Here are 6 #MondayMotivation tips to get you through the (inevitable) workweek.
They say there’s no such thing as a free lunch, but try telling that to the employees at Airbnb, Facebook and Google, where gourmet meals come with the territory. Free gourmet meals may seem like an over-the-top employee perk to some, but that’s tame compared to what other companies offer. From free booze to on-site massages, the following perks put free coffee and casual Fridays to shame.
Small businesses created 63,000 private sector jobs in August, according the ADP, which released its monthly Small Business Employment Report today. The number is up slightly from July, when small businesses added 61,000 jobs. As I mentioned last month, these are modest gains, but not uncommon for the summer months.
Looking at company size, very small businesses (those with 1-19 employees) added 24,000 jobs, and other small businesses (those with 20-49 employees) added 38,000 jobs.
The unemployment rate may be at a low 4.9 percent, with millions of workers back to work since the height of the recession, but Americans’ financial struggles are far from behind them. According to new research from CareerBuilder, 75 percent of American workers live paycheck to paycheck to make ends meet. While 38 percent of all workers only live paycheck to paycheck “sometimes,” 23 percent say they always live paycheck to paycheck, and 15 percent said they usually do.
Thanks to technology that enables us to work from anywhere at any time, many small business employers let team members telecommute. The option to work remotely routinely or even occasionally can be a great retention tool as it improves morale by providing employees a better work-life balance. Likewise, this attractive benefit may give your small business a competitive advantage when recruiting new talent.
It’s the question every small business leader dreads: “Can I have a raise?” It’s not that you don’t want to grant your employees a raise — especially when they deserve it — it’s that you simply don’t have the budget right now.
If you’ve ran the numbers and there’s simply no way to offer your employee a raise right now, it is best to be honest with the employee and explain the situation.
Small business owners already pressed for time and eager to fill vacancies may gloss over the process of checking references. But skimping now can result in major repercussions later when a bad hire takes a toll on the company and forces you back to recruiting from square one.
View reference checks as a valuable opportunity rather than as a chore, and go beyond simply verifying titles and dates of employment.
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