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Blurred Lines: Potential Pitfalls of Hiring Friends and Family

On paper, hiring friends and family to work for you often seems like a great idea. You already know each other’s personalities, work ethics, strengths, and weaknesses and are able to easily communicate with each other about important topics or issues that arise. However, in practice, that’s not always how it works out. Before you […]

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The Results Are In: Business Performance Predictions for 2019

In December, we polled our readers about their business performance predictions for the new year, and the results show an overall optimistic outlook for 2019. The top response was “moderate growth” with 59% of the votes followed by “steady, but unchanged” in second with 25%, and a “decrease in business” in third with 9%. Only […]

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New Survey: Businesses Reporting It’s Even Harder to Find Workers

83% of Businesses Say “Difficult” to Recruit and Hire; Still a Job Seeker’s Market In Omaha, Nebraska, Express Employment Professionals franchise owner Bernie Inbody says recruiting new workers is a “constant grind” for local companies that has become even harder in recent months. He’s not alone. With companies growing and unemployment low, it is becoming […]

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Infographic: The Do’s and Don’ts of Constructive Criticism

Providing meaningful and constructive criticism to your employees is not only an important part of building and maintaining a productive team, but when done right, it can also help the people you lead grow. Check out this infographic from GetVoip, a provider of user reviews and comprehensive research on thousands of VoIP solutions and applications, for […]

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4 Signs It’s Time to Hire an HR Manager

In most small businesses, a modest team of dedicated owners and employees often wear multiple hats when it comes to running the day-to-day activities. From receptionist to bookkeeper to office manager, there are a wide variety of roles that must be performed to ensure success, and when resources are limited, it falls on the entire […]

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Question of the Month: Does Your Company Have a Workplace Chaplain?

A chaplain is “a cleric or a lay representative of a religious tradition, attached to a secular institution such as a hospital, prison, military unit, school, labor union, business, police department, fire department, university, or private chapel.” Many businesses have established chaplaincy programs as a benefit to help employees deal with a broad range of […]

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Survey: Most Businesses Don’t Expect 2019 Recession

76% Don’t Expect Recession Over Coming Year; Job Market, Wage Growth Are Positive Signs At year end, businesses have confidence in the economy, with most predicting no recession in 2019. In the December survey of 445 businesses, only 1% of respondents expect a recession in the next three months, while 8% expect one in three […]

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The Value Staffing Companies Provide Goes Beyond Temporary Help

In Express Employment Professionals’ recent Fourth Quarter 2018 Job Insights survey, 79% of businesses surveyed said that it was “somewhat” or “very” difficult to for them to fill open positions. And in our current labor-short job market, skilled job seekers have more options than ever, so retaining top talent has become a vital component to […]

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5 Tips for Going Green in 2019

Although the world’s brightest scientific minds are steadily working to get there, a viable option for settling Mars is still just beyond our grasp. So, in the meantime, it’s important to focus on taking care of the planet we already have. Businesses are becoming increasingly aware of their impact on the environment, and in many […]

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