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The Small Business: How do you know when you need HR?

By Sheri Stolp, The Stolp Group | May 3, 2014

For the small business owner, conquering challenges like creating new business opportunities, improving the bottom line or finding a new office can seem like small potatoes compared to hiring and managing employees. And as the business grows, entrepreneurs can experience major challenges in terms of finding great people, performance issues and the thing we all dread most, firing someone. Add to that a complex set of state and federal employment regulations and the whole thing can seem pretty overwhelming. But here’s the good news. In the world of HR, which...

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Conducting Effective Performance Appraisals

By Sheri Stolp, The Stolp Group | May 3, 2014

Do you dread conducting employee performance appraisals? Is it one of the last things you wish to do during your already pressing week? Are you concerned with conveying negative news to sub-par employees? If so, you’re not alone. Writing and conducting annual performance reviews is ranked as one of the least favorable activities of management. However, there are various tricks in which to make this somewhat unpleasant task “tolerable” and even meaningful, for those who work for you. Being a member of the HR community, I’ve witnessed various styles and...

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The Small Business: How Do You Know When You Need HR?

By Sheri Stolp, The Stolp Group | February 1, 2013

For the small business owner, conquering challenges like creating new business opportunities,  improving the bottom line or finding a new office can seem like small potatoes compared to hiring and managing employees. And as the business grows, entrepreneurs can experience major challenges in terms of finding great people, performance issues and the thing we all dread most, firing someone. Add to that a complex set of state and federal employment regulations and the whole thing can seem pretty overwhelming.  But here’s the good news.  In the world of HR, which...

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Understanding the Overall “Climate” in Your Office

By Sheri Stolp, The Stolp Group | September 1, 2012

Most business owners have a good understanding of things like cash flow, business prospects, sales and other tangible measurements. To truly have a finger on the pulse of the business, however, you’ve got to understand what’s going on in terms of employee morale. As a business grows, that can be harder and harder to gauge. Do you really know what your employees are talking about around the proverbial water cooler? The bigger you get, the more important it is to have a way to measure what I call the “climate”...

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