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How to Deal with Problem Employees

Problem employees require you to follow some general steps when handling any difficult situation with them. You must deal with a business employee who's either unintentionally or willfully acting against [more…]

How to Handle Late or Absent Employees

You have to address chronic lateness or absenteeism from an employee. If your employee comes in to your business late every morning — or is absent, or taking personal day after personal day — you'll soon [more…]

How to Change Negative Attitudes at Your Workplace

A negative attitude can be contagious, so make those negative attitudes positive ones! Some employees who have negative attitudes aren’t doing anything particularly wrong; they just have a cynical, negative [more…]

How to React to Threats and Potential Workplace Violence

Take steps to prevent workplace violence and prepare your business and employees to deal with workplace violence if it does occur. Provide your employees with a safe, secure workplace where violence is [more…]

How to Cope with Employee Burnout

Employees experiencing burnout often feel like they’ve lost control, and an employee that's sick of the workplace may experience exhaustion and even illness. If you have an employee that shows signs of [more…]

How to Encourage Workplace Diplomacy

Office politics refers to how employees interact in your business. Help your employees become diplomats in your business's office environment. Business diplomacy can help employees operate effectively [more…]

How to Keep Business E-Mails Professional

Although sending e-mails from your business e-mail address may feel informal, you need to keep those business e-mails professional. For the sake of your business, set a few e-mail guidelines: [more…]

Copyrighting Your Business's Creations

A copyright is a form of protection provided to the authors of “original works of authorship,” including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain other intellectual works, both published and [more…]

Protecting Your Business's Creations with a Patent

Patents allow the patent holder (in this case, your business) an exclusive right to obtain the full financial benefits of your business's patented invention before others are allowed to help themselves [more…]

Dealing with Zoning Laws for Your Home-Based Business

Zoning laws are, among other things, the government’s favorite way of trying to keep residential areas residential and business areas business. Local government's zoning laws make everyone [more…]

Finding Information about Licenses and Permits for Your Business

You can find a business license or permit for most any occasion. Which licenses and permits does your business need? The kind of licenses and permits you need really depends on in which city, county, and [more…]

How to Choose a Lawyer to Work with Your Business

Believe it or not, most lawyers are nice people, and a lawyer can help you start and maintain your small business. Any business — even a home-based business — needs an attorney on its support team. [more…]

How to Develop Good Relations with Your Employees

Your business's employees keep your business going, so it's important that you keep them happy and productive if you want your business to grow. The key to having a good relationship with your employees [more…]

How to Effectively Compliment or Criticize an Employee's Work

Compliments and criticism are unavoidable in the workplace. Both cases point the way toward increased business success, so, from a managerial point of view, they are important tools for making your small [more…]

Interacting with Employees with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires that employers make reasonable accommodations for employees with disabilities. If your business hires an employee with a disability, you need to accommodate [more…]

Doing Business in a Multicultural Environment

Along with the cultural diversity inherent in the global marketplace comes confusion about how to behave. People don’t always know how to interact with others from different ethnic and racial backgrounds [more…]

How to Get Your Business Involved in Videoconferencing

Videoconferencing at many businesses today comes as affordable Web and videoconferencing software for Internet meetings. Some businesses still use old-style videoconferencing, but the Web is taking over [more…]

How to Use High-Tech Gadgets Courteously

How you use high-tech gadgets at your business can reflect on your business courtesy. High-tech-device faux pas in business situations throw politeness out the window [more…]

How to Plan a Business Meeting

Planning a business meeting can be a thankless job. How you plan a business meeting goes unnoticed unless something at the business meeting goes wrong — and that kind of recognition is never good. Plan [more…]

How to Plan a Promotional Event for Your Business

Promotional events can help elevate your business above your competition. Your promotional event's creative theme and the fact that you’re holding an event set your business apart from your competitors [more…]

How to Build a Professional Network

Building a professional network of clients and contacts for your business involves how you relate to people. Developing a professional network includes awareness of people who interact with your business [more…]

How to Instruct Staff in Cultural Competency

Doing business with sensitivity to cultural differences may require staff training and education. Employees who interact with publics from a variety of cultures should be competent in their cultural awareness [more…]

Preparing to Appraise Job Performance

When conducting performance appraisals in the workplace, make sure that you are well prepared to assess your employees’ performance and deliver your evaluation. Use this checklist to help you provide meaningful [more…]

How to Conduct a Performance Appraisal in the Workplace

As you conduct performance appraisal sessions as a manager or supervisor, use the following guidelines to help you increase the likelihood of having a positive and productive exchange with your employees [more…]

How to Follow Up after a Job Performance Appraisal Session

After you’ve conducted and completed performance appraisal or evaluation sessions with your employees, it’s time to shift your focus from their past performance to their future performance. These tips [more…]

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