking at your human resources for small business, remember a few keys:

  1. Proper people and tools in place – The employees are the backbone of your company. You need to be sure they not only have the resources to do their jobs, but also a productive working environment. One thing to doom a business is a workplace where there is animosity, tension, and no organization. For you to best steer clear of such a scenario, having the right human resources approach in place is big. One such approach can be turning to the right human resources consultants to assist you. Going to the pros who know what human resources are all about is something you oftentimes won’t regret. From all worker documents set to how to handle an issue between employees, don’t be short-handed with H.R. needs.
  2. Stop problems before they fester – As a small business owner, you may very well wear several hats. As such, you could find yourself not being able to stay on top of all that is going on. One issue getting a lot of attention these days are sexual harassment allegations. How would you handle such allegations if you did not have a clear human resources policy in place? With the right H.R. tools and practices, there’s less of a chance those types of allegations can take root. By nipping potential problems in the bud, you have a better chance of a harmonious workplace. Make it clear from the day you hire someone what you expect of them as a member of your workforce.
  3. Having company meetings – Sure, many employees say that regular company meetings are boring. That said company meetings can be an opportunity to air out any differences. No, you don’t want a company meeting to turn into a he said/she said affair. Regular meetings are a chance for employees to note concerns they have with the business. To have the best meetings, be clear you want employees to speak up/ They shouldn’t fear retribution. By having an open working environment, you are more likely to have satisfied workers.

Is your human resources department all it can be to keep employees and recruit new ones? If it is not, don’t wait until a problem or problems put your business in peril.

Being pro-active with your H.R. needs can make a world of difference when running a business.

With that in mind, what advice do you have for fellow small business owners in making sure their human resources departments are working as best as possible?

About the Author: Dave Thomas covers business topics on the web.




Last Minute Holiday Gift Ideas for Your Employees

It’s the most wonderful time of the year again, and you know that your hard-working employees deserve at least a small token of your appreciation. But, we also know how busy and stressful December is in the world of business, so it’s not unusual to find yourself heading to the office Christmas party and realize that you completely forgot about holiday gifts for your employees. But fret not! Here’s a list of cool last minute gifting ideas to save the day and help you show your employees that you value them.

Baked goods

Who doesn’t like cupcakes, pies, or Danish? Even if somebody actually doesn’t, then that person must be a doughnut lover. So, instead of racking your brains trying to come up with something unique and fancy, it’s a better idea to try and remember what your employees like to gorge on during their lunch break and hand them an assortment of their favorite baked goods in nice, festive wrapping. Sometimes there’s no need to go over the top when it comes to gift-giving, and a box of, say, blueberry muffins can do the trick.

A desktop terrarium

Let’s face it, offices can be stuffy and gloomy places which is why a decorative desktop terrarium makes a perfect addition to your employees’ attempts to personalize, brighten up, and add a touch of nature to their workspace. What’s great about these miniature greenhouses is the fact that the plants in them don’t actually require too much nurturing or natural light. So even if your busy employees, immersed in their everyday work forget to water them from time to time, no biggie. All these resistant plants require in order to thrive is to be misted every two to three weeks and some indirect light.

A Christmas gift card

When you want to get your employees something that they really want or need and you have no idea what that would be, then simply give them prepaid Christmas gift cards, and make sure that yours will be their favorite gift this holiday season. Every year, thousands of gifts are returned because people either don’t like the choice or they already have the same thing, so this is the best way to avoid disappointing your employees by presenting them with unwanted items. Additionally, gift cards are suitable for any budget, and they can be used in a number of stores.

A digital notebook

Writing important notes down is very useful, but it’s not exactly practical as people tend to lose post-it notes or torn pieces of paper, which is why a digital notebook is the right thing. Namely, this smart gadget allows you to jot down your thoughts, ideas, or lists and it stores them in the cloud where you can access them anytime you want. Your employees will be thankful for this amazing, and yet comparatively affordable gift as they will be able to clean up and declutter their desks.

A Shiatsu massage seat cushion

Sitting at your desk for more than 8 hours a day can put a lot of strain on our health. To help your employees stay healthy and productive, get them a relaxing Shiatsu massage seat cushion that will be just the remedy their sore backs need. Nothing says “Thank you for all your hard work” better than this portable massage device that they can use anywhere – in their car, on the couch, or even at the office.

A heating lunch box

Some people prefer home-cooked meals to fast food, but the problem is that their food gets cold by the lunch break. This can be an issue, especially if you don’t have a kitchen at the office. That’s why a heating lunch box is an amazing idea that will allow your employees to enjoy healthy and delicious meals while they’re at work. This useful device renders a microwave oven completely unnecessary.

A desktop punching bag

Working at the office can be stressful, so a desktop punching bag that will let your employees blow off some steam when someone (maybe even you) steps on their toes should be a mandatory piece of office equipment. This convenient gift can be a part of stress and anger management strategy in your company, and help people who work for you vent their frustration and have some fun at the same time.

The gift of words

Never underestimate the power of warm, sincere, heartfelt words. A personalized and carefully crafted thank you note, preferably accompanied by a box of chocolates or some cool merch, will definitely hit the spot with your employees. Don’t forget to mention what a pleasure it is to work with them and how you appreciate all their efforts.

Creative holiday gifts don’t have to cost you a pretty penny and yet they can make your employees happy and show them that you care.



Guest Author is Alex Williams is a journalism graduate, and a rookie blogger trying to find my luck. Blogs are the perfect opportunity for presenting yourself to wider audience, getting the chance to showcase my expertise and receiving recognition. Alex is a regular contributor at Bizzmark Blog

Knowing What’s What When It Comes to Taking on Employees

As your business expands and demand for your products and services increases, you may find that you struggle to keep up with the entire workload on your own. This is when you’re going to have to consider taking on full-time staff of your own. You’ve likely worked hand in hand with self-employed individuals for one-off jobs, such as web design or marketing, but having employees is a whole different matter. So, before scouting for staff or taking on workers, here are a few things you should make sure you’re well aware of and up-to-date with to ensure that you and your staff have the best working relationship possible.

Employment Discrimination

When it comes to the workplace, the same as any other situation in life, you need to ensure that you are as inclusive as possible. Nobody should be discriminated against during the application process or their time of employment with you. Bear in mind that all people are entitled to full and equal employment opportunities regardless of their: age, ancestry, colour, disability, domestic or sexual violence victim status, ethnicity, familial status, gender identity, marital status, national origin, race, religion, retaliation, sex, or sexual orientation. For more information on this (especially concerning disabling conditions or issues), contact a reliable, professional lawyer, such as David Chermol. Nobody should be denied a job or promotion outright on the basis of any of these aspects of their identity. All workers should be employed on equal terms with nobody receiving preferential treatment or favourable employment terms.

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All of your workers have the right to be paid for all of the work that they do. This goes without saying. However, there are a few more details that you need to bear in mind. They also require at least $7.25 for every hour that they work. While your staff will have contracted hours, you may find that you need some members to work overtime: this is any work that exceeds forty hours a week. Any overtime entitles staff members to one and a half times their standard pay (after all, they’re doing you a favour by taking on extra work). You cannot deduct anything from any worker’s pay for any reason other than legal deductions such as deductions for health insurance, union dues, and taxes.

Family and Medical Leave

 If your business has more than fifty employees and an employee has worked for you for at least twelve months and has completed 1250 hours of work for your company, they can take up to twelve weeks off each year for the purposes of maternity or paternity leave, to care for a spouse or parent with a serious medical condition, or for personal health reasons. This doesn’t have to be paid. They should give you thirty days notice of their need to take leave if possible. However if the problem is sudden, they should just let you know as soon as possible.

Bearing this information in mind will ensure that your employees have a satisfying job role and that you uphold their worker’s rights.

Keep Your Employees Happy, Healthy, and Productive with Free Food

What do your employees want, more than anything? Perks, of course. But what kind of perks can lure new employees into your company, and work hard to keep those already employed from looking elsewhere? There’s a range of things you can offer, from flex time to expense accounts to on-site workout facilities. And of course there’s food.

Food appeals to all sorts of employees, of course, and nearly two-thirds of those that get free food at work describe themselves as happy. Food in particular appeals to Millennials—but not if they’re seen as a way to keep employees chained to their desks, working through lunch and breaks.

Food offered as a benefit doesn’t have to be free meals every day. It can take a lot of different forms. It might be a weekly catered lunch. It might be a shared cooking class designed to encourage team building. What does food as a perk mean? This graphic can help.

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