Support Your Team: September 2014 Recap

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September Blog RecapBack in May, our blog covered topics on building up your staff and creating a strong team (here’s the link in case you missed that one). Hopefully, you took our advice and now you have solid staff support in place.

But simply hiring the right people and putting them in the right position is not enough. You need to have the proper support and benefits in place to not only attract top talent, but to keep them happy and keep them producing. This month we focused on ways that you can offer employees what they want without breaking the bank.

In case you missed it, here are some of our top blog posts from the month of September:

What Your Culture Says About Your Company


A company’s culture does not develop overnight, but you can bet when prospective employees are considering taking a position at your business, one of the first things they notice is the culture. Whether or not you proactively try to cultivate a certain atmosphere, your business will develop an attitude and it begins with you. Read more about how to instill your values in your employees and create the working environment that will embody those ideals in this post.

Provide Guidance for Career Growth


We all know the value of a truly great mentor. In fact, you probably have a mentor who has advised or helped you in some manner to get your business off the ground. The experience of being able to learn from someone who has been in your shoes and has been faced with similar obstacles is invaluable. And, it’s something that your employees want.

So rather than forcing them to look outside of your company for guidance, why not develop a mentorship program in your business? It’s not as difficult as you may think, and it could result in happier, more engaged employees who are motivated to help you and your business succeed. We outline the steps for creating a mentorship program in your small business (and on a small business budget) in this post.

All Work and No Play Does Not a Happy Employee Make


There’s no denying the physical benefits of getting out of the office and participating in something active. But your budget probably does not allow for you to supply gym memberships to every employee on your payroll. But making it a point to get your staff out of the day-to-day office grind does have its benefits which could have a positive effect on your business’s bottom line. We outline 10 solid benefits of supporting office recreation in this post.

Maternity Leave Made Simple


When you are a small operation, every employee plays a critical role and a long leave of absence could severally hinder operations. But, life happens – literally – and chances are you’ll have a member of your team who becomes pregnant at some point.

But planning ahead can make sure that your business doesn’t come to a screeching halt when your employee has to take an extended leave. Here’s some ideas to get started in this post.

Healthcare Benefits Don’t Have To Be Scary


Ever since the Affordable Care Act, healthcare benefits has been a hot-button issue. It is true that if you employ fewer than 50 people, you are not required to insure all your employees. But due to new definitions and regulations, many small business owners are facing increased premiums or being kicked off their plans entirely.

Whether you’re a sole proprietor, are pooling with other small businesses or if you hire independent contractors, we discuss what your options are for insuring yourself and potentially your staff in this post.


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