Office Management & HR

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  • How Do You Publicize a Job Opening?

    There are various ways to let the world know that you're hiring, including advertising in newspapers and online, in trade journals and depending on your budget, on the radio or television.

  • How Much Property and Liability Insurance is Enough for Your Business?

    Having adequate insurance coverage is crucial, but overdoing can cause serious economic harm to your business.

  • How the Unemployment System Works -- Part 1

    'How the Unemployment System Works -- Part 1' reports on the ins and outs of the unemployment compensation system, including how your tax rate is assessed and the eligibility requirements for employees.

  • How the Unemployment System Works -- Part 2

    'How the Unemployment System Works -- Part 2' reports on the ins and outs of the unemployment compensation system, including which factors can make one of your employees disqualified for benefits

  • How to Determine How Much to Pay Your Employees

    Complying with wage and hour law and doing payroll are vital components of the process of paying your employees. First, however, you must decide what amount to pay them. What other employers in comparable businesses are paying is a good way to determine what an employee's salary or salary range should be.

  • How to Effectively Deal With Employees' Complaints

    Whether you have a formal or informal complaint process in place or just handle complaints on a case-by-case basis, be sure you understand how to deal with employee complaints effectively.

  • How to Save Dollars When Purchasing Business Equipment

    You need to make the most of your purchasing dollars when you buy equipment for your business. Ways you can save money include buying used equipment and negotiating your purchase price and finance terms.

  • Identifying and Addressing Employee Turnover Issues

    High employee turnover can have a severe impact on your business, both financially and emotionally. If you suspect that turnover is an issue for your business, you should take steps to recognize possible causes of turnover, measure your turnover rate, determine turnover costs, and then address your turnover problems.

  • Identifying and Preventing Harassment in Your Workplace

    The workplace is no place for harassment of any kind. It's critical to establish proper policies to identify and prevent harassment.

  • Implementing Workplace Policies for Drug and Alcohol Issues

    Dealing with drugs and alcohol in the workplace can be especially sensitive, but problems in this area can have a negative impact on a business in several areas and shouldn't be ignored. Different substance abuse strategies are available for employers to implement and sometimes required by law, including a written policy, employee assistance programs and under certain conditions, drug testing. Federal contractors may be required to comply with the Drug Free Workplace Act.

  • Improving Employee Morale and Motivation

    Whether you've determined that your business has an employee morale issue or you want to up your employees' motivation, there are several excellent ways to increase morale and motivation without incurring high costs.

  • Investigating Your Employees' Complaints and Problems

    Depending on the type of employee problem you're dealing with and its severity, you may have to go beyond conducting a basic investigation and employ advanced investigation techniques. These advanced techniques, such as employee monitoring and polygraph tests, may be legally prohibited under certain circumstances.

  • Is It Time for Your Business to Leave Home?

    There are a variety of reasons why it may be no longer desirable or feasible to run your business from your home.

  • Is Time Off To Vote Required By Your State?

    Employers need to be aware of various state laws and penalties regarding employees' right to vote during working hours.

  • Is Your Employee Morale Suffering?

    It's safe to say that the higher employee morale is, the better it is for your business. A workplace with high morale has employees who feel that they are treated fairly and valued and appreciated. Asking your employees for their input or doing a written survey is a good way to find out whether the morale in your workplace needs to be improved.

  • Keoghs Are a Flexible Retirement Plan Choice for the Self-Employed

    Keogh plans are retirement plans available to businesses that operate as sole proprietorships, partnerships or LLCs. Keogh plans are very popular with self-employed individuals who want to set up a retirement plan with business advantages.

  • Leasing Equipment for Your Business

    Leasing equipment to meet your business needs is a viable alternative to purchasing equipment and sometimes the only recourse for a new business or those in a cash or credit crunch.

  • Legal Restrictions on Home Businesses

    Federal, state and local governments impose rules and restrictions on running a business out of your home.

  • Lesser-Known Parts of the FLSA

    "'Lesser-Known Parts of the FLSA' reports on some of the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act that you might not be aware of."

  • Let Your Business Do the Hiring and Protect Yourself from Liability

    Establishing a formal entity structure for your business makes it possible to have the company do the employee hiring, protecting you from the legal liabilities that can arise during the hiring process.

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