Hiring

When hiring employees, negligent hiring practices can doom the process. Learn from your colleagues’ successes – and avoid their pitfalls.

Smart interview questions, well-written job descriptions, and sharp interviewing result in hiring employees that work out well, AND make you look good in the process.

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Throughout the year, and especially during the summer, many of our enterprises use college interns to fill out our teams, handle routine tasks and help us get the job done. Here are some guidelines to keep in mind for using interns on your team.
Even though we warned you recently not to let employees take undue advantage of them, flexible work options  continue to offer small businesses a significant advantage over large businesses in recruiting and retaining employees.
In addition to the Roth IRA and kiddie-tax changes described above, here are other key provisions of the new tax law passed last month:
Ever notice a tendency to blabber about your team, yourself or your organization instead of actually interviewing a job candidate? Welcome to the most common blunder in hiring. Here’s how to recognize this syndrome and fix it:
The IRS thought its new program of hiring private debt collectors would be up and running by summer.
If you’re like most U.S. employers, you probably overpay some health care claims and provide coverage to employees or dependents who shouldn’t receive it. That’s because health insurers make more processing and payment errors than you’d expect.
Brazilian equipment supplier Semco has grown an average 27.5 percent a year for 14 years, despite wild fluctuations in Brazil’s economy. The reason: Semco’s radical use of participative management. Of the employees’ 3,000 votes, CEO Ricardo Semler gets only one.
Randy Nelson, dean of Pixar University, doesn’t like outsourcing, but not for the reasons you might think. He’s not worried about job security; his reasons are all about creativity.
The IRS can hit you with dozens of different penalties if you fail to follow the letter of the tax law. They’re often arcane and difficult to understand. And although many of the penalties are relatively small on their own, they can add up quickly. So, a single mistake could snowball into hundreds or thousands of dollars.
“I’m from the government, and I’m here to help.” It may be the punch line to an old joke, but it can also be a valuable message that small business owners overlook.
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