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Web.com Small Business Tip of the Day: The Downside of Open Offices
Home Page Blog, Human resources for Small Business, Just Getting Started

Spurred by tech startups and tight recession-era budgets came a trend of open offices: large, open rooms where everyone shares the space. Open-plan offices are supposed to spur creativity and innovation, but are the employees in these offices really happy about the setup? A recent Quartz. com guide found evidence to the contrary. Read more…

    4 Secrets to Successfully Onboarding New Hires
    Home Page Blog, Human resources for Small Business, Leadership
    4 Secrets to Successfully Onboarding New Hires
    29 May 2013

    You’ve finally hired that employee you were looking for and you’re breathing a sign of relief. Not so fast! There’s still one crucial step in the hiring process: Bringing the new employee on board in a way that makes him or her feel welcome, part of the team and ready to get to work. Try these three tips for a smooth “onboarding” process. Read more…

      The Secret to Hiring Women Tech Employees: Get Virtual
      Entrepreneurship, Getting Advanced, Home Page Blog
      The Secret to Hiring Women Tech Employees: Get Virtual
      9 May 2013

      Are you a tech entrepreneur wondering why your efforts to bring on new coders, engineers and IT people always turn up tons of male job candidates, but very few women? If you’re looking to redress the traditional imbalance between men and women in the tech world, one answer could be going virtual—virtual workers, that is. A new report from online hiring site Elance found that while they may be struggling to find parity as on-site tech employees, women are finding both personal and financial rewards as freelancers, virtual employees and independent contractors handling IT jobs. In fact, 70 percent say it’s easier to succeed in technology online than it is in the “real world” of the office. Read more…

        The First Step to Finding the Perfect Employee
        Entrepreneurship, Launching a business, Leadership
        The First Step to Finding the Perfect Employee
        8 May 2013

        Do you hate hiring because you have to weed through tons of irrelevant resumes to find even one person to interview? Maybe the problem is that you’re not being clear in what kind of person you need to do the job. A vague, too-general want ad can lead to a flood of applications from unqualified candidates. That’s why step one to finding the perfect hire is writing the perfect job description. Read more…

          Recession Hell Becoming Recovery Fatigue? Answer with Strategy (by @TRethore)
          Business, Leadership, Management
          Recession Hell Becoming Recovery Fatigue? Answer with Strategy (by @TRethore)
          31 October 2012

          In 2009, economists from the National Bureau of Economic Research declared that the US recession had ended in June – meaning that’s when the US economy bottomed out and began moving forward again. Yet today, in 2012, we continue to experience a roller coaster ride of positive and negative economic statistics. Consumer spending continues to stagnate amid high unemployment and business activity shrank in September for the first time since 2009. Read more…

            Go fly a kite! Strategy lessons for CEOs by Tara Rethore (@TRethore)
            Business, Leadership, Tara Rethore
            Go fly a kite! Strategy lessons for CEOs by Tara Rethore (@TRethore)
            19 September 2012

            Kite flying is a fabulous summer activity, particularly at the beach. The wind scoops it up and few trees, buildings, or power lines interfere with its flight. In business, we rarely have the opportunity to pursue our strategies unfettered. Read more…

              The Secrets of Your Second Brain
              Leadership,Mayra Ruiz-McPherson
              The Secrets of Your Second Brain
              9 December 2011

              I recently attended a self-empowerment workshop session, hosted by The Women’s Network (affiliated with the Martinsburg-Berkeley County Chamber of Commerce) and led by licensed clinical psychologist Dr. Michael McCarty, PhD, CCAC-S of Heartspace Enterprises, LLC. The session, entitled “Power Up: Aligning Your Heart and Brain for Optimal Performance,” was a topic of interest for me and clearly for many of the other professional women attending the seminar. Read more…

                Influencing for All Seasons: Creating and Influencing Specific Business Relationships
                Business, Leadership, Libby Wagner
                Influencing for All Seasons: Creating and Influencing Specific Business Relationships
                1 December 2011

                People want to imagine it takes different skill sets to influence types of different people— based on their position especially and their relationship secondarily. For example, some believe that influencing “up,” toward your superiors, is the most challenging of all; others believe they have no power to influence vendors or suppliers or customers. In reality, the person sitting across from you is exactly that: a person. Read more…

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