One of our employees is terminally ill. Should we accelerate his vesting schedule?

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Maynard Webb advises a human resources executive to do the right thing. Q. We have a terminally ill employee who has stock in the company. Given these extenuating and sad circumstances, should we make an exception to the schedule and vest his options early so that his family may receive the money? Should we make this change one time or should we institute a new policy? Read Full Story

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Why you should still stay home if you can, summed up in one grim chart

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There’s no second wave. You’ve just gotten used to being in high tide. We are still in the thick of a pandemic. There is no COVID-19 vaccine, and it’s still not safe to be in a crowd of people. Especially without face masks. Yet many states have given businesses the green light to reopen (albeit to varying degrees ). If that seems ill-advised, you’re not wrong, as one chart deftly sums up. Read Full Story

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Best HR Outsourcing Services

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Disclosure: This content is reader-supported, which means if you click on some of our links that we may earn a commission. HR is confusing. And the legal ramifications of doing something wrong… are huge. There’s a reason people spend their entire lives learning the ins and outs of human resources—there’s a lot to it. But the good news is that nobody expects you to know it all and you don’t have to navigate it alone. The best HR outsourcing services exist to make your life easier. However, there are a ton of service providers on the market. How do you decide which one’s right for you when they all appear to be exactly the same? To help answer that question, I looked at countless options and narrowed it down to my top six recommendations. And by the end of this guide, you’ll know everything you need to know to make …

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How realistic strategic planning can help SMBs support annual performance goals

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30-second summary: Keap is an email marketing and sales platform for SMBs with CRM tools that include: SMS text management, appointment scheduling, and invoice/payment automation. Keap’s sales-focused tools include pipeline management and marketing automation features. The strategic planning eBook is informed by Keap’s internal and very successful strategic planning process which has helped grow the company over 10 years into a $100 million enterprise. Keap’s planning process involves five steps: identify your business’s purpose, analyze results, understand how strategy guides planning, establish a meeting rhythm, and involve and motivate your employees. Keap’s 2020 Strategic Planning Guide is available as a free download from ClickZ for a limited time. Headquartered in Chandler, Arizona, Keap is an automated email marketing and sales platform for small businesses. The platform provides tools focused on CRM such as SMS text management, appointment scheduling, and invoice/payment automation. Their platform also includes sales-focused tools including pipeline management …

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Why you should cut out jargon from all workplace communication

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No matter where you work, effective communication means speaking candidly and avoiding platitudes that only confuse and frustrate your colleagues. Is talk of “corporate values” and passive-aggression cloaked in business-speak turning you off from a particular business? Corporate platitudes and jargon are deflating. No one associates them with sincerity, they invariably fail to inspire, and just as often as not they create confusion and ill will. We don’t have to settle for the current state of workplace communication. Read Full Story

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Employee Appreciation Day should be all year. Here are 3 ways to make it happen

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If there was ever a time to emphatically thank the employees who have consistently shown up ready to tackle new challenges while continuing to do great work, it would be now. I once coached a leader who was struggling to get the best out of his team. Most of his staff were woefully disengaged and morale was low. He, like a lot of managers, was constantly in problem-solving mode and stressed about achieving aggressive goals. The fixation on what was going wrong consistently spilled over into interactions with his team. Read Full Story

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The Entrepreneur’s Guide of Outsourcing Work Without Losing Quality

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No matter what industry you’re in, there’s always more work than time to do it. This means that there is always something lacking, always more work to be done, and new companies often fall behind their expectations and deadlines. One of the most insidious parts is that it leads to massive stress. According to business coach Michael Hyatt, 45% of entrepreneurs are stressed . So, what’s an overworked entrepreneur to do? There are plenty of answers, and not everyone works for every type of entrepreneur. But the answer more and more business owners are turning to is a simple one: outsourcing. Outsourcing is giving your work to someone else outside of your main business. That could be through freelancing, or by hiring another firm (like a call center) to handle segments of your business. You could even outsource by shipping a business process like manufacturing overseas. For most small business …

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Best Time Clock Software

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Disclosure: This content is reader-supported, which means if you click on some of our links that we may earn a commission. The days of the paper punch cards and physical time clocks are fading in the rearview mirror. But time clock software isn’t just a less clunky alternative to the physical clock. It saves companies time by eliminating all the processing of individual cards. It makes managing remote workers and teams easier and more streamlined. It alleviates human error and prevents employees from attempting to game the system. And it makes running payroll a breeze since everyone’s info is all in the same place. When you’re ready to implement time clock software for your company, choosing the best one will be easy with our list of the top seven time clock software options. The Top 7 Time Clock Software Options Homebase – Best Free Software ClockInEasy – Simplest Solution TimeClockPlus …

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