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If you think large companies are the only ones who need to worry about conducting background checks, you may be setting up your small business for potential problems. Because of close working quarters, staff members oftentimes have significant access to accounts and confidential information. Bringing to light past instances of untrustworthiness before hiring may save your small business from putting such sensitive things in the wrong hands.
Every team or department is made up of individuals who have their own unique strengths and weaknesses. Yet there’s usually one or two workers who rise to the top; their work – and work ethic – stand out from the rest. So, what do you do when your star employee announces he or she is leaving for another opportunity?
As flu season approaches, more employees may be calling in sick. But how many of those illnesses are actually just a case of the Mondays? According to CareerBuilder’s latest survey, of workers have called in to work sick when they were feeling just fine over the past year.
When asked why they lied about being sick, 28 percent said they just didn’t feel like going in to work, and 27 percent took the day off to attend a doctor’s appointment.
A resume tells a great deal about a candidate’s qualifications and background, but it fails to reveal much about emotional intelligence (EI). To find applicants skilled in this area, a small business leader must dig deeper.
What makes such effort worth a small business leader’s valuable time? In a workplace where staff members rely greatly on one another, oftentimes must do more with less, and need to be ready to take on unforeseen challenges, emotionally intelligent employees can be a godsend.
No small business owner wants to go through the draining experience of firing a worker. Not only is such a situation emotionally taxing, it leaves you short-handed and faced with the burden of finding a replacement. Thus, leaders oftentimes avoid taking action in hopes that the problem employee will somehow turn things around.
Prolonging the agony, however, can have major repercussions on everything from productivity to morale at your small business.