If you operate a self-employed business from home, you may qualify for valuable tax-saving home office deductions. But using the computer in your home office for personal reasons could cost you the home office deductions. Fortunately, you can “buy your way out” of this predicament.
You’ve just received notice that the DOL has launched an investigation into wage-and-hour issues at your company. It’s time to whip into action: Employers get just 72 hours’ notice of an FLSA investigation. Then investigators will be knocking on your door. That’s not much time ...
You’re intelligent. You’re competent. You get the job done. But is anyone noticing your great qualities and skills? The quickest way to make sure they do is to speak up and share your ideas and opinions.
Turning your handbook into an electronic document can cut costs, make updating easier and give employees a convenient place to access policies. Going electronic isn’t technically difficult. But the process involves more than simply transferring written documents to a database or internal website.
Entrepreneurs spend much of their day putting out fires related to customers, employees and money. But the smartest companies work hard to prevent the same problems from rekindling again and again. How? By “leaving a fire extinguisher behind” ...
When you think rewards that retain employees, you might see dollar signs—lots of them. But keeping morale high doesn't have to cost a fortune. There are plenty of low-cost or even no-cost perks you can offer to help keep employees engaged and committed.
As nice as it would be for bosses to be superhuman, they’re just like everyone else. Some are competent and compassionate; others are inept and inconsiderate. Some tactics for toughing it out with a bad boss:
Inclement weather brings with it all sorts of problems for employers, such as employees with child care concerns because of closed schools, tricky road conditions, office closings and cold weather safety. Hope for the best, but plan for the worst with these workplace pointers.
Absenteeism costs American businesses approximately 9% of payroll, according to several estimates. Here are a dozen ways to keep employees coming to work as scheduled, reserving sick leave for health problems—not as a catch-all bank of time off.
You start off as a functional leader, and within a few years, you’re tapped to lead at a higher level. But you’re struggling—it’s different at the top. At this point, it’s crucial to make a series of (sometimes tricky) shifts to make the leap to enterprise leadership.