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Cross-training Employees: A Small Business Survival Tool

June 2, 2022 | posted by Abacus Payroll
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Cross-training can be a win-win situation for you and your employees. But this can only happen with a plan. Here are some ideas. Benefits of cross-training staff Cross-training provides greater flexibility in scheduling, especially when dealing with unexpected workload and staffing issues. It also helps employees develop expertise in other areas and increases their awareness […]
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The Cost of Hiring New Employees: 4 Things to Know

January 3, 2020 | posted by Abacus Payroll
It’s no secret that the hiring process takes time, patience, and thoroughness; however, it also costs a fair chunk of change. The repercussions of an improper hire can last for far longer than the employee in question. While the approximate figures around hiring someone new range from around $1,000 to over $5,000 per employee, the […]
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Make Setting Salaries Easier With These 5 Steps

August 8, 2019 | posted by Abacus Payroll
Whether you are hiring for the first time, filling an open position, or conducting annual performance reviews, finding a salary range that attracts and retains valued employees can be a difficult task. Here are some suggestions to help make the process a bit easier for you and your company: 1. Know what your business can […]
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Toxic Employees & How to Handle Them

July 23, 2018 | posted by Abacus Payroll
While a colloquially “toxic” employee has historically included anyone from the guy with garlic breath to borderline sociopaths, your average toxic employee is just a negative influence who ultimately detracts from your bottom line by decreasing morale and creating a hostile work environment. If you’re currently dealing with a toxic employee, here are a few […]
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Addressing Mental Health Days and Paid Time Off

December 18, 2017 | posted by Abacus Payroll
As Americans, we aren’t exactly renowned for our reasonable work weeks, maternity leave, or paid time off. Counterintuitively, this can lead to severely decreased productivity as well as stress symptoms and outright breakdowns. Instead of dismissing time off for mental recuperation as a scheme to get out of work, consider instead the following tips for […]
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What to Do When an Employee Quits

August 18, 2017 | posted by Abacus Payroll
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No matter the reason, it’s always challenging when an employee chooses to leave your business. While there is no universal way to prepare for the shock of losing one of the best members of your staff, here are a few ways that you can minimize the impact and move forward in a proactive manner.   […]
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Should You Consider an Employee Referral Policy?

June 23, 2016 | posted by Abacus Payroll
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Your employees’ good word should, ideally, mean as much to you as an official application or referral, so why not implement an employee referral policy or program? Although traditional recruiting methods should make up the bulk of your hiring, you certainly have some incentive to consider using referral bonuses or rewards in exchange for your […]
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A Newlywed Employee’s Impact on Payroll and HR

April 26, 2016 | posted by Abacus Payroll
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When newlywed employees return to the office after their wedding celebration, they bring back more than a wedding ring — they can have a new last name, a new address, and even a new bank account. Learn how to update your records swiftly to lessen the woes in the payroll process later on.     […]
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How to Pay Freelancers

December 9, 2015 | posted by Abacus Payroll
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As an employer, there may come a time when you decide to hire a third party to take care of an independent or extraneous project. Freelancers or independent contractors often provide a cost-effective, short-term solution to an otherwise costly problem, but paying them can be tricky. While it may be tempting to go off the […]
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