Andre Lavoie

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Is Keeping Your Employees “Happy” Worth It?

Recently, happiness has become something employers aspire to. It makes sense. Very few of us want to be the manager who makes employees miserable, even if it results in higher productivity. Happiness is so important, in fact, that Japanese tech conglomerate Hitachi is introducing a new happiness badge, which tracks each employee’s well-being by monitoring how they move around and sit at work. The details of the badge are still murky, but its existence highlights a key point about work: happiness is now seen as intrinsic to productivity.

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Talent Management, Employee Engagement, Performance Management, Management

Small Business Concerns: Technology-Enabled Talent Management

Talent management is a difficult process to implement alone. How do you judge the work of the employees of your small business? You can keep up with tasks completed up to a certain point, but people can only manually track so much at a time. It’s tempting to keep as many aspects of your business lo-fi to save money, but talent management is likely one aspect you will eventually want to use software for, especially as your business develops. When your company’s employees are still in the single digits, it may not seem like it’s worth it, but trust us when we say the right talent management software implemented correctly is worth it.

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small business hr software, Small Business Recruiting, Small Business Performance Management, Small Business Hiring, Small Business Concerns

Small Business Concerns: Full Lifecycle Recruiting Makes Your Job Easier

As a small business owner, each of your hires matter, and you want every new person you hire to have as large an impact on your business as possible. And while you’re worried about finding funding, keeping your business afloat, or the rigors of advertising, recruiting can get lost in the shuffle. You shouldn’t ignore recruiting, either: talent acquisition is the single most important driver of growth for many businesses.

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small business hr software, Small Business Recruiting, Small Business Performance Management, Small Business Hiring, Small Business Concerns

Small Business Concerns: 4 Ways to Create Consistent Performance Management

Good performance management can help your employees work at their best consistently, help align their goals with the company’s business strategy, and build better teams through tracking and collaboration. It can give a business key insights into their best business practices, see what works, and what needs to change. Despite these benefits, many businesses have yet to fully leverage it, and many who have aren’t using it to its full potential. Only 3% of organizations say their performance management is top-notch, while 48% say their performance management needs some work. If you’re one of those 48% looking to improve their performance management, we’ve got some ways to make it better and more consistent.

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small business hr software, Small Business Recruiting, Small Business Performance Management, Small Business Hiring, Small Business Concerns

Small Business Concerns: Laying the Foundation for Performance Management

 

As small businesses begin to scale their talent to match the demand for a good idea, they should prepare for a few new concerns. And as small businesses continue to come back into style, properly accommodating for new staff will become a growing concern. Half of all small businesses plan to add new employees in 2015, and with those new employees comes an idea many DIY entrepreneurs may not have thought of: how do they keep track of what everyone’s doing and making sure they’re all getting the feedback they need to improve on the job? Performance management is their answer.

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Performance Management, small business hr software, Small Business Recruiting, Small Business Performance Management, Small Business Hiring, Small Business Concerns

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