Many small businesses leave human resources in the hands of accounting (because of the payroll aspect), or office management (because there’s no other place to put it!). And sometimes those accountants and office managers do a fine job of keeping things in line. They are organized and systematic, so they create “personnel files” and make sure everyone signs off on the policy manual. But at what point does a small business need to bring in expert HR help?
There is no formula that dictates when to hire an HR Manager. There are many factors, such as the nature of your business, the types of jobs you have, and the level of government or industry regulation your company must comply with, that must be considered. Below we’ll look at the key HR functions and what an HR expert may be able to provide that the Office Manager or Accountant can’t. READ MORE »
These 5 steps will help you begin to define and shape your company’s organizational culture:
Uncover the story. Stories are powerful in identifying organizational culture. Begin by sharing stories about how you got started – what are some of the most energizing tales of the company as a start-up? What are the “legends” of the company? Who are the heroes of the organization? As stories are told, identify themes that tie to your company’s mission and values. Focus stories on what went well; when the company or an employee were at their best. READ MORE »
Where the mission explains why the organization exists and the work it does every day, the vision statement sets a long-term goal for the organization. The vision statement is a very short phrase or sentence that sets an exciting tone for planning the future of the organization. It is the organization’s shared hopes, dreams, and image of the future.
The vision statement answers: READ MORE »
A business reputation is very important. It drives the perception of the public, the frequency of the customers, the opportunities to be involved with the local economy and community as well as the caliber of employees and customers that a business will have. Competition is always going to be out there and often this is beyond the control of a business owner, manager or leader. READ MORE »
As part of National Small Business Week, April 30 – May 6, the U.S. Small Business Administration, SCORE and cosponsors from Visa, YP, Google, Salesforce, Constant Contact and Chase will be hosting numerous training webinars/webcast. The webinars/webcast are free of charge, but registration space is limited on a first-come, first served basis. READ MORE »