Even though there has been an enormous uptick in remote arrangements, home offices and other flexible work plans, most people still spend a lot of their 9 to 5 in a setting planned by someone else. The good news is, companies can update the office space in ways that can truly impact employee satisfaction and productivity, and it doesn’t have to break the bank.
There’s something that just sounds cool about being an entrepreneur. It conjures up visions of making your own hours, answering to no one but yourself, following a passion, and making a great fortune. And technically, all of that can be true if you start your own business. But most people know it’s a long road from an idea on a napkin to world domination (if that’s your kind of thing).
Here are things to consider before you start your own business:
You're sitting across the interview table from a prospective candidate. Their resume is in your hand. You have a notebook of questions to ask and a pen ready to record their responses. As you begin the conversation, you find that they are witty, well-read, and an extensive traveler, as are you.
Like your business partner, they enjoy Italian reds and domestic beer. The company softball team needs a new pitcher and they played varsity in high school. This person begins to evolve into more than your next supply manager. They just make sense. They’re the right. . . cultural fit. Hiring them is a no-brainer.
Or is it?
If you are new to the hiring process, or a veteran looking to improve your vetting skills, read on. We have a few unusual hiring tips that you may not have thought of.
Most of those who hire regularly have gotten good at spotting red flags like gaps on resumes, or noting bad communication skills during the interview. But these extra efforts could be incredibly helpful in really learning all you can about your candidate.
It’s always exciting to meet potential hires. It means the company is growing, actively searching for new talent, and people are interested in becoming part of the team. And in most cases, you are going to be spending a lot of time with these people so it’s an important new relationship. But what if you should pass on a candidate?
Certainly some interviews go so poorly that it’s a no-brainer that the person is not going to work out. But sometimes, there are equally compelling parts and things that give you pause.
Here are signs that you should pass on a candidate:
As the economy continues to recover from the dark days of the recession, there is still a lot of discussion about how to hire the best people, the trends among Millennials and unemployment and job search advice. But that doesn’t mean that people don’t have choices. So what do you do if employees are leaving? You need to take a hard look at your company and the dynamics that could be accidentally driving away your talent.
Consider the following if employees are leaving your company:
We get it. The workday seems to be getting more and more hectic. Checking your email, sitting on conference calls, creating presentations and meeting deadlines can quickly overwhelm. But one way to keep calm and carry on is to keep your desk neat and office space tidy.
Despite recent reports that a messy desk can support creativity, it’s fairly limited to the idea of keeping files accessible, not a desk full of post-its and pictures.
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 :