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SWBC's BusinessHub blog is a one-stop resource for business owners and company decision makers.

 

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5 Fantastic Benefits of Having Remote Employees

Recruiting and retaining employees in our fast-paced, digital world is no easy task for business owners. To compete in this new era with tech-savvy millennials, the first step is recognizing the evolution of the employee. There aren't many speed limits on technology, so it's resulted in easier ways for employees to communicate, be productive, and deliver services from a remote location. This means it's no longer necessary for every employee to wrestle with a bumper-to-bumper morning and afternoon commute. Sound unconventional? Well, it's becoming the norm for a lot of businesses—3.7 million employees work from home at least half time—simply because it yields huge advantages. Frankly, remote employees are often more productive than on-site employees, which can save companies money in the long run. 

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3 Companies with Kick-Butt Company Culture

A company’s culture commonly refers to employees’ shared beliefs and values and how they’re “brought to life” in the workplace, and it is a key component of employee retention. Company culture is defined and set from the top down, by the leaders of your organization. Leadership should take a proactive role and define the core company values, if not already established. Remember to be authentic because your company is unique, and the values and principles of the company should reflect this endeavor. This is valuable time spent because the company’s values should project the company’s brand message.

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How Companies Can Minimize Wasteful Expenses and Stop Employee Fraud

We always want to think the best of people, especially our colleagues and employees. Thankfully, in most circumstances, we work with people who strive to do the right thing for our business and its clients. Unfortunately, sometimes we encounter employees who carelessly waste company money or commit fraud that costs a business not only money, but its reputation and future if the problem is not discovered immediately.

According to the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, a "typical organization loses 5% of revenues each year to fraud," with small companies losing greater-than-average amounts. Here are some tips that will ensure employees at your business stay on the straight and narrow, helping minimize your company's chances of falling victim to employee fraud and unnecessary, wasteful expenses.

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7 Ways to Create a Culture of Engaged Employees

Successful organizations understand the importance of employee engagement and have figured out how to effectively cultivate their staff to make this a part of their DNA.

Engaged employees are team players, willing to take direction, and passionate about the work they are doing. They feel like they are making a difference or positively impacting their team and company. Employees who do not get this sense of engagement can be a detriment to the company by having a negative impact on their peers and ultimately, customers.

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How Management Can Make or Break Your Company's Culture

There are several factors that make a company successful, and one essential ingredient is the company culture. Senior management must take the “bull by the horn” and be actively aware and involved in their company's culture. Their direct or indirect involvement has a direct impact and results in either making or breaking the culture at their company.

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Four Essential Tips to Follow When Recruiting for a Job You Don't Know

When you first started your business, you were aware of the basic positions needed to keep the business running smoothly. This morning, you had a meeting with other internal stakeholders and it was strongly suggested you needed to hire a Think Tank Engineer. Whoa, wait a minute…are you sure?

What does a person in that position exactly do, and how would they benefit your company?  Before you hastily post the position when you aren’t even sure what the job entails, follow these 4 essential tips:

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Three Ways to Find Out How Your Company Culture Ranks

You have worked hard to get your company on the map by offering an innovative product or service in demand. You strive to keep competitive in your field by hiring the best employees. However, do you really know what company culture is and how it affects your business? And, do you have an idea on how your company culture would rank when you ask the difficult questions?

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Busted: 5 Myths Uncovered about Employment Screening

Are you familiar with the popular expression “a bull in a china shop”? Well, this is just one of the many assumptions and popular beliefs tested by the widely popular science entertainment show ‘Mythbusters’ featured on the Discovery Channel.

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Bad Boss Behavior (and What You Can Do to Avoid It)

If you're a manager or a leader of your business, you probably feel the pressure to be a good boss. However, the adjective "good" is a relative term. There are many obvious qualities of good leaders, and there's no shortage of blogs and articles that give managers tips and tools on being effective leaders. But, today I want to talk about the characteristics of bad bosses. Movies such as Office Space and Horrible Bosses, and the popular sitcom, The Office, are pillars of pop culture and do a great job of putting a comedic spin on not-so-great bosses, but your skills as a leader are no joking matter.

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Why Your Company Culture Could Send Ideal Hires for the Hills

If you think the interview process for an ideal candidate is a one-way street, think again. In a recent survey by ERE.net, 77% of employees and jobseekers replied “company culture is the most important thing they look for in a company.” Top talent are interviewing you and forming an opinion, as they sit across the desk.

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