There are lots of perks to being the boss – you might make more money, avoid the least interesting work, and have better hours. But there’s one job that makes everyone else relieved they are not in charge, and that’s when it is time to terminate an employee. If you don’t know how to fire someone in the least painful way possible, these tips might make a tough situation a little more bearable.
Consider these tips on how to fire someone (and be a little less miserable):
We recently posted tips for job candidates about how to line up the best references before they start the application process. But what if you’re on the other side of the hiring table? How can you do reference checks well and learn the most about your potential hire?
Here are things to keep in mind to do reference checks well:
There are some of us that just love to talk. On the phone, on the subway, in the dry cleaners line. And that’s fabulous. They probably have no trouble walking into a hotel meeting room full of strangers and hawking their wares.
But when you need to network for a small business, you might be less than excited to pack up your business cards and work the room. Still, connecting with people live (yes, it’s still done) is a great way to make new contacts, get some advice, and generate leads.
Here are some tips to help you network for a small business :
Let’s face it, even the largest companies are smart about how they spend money, and try to keep expenses in check. But there’s a difference between being Coca-Cola and being a new business. You can grow your top line, but to have a great bottom line, you need to keep costs down. So how to run your business on a budget but still get the job done?
Here are tips for running your business on a budget:
Most of us recycle, and are mindful of wasting water or using Styrofoam, or other environmentally-conscious things. But that’s usually on an individual level, in our homes.
While we might remember to recycle printed documents, sometimes there aren’t many more eco-friendly activities during the work day. But if you are committed, and creative, you can find a lot of little ways to make the corporate carbon footprint a bit smaller.
We wrote some time ago about telecommuting and how to make that work for you. But key to working remotely is having the right set-up at home to be able to be productive and the best way to have a dedicated space for your work.
Here are some tips for setting up a great home office:
We can’t avoid the team meeting, the one-on-one feedback session, or the companywide annual call. We’re humans, and we like to interact. Business meetings are simply a fact of American corporate life. But they also can easily disintegrate into unfocused, undisciplined wastes of time. How do you make sure that you run an effective meeting that is worth its conference room hour?
We have discussed in the past how LinkedIn is a must-use resource if you are looking for a job. But it is also incredibly valuable as an employer looking for new hires. With more than 400 million members, there’s a huge pool of talent available. And if you take advantage of the extensive features available, you can easily design a search where you are using LinkedIn for recruiting that is productive and not overwhelming.
Here are some tips to using LinkedIn for recruiting:
You’re a growing business, and you suddenly realize you need a lot more support in areas like IT or accounting. Or maybe you have a short-term project that needs a lot of people, but not forever. Or you have a lot of temporary support from a variety of agencies, but its time-consuming to manage them all. One solution could be using a managed service provider.
Things to know when considering using a managed service provider:
People look for new jobs for a variety of reasons. If they’re just entering the job market, say, straight from college, their primary motivation might be to just get experience, even if the pay isn’t great. For others, they might be looking for more flexible work hours, or an opportunity for promotion. But whatever the reason for looking for a new job, one of the ways to keep people at the current job is to keep them encouraged. It's important to know how to motivate employees, not just lead them.
Often feeling encouraged at work can be more important than an incremental raise, more vacation days, or other purely economic benefits. For most of us, the paycheck matters, but money isn’t everything.