Should You Give Out Raises?

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In 2013, the average company gave out a 3 percent pay raise. That average is expected in 2014, as well.

As a business owner, how do you know how much to give and who to give it to? And how can you keep everyone happy in the process?

The job market is tough, and fortunately your employees are aware of your company’s overall circumstances.

New graduates learned in college that one of the challenges they would face after school would be answeringhow to position yourself for best paying careers, so they, too, know what it’s like to be Read More…

The Formula for Better Business Productivity

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For your business to truly prosper and ultimately achieve its goals, you must look for ways to increase productivity or, simply put, find ways to get more done without sharply increasing your expenses.

Before exploring measures you can take to boost productivity in your workplace, it may be helpful to look at some of the things workers consider major obstacles to achieving optimal productivity.

Workplace Productivity Survey

Harris Interactive, a market research firm best known for its Harris Poll, in late March 2013 conducted a survey of just more than 2,000 professionals to get their views on productivity. The Read More…

Keeping Your Employees and Budget Healthy

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Health insurance can turn into a crazy puzzle for small business owners.

Where larger companies, by law, must provide health insurance to their employees, small businesses have more leeway; however, this sometimes can just add to the confusion.

The bottom line, if you can afford to offer good medical coverage and health insurance to your employees, no matter how many you have – do it.

What if it’s a financial struggle?

There are instances where offering health insurance may not be feasible to your company financially.

If your company is small, you may not legally have to offer health insurance Read More…

How to Prepare for Your Wake-Up Call

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My Academy Award slipped through my grasp when I was in college.

Although I was a Political Science major, I had signed up for Acting as an elective. Sure that I would accidentally become the next Meryl Streep, I emoted my guts out, hung around with artsy friends who were making student films, and made it into the school musical.

There was just one tiny problem.

I was a terrible actor.

In the same way the Hindenberg was a terrible blimp.

And I only realized it when my acting teacher told me Id better withdraw from the class or Read More…

How to make your own luck

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Have you seen the movie, Napoleon Dynamite? Even though it was released in 2004, a few choice catchphrases have embedded themselves into the lexicon that can be heard even today, including the wistful-yet-jealous utterance by the movie’s protagonist, “Luhkeee…”

Are people *really* lucky? Is there some sort of magical unicorn that visits certain humans and bypasses others? Is luck subjective, or is it a known quantity that people can summon into their lives when needed? Do you have to be Irish? Any rock kissing involved? Maybe. Maybe not.

“The worst cynicism: a belief in luck.” ~ Read More…

How self-discipline shapes success

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Discipline is the difference between winning and losing; and success or failure. You must have discipline to reach your goals and dreams. Without a consistent internal barometer and accountability, most of us tend to do very little. We take the easy way out or short cuts, which rarely lead to success.

I can tell when I’m slacking, because my soul feels like it has been eating Skittles instead of Clif bars. I’m mentally sluggish and have difficulty focusing on where I want to go and how I’m going to get there.

However, in a warped way, being able Read More…

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