Author:  Rieva Lesonsky

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5 Ways to Attract Employees When Opening a Small Business

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By Rieva Lesonsky on October 29, 2014

You’re opening a small business, and there are a million things to think about. One of them is hiring employees—but how are you supposed to compete with the Googles, AT&Ts and Costcos of the world when it comes to attracting …Read More

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In Employee Engagement, Relationships Matter

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By Rieva Lesonsky on September 23, 2014

“Employee engagement” is a hot buzzword these days. It refers to employees who are more than just “satisfied” with their jobs—they are energized, excited and passionate about their jobs and the company they work for. Engaged employees go above and …Read More

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It’s Getting Harder to Hire Millennials

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By Rieva Lesonsky on August 27, 2014

No doubt you’ve seen all the news stories about how Millennials fresh out of college have $100,000 student loans hanging over their heads and are happy to find jobs working at Starbucks. So that 20-something job candidate you just interviewed should …Read More

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Why Employers Should Offer Telecommuting Perks

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By Rieva Lesonsky on August 20, 2014

Are you trying to recruit new employees? Then you’d better be sure telecommuting is an option for your staff. Employees love benefits like telecommuting so much that they’re not willing to give it up, reports a recent survey by Staples. …Read More

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Retaining Senior Workers with Millennials

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By Rieva Lesonsky on August 11, 2014

Does your small business rely on employees age 55 or even 65 and up? A growing number of workplaces do, as more and more Americans are working longer. According to Gallup, just 26 percent of Americans expect to retire before …Read More

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It's Not Too Late to Hire Students This Summer

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By Rieva Lesonsky on July 9, 2014

Do you want to hire students this summer to round out your seasonal staffing needs? If so, you’re in the minority; a survey by insurance carrier EMPLOYERS reports only 20% of small businesses are hiring student workers this summer. Of the small …Read More

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Are You Educating Your Employees About Your Employee Bene...

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By Rieva Lesonsky on June 30, 2014

Offering employee benefits is a big part of attracting and retaining qualified employees today. So if your small business is going to the trouble and expense of paying for employee benefits, don’t you want to play that up to current …Read More

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A 5-Step Plan to Effectively Mentor Your Employees

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By Rieva Lesonsky on June 16, 2014

Are you looking for a free way to attract and retain employees, hone your employees’ skills and make your business more successful? Look no further than mentoring. Mentoring is a relationship where a more experienced person works with a novice, …Read More

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Is It Time to Give Your Employee a Raise?

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By Rieva Lesonsky on June 5, 2014

Is the only way someone can get a raise at your company by quitting and going to work for a competitor? That’s the unfortunate reality at too many small businesses. Having worked in and consulted with small businesses for decades, …Read More

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5 Ways to Have an Effective Employee Rewards Program

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By Rieva Lesonsky on June 3, 2014

How do you make your small business the kind of place where everyone wants to work? One way is by ensuring that the people who already work for you are happy and feel valued and rewarded. RELATED POST: The Compensation …Read More

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