3 People for Your Small Business Team

Small business owners are uniquely aware of the importance of building a focused yet diverse team in order to fill the numerous and changing roles within their company. A recent article on Entrepreneur.com takes another stab at listing the necessary characteristics of “types of employees” to bring onto your team at a small business in order to fill these needs. However, the interesting piece of this article is that, rather than list a number of skills you should look for when hiring new people, it describes personality types that will help the company move forward. Like this article? Subscribe to Continue reading

Summer Reading List for Your Employees

Everyone seems to be compiling their summer reading lists during this time of year (why do we just have a summer reading list? Do we all hate reading during the other 3 seasons?). In addition to your personal ones, consider putting together a set of books to motivate your employees through the summer months. Like this article? Subscribe to our HR digest to receive a weekly email with fresh and informative content.

Unconventional Ways to Strengthen Your Team

Jason Nazar’s recent article on Forbes.com, 17 Counterintuitive Things the Most Successful People Do, focuses on unconventional methods of improvement for individuals. But after reading through the suggestions, it seems that many are very relevant to good management and could be applied to helping a team improve itself, as well. Nazar doesn’t lean on the old adages such as, “constantly self-evaluate.” Instead, he suggests putting yourself, or in these examples, your team, into what could be negative or potentially uncomfortable situations in order to foster growth. Professional growth doesn’t happen in a vacuum, so consider how some of these tips might play Continue reading

March Madness: How to Keep Your Corporate Culture Productive

The craziest part of March Madness might be how many productivity hours and how much money your company could lose. You’ve worked hard to establish an attractive corporate culture, so you’re not crazy about the idea of cracking down on Internet usage just in March. You trust your employees, and that trust is part of what makes your corporate culture so great. However, ignoring the NCAA Division I championship tournament, with all its betting and brackets? That might just be madness.  Like this article? Subscribe to our HR digest to receive a weekly email with fresh and informative content.

Team Building Your Way to Better Employee Engagement

Spark Hire has been discussing employee engagement a lot recenlty. For one, it’s a very important factor in the success of your company. If you do not have engaged employees, then chances are they are less concerned with their productivity and the affect it has on the company. Furthermore, when companies are not engaged with employees it is difficult to know where improvements are needed or where recognition is due. Aside from this, employee engagement is also just a great way to create a better company culture. It has been said that happy employees are more productive employees, and it’s Continue reading

Ingredients for the Perfect Company Culture

There’s nothing like finding the perfect ingredients to create a great dish, especially for Thanksgiving. But what about the ingredients needed for the perfect company culture? Company culture exists and evolves around your company leaders and your employees. It essentially includes a group of norms, behaviors, and values that are unique to your business. If no one sits in your break room during lunch, it’s not because of any particular rule against doing so, it’s simply your company culture. Like this article? Subscribe to our HR digest to receive a weekly email with fresh and informative content.