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5 Signs Your Online…

Every growing online business will face challenges with staffing and recruitment. While some businesses prefer to run all operations from their own headquarters, it is common to see entrepreneurs outsource many tasks. There are many successful online ventures being run by individual entrepreneurs, with work being outsourced to specialist companies and virtual assistants. It is typical, though, for online business owners to be reluctant to delegate any work, preferring to take on as much individual responsibility as possible. So how can you work out if the time has come to start outsourcing? You Want to Scale Up As a business starts to grow, you may find your time is being diverted into less productive activities. The kind of tasks that allowed your small business to thrive are not always helpful for business growth. If you can design systems for these tasks, outsourcing will ensure they are carried out to your specifications, while you can then focus on growing the business. It is worth considering outsourcing at an early stage to avoid losing valuable time on standardized actions. You Need Specialized Help There will be times when a business requires specialized help, but the work might be a short-term project. Learning these new skills yourself will be time-consuming, while taking on a skilled employee could be unnecessary. Outsourcing the work allows you to find someone with the specific skills you require...

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Leadership Development and Reducing…

Employee turnover is one of the most annoying things in business. It means you've got to take the time to go through the hiring process again, hope that you find the right candidate, and train them hoping that they'll get up to speed as quickly as the person that left the position. Employee turnover results in lost time and money, and in some situations, can mean that your other employees may start feeling the brunt of having to pick up the slack for the person that's gone which can create a nasty cycle. That is where actionable ideas on employee retention come into play. There are a lot of reasons for turnover, and in any company, they can differ. Sometimes those in leadership roles are unable to do anything about it, but other times, actions by leadership can make a world of difference. Leadership development is one such area. Employees and Money One of the first things that some management professional think about when it comes to employee turnover is money. Data scientists have found that while pay is important, it's not the top predictor of employee satisfaction. Things that are important include the values and culture of the company in addition to what type of leadership and future opportunities are available to employees. Leaders that tap into the potential of their employees beyond just the skill they need to..

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7 Reasons Why Employees…

Employee turnover will cost you, and in ways you may not have previously considered. Higher than average turnover can sink morale, cut production, and tax you dearly in training costs. Although not every resignation can or should be thwarted, by understanding the reasons why employees quit, you can reduce turnover accordingly. We'll take a look at seven reasons why employees resign and move on as well as how to counter each one. 1. Poor hiring decisions. Sometimes people leave or are pressured out simply because they were the wrong person for the job. Worse, this individual may have been wrong for your company's culture. That's a clash in interests that could have been averted before they were hired. If your company consistently hires the wrong people, then your method of recruiting, evaluating, interviewing, and offering jobs to these individuals is all wrong. Something is broken in the process and needs to be fixed. Human Resources must be empowered to have the final say whether an individual is hired or not. If they already have that say, then something in the HR department needs overhauling. 2. An uncompetitive compensation package. Salary and benefits work in tandem to form your business' compensation package. Naturally, such packages should be tailored to individual employees, especially as they move up in the ranks. While the initial compensation package may be sufficient to attract an employee,..

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3 Toxic Employee Types…

Too many businesses struggle recognizing toxic personalities on their staff. Sometimes their personal feelings get in the way, or they don't know what a bad employee looks like. Spending a few minutes learning common personality types can help them uncover troubling habits, and decide strategies that work for their team. The Micromanager Managers should delegate responsibilities, but some concentrate too much on small details. Micromanagers spend most of their time pestering underlings about small details, sabotaging their productivity. Instead of assigning tasks and offering help or correction when needed, they hover behind employees, making sure they use the water cooler correctly. Of course, this wastes the micromanager's time, too! Thankfully, nitpicky leaders aren't hard to spot. Look for annoyed or unproductive employees. If everyone is trying to do their job well but can't, look to management first. If they are always babysitting their employees instead of giving them space, you probably have a micromanager. Asking employees about how their coworkers spend their time is sometimes helpful, but could backfire, too. Looking at body language and attitude is a safer approach, and you can always ask questions to confirm your suspicions later. Remember, you will lose your staff's trust if they think you are talking behind their back. The Pretender Intelligent people will find ways to save time and effort, at work or home. You should always ask yourself if an..

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