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How the EEOC Impacts Small Businesses
BY Skye Schooley

Learn what the EEOC protects so your small business can maintain compliance.

Advice
How do you manage to-do tasks at your company?
QUESTION | BY Josh Nicholson | 10 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 10/20/20

How you manage to-do items on your tasks/checklist? Please let me know if you manage the task checklist manually on writing pads or you use any to-do list apps.

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Should You Let Employees Choose Their Own Job Titles?
BY Mona Bushnell

Create relevant job titles for roles in your business, attract and retain top talent, and foster a positive company culture.

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The Employer's Guide to the ADA
BY Kiely Kuligowski

The Employer's Guide to the ADA

Article
Do You Have to Offer Severance Pay?
BY Skye Schooley

Learn what severance pay is and when you should offer it.

Article
How Does the Department of Labor Affect Small Business?
BY Skye Schooley

Learn about the agencies and laws that the Department of Labor (DOL) enforces and how it impacts your business.

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The Best Time and Attendance Services and Software 2020
BY Chad Brooks

Looking for the best time and attendance software? We have easy-to-read, expert unbiased reviews and feature comparisons of the best and most affordable programs.

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Understanding Employee Monitoring Systems and Privacy Issues
BY Aigerim Berzinya

Monitoring software can increase worker productivity, but you must implement it ethically.

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The Best Electronic Medical Records
BY Adam Uzialko

This guide explains the importance of EMR systems and medical practice management software to medical practices, how to choose the right platform for your organization, and which EMR systems and...

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How to Create a Happy and Productive Work Culture
BY Rachita Sharma

Investing in a happy culture reaps benefits beyond giving team members a better work-life balance and a sense of purpose. It also boosts productivity and a company's bottom line.

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3 Steps to Effective Employee Performance Management
BY Laura Handrick

Rather than sticking to traditional forms of employee performance management, like annual reviews, managers are best served giving ongoing, real-time feedback.

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What Is a Reasonable PTO Policy?
BY Kiely Kuligowski

The type of PTO policy you choose has a strong effect on your company culture.

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Small Business Guide on How to Decide When to Lay Off Employees
BY Mona Bushnell

How do you know when it's time to lay off employees? Find out how to conduct a mass layoff and when to do it.

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Small Business Guide to Hiring a Social Media Manager
BY Kiely Kuligowski

A social media manager is responsible for creating and monitoring your social media content. Here's what to look for when hiring one.

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The Best Business Phone Systems of 2020
BY Chad Brooks

Our team of experts has compared the best small business phone systems for 2020. See up-to-date comparisons, reviews and costs for the top-rated services.

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The Best Background Check Companies of 2020
BY Skye Schooley

Looking for the best background check service for pre-employment screening? Compare features and prices of the best background check services.

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7 Tools for Tracking Your Remote Staff's Productivity
BY Scott Gerber

While common, remote workforces present a unique challenge. But how do you know if your remote staff is actually working and not wasting time?

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How to Avoid Burnout When You're Working From Home (and Can't Leave)
BY Kiely Kuligowski

Burnout is a serious result of prolonged, severe stress. Here's how to spot and avoid it.

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How to Write an Employee Handbook
BY Skye Schooley

Learn what information to include in your employee handbook – and what phrases to avoid.

Article
10 Core Functions of HR
BY Laura Handrick

When managed well, HR brings value to your organization by providing your business with strategies to get more done and giving workers the kind of environment they can thrive in.

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Creating an Employee Benefits Package
BY Skye Schooley

Learn what employee benefits your company should offer and how providing benefits to your workers can advance your business.

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The Best Employee Scheduling Software of 2020
BY Andrew Martins

Looking for the best employee scheduling software? We've reviewed the best and cheapest programs.

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How Should Your Employee Be Classified? 1099 vs. W-2
BY Andrew Martins

Knowing how your employees should be classified is important for tax purposes. Here's how to determine which form you should file.

Advice
What is the best project management app you are using?
QUESTION | BY Josh Nicholson | 6 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 10/08/20

I want to know what web or mobile app and software you are using to manage your daily tasks and projects. There are many task management app available in the market but want to know what works best...

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The Best Employee Monitoring Software of 2020
BY Lori Fairbanks

We've narrowed down the best employee monitoring software for businesses. Check out our best picks and reviews.

Article
2020 Federal Holidays for Business Owners
BY Joel Kranc

Here are the important holidays small business owners need to know about.

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Companies With the Best (Real-Life) Employee Benefits
BY Kiely Kuligowski

Employee benefits shouldn't just look good on a PR blurb. Here are the benefits that add value to your employees' lives.

Article
How to Fire an Employee the Right Way
BY Skye Schooley

Follow these 10 steps to fire an employee legally.

Advice
What payroll service do you use and what do you like about?
QUESTION | BY Chad Brooks | 6 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 10/05/20

Trying to learn more about what payroll services your businesses are using and whether you like the service or not. What do you like about it? What is the service missing?

Advice
Where can I find a good virtual assistant?
QUESTION | BY Maxine Jones | 17 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 10/03/20

Hi everyone! I've been doing a lot of research on virtual assistance and I find that it may come in handy for me and my business. Has anyone ever used this type of service? If so, is there a...