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Managing Employees

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How to Field Employee Complaints

When you receive complaints from an employee, listen first.. If your employee is complaining about some aspect of the business or workplace, find out why. After you listen, you should also [more…]

How to Encourage Your Employees to Take Smart Risks

If you want a creative, motivated employee workforce, you need to accept some smart risks. An employee's truly innovative idea, although it comes with risk, can spark your team to pursue a new adventure [more…]

How to Counteract the Employee Grapevine

A grapevine exists among your business's employees (every business has an employee grapevine). But you can limit the grapevine's potential for demotivating employees by feeding it accurate information. [more…]

How to Empower Your Employees

Empowerment for your employees involves delegating responsibility with authority. When you empower an employee, you give him or her, the responsibility to make decisions about a project and decide how [more…]

How to Give an Employee Performance Appraisal

When giving an employee a performance appraisal (which you should do at least once a year), it needs to include feedback to the employee — and that’s not always positive. But a performance appraisal needs [more…]

How to Decide on a Method of Employee Training

You may need to train your new employees (and current employees) in a particular business area. Choose a training method that's appropriate for your employees, as well as the area in which you're training [more…]

How to Set a Salary Scale for Your Employees

You need to establish a salary pay scale for employees within your business. Don't hire employees and offer them salaries at random. The salary scale you decide on can influence your business, so choose [more…]

What Benefits to Offer Your Employees

Offer desirable employee benefits if you want your business to retain its employees. Although a full range of employee benefits from your business aren't required, you may need to do so to attract and [more…]

Using Financial Incentives to Motivate Employees

Financial incentive programs are designed to inspire employee loyalty and increase productivity among employees. For all financial incentive programs, your employees need to understand the criteria for [more…]

The Types of Workplace Teams

The kind of team that you set up among your business's employees depends on that employee team's assigned goal. A workplace team means a group of employees who are working together on either a temporary [more…]

How to Make Temporary Workers Feel Welcome

Temporary workers, also called contingent workers, work for your business on a temporary basis, such as during busy periods. Temporary workers increasingly fill businesses' staffing needs. [more…]

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…]

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