Employee Records: The Documents Your Business Needs to Have on File

05/17/14 By Jennifer Brown

Did you know that as employers, we must keep certain employee-related records? Not only that, but there are Federal and State regulations regarding these records. These regulations dictate the “what, where, when, and how” of employee record keeping: ▪ what information to keep ▪ where to store the information ▪ when and how to destroy… Read more »

Employee Appreciation: A Happy Employee is Good for Business

05/10/14 By Jennifer Brown

When is the last time your showed your employees you appreciate them? Hopefully, you answered with “today” or “yesterday”. However, the more likely scenario is that you had to think about the last time you showed them some appreciation. Don’t beat yourself up too badly…after all; business owners and managers tend to be focused on… Read more »

How Checking In With Your Employees Is Good for Your Business

05/03/14 By Jennifer Brown

When is the last time you “checked-in” with your employees? I’m not talking about having a staff meeting; rather I’m talking about just seeing how they are doing. If you are like most business owners, the answer may be “it’s been awhile” or even “I’m not sure”. Given everything you have to do to run… Read more »

Ways to Keep Your Employees Connected to Your Business

04/26/14 By Jennifer Brown

Remember the days of the “all-hands” meetings or even regular weekly face-to-face staff meetings? These meetings used to be the main way in which management communicated information to employee groups. However, the ability to bring employees together to meet face-to-face is getting harder and harder for many employers – given employees are often not even… Read more »

When Hiring an Employee, Are You Asking the Right Interview Questions?

04/12/14 By Jennifer Brown

The interview process is about determining who is going to be the best employee for your position – so it needs to be approached with much thought, diligence and care. After all, who you hire, is who your business is…and it takes great employees to have a great business! Asking the right interview questions is… Read more »

Are You Paying Your Employees Too Little…or Too Much?

04/05/14 By Jennifer Brown

Determining how much to pay for a position and ultimately an employee is critical to maintaining and growing your business. You need to ensure you are paying enough to attract and retain employees while managing to your budget. So be sure to research the pay for your positions. While you want to ensure you aren’t… Read more »

Is My Intern Helping or Hurting My Business?

03/29/14 By Jennifer Brown

If you are thinking about hiring an intern, make sure to set them (and you) up for success. Also, keep in mind that interns (like any of your employees) will be talking about their employment experience with the people they know…so you want to ensure they have a positive experience and view your company as… Read more »

Do I Need to Pay My Intern?

03/22/14 By Jennifer Brown

I am a big fan of hiring interns as it is typically a win-win. The intern gets much needed work experience and you get talent for a very reasonable pay rate. Not to mention, you build your pipeline of talent — hopefully, your intern will want to work with you once they graduate and will… Read more »

Are You Making These Mistakes with Your Employee Handbook?

03/15/14 By Jennifer Brown

An employee handbook is the guiding document for the employer-employee relationship. Ultimately, an employee handbook should make your job as the employer easier by: • Ensuring employees know what is expected of them when fulfilling their work responsibilities per your company’s policies and procedures. • Providing you with a standard framework within which to make… Read more »

Why You Need an Employee Handbook for Your Business

03/08/14 By Jennifer Brown

Employee handbooks are the guiding document for the employer-employee relationship. Without one, you will be left trying to remember how you last handled a situation, treating employees inconsistently, and spending your time answering employee questions. In addition, a handbook is often a critical document for providing legally required information to employees and defending employee claims… Read more »

How a Job Description Can Protect Your Business

03/01/14 By Jennifer Brown

Did you know that job descriptions are typically the first thing a court looks at as part of any claim brought against an employer? More importantly, they can help keep you from landing in court in the first place! Job descriptions lay the ground work for a position. They identify the roles and responsibilities of… Read more »