Business Management Daily

The U.S. government’s main survey on wages and benefits, Employer Costs for Employee Compensation, offers a good quarterly snapshot that can help you benchmark your company’s pay and perks. The latest report says employer costs for wages and benefits average $26.86 per hour.

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If you’re like most captains of small businesses, you don’t pay much attention to managing your energy costs. You probably delegate that to an office manager or someone in accounting. What you may not realize is that energy costs often comprise about a third of the average small business’s expenses.

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When it comes to productivity and employee retention, it pays to create new ways to keep your employees happy. Here are three examples of small companies that keep business humming along.

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The Small Business Administration has announced new regulations and measures intended to help small businesses secure more federal government contracts while improving transparency and accountability.

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If you want to win a negotiation, your threats to walk away have to be credible; making empty threats will only turn your whole team into losers. Here are five ways to reinforce your credibility while demanding more:

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Earlier this month, coffee giant Starbucks Corp. was forced to withdraw an employee discount for a free iced coffee at its shops in the southeastern United States after things got out of hand.

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The Small Business Administration is offering “podcasts”— oral presentations that you can download onto an iPod or other portable mp3 player — on topics related to the launch and growth of business.

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How would you rate your employees? You can probably identify your best and worst performers in an instant. All small business owners and execs form opinions of their people, just as teachers assess their students. And those opinions tend to stick.

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Some employers turn to electronic résumé-screening services to sift through the increasing number of job applications submitted online. The services help weed out applicants who appear to lack qualifications.

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Thanks to breakthroughs in neuroscience, we can better understand how the brain works … and help your employees outgrow bad habits.

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