Short and Sweet Meetings that Motivate Employees and Drive Profit

  Do you ever wonder if the meetings you have with employees are effective? See if this sounds familiar… You hold a meeting intending to motivate employees and get everyone working together as a team to do their best. You talk. They listen. They may seem interested, or at least they nod their heads in … read more

Attracting and Keeping the Best Employees

If you’ve been struggling to attract qualified applicants to fill open positions in your business, rest assured, you are not alone. In fact, many small business owners across the country have this struggle as they compete with corporate America for talent. As a small business owner, you have an opportunity to shine as an employer … read more

The Slow Kiss of Death for a Small Business

It’s the same problem, and I hear it over and over from small business owners. Quite honestly, I’m very worried for those of you struggling with this. Here’s the problem: It seems so hard to find good-quality people to hire that you hang on to marginal employees just so you have a warm body doing … read more

3 Steps to KEEPING Your Best Employees

Congratulations! You have found and hired an A-Player employee. This employee is exceeding your expectations in lots of different ways. It feels too good to be true! You may already be hearing a nagging voice in your head, asking, “Just how will you hang on to this really good talent?” Keeping your best employees happy … read more

Making Performance Evaluations Meaningful

Sabrina Schleicher, PhD, PCC, BCC Lisa Kramer, PCC Most business owners dread performance evaluations. Here are some tips to make performance evaluations not only easier, but more meaningful: Do employee evaluations on employee anniversary dates, rather than trying to do them all at once during a certain time of year. Doing more than a couple … read more

Small Businesses Get Best Results With an Employee Follow Up System

A lot has been said and written about how much you should supervise or follow up with your employees about their pending items and responsibilities. Over the last 30 years, discussion of best business practices have highlighted accountability, self-managed teams, etc. So for many business owners out there, what I am about to share may … read more

5 Keys to Maximizing Employee Productivity

Growing your rural business requires hiring and keeping great employees who are motivated, resourceful and highly productive. A team of mediocre, partially engaged, somewhat productive employees is the slow kiss of death for a small business. Let’s face it, most business owners are highly skilled and knowledgeable about the product or service their business provides, … read more