Office Management & HR

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  • 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

    Sexual harassment is only one type of harassment, and it, along with all other forms of harassment, should not be allowed in your workplace.

  • 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.

  • Job Qualifications Can Contain Legal Traps

    'Job Qualifications Can Contain Legal Traps' reports on the correct way to determine job qualifications for an vacant position, thereby avoiding liability in discrimination suits.

  • Keeping Your Workplace Healthy

    There are steps every employer can take to reduce the risk of exposure to the flu and in the event of a pandemic.

  • 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.

  • Locating and Deciding On the Right Business Facility

    When you are ready to start looking for a specific facility to rent or buy, it's a two-step process of conducting the search and deciding which facility is best.

  • Make Your Home Office More Ergonomically Correct

    There are many steps you can take to improve the quality of life in your home office.

  • Making a Job Offer: Information to Include

    After you've interviewed your employee candidates and checked their backgrounds, you are ready to make a job offer. Certain information should be included in the offer, and statements that imply an employee contract should be avoided unless that is your intention.

  • Making Communication Equipment and Service Choices to Meet Your Business Needs

    Communication and the right equipment to do it with is absolutely vital to the running of most every business. Today's communication services include phone systems (both landlines and wireless) and mail and package delivery.

  • Making Deductions From Employees' Pay

    There are three basic categories of deductions employers make from pay: legally required deductions, deductions for the employer's convenience and deductions for the employee's benefit.

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