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November 19, 2015
Be thankful for the negative that leads to the positive

By Jim Annis, CEO   This year on America's Got Talent, a young competitor named Drew had a pronounced stutter due to a life-changing, devastating sports injury. Once the "cool kid" at school, he learned humility that he had never known which made him a better person. His comedy routine demonstrated talent and bravery in […]

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November 13, 2015
6 Steps to a Smooth Re-Entry from Vacation

By Anastasia Warren   You just spent the last few days soaking up the sun with your toes in the sand. Or maybe, you took a week to relax at home and get caught up around the house. Whatever you did, it was vacation – time off while your workplace continued to do business. Getting […]

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November 4, 2015
Good Ol' Suggestion Box

By Anastasia Warren, Marketing Manager   Sometimes, the best solution is something simple, old-fashioned, and proven to work. The issue of employees feeling comfortable enough to bring light to issues in the workplace is apparent at most companies. No matter how open your management team or leadership is, some employees will always find it difficult […]

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November 3, 2015
Babies, puppies and other Bright Shiny Objects

By Jim Annis, CEO   Imagine a support group with the following characters:  an 11-month old baby, an 11-month old "puppy" and an 11-month old aquarium with several fish, some dead and some alive. They all sit in a back storage room, abandoned by their human "parents." The conversation goes something like this: Baby (to […]

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October 30, 2015
The Details: How to Handle Employee Turnover

By Anastasia Warren, Marketing Manager   Warning: This blog contains important information regarding payroll, your employees and your business. As a business owner, employee turnover and termination is inevitable. It is important for you to be informed on the procedures involved, so, should the circumstance arrive, you are prepared. Important things to note: Employees that […]

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October 28, 2015
The new out-of-office email

By Anastasia Warren   Automatic reply: I am currently out of the office, I will get back to you as soon as possible. Or some version of that. Though necessary, there’s nothing more discouraging then receiving an automatic reply. Will they ever see the email? How long will it take them to catch up? Should […]

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October 22, 2015
Update on the Affordable Care Act - a must-read

By Jim Annis   Got an extra $3 million in the bank? If not, pay attention. Even if you do have $3 million, pay attention. This is huge. The biggest news: In 2015, most companies with less than 100 full-time employees or full-time equivalents did not have to make a decision regarding the “pay or […]

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October 20, 2015
Desserts and decorations… and something else

By Funmi Sheddy   It’s only October… yet you’ve probably already seen holiday décor at the local store, and if you haven’t – it’s coming soon. So, is it too early to start preparing for the fall and winter holidays? In my opinion, no. Now, I don’t mean preparation in the traditional sense – wish […]

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October 15, 2015
Connection in the Workplace

By Anastasia Warren   The sad desk lunch. If you haven’t seen the video, watch it here. Although the video is a bit extreme and comical, it has a point. You spend at minimum, around 40 hours a week at work. The rest you spend sleeping, cleaning, exercising, practicing hobbies, and spending time with your […]

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October 7, 2015
When to cut ties with a so-so employee

By Jim Annis   Tap, tap, tap. Tap, tap, tap. He is tapping his pencil on the desk again and it is driving you nuts. This may be the last straw for this employee. You've been looking for a reason ... is this "it"? The excuse to get off the fence? We see it all […]

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October 6, 2015
Labor laws that often trip up employers

By Jim Annis It's lunch time. Your friend and fellow CEO starts to lament about being fined by the state for Nevada Revised Statutes (NRS) infractions. What do you do? a) Buy him a beer; b) give him the name of a good labor lawyer; or c) drift off to sleep (the NRS topic is a real […]

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September 24, 2015
3 ways to kick-off fall season right

By Anastasia Warren   It’s officially fall. We’re seeing pumpkin spice lattes, a few yellow leaves and experiencing an overall feeling of the new season. As we enter into the season of football, deadlines and colder weather, it’s important to remain motivated and inspired in our work. How do we do this? Here are three easy […]

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