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Independent Contractors or Employees? Frequent Misconceptions Debunked

Due to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, businesses have an even greater incentive to classify workers as independent contractors rather than as employees. Businesses with 50 or more employees that do not provide the required health insurance to employees could face penalties up to $3,000 per employee. As a result, we will see […]

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5 Characteristics of Great Leaders

Model the characteristics you want your business and employees to have. 5. Honesty Few things can hurt a business relationship as badly as one person having a hidden agenda. Honesty isn’t just about lying: it’s about misrepresenting the facts and withholding information too. Don’t keep relevant parties out of the loop. 4. Care Sometimes, you […]

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Smartphone Sanity in the Office

It seems like the current trend in research is how our beloved technologies, like smartphones, email, and Twitter, make us dumber, slower, or less productive. See this piece in the New York Times for one example of this trendy topic: How Email Makes Us Less Productive. This trend is almost as popular as the “next big […]

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7 Tips for Your Family-Owned Business

Working with family will inevitably have its rough patches. Here are some tips that have helped other family-owned businesses work around the family dynamics. 1. Implement a clear chain of command. This will probably not mirror the family dynamic, so it’s critical to have a very clearly outlined chain of command. A hierarchy also makes […]

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