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Employee recognition is more important than you think

Finding talented employees takes a lot of work, and keeping them at your business for years to come is an effort that reaps substantial benefits. One of the best ways to retain employees is through employee recognition. According to a survey released in 2014 by the American Psychological Association, workers who reported having supervisors effective at providing employee recognition were more likely to plan on staying with their current employer for three years or longer. The survey also found that only about half of U.S. workers say they feel valued by their employer. Read More >

Find balance when your business partner is your spouse

Having similar goals and interests are key to many successful relationships. So it's no wonder that about one-third of family businesses are run by husband-and-wife teams, according to the Wall Street Journal. Running a business together requires the same qualities that create a successful marriage: trust, communication and commitment. Working hand-in-hand to build a partnership that's both professional and personal can be incredibly rewarding. Here are some tips to keep both relationships healthy. Read More >

9 tips to create a healthier workplace

An increasing number of employers are offering wellness programs for their employees. A Kaiser Family Foundation and Health Research & Educational Trust survey found 81 percent of large employers (200+ workers) and 49 percent of small employers offer programs to help employees stop smoking, lose weight or make other lifestyle changes. Even if you don't have the budget for a formal wellness program, there are steps you can take to nudge workers toward a healthier lifestyle. These nine ideas can help. Read More >

Protect your business from cyberattacks

Cyberattacks on businesses are increasing and, although it’s the data breaches at corporate giants like Target and Home Depot that make the news, small and medium-size organizations are more frequent victims. Read More >

7 tips for renegotiating with vendors

When negotiating or renegotiating supplier contracts, the Golden Rule still applies: Treat others as you would like to be treated. In other words, don’t become known as the business that regularly pounds its suppliers on price. Read More >

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