3 Ways to Improve Communication Among Team Members

3 Ways to Improve Communication Among Team Members

Communication is one of the easiest ways to keep your team members in the loop, as well as improve upon productivity. Whenever you can connect with your team and communicate effectively, you can get your point across without any wasted time. This leads to people...

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What is Minimum Wage in Ontario (and Is It Enough?)

What is Minimum Wage in Ontario (and Is It Enough?)

Employees are turning towards freelance and remote gigs now more than ever, but there are also more small businesses being developed on top of that. The minimum wage that people in Ontario experience is lackluster to say the least, and that’s mainly due to the living...

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Working Parents: How to Support Them as a Manager

Working Parents: How to Support Them as a Manager

Working through the pandemic, in general, has been tough, but that can ring especially true for anybody who is also a parent. Whether they’ve got toddlers or even college students, the pandemic has pushed many children back into their homes for school - the only...

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Management Styles: Finding the Perfect Fit

Management Styles: Finding the Perfect Fit

There are four total management styles to consider, with each one pertaining to a different sort of managerial process. Some managers will be laid back and allow employees to do their thing, while others will demand greatness and help people reach their true...

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3 Ways to Keep Employees Engaged 2021-22

3 Ways to Keep Employees Engaged 2021-22

Ever since the pandemic managers have been trying to figure out how they can keep their employees engaged throughout the year, regardless of whether they’re working remotely or not. If you aren’t completely sure how to revitalize your team and keep them engaged,...

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Worker Burnout – How Much Can It Impact Your Team?

Worker Burnout – How Much Can It Impact Your Team?

Some business owners believe in hard work and determination, which translates into less than stellar circumstances for their employees. This doesn’t mean that there aren’t any fair and successful business owners out there that have this philosophy, but there’s a...

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Employee Motivation in the Time of Covid

Employee Motivation in the Time of Covid

We are living through unprecedented times. We don’t know when we’ll be able to stop and look back on them, because we don’t know when they’re going to end. What we do know is that the constant change, the constant dealing with the unknown, is making things tough on...

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Canadian Labour Laws for Small Business: Part One

Canadian Labour Laws for Small Business: Part One

Starting your own business means wearing a whole lot of different hats, at least at the beginning. Head of Production, V.P. Marketing, HR Director. One hat you want to be careful about wearing is Head of Legal. Canada’s labour laws as outlined in the Employment...

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Why NOT to Talk Politics at the Office

Why NOT to Talk Politics at the Office

A simple question: Is it appropriate to discuss politics at the office? The simple answer (that would make this the shortest article we’ve posted by several pages): No. The last decade or so has seen the most divisive and polarizing political figures, policies and...

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Update to vital signs

Update to vital signs

We've added more details to the vital signs on the dashboard, we now show you yesterdays numbers and this week so you can keep on top of the current budget percent.

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15 Tips Every Entrepreneur Needs to Know

15 Tips Every Entrepreneur Needs to Know

For some, becoming an entrepreneur is the culmination of the (North) American Dream. It can be a thrill ride that leads to enormous wealth and a pathway to true freedom. But it carries with it a great deal of risk, especially at the beginning. It takes a real...

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Firing your IT Pro

Firing your IT Pro

How to Fire Your IT Professional While Protecting Your Data Firing an employee is never easy and never pleasant. Firing your IT pro or Systems Administrator comes with a whole other set of issues. Often referred to as “the keeper of the keys”, this individual has the...

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Getting Your Grad Tech Ready

Getting Your Grad Tech Ready

Getting Your High School Grad Tech-Ready for the Next Step Time flies! It seems like just yesterday she was all pigtails and puddle jumping, and mere weeks ago that you were teaching him how to knot a tie for his first school dance. (Does anyone wear ties to school...

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How to Hire an IT Pro

How to Hire an IT Pro

As your business expands and grows, you will find a need to have an IT Professional. These 4 tips will help you get the right fit, the first time! How to Hire the Right IT Professional for Your Business As your company grows, there is no doubt you will need a...

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Developing Your  Employee Handbook

Developing Your Employee Handbook

TenThings Your Employee Handbook Should Contain Whether you are Smith & Son or an enterprise with 75 employees or more, it is important that everybody on the team is well-aligned on the same page. It’s awfully difficult to move forward with  people pushing and pulling...

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Updates to the employee app

Updates to the employee app

We've launched an update to the employee app that includes Ability for employees to request time off within the app Ability for employees to enter availability within the app Updated controls and designs

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13 Onboarding Tips for Your Small Business

13 Onboarding Tips for Your Small Business

Employee retention is a critical component of any successful business. Employee turnover can be extremely expensive, not to mention extremely disruptive to your business. Retention strategies need to start early. In fact, the best retention strategies start with...

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Keep Your Business Cyber-Safe While Traveling

Keep Your Business Cyber-Safe While Traveling

Things are starting to open up and the possibility of travel is just over the horizon. If you own your own business, travel can often be an important part of keeping that business growing. And on top of the business trips that take you away from the office are,...

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Great books about business you must read

Great books about business you must read

It is impossible to read them all, and perhaps in the face of such an overwhelming number, you need some ideas to get started. We recommend that you start with one of the following books: Profit First: A Simple System to Transform Any Business from a Cash-Eating...

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Improve Employee Recognition

Improve Employee Recognition

It is a practice used to express appreciation, motivate employees, and reinforce desired company behavior. The goal of job recognition is to encourage employees in the workplace and showcase their good performance and positive business results. When an employee feels...

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How to Scale Your Business

How to Scale Your Business

9 Tips to Help Scale Your Small BusinessScalability is about capacity and capability. Does your business have the capacity to grow? Will your business systems, infrastructure and team be able to accommodate and keep up with growth? There’s a difference between scaling...

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11 Ways to Develop Leaders at Your Small Business

11 Ways to Develop Leaders at Your Small Business

As a small business owner you are forced to wear many hats, particularly as things begin to take shape and your company begins to grow. Having people on staff who can step up and help in larger roles will become a necessity. Bringing leaders in from outside the...

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10 Ways to Control Overtime at Your Small Business

10 Ways to Control Overtime at Your Small Business

When an employee works over 40 hours in a workweek, you may be required to pay them additional wages at a higher rate.  Overtime ranks as one of the biggest ongoing expenses for most companies, and poor management of overtime can cost your small business a lot of...

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Ideas to Improve Motivation at Work

Ideas to Improve Motivation at Work

Running a company is complicated, even more so in times when reality is harsh and life has changed so much in the past year. Many workspaces had to reinvent themselves to survive, many employees lost their jobs, others changed their way of working, others stopped...

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The Importance of Employee Performance Reviews

The Importance of Employee Performance Reviews

When you first started your company, employee reviews were probably just an act of self-reflection, as you were the only one sitting at the table. But as your company grows and you hire more employees, it becomes more and more important that you regularly evaluate...

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Self-Scheduling at Your Small Business

Self-Scheduling at Your Small Business

The Advantages of Self-SchedulingEven before COVID-19, many small businesses were working towards a self-scheduling model. Now, with so many people working from home or other remote locations, and with customer demands going unpredictably up and down, self-scheduling...

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Recognizing Burnout Within Your Small Business

Recognizing Burnout Within Your Small Business

First, you must recognize the issue. Many people ask, what is the difference between stress and burnout? Is there one? There is. And it’s important to understand that. Because there is a difference in how each syndrome presents itself, there is a difference in how...

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Budget Update – Employment Programs

Budget Update – Employment Programs

Brought to you by our partner HRLive At more than 700 pages the Federal government budget released yesterday includes something for everyone (we will briefly update the most significant announcements for employers). Permanent, unfunded spending increases means the...

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Creating a Safe Workplace Amid COVID Concerns

Creating a Safe Workplace Amid COVID Concerns

While we are not through the pandemic yet, the roll out of vaccinations has provided a light at the end of the tunnel. We are at a point where going back to the workplace is becoming a not-so-distant reality. And this is bringing with it a whole new set of challenges...

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How to Deal with Stress at Work – Wherever it Is

How to Deal with Stress at Work – Wherever it Is

Ways to Deal with Work-Related StressThese unpredictable times have led to unprecedented levels of stress in the workforce. Its effects are real and potentially devastating. Many studies have shown how stress can lead to physical symptoms including headaches, upset...

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How to Hire During Times of Crisis

How to Hire During Times of Crisis

How to Hire During Times of CrisisA global crisis changes everything! Don’t we know it! You make your plans and the universe laughs.Things change everyday and it can feel impossible to keep up. And this is as true for your business as it is for everything else. Maybe...

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Lead Generation

Lead Generation

10 Lead Generating Strategies for Small BusinessWhether you’re just starting out or are an established small business, a good portion of your time, or your staff’s, is likely spent on lead generation. Lead generation is the actions or tactics you use to attract...

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Leadership Qualities

Leadership Qualities

7 Attributes of a Great Small Business LeaderGreat leadership is essential for any business to succeed. Without it, it is nearly impossible for a company to grow and expand in ever-changing markets. This may be especially true for small businesses that are often...

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7 Tips to Stay Productive While Working from Home

7 Tips to Stay Productive While Working from Home

7 Tips to Stay Productive While Working from HomeIn this year like no other year, many people have been forced to work from home. If you are used to, and happy with, an office environment, this change can be rather unsettling. There are a whole host of potential...

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Improving Communication at Your Small Business

Improving Communication at Your Small Business

11 Ways to Improve Communication at Your Small BusinessImportance of Communication Effective communication, both internal and external, is essential to the success of any business. It improves business performance in several different ways. First, good communication...

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