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    You’re the Boss (for the newly promoted)

      Moving from one of the gang to being the boss can often be a hard transition. The people that now report to you are, or were, your friends. You commiserated about how bad management is. Now you are “management.” New managers often find it hard to claim their power. If you have recently been promoted or if you started your own company and hired friends (I recommend against hiring friends), it is important for you to clear the air and start anew with your former coworkers. Begin by having a group meeting. Explain that this change will naturally change your relationship, but you are the same person. Maintain a…

  • Office Culture,  Uncategorized

    10 principles for creating a positive and productive working group

    I am often asked, “What are the conditions for a good working group?” Years of working with groups have led me to 10 Principles for creating a positive and productive working group. Whether your group is at your job or a part of another organization, the ten principles still apply. 1.      Recognize and acknowledge your strengths Unless you recognize your own strengths and are comfortable with them, it will be difficult to recognize the strengths of others. 2.      Recognize and acknowledge your weaknesses By recognizing and acknowledging your weaknesses you are able and willing to find and appreciate others who can compensate for what you do not bring to the…

  • Hiring Practices,  Uncategorized

    The five best interview questions I’ve heard (or asked)

    With success, you will hire a lot of employees in the next few years. You may wonder what questions you should ask to get the best information from the people you are interviewing. Your goal is to get not only the most qualified employee but also to get one that has good judgment, is a good problem solver, and will fit in well with your team. In behavioral based interviewing, you ask the interviewee to tell you about a time when they had to do something. I am very biased toward this type of interviewing, instead of asking the typical, “What would you do if…” type question. Anyone can hypothetically answer of what they should do…

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    Beware of the psychic vampire

      When you are starting a business, it is important to surround yourself with positive and supportive people. You want people who will be honest with you, but you don’t want people who suck the living life out of you. Even if you have never heard the term psychic vampire used to describe a person, chances are you have met one. A psychic vampire can be your neighbor, your coworker, or even a family member. I am not talking about a vicious person who will bite you in the neck at the first opening – well, not literally anyway. The psychic vampire very slowly sucks the blood and energy from…

  • Human Resources,  Uncategorized

    When is it time to hire an HR professional?

    I am frequently asked, “At what point in our growth should we hire an HR person?” This is a great question! Human Resources has many functions and even though it is all under umbrella of HR, there are different areas of expertise. Take a look at our blog about what HR does. When thinking about adding an HR person, it is probably best to break it down into the stages of your company’s growth.   The early stage start-up  (No HR person needed) If you are just starting out with 1 – 24 paid employees, you don’t need an HR person. You will need payroll and appropriate onboarding so that you stay compliant with minimum wage,…

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    Mistakes Happen!

    When you are starting a company. Every decision seems critical and every mistake seems monumental. However, there is one guarantee…you, your co-founders and your employees will make mistakes. Everybody does. Some mistakes may be BIG and some will be small. Regardless of whether the mistake is big or small you will probably be a bit upset that it happened. Depending on your company and the job, there could be mistake that has serious consequences. Unfortunately, if you are in business long enough, mistakes will be made that have serious consequences. Dealing with employee errors is a part of being a good manager. If you hired well and trust your employees, then keep in…

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    Accentuate the positive

    Did your grandmother sing that song by Bing Crosby. Probably not, but it’s one of my go to feel good songs. (I’ve posted it below) You may have heard the phrase, “Attitude is a small thing that makes a BIG difference.” How simple and true. As you probably know, in nature there is the “Law of Attraction.” The law of attraction says, “That which is like unto itself is attracted.” This is similar to the phrase “Birds of a feather flock together.” When this law is applied to human actions and intentions, it tells us that is we think about what we want – if we keep focused on our positive intentions-…

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    The Five Essentials of Hiring Exceptional Employees

    If you can hire the right people, with the right attitude, you have done than 80% of your job right. Hiring the right person for the job may be the most important thing an entrepreneur can do to ensure their success. If you hire smart, it becomes much easier to manage. I have seen some poor managers who have very effective teams because they knew how to hire the right people. Hiring is both a science and an art. You can do everything right and still get the wrong person in the job; however if you do everything right up to the point of hiring, you significantly increase your chances…

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    What does HR do anyway?

    Having been in the field of HR a very long time, there is one thing I know. Most people don’t understand what Human Resources does. Hiring or recruiting is actually only a minor part of the job. Here is a list of what is included under the umbrella of HR: Oversees job recruits, selection, review, and promotion. Creates a compelling orientation program for new hires. Evaluates and oversees employee benefits and wellness programs. Facilitates meetings to ensure balanced participation. Provides guidance regarding disciplinary actions. Assists in creating and monitoring employee morale and company culture. Develops and provides employee development opportunities and plans. This includes developing and conducting training programs. Develops and enforces company…

  • Pay,  Uncategorized

    Setting up payroll

    Setting up payroll Deciding to hire your first employee on payroll is a big step, but millions of companies do it, so you can too. Payroll is sometimes considered an HR function because of the employment regulations that go with it and it is sometimes considered an accounting function because compensation is one of your biggest expenses. It is definitely both. As you grow, you will eventually make the decision where it resides in your business. But for now… Before you begin Whether you plan to run payroll on your own or use a third party vendor to do it, there are some things only you can do. Each state may…