Make advance preparations for year-end bonuses

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About 35 percent of small-business owners gave year-end bonuses last year, the U.S. Small Business Administration reports. Bonuses range in size depending upon the industry and company. They can be a way to retain employees and show gratitude for them during the holiday season, but they … Continued

Be mindful of child labor laws when hiring family

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Small-business owners may want to utilize as much help from family as possible when operating their business, but it’s important to recognize all laws and regulations when it comes to employing minors. Business owners must follow federal guidelines, as well as state-specific guidelines. Many of … Continued

Avoid huge employee vacation balances

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Experts suggest business owners have a firm vacation and rollover policy. Most full-time employees, about 86 percent according to the Society of Human Resources Management, will have between six and 20 vacation days each year if they work for a business that offers paid … Continued

Does your business have a tattoo policy?

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Tattoos and body piercings in the workplace have been debated for years. The debate oftentimes centers around whether they should be allowed, whether they should be visible and whether they should even be a factor in employment. It’s a question human resource experts and business … Continued

Constant complaining can poison a workplace

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Most everyone has come into contact with a complainer or a whiner. You likely know a person who has something negative to say about almost everything. It’s even worse when it’s a day-in and day-out occurrence at work. Complaints can poison a workplace, decrease morale … Continued

Constant complaining can poison a workplace

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Most everyone has come into contact with a complainer or a whiner. You likely know a person who has something negative to say about almost everything. It’s even worse when it’s a day-in and day-out occurrence at work. Complaints can poison a workplace, decrease morale … Continued

Policies to stop workplace bullying

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Workplace bullying can affect an employee’s health, well-being and job performance, and it can have adverse effects on the business, its bottom line and its reputation. There is no state or federal law on the issue, so it is up to the business owner to … Continued

Ensure controls are in place to stop fraud

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Fraud happens, and it can hit businesses hard. The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners reports that organizations worldwide lose about 5 percent of their annual revenue to fraud. That loss can be particularly harmful to small-business owners, as the median cost of a case … Continued

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