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Are Your Employees Happy?

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Are you a business owner with employee problems such as…

 

  • Negative attitudes?
  • Drama in the workplace?
  • High turnover?
  • High Absenteeism?
  • Poor work ethic?
  • Poor job fit?
  • Lack of good candidates?

 

If any of these issues sound familiar to you, you’re not alone.  Having an engaged and productive workforce is critical to the success of your business and as you know, getting the people part right is sometimes the most difficult thing to do.   Register now and join us on December 13th to connect with other business owners navigating the same obstacles you are.  Get free, tangible and effective tips from industry experts on best practices and innovative ideas in creating a great work environment.

 

Our panel of experts will give you key actions you can take to:

 

  • Assess your current culture
  • Stay on top of important best practices to avoid legal issues
  • Increase current employee engagement
  • Attract and retain great talent

 

Why attend?  Because happy employees mean happy customers.  Create a happy, healthy, and engaged workplace in 2018 and experience the positive results in your business!

Emotional Intelligence – A Game Changer for Small & Midsize Businesses

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Emotional intelligence (EQ) is the ability to identify, use, understand, and manage your own emotions in positive ways to relieve stress, communicate effectively, empathize with others, overcome challenges and defuse conflict.  “When the concept of emotional intelligence was introduced to the masses, it served as the missing link in a peculiar finding: people with average IQs outperform those with the highest IQs 70 percent of the time. This anomaly threw a massive wrench into what many people had always assumed was the sole source of success–IQ. Decades of research now point to emotional intelligence as the critical factor that sets star performers apart from the rest of the pack.” Travis Bradberry

What is Emotional Intelligence a measure of?

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Supplier discounts .. Something to think about

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Attached is a nice article showing you how you can have your cake and eat it to0.  Taking advantage of supplier discounts and improving your cash availability.   https://liquidcapitalcorp.com/blog/learn-quick-way-take-advantage-supplier-discounts/?ref=793

This is something that is regularly discussed at the Monthly SBAB luncheons.    If this is of interest to you,  you should consider attending.

 

Some things simply stay the same.

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I came across a report that highlighted four key areas on which to focus your recovery strategies:

  • Virtualization
  • Cloud Computing
  • Mobile Devices in the Workforce
  • Social Networks

Looking at today’s business climate, these are certainly four areas that can still impact your environment.

What’s interesting is that the list is from a CIO poll from April, 2012.  A lot of the basic elements of your recovery strategy really haven’t changed in the last five years (if not longer).  Nonetheless, important areas for your planning.

 As you work on your recovery strategies, here are some key points you to consider:

 Size does not matter.

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Technology – Love it, Hate it, Accept it, Deal with it…

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Regardless of the size of your organization, you have certain reliance on technology in order to be productive and to an extent successful.  No one seems to leave their home or office without their phone.  We all use e-mail for communicating to the rest of the world.  But that’s just the starting point.  Suppose your company gets a bit of success and you start growing, which means adding employees.  Next up is adding office space for you and your employees, which means creating an office network.  Now you’re faced with more questions, wired or wireless? Should you get everyone a desktop, a laptop, or a tablet? Do I really need a firewall and anti-virus? 

Managing technology to meet your business’ needs doesn’t need to be overly complicated, but how do you pick where to spend your technology dollars?  How do you ensure you’re focusing on what’s important and what’s (perhaps) frivolous?   Then once selected and in use, there’s more to it than just making sure power stays on. 

Every business owner must decide where to allocate funds, and it can be difficult to reconcile spending a huge amount on technology without seeing immediate returns. But technology is an integral part of your organization, and can offer widespread and lasting benefits. Technology should be viewed as both a cost of doing business, and an opportunity to do more.

Plus, don’t forget about cyber security, hackers, and data breaches. 

The next SBAB luncheon will provide some insights on these points and even more.  Our panel (Al BeVier with Helix Business Service and Tim Elemes with Huber Advisors) will provide some insight on technology, and provide some key points to take away that will help guide you through your technology planning. 

Benefits and Insurance Essentials for Employers

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Come join us for our monthly luncheon focusing on Benefits and Insurance Essentials for Employers and Employees. As an Business owner you will find out what types of Insurance are essential for your business. As you grow and hire employees what is required for insurance and benefits?  Presented by our SBAB experts, Leanne Casanova (State Farm), Jodi Milbradt (Employer Solutions Group) and Jessica Hamilton (Human Resources-Strategic Projects).

First time guests are FREE!  If you are a repeat guest, the cost is still only $20. Meeting will begin at 11:30 with lunch served at 11:45. Presentation begins with our experts teaching on the month’s topic and is followed by an open Q and A. Guests can ask questions of our members and pick their brains for expert advice. Meeting always ends promptly at 1:00 pm!