Safety First: Ensuring Your Employees are First Aid Trained

Having at least one employee that has relevant first aid training is mandatory in many places, but highly recommended in all. Even in seemingly the safest work environments, there’s always the chance that someone will need medical assistance. If you’re running your own business and have employees, then it’s high time that you did the right thing and got them trained up in first aid.

First aid training

Why first aid training is important

Potential hazards are everywhere; if you work with machinery then you’ll be well aware of them, but you might never have considered the knives in the office kitchen, or the plug sockets under the desk.…

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Employee Appreciation: A Cornerstone of All Successful Businesses

In many ways, employees are your most valuable asset as a business owner. They are the fabric that makes up your company and has so much of an influence over its relative success or failure. Find a good team of people, treat them right, and your business will flourish. But neglect them, and you can kiss goodbye to both profits and loyalty. Here’s why employee appreciation is so vital.

Employee appreciation

Productivity

It’s common sense that if people feel undervalued within a job, they are far less likely to put in the extra hours on your behalf. Why would they, if they aren’t getting the necessary emotional or financial return for their efforts?…

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How to Implement Successful and Compliant HR Procedures

Human resources (or HR as it is commonly referred to) are a key component of contemporary business modelling. It essentially refers to the management of the people who work for a particular company, and it is required to make provisions for their remuneration, professional well-being and safety within the workplace. While its purpose may be broadly understood, however, implementing a successful and compliant HR strategy requires a great deal of time, effort, and significant financial investment.

HR procedures

3 Tips for Implementing a Successful and Compliant HR Strategy

With this in mind, what practical steps can you take to implement a viable HR strategy that serves your employees while also remaining compliant with UK law?…

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How to Get Your Employees to Like You

Business owners and managers worldwide all know there are few things easier in this world than the ability to get your employees to HATE you. In fact, it often requires no effort at all.

The fact that you’re at the top and they’re at the bottom, or somewhere in between, is enough reason for most employees to sneer at you behind your back and act with a certain level of defiance when you address them.

Bad management by a bad boss

Getting employees to LIKE you is a skill that is naturally in-born to some. To the rest of us, there’s an inevitable learning curve. Some employees are going to hate you no matter how hard you try.…

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Tips for Getting an Underperforming Team Back on Track

When a team member starts to perform poorly it will affect your company’s business but when the whole team slips off track it can be a lot more serious.

In this sort of situation it is important to take the initiative and try to resolve the problems as soon as you can. Thankfully, there are some simple and sensible tips to let you do this quickly and efficiently. The following are some excellent ideas for getting back on track as soon as possible.

Lead your team to get back on track

Talk to Them More

A common problem in many businesses is that the staff feel that their bosses don’t talk to them enough.…

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5 Benefits of Project Management

SMB CEOs – if you want to get things done within your company, you need to set every goal as a project, and projects need to be managed for the best results. Let’s explore project management benefits, shall we?

Project management

On a contrary to what people believe, project management is not only about new product launch or customers’ orders.

Let’s define “project”: It’s a temporary group activity designed to produce a unique product, service or result (source.)

Launching a new store is a project. Recruiting new employees is a project. Improving your IT system is a project.

As you can see, everything needs to be considered as projects.…

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How to Attract and Retain the Best Talent in 2014

Back in 1997, McKinsey wrote the ‘War on talent’. They observed and predicted that hiring and keeping the best people was the biggest challenge for business. But, since 2008 and the (almost) global recession, the war seems to have been more easily fought. The balance of power shifted. Suddenly, employers had the upper hand and they had a choice of candidates who would work under pretty much any conditions.

Attracting and retaining top talents

Six years later, in 2014, the pendulum is swinging back in favour of the employee. Suddenly employers can’t find high calibre candidates quickly enough. Wages are rising and there are murmurs of discontent amongst existing staff.…

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Use Specialists and Technology for Best Business Structure

Businesses in America are becoming increasingly aware that combining the latest in technology with in-house human resources staff is the key to maintaining all-round success.

Some companies have chosen to get rid of their human resources departments but experts say that this is a mistake that could have serious implications for the future of these businesses.

human resources

Why is it happening?

As managers see more highly effective, easy to use human resources software coming on to the market, some are taking the opinion that it is now more cost-effective and productive to outsource or automate personnel-related tasks, such as the administration of payroll.…

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Your Employees are Clients, Too: Why You Should Gift Them Accordingly

Do you remember the last time you received something special at the office? I’ll bet it made your day.

Sending gifts to clients around the holidays or to say “thank you” has become routine, yet we rarely consider doing the same for employees. And if you’re not including employees on your gift list, you’re missing out on an opportunity to add value to your business by encouraging and supporting your staff.

Thank you gift from Superman

Recognizing an employee’s efforts is a simple yet powerful way to boost performance. Employees who feel appreciated tend to work harder and remain loyal to their employers, and giving also works as an incentive for others who see that you appreciate and reward exceptional work.…

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Education For Small Business Owners – Finding The Right Course

You are well aware by now that running a successful business is not as simple as turning ideas to a reality. The market is tough. As the colossal coldness runs through your bowels, you want to do anything you can to take the leap.

Educational resources can help you evolve and grow – they range from taking expert-taught courses to completing a masters or other advanced degree. However, pursuing these courses via traditional structured education can often be impractical for small business owners. The good news? Growth of online education is changing all that.

Learning online

With the availability and flexibility of online programs, it’s a perk that small and midsize company CEOs may want to consider, for themselves and for key personnel, informs Richard Skolnik, State University of New York’s dean of the business school.…

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