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Recruiting commonly involves two things small businesses tend to lack: time and money. Making the process more efficient saves those valuable resources for other efforts to grow the company. An employee referral program does this by utilizing an existing asset – current staff.
Asking team members to think about which people in their networks might make a good addition to the company generates a candidate pool.
Having a small staff promotes close relationships between managers and employees. People tend to get to know each other well both professionally and personally, and a family-like camaraderie may fill the workplace. While such bonds provide a great sense of being a team, they can make delivering criticism difficult. Leaders may put off having tough (but necessary) conversations because they don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings.
Unlimited vacation time sounds like a worker’s dream and an employer’s nightmare. What company in its right mind would implement a policy where staff members can take off however much time they want? Nothing would get done, and the business would go belly up, right?
Tell that to Netflix, LinkedIn, Virgin Group, Grubhub, Grant Thornton, and others that offer unlimited time off as part of their benefits packages.
All leaders depend on feedback from staff to help the company grow, but small business owners especially need this input. With all the hats they wear and different directions they get pulled, important matters may slip through the cracks if not specifically drawn to their attention. Thus, it becomes vital to create an environment where people feel free to bring things up – even issues or problems the boss may dislike.
Now that it’s the half point of 2016, it’s a good time to check in and get a pulse on how small business employers and workers are feeling about their plans for the second half of the year.
According to CareerBuilder’s Midyear Job Forecast, nearly half of small business employers plan to hire full-time, permanent staff over the next six months, and more than a quarter plan to hire temporary or contract workers.
After disappointing job growth in May, the U.S. economy got a much-needed boost in June, adding 287,000 jobs, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ most recent employment report – and far surpassing economists’ expectations of between 175,000 and 180,000 jobs.
These numbers are also a giant leap from May’s dismal job numbers, which the BLS originally reported as 38,000 jobs and revised to an even more gloomy 11,000 jobs.
Roughly a year ago, a few CareerBuilder employees embarked on various workplace challenges to see what would happen when they stopped being polite and started being real changed up their usual routines and tried something new for a week. Would messing with the status quo affect their workplace productivity, mood or overall success? Would anything change at all? Would everything change?
According to the ADP’s latest Small Business Employment Report, released today, small businesses added 95,000 jobs in June, up from the 76,000 jobs created in May and 93,000 created in April.
Broken down by company size, businesses with 1-19 employees added 50,000 jobs, and businesses with 20-49 employees added 43,000 jobs.
Looking at individual sectors, small businesses in the goods-producing sector produced 8,000 jobs, those in the service-providing sector added 91,000 jobs.
Employee engagement can be difficult at any time of year, but summer poses particular challenges in most workplaces. Clockwatching may become the activity of choice at your small business as workers count down the minutes until they can putter around in their gardens or fire up the grill. How can you compete with sunshine?
While going to work may never be as fun as basking on the beach, plenty of opportunities exist to make the dog days of summer more pleasant for your employees.
When CareerBuilder recently surveyed employers as to the biggest productivity killers in the workplace, nearly one in four respondents (24 percent) cited meetings. (Cell phones/texting ranked first, in case you’re wondering.) Useless meetings can take an especially harsh toll on small businesses, where people are already wearing many hats and struggling to make every minute count. Recognizing that time and effort could be better spent on other matters, 17 percent of employers surveyed said they’ve taken action to limit meetings.