Attracting talent and recruitment

5 Low Cost Ways to Attract Top Talent

Hiring the right people to work in your business and for your business has always been one of the... read more

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Why Creating a Talent Brand is the Right Way to Go

There is no doubt about the importance of attracting clients to your brand and making them love... read more

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Why employee experience and emotion are key to customer experience success

In theory, everyone knows the importance of employee experience and emotions for every company’s...read more

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Recruitment startup Vervoe looks to create a level playing field for job applicants via automatic video interviews

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Startup Owners, Here are 7 HR Mistakes You Need to Stop Making

Every entrepreneur faces the challenge of growing their business from scratch without proper... read more

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Outsourcing

Pros and Cons of Hiring In-House Versus Outsourcing To An Agency

You did the technical part of establishing a company - you founded it. But what should you do now... read more

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Jennifer Lam Managing Director at The Bamboo Garden
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Jef Lippiatt
Jef LippiattOwner at Startup Chucktown
One suggestion I would add is if outsourcing to an agency, don't just look for the "best" agency. Look for the agency that "best specializes in your niche". An award winning agency that does sport equipment may not be the best fit for a regional jewelry designer.
Raz Chorev
Raz ChorevChief Marketing Officer at Orange sky
Great post, Jennifer! I had a slightly different take on the subject, in a post I've published on Firebrand Talent blog - http://blog.firebrandtalent.com/2016/03/should-brands-insource-or-outsource-to-agencies/
Attracting talent and recruitment

What Elon Musk, Richard Branson and 8 other successful people ask job candidates

One of the biggest components of a successful SME is hiring the right team to work with you. That...read more

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Human resources

[Infographic] How To Beat The Black Dog Of Business: Depression, Stress & Anxiety

A big thank you to Tracey Loubser for her initial article on this topic! Depression. Stress.... read more

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Jef Lippiatt
Jef LippiattOwner at Startup Chucktown
This is definitely helpful. Thanks for posting it.
Training and development

How to Prevent Your Knowledge From Becoming Ignorance

Do you ever feel like you're "smart enough?" This is a dangerous place to be. There are several... read more

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Sharon Latour
Sharon LatourQueen Bee/CMO at Marketing Bee
I enjoyed this read Jef, thank you!
Leadership

Why You Need to Develop the Right Business Skills NOW

Executives have a tough job and have several roles. To define your role as clearly as possible,... read more

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How to Build a High-Performance Team

Every business wants staff that performs high and efficiently. But do you know what goes into...read more

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How to make use of the empty room in your office

Make the empty room in your office useful by renting it out to other companies. Or, make the room... read more

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Leadership

Sneaky Negotiation Tricks Are Your Worst Enemy: Here are 5 You Must Defeat

Do you have to deal with constant negotiations? Or are you new to them completely? Whatever your...read more

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How to Navigate the Hiring Evolution

Almost all businesses undergo the process of hiring and experience the cycle that comes with it.... read more

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Jef Lippiatt
Jef LippiattOwner at Startup Chucktown
This separation can be jarring for founders, "Working on the business instead of in the business".
James Burbank
Hi Melissa,I really enjoyed the article, especially the part about company veterans suddenly becoming overshadowed by people with more specialized skills and, well, better skills. This is something most business owners don't think about when their business starts to grow.
Managing employees

4 Ways Employee Incentives Can Drive Engagement and Retention

Do you incorporate employee incentives into your business? Here are 4 ways you can create better...read more

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6 Tips to Help Any Company Connect With College Students

They're the incoming workforce, and hopefully, the new innovative thinkers of the day. But how can...read more

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7 Excellent Reasons to Focus on Employee Engagement

Is your business engaging with its employees? There are lots of good reasons why you should be,...read more

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6 Common Things Good Managers Do to Create Engaged Teams

A team is only as strong as its leader. To inspire good work in their teams, leaders must engineer...read more

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How to grow your business faster by becoming a better leader

Having the skill of innovation is the sign of a great leader. Not only can you bring new ideas to...read more

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Why Problem Solvers, Not Whiners, Always Win in Business

It takes a leader to be a problem solver and to teach his or her employees to learn the same skill...read more

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How your staff can increase your brand's digital visibility

Your staff is one of your biggest untapped resources. Most staff have some digital footprint or... read more

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Jef Lippiatt
Jef LippiattOwner at Startup Chucktown
Although I mostly agree, I think caution needs to be taken. I've worked at places previously that "very strongly recommended" that you like their Facebook page or share the company updates on your own social media. The problem is, that creates disdain within employees. It is essentially being forced to share with something that you might not agree with or like (and it seems like you are personally endorsing it - since you work there and share it). People were seriously dinged on their "performance reviews" for lack of participation. That is not okay. So with that in mind, a roll out must be done correctly and presented as optional with no ill impacts on your actual job performance.
Leadership

How to Build the Best Company Culture

Every company likes to think they have a great culture but ask the leadership to pin down precisely... read more

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Jef Lippiatt
Jef LippiattOwner at Startup Chucktown
Definitely a great write up. Culture is very important. The main point that it can't just become a hollow statement is doubly important. Employees need to see the actions behind the words (in fact they may just need to see the actions). When only lip-service is paid to culture, people will bemoan meetings that come off as totally tone deaf. If you are telling them to do as you say and not as you do, you're setup for losing great employees and undermining the goals of your company.
Leadership

How To Prepare Your Business For The Year Ahead | Must Read For Business Owners And Leaders

Welcome to 2017 Savvies! We hope you have had a wonderful Christmas and New Year’s holiday season.... read more

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Yee Trinh
Yee TrinhCofounder at SavvySME
On point Greg. Nike said it best: Just do it.
Greg Rogers
Greg RogersFounder and CEO at REthink HQ
Awesome article, without doubt every word and phrase spot on, true, accurate, appropriate etc. Here is an interesting take though. My belief is that most people (in or not in business) 'know' most of it. What I mean is that they might not associate with or use the exact phrase/technical term/theory/model/word but they kinda 'know' what they need to do. The biggest gap is taking the 'knowing' to the 'doing'. Moving one's self from the state of knowing - knowledge or learning or teaching or training or coaching or mentoring; to the state of doing - action or task or behaviour. When I work with business owners or individuals this comes up as the biggest hurdle and obstacle, and let's face it, we all know (there is that word again!) it as mindset. Once in the 'doing' state if it's reinforced and rewarded enough, then we start to move from the 'doing' to the 'being'. The most important component here is that the reinforcement/reward needs to be tied to the actual 'doing'. What you have left over is the result! Finally when we are in the 'being' state it's - second nature or just what we do or habit or....and this is where the real magic happens. Seems simple enough but if it was that easy then most of us on here wouldn't have jobs or businesses! Again loved the read, it was great to validate some of my own knowing, I'm now off to do some doing and being! Cheers
Human resources

Are you looking for free open source HR software?

HR Software Are you looking for free open source HR software? Do you want to experience the... read more

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How To Attract Millennials (Without Lure Modules)

The era of the baby boomers as the dominant generation is coming to an end as our parents start to... read more

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Jef Lippiatt
Jef LippiattOwner at Startup Chucktown
I think it is important to have a welcoming atmosphere for all generations. I think by pandering too much to one group you will unintentionally disengage other groups. For example, I think seniors ( those 55+) feel marginalized as well. I think having knowledge transfers and cross-training roles is important. Flexible hours are great and so is working remotely, however you also need to have some face time with peers (yes, actually in person) to engage culturally and to really become a cohesive unit.
Sarah Irwin
Sarah IrwinSME Community Director at SavvySME
Think you hit the nail on the head here. As a Millennial, I have always worked my best where I was trusted to schedule myself to when I was most productive. Culture has always rated above salary for my potential job prospects and clients. I must admit enjoying playing Pokemon while the craze was at it's height. As a typical Millennial, I was happy to be amongst the thick of it.
Human resources

Christmas Parties – nothing to worry about…right?

Making sure there is plenty of booze is not the only thing you need to worry about at this year's... read more

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Natasha Jager National Manager, Workplace Services at Alcohol and Drug Foundation
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Sarah Irwin
Sarah IrwinSME Community Director at SavvySME
I always enjoyed parties that didn't have alcohol as the focus. I loved doing scavenger hunts and particularly enjoyed events that included entire families (with jumping castles etc for the kids) because people behaved better and much less alcohol was consumed.
Jef Lippiatt
Jef LippiattOwner at Startup Chucktown
Definitely important things to keep in mind.
Managing employees

Boss V Buddy

Too often in business when a frontline person steps up to a leadership role there is no guidance on... read more

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Jef Lippiatt
Jef LippiattOwner at Startup Chucktown
I do think that leaders need to live out the values they are saying the value and want the rest of the rest of the team to follow. The "do as I say, not as I do" mentality doesn't work. The other thing is transparency. As a leader you need to known failures. Stay humble and let the team know you will do better, don't just say it. Put your learning into action. Above all, remain teachable.
Managing employees

Alcohol, Drugs and Safety at Work

October is Safe Work Month - talk about the impact of alcohol and drugs in your workplace. We’ve... read more

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Natasha Jager National Manager, Workplace Services at Alcohol and Drug Foundation
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5 Tips to turn non-sellers into superstars

Selling can be a dirty word in some workplaces. I’ve been in sales for over 15 years, and I still... read more

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Leadership

Why anyone who claims to be an expert in leadership 'is a liar,' according to a bestselling author and TED legend

Why anyone who claims to be an expert in leadership 'is a liar'read more

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Why one CEO and serial entrepreneur always asks job candidates, 'What's your favourite business?'

Why one CEO and serial entrepreneur always asks job candidates, 'What's your favourite business?'read more

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Outsourcing

Getting Real: How to Outsource Like a Winner

You can't manage to do everything at all times, even if you're the most experienced and savvy... read more

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Outsourcing really helps a lot, many businesses are now successful because of outsourcing. When you outsource you can reduce labour costs and increase the productivity, the effect of this is that your business will be able to achieve more efficiency and it will be more effective. You can also increase your ROI when you outsource, many businesses outsource non-core functions so that they can focus more on their business core and strategies. Regards, Yazmin Barajas, BPO Marketing OBP Business Process Services Outsourcinghttp://www.offshorebusinessprocessing.com/bpo-services
Jef Lippiatt
Jef LippiattOwner at Startup Chucktown
This was a very helpful read. Thanks for sharing. I'll definitely have to consider the PLCS moving forward.
Managing employees

6 Tips for Better Communication

Engaging and developing close relationships with your employees is pretty straightforward when... read more

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Jef Lippiatt
Jef LippiattOwner at Startup Chucktown
I found the second half of #2 "Recognise" to be very interesting. Thanks for sharing.
Attracting talent and recruitment

A Proactive Approach to Conflict Prevention - 5 things to ask yourself before you ask the candidate

Hiring a new staff member is often an exciting and stressful time. You’ve worked your way through... read more

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Jef Lippiatt
Jef LippiattOwner at Startup Chucktown
Really well written article. I agree that being transparent with potential hires and honest with what your company really needs are prime factors. I would also say, give the interviewee several different types of questions and potentially a few small tasks. This can break up the monotony of straight back and forth Q&A. Also some of the tasks can help you identify how they perform. Also see what kind of questions they ask you. It can help you understand what they are curious about and if they have passion for your venture. Lastly, I think it is important for the interviewee to meet at least some of their potential coworkers. This gives them both a chance to size one another up. You should definitely have the interviewee meet any teammates that they will be working with closely to ensure a good personality and skill fit. Remember to follow up with the coworkers that met the interviewee and ask them what their take on the individual was and why.
Career planning and job search

“I love your passion to change the world but…”

Every morning we wake up, we get on with our day, we do what we have to do... but do you feel that... read more

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Jef Lippiatt
Jef LippiattOwner at Startup Chucktown
Great write up on motivation and perseverance.
Career planning and job search

Goldman Sachs' HR chief says this is the key to writing a winning cover letter

Many people here already have the job they want - owning or running their own small business....read more

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