Managing Employees

4 Times When It’s OK to Micromanage

Kelly Spors
According to the definition in the Merriam-Webster dictionary, micromanaging bosses “try to control or manage all the small parts of something (such as an activity) in a way that is usually not wanted or that causes problems.” In... Continue

5 Ways to Make Your Employees Love You

Kelly Spors
As the U.S. job market springs back to life, small businesses may have a hard time holding on to their best and brightest employees. Those employees may start getting job offers elsewhere or, worse, start actively seeking out new... Continue

How to Reduce Employee Stress Around the Holidays

Kelly Spors
The holiday season is supposed to be a time of comfort and joy. Yet, for many people it can also be a time of great stress. Employees have to juggle their professional duties with personal demands, such as shopping for gifts, hosting and... Continue

6 Steps to Determine What to Pay an Employee

Julie Bawden-Davis
As a small business owner responsible for paying your own salary, you are most likely sensitive to the importance of satisfactory pay for a hard day’s work. You know that compensating your employees fairly and competitively is important... Continue

7 Habits of Highly Effective Managers

Mark Henricks
While the highly effective habits of good managers tend be overlooked, the traits of bad managers are engraved in our memories. Here are 7 habits of the highly effective you can incorporate into your workplace:  1. Be purposeful. You... Continue

How to Turn Introverts Into Star Employees

Kelly Spors
Chances are you have introverts in your office—and they’re not as rare as you may think. Research suggests that about one-third to one-half of the U.S. population is introverted. These individuals often prefer to work independently and... Continue

The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

Nate Hindman
Working from Home vs. Office: Who Gets More Done? Telecommuting, or working from home, is becoming a popular trend in the workforce. In fact, it’s estimated that nearly 40% of full-time employees will be remote workers in the next 10... Continue

Hands On or Hands Off: Which Boss Is Better?

Mark Henricks
To hear most employees tell it, bosses come in two varieties: Micromanagers who oversee a worker’s every move with hawk-like vigilance, and hands-off types who are basically missing in action any time someone needs advice or... Continue