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The Differences Between Employees and Independent Contractors

by Tim AustinNovember 6, 2018 3:00 PM

Employees and independent contractors all play important parts for small businesses across the country. While they can both work for the same company, there are key differences between the two.

Why does proper employment status matter? There are important legal differences between employees and independent contractors that affect payment, protections, and other key HR matters. In addition, improper employee classification can lead to serious penalties from the IRS. Here’s a breakdown on what differentiates independent contractors and employees and how it can impact a small business.

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Background Checks: What Small Business Owners Need to Consider

by Tim AustinOctober 19, 2018 2:17 PM

A good background check is a protective measure for any small company that allows employers to make a fully-informed decision on a job candidate. For example, an applicant with a past misdemeanor could have learned from his or her mistake and be a great fit for your company. However, that red flag could be a major point of concern if you’re hiring for a position of trust. The point is that a background check will help you know about these potential issues up front instead of having them be nasty surprises for the future.

There are several components to a good background check. Each of these parts provide different bits of information to help employers gain a better understanding of who an applicant is and if there are any issues. However, you also need to make sure that you’re following legal guidelines while you investigate candidates’ backgrounds as well. Here’s what you need to know to stay compliant and what you should include in your next background check.

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Back-to-School: Employee Training and Performance Management Tips

by Tim AustinOctober 12, 2018 8:00 AM

You don’t need to be in school to learn a few tricks. Employees play a huge part in the success of your business. Retaining and developing a good group of employees can set your business up for bigger things in the future, especially when you consider that replacing an employee can cost up to 50 percent of that employee’s salary.

Employee training and performance management are key HR functions that can help you shape your employees into an even more successful group. Here are some back-to-school tips to help you make sure that your business is on the right path when it comes to training and performance management.

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Recruiting Millennials: Ways to Make Your Business More Attractive to Top Young Talent

by Tim AustinSeptember 20, 2018 8:00 AM

It won’t be long before millennials dominate the workforce. The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) reports that about a third of the current workforce is comprised of millennials. That same report indicates that millennials “are projected to make up 75 percent of all U.S. employees” by 2025. That means that you’ll probably want to take measures to attract top millennial talent when that generation dominates the pool of available job candidates.

Of course, each generation has different priorities when it comes to finding an employer. For example, cash doesn’t rule everything around millennials. Instead, they tend to value a good company culture and special benefits more than a high dollar number. In fact, Forbes reports that “millennials would be willing to give up $7,600 in salary every year to work at a job that provided a better environment for them.”

Millennials have different expectations than past generations. Here’s what you can do to make your business more appealing when recruiting millennials.

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HR Considerations for Remote Employees

by Tim AustinAugust 20, 2018 8:00 AM

As time goes by, more employees are working from home. CNN reported in 2017 that “the number of telecommuting workers has increased 115 percent in a decade,” and that nearly 4 million employees spend at least half of their time working remotely

Telecommuting is attractive to employees for many reasons, such as flexible work hours and more time to spend with family, but employers need to consider how the trend will impact their HR initiatives. Here are some ways that remote employees can change how you manage HR.

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5 Employee Reward and Recognition Ideas on a Budget

by Tim AustinAugust 6, 2018 8:00 AM

A small act of recognition can make a big difference for an employee’s morale. When Forbes reports that nearly two-thirds of employees would "likely leave their job if they didn't feel appreciated," these gestures can help you retain happy, talented employees.

While recognition is a good goal, you also need to make sure that these efforts make sense for your bottom line. Fortunately, there are plenty of good rewards that won’t break the bank. Here are five low-budget ideas that small business owners can use to show employees their appreciation.

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Does a Small Business Need HR?

by Tim AustinApril 25, 2018 8:00 AM

As a small business owner, you’ve likely thought of ways that you can cut business expenses to save money. One of these ideas may involve whether you should invest in outsourcing HR or hiring in-house HR professionals.

HR just isn’t that important when you don’t have many employees, right?

Wrong. Every business needs to deal with critical HR functions, whether it’s a major corporation or a five-person business. Here’s what you need to consider the next time you think about whether your business needs HR management.

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How to Motivate Employees

by Tim AustinApril 17, 2018 8:00 AM

A lack of motivation can really cost your business. Entrepreneur reports that disengaged, disinterested employees have led to a loss of up to $550 billion per year for U.S. businesses. Fortunately, there are ways that you can help motivate your employees so that they’re ready to give it their all every day. Here are three steps that you can take to engage your employees.

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What is Employee Management?

by Tim AustinApril 2, 2018 8:00 AM

A small business’ success can depend heavily on its employees. The National Federation of Independent Businesses notes that “employees at small businesses carry more of the company’s weight on their shoulders than those working at larger companies.” As a result, the failure of an individual employee can make a greater impact at a small business than at a larger organization.

Employee management is one way to help turn an underperforming employee around or prevent high-performing employees from becoming a weak performer. The concept of employee management is more than just making sure that people are doing their jobs; it’s a variety of procedures and strategies that can help you measure, monitor, and interact with the workforce that plays a huge role in your company.

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How a PEO Can Help Your Business Address the Biggest HR Issues of 2018

by Andrew SzczesniakDecember 21, 2017 8:00 AM

The end of a calendar year usually causes business owners to do two things: Review the past year and learn from its successes and failures. They also start looking to the new year and set their expectations of what they want to accomplish. While a Professional Employer Organization (PEO) can’t help you with the former, it can help you tackle the latter.

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