Do Performance Evaluations Help?

A staple for most companies is the Performance Evaluation. There are different types of evaluations from basic numeric ranking, to objective, to the 360 method. Companies typically use evaluations as tools to determine pay increases and to let an employee know how their performance has been. There have been several articles in recent years which have asked… Read More

Problematic Pay

PROBLEMATIC PAY PRACTICES Considerations About Compensation Promoting employees is a company’s opportunity to reward hard work, talent, and knowledge. But, the accompanying salary increases- or lack thereof- can pose issues when compensation is not fair or is not commensurate with employee experience or company policies. Promotions can and should be a good thing. But, if… Read More

Think About Ink

WHAT TO THINK ABOUT INK WHAT’S YOUR COMPANY’S POLICY ON TATTOOS? Approximately 45 million Americans have a tattoo, according to Inked magazine, and 40% of Americans ages 26-40 are tattooed. That’s a huge part of the population! So, can you fire someone based on a tattoo? The simple answer is, “yes.” But, first you should… Read More

You’re on a Mission. Does Your Compensation Plan Line Up?

Chances are, one of the first things you did as you were planning your business is to draft your Mission, Vision, and Values. These are the guiding principles of your company, right? But, did you take time to create a formal compensation plan which aligns with your guiding principles? Having a formal compensation plan can… Read More

What Makes a Great Leader? It May Not Be What You Think

Your highest-performing employees- the ones with the most knowledge about the company- may be who you’re earmarking for leadership positions. But, not all great workers make great leaders. As a matter of fact, good leadership can have little to do with the ability to produce as an employee. Your company’s “stars” may be getting your… Read More

When It’s Time to Grow: Going from You to Two

Keeping overhead low is an important consideration for any small business. So, it is a big step to go from an owner-managed organization to a company with an actual employee. You may get to the point, though, where you realize that increasing revenue is contingent upon increasing capacity. When you do, you’ll need to be… Read More

Paid Time Off (PTO): How to Ensure Employees Use it Properly

Having allotted Paid Time Off (PTO) for employees is a tremendous benefit, but only when employees are using it properly. According to Joseph Jackson, Founder and Managing Partner of The Resource Squad, PTO isn’t always utilized the way it was intended. That, according to Jackson, can be a detriment both to hard-working employees and to… Read More

Do Good Friends Make Bad Employees?

There’s an old saying: Don’t mix business and friendship. But, does that always hold true? Do good friends always make bad employees? Joseph Jackson, Founder and Managing Partner of the Resource Squad weighs in. “Hiring friends can definitely be problematic,” said Jackson. “First of all, it’s difficult to discipline and train friends the way you… Read More

What to Expect When Your Employees are Expecting

Expectant mothers and fathers have unique workplace needs. Not only are there federal and state laws governing their time and treatment in the office, there are also special employer considerations as employees become parents. “The best time to plan for how you will manage expectant employees is well before you have expectant employees,” said Joseph… Read More