Human Resources

The State of Corporate Compliance in 2014

More than 40,000 new laws and regulations became effective on January 1, 2014. Get ready to surround yourself with experts. As a successful American entrepreneur, you’re going to need them. You’re going to need HR experts, healthcare regulation experts, tax experts, compensation experts, and the list is going to get longer, not shorter, in the years […]

Posted by on Monday, March 10th, 2014
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How to Recruit Employees Using LinkedIn

Are you looking for new employees in skilled fields? Despite a high unemployment rate, it can often be difficult to recruit the right candidates for positions that require certain types of skills or backgrounds. Fortunately, LinkedIn—the business-focused social network with more than 175 million members—is an ideal place to scout for talent. Here are a […]

Posted by on Monday, May 6th, 2013
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The Operations Manual: Your Company’s Playbook

In some of our prior HBS posts we’ve offered entrepreneurs help on creating a host of vital but often overlooked documents, from the press release to both operating and cash-flow budgets. This week we’d like to continue with that theme by highlighting another valuable but often forgotten document: the operations manual. Most of us managed […]

Posted by on Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013
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5 Tips for Effectively Managing Remote Workers

Telework is exploding in popularity: According to a recent Consumer Technologies survey, 34 million Americans work from home at least occasionally; by 2016, experts estimate that 63 million workers will work for companies remotely. Telecommuting is better for the environment, and is known to increase workers’ happiness and productivity—but how do businesses fare when many […]

Posted by on Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012
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Reference Checking

You’ve found a great candidate and are ready to hire. Is it worthwhile to check references? Unfortunately, the answer is yes! It is a necessary evil, with a compelling purpose and if done well can protect the company and foster a healthy and productive employee relationship. Let’s dig in. During the interview process, ask the […]

Posted by on Tuesday, September 18th, 2012
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101: Independent Contractors

I was recently talking with a close friend of mine who runs a small exercise studio, and she mentioned that she was struggling with whether to hire more employees or rely on independent contractors. It turns out this is actually a pretty complex question with a host of financial, legal, and workplace consequences that all […]

Posted by on Monday, August 27th, 2012
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The 101 on a 401K

We’ve been talking a lot about employee benefits recently in our HBS posts, and this week we’re going to focus on the 401(k), which is easily the second-most-popular benefit after health insurance. While a lot of people think of 401(k)s as solely the province of large companies, the reality is that the IRS allows any […]

Posted by on Monday, July 23rd, 2012
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Health Insurance for Your Employees

In a previous post we took a look at which benefits rank the highest with employees and determined that there is a clear number one: health insurance. While offering a health-insurance plan will not come cheaply, the cost is tax-deductible and can provide a strong incentive to the best job candidates at any given time. […]

Posted by on Monday, July 16th, 2012
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The Benefits of Benefits

As you build a business and hire employees, you are often faced with decisions about which benefits to provide for your staff. With so many options to choose from—from health insurance to retirement savings to profit-sharing and stock-option plans—picking the right package of benefits to keep your employees happy and your business profitable can seem […]

Posted by on Wednesday, July 11th, 2012
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Do Start-Ups Need an HR Department?

What differentiates a tech start-up from any other type of small business? BeatBeat wrote a piece on this not too long ago.  I think usually the term ‘tech start-up’ is used broadly, and utilizes the internet and/or technology as a core aspect of the business.  Loads of ‘tech start-ups’ simply use the internet to acquire […]

Posted by on Wednesday, June 27th, 2012
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101: Applicant Tracking

I know what happens. You post a new job and you get about a hundred resumes in response. They all start looking the same, they pile up in your email folders or a Google Doc, and you don’t respond to the majority of them. You probably miss the few excellent ones. It can all be […]

Posted by on Tuesday, April 24th, 2012
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Return On Investment of Perks

As a successful entrepreneur, if you run a stable company with a decent profit, you should consider going out of your way right now to pamper your employees in some meaningful way. You need to be considering things like Aeron™ Chairs, their choice of great computers, snacks, fruit, meals, fitness programs, game rooms, lounge areas, […]

Posted by on Wednesday, April 18th, 2012
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