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Why Your Small Business Needs an Attendance Policy (+ Sample Attendance Policy Template)
BY Matt D'Angelo

An effective time and attendance policy spells out your expectations for your employees' attendance and the consequences for failing to meet them.

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What Should Happen in the First 90 Days of New Employee Orientation?
BY Jamie Johnson

To start employees off on the right foot, make sure your orientation helps them feel welcome and answers all of their questions.

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7 Questions to Ask Yourself About Transitioning to a Fully Remote Office
BY Mike Kappel

To reduce expenses, boost productivity and increase employee retention, consider taking your team fully remote.

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Hiring Process Timeline Best Practices
BY Alison Grillo

The hiring process is an important part of running a successful business. Make sure to develop a process that will lead to fruitful new hires.

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How to Transition to Long-Term Work From Home
BY Kiely Kuligowski

Working from home has become the reality for many American workers. Here's how to transition into long-term remote work.

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When to Hire an HR Manager for Your Small Business
BY Skye Schooley

Learn what an HR manager does and how to tell when your business needs one.

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Sell Your Team on Safety
BY Dr. Cindy McGovern

​​​​​​​Your top job right now is to convince employees and customers to follow the rules.

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Yes, You Can Make a Digital Transformation Right Now. Here's How.
BY Jeff Mazur

By reanalyzing your workforce, setting clear goals, encouraging adaptability, and focusing on data accessibility and availability, you can launch and sustain a quick-moving digital transformation.

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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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How to Write a Job Description (Plus 7 Job Description Templates)
BY Kiely Kuligowski

A job description is many people's first introduction to your company. Here's what to include to make an impression.

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How to Manage Anxiety in the Workplace
BY Shawn Singh

Work can be stressful, whether you work in a physical environment or remotely. These common stressors are experienced by professionals everywhere, and managing them is essential to work-life balance....

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Workplace Stress and Anxiety After COVID-19
BY Shawn Singh

The COVID-19 pandemic has compounded existing workplace stress and anxiety. This article explains the primary causes of that stress and how to manage it in a post-COVID world.

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What payroll service do you use and what do you like about?
QUESTION | BY Chad Brooks | 7 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 09/09/20

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?

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Mandatory Sick Leave Laws and How They Work
BY Marisa Sanfilippo

Depending on the state you operate in, you may be required to provide paid sick leave for your employees.

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Overtime Pay Laws, How Overtime Works and How to Calculate Overtime
BY Marisa Sanfilippo

If you aren't paying eligible employees for the overtime hours they work, you may end up facing fines or even legal action.

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The Best Answering Services of 2020
BY Adam C. Uzialko

Our teams have compared the best answering services for 2020. See up-to-date reviews and prices for these top-rated services.

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Teamwork: Assessing and Strengthening a Team
BY Rachel Krug

Implementing collaborative processes can improve overall productivity by 20 to 30%.

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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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What Makes a Good Workplace Leader
BY Andrew Martins

A strong leader in the workplace can bolster a small business's push for success.

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Employer's Guide to Payroll Deductions
BY Max Freedman

To accurately pay your employees each pay period, you need to understand what to deduct from their paychecks.

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Form W-4: How to Help Your Employees With Withholdings and Allowances
BY Matt D'Angelo

Ensuring that employees properly fill out their W-4 Employee's Withholding Certificate is an important responsibility of employers.

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How do you manage to-do tasks at your company?
QUESTION | BY Josh Nicholson | 8 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 09/02/20

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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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.

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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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Avoiding Wrongful Termination Lawsuits, Fines and Damage to Your Business
BY Marisa Sanfilippo

Firing employees for the wrong reason could result in lengthy and costly lawsuits.

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Distributed Workforces Are Here to Stay: How Companies Can Adapt
BY Andrew Hoag

Whether you reopen your office or not, long-term changes from COVID-19 are inevitable. Listening to, engaging and empowering your employees is the key to making a remote-first culture work.

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Reduce Drama! Improve Productivity! Benefits of an Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
BY Marisa Sanfilippo

To ensure your employees are getting help when they need it, one benefit you should strongly consider offering is an employee assistance program.

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What Is a 401(k)?
BY Simone Johnson

A 401(k) is an important retirement savings vehicle that many employers offer to their employees. Here's what you should know about this type of plan.

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Creating a Culture of Innovation: How To Align Your Innovation Strategy With Your Business Goals
BY Michael Ellenby

Reward only comes when you take a risk and dive in.

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16 Questions to Ask Your Web Developer
BY Thomas Griffin

It’s essential to ask the right questions when choosing a web developer.