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A question about insurance.

If I go from part-time to full-time, is my employer (small business owner, <20 employees) obligated to offer me health insurance? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 4, 2014 - 10 answers

What's the best scenario for free-lunch-at-the-office-day

Does your office provide you with a free lunch with any sort of regularity? If so, how does it happen, either from the perspective as a lunch-eater or as someone who sets it up? [more inside]
posted by rachaelfaith on Jul 5, 2013 - 29 answers

Working with employee cynicism

How to work with employees who don't like what you're doing, but won't work towards making things better? Specifically vocally negative long-term employees who think they know it all, but refuse to share their wisdom beyond flat-out complaints because it's "not their job"? [more inside]
posted by tzb on Apr 4, 2013 - 38 answers

Help my husband improve employee morale and learn to be a great manager.

Help my husband improve employee morale and learn to be a great manager. [more inside]
posted by picapica on Nov 8, 2012 - 10 answers

Legal requirements for firing someone from a retail job in Ontario...

I run a retail business in Toronto, Canada. It's an independently owned business--like a mom and pop store. I need to fire someone because he's incompetent and his presence actually makes more work for the other staff. I have emailed and texted with this staff member (who has worked with us for 13 months) regarding his considerable transgressions but we do not have "paperwork" or "forms" in the traditional sense. His work never improves. What exactly do I have to do to fire him without worrying about legal issues? Two weeks pay? Three? Does the firing need to be written in addition to verbal or is just verbal fine? What's the best way for me to cover my ass? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 9, 2012 - 6 answers

Civilian Review Committees for Federal Employee Decisions

How does the idea of a civilian review board for previewing the firing and disciplinary actions of federal managers against civilian employees sound? [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind on Sep 7, 2012 - 7 answers

How do I handle an employee appropriating clients?

How do I handle an employee appropriating clients? [more inside]
posted by jacobean on Apr 13, 2012 - 26 answers

How can I decline a raise request, yet still maintain employee morale?

Small business owners: Is it possible to turn down a request for a raise from employees, yet maintain workplace morale? On the flip side, have you been turned down for a raise, but stayed in your position? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 16, 2012 - 42 answers

I think I love my staff. Literally. Help.

How can I deal with romantic feelings towards an employee to maintain both my sanity and business? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 10, 2011 - 19 answers

Who provides benefits for small businesses?

Our small business (2 principals) is looking to grow by bringing on our first employees and we need to get a benefits package together and we're looking for advice. Looking for recommendations for benefits providers for small businesses. Would like a one stop shop (broker?) if that makes sense. But any advice on hiring your first salaried employee appreciated. [more inside]
posted by bitdamaged on May 4, 2011 - 6 answers

I'm looking for employee gifts that are scalable and they can personalize

Do you have any cool or unique "gift certificate" ideas in the $10-30 range? These are for my employees -- I like gifts they can personalize and/or order on their own, but a bit more creative than an iTunes or Amazon GC. [more inside]
posted by johnchristopher on Jan 10, 2011 - 15 answers

How can I get my subordinates to reply to e-mail consistently?

How do I get my subordinates to reply to my e-mails? I work remotely, but they don't. I need to know that they've read what I send them. Details about work situation below. [more inside]
posted by stoneweaver on Oct 25, 2010 - 61 answers

Should our chain company shut down unofficial employee pages on Facebook?

Should our chain company shut down unofficial employee pages on Facebook? Any case studies or examples of others actions? [more inside]
posted by IzzeYum on Jun 2, 2010 - 8 answers

Employees and metrics and ops, oh my!

How do I become a rockstar store manager? [more inside]
posted by mornie_alantie on Apr 28, 2010 - 12 answers

I'd like to pay my friends while making money for myself. Halp?

Help me figure out how to pay people in our new company. [more inside]
posted by TomMelee on Mar 23, 2010 - 3 answers

Do not associate with employees outside of work

What is the legality of signing a mandatory company agreement to not associate with non-management employees outside of the workplace?
posted by Brian B. on Dec 20, 2009 - 16 answers

Is my new tardiness policy fair?

I am seeking feedback on the fairness of a new tardiness policy I instituted at my company. I own an IT services firm that also has a retail storefront (the more traditional computer repair shop model). We have had a situation with chronic tardiness, to the point where on a recent Saturday, at three minutes before opening, I was the only one there (whereas four people were scheduled that day). I have now instituted what I believed to be a fair and generous policy, and some don't like it as they say it is too strict. Please read on for the policy... [more inside]
posted by titans13 on Nov 28, 2009 - 62 answers

How to be a good "new boss"

I am your new boss. How can I get our relationship off to a good start? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 16, 2009 - 33 answers

I want to hire someone to turn on my air conditioning too

Who are the world's largest employers? [more inside]
posted by Popular Ethics on Feb 23, 2009 - 20 answers

The EB Games Employee Manual

I read that there was a 'leaked' copy of the EB Games employee handbook floating around the web a few years back, and it explained in some great detail about how to talk to customers and to push really hard on getting people to pre-order and so on. Despite my best efforts, I can't get Google to show it to me. Does anyone have a link to it (or a saved copy they're able to send me)? Also, as a side question; why do EB Games and similar video game retailers push so hard to try and get you to pre-order stuff? What's in it for them, other than a potential sale once the game is released?
posted by Effigy2000 on Dec 4, 2008 - 16 answers

How do I set up a Remote Working Hub?

I have been asked to set up a “Remote Working Hub” to allow employees to work away from the office. Where can I go for more information? Does it work? [more inside]
posted by SarahM on Sep 19, 2008 - 5 answers

Enough with the Calvins wizzing on the Ford/Chevy logo.

Asking for Mr. Oflinkey: Where can he find reliable statistics about how many Americans are employed by various auto manufacturers (Honda, Toyota, Ford, etc.). This should not be limited to manufacturing jobs. He is seeking this information to answer a larger question: Does buying American-made cars really make much of a difference anymore?
posted by oflinkey on May 1, 2008 - 4 answers

How do I stay objective with an annoying/tedious/high maintenance employee?

How do I stay objective with an annoying/tedious/high maintenance employee? (More information inside) [more inside]
posted by icollectpurses on Mar 26, 2008 - 17 answers

What, if anything, should I do about the possibly unethical and definitely scummy behavior of my boss?

What, if anything, should I do about the possibly unethical and definitely scummy behavior of my boss? [more inside]
posted by Mimzy on Mar 3, 2008 - 14 answers

How many people are involved in building the Shuttle?

About how many people, including contractors and their employees, are involved in building the space shuttle? [more inside]
posted by np312 on Jan 25, 2008 - 7 answers

How to deal with nattering nabobs of negativity?

How do I reverse the negative attitudes of my employees? [more inside]
posted by Joey Michaels on Aug 22, 2007 - 39 answers

What form of advertising should I use?

I am 19 and starting a small IT business in orange county, CA. I have 3 medium size clients that use me regularly, and I've taken on my first employee part time recently. But I just had my first month where no one needed IT work done, because I'm too good of a job! And this indicates to me that I need to do some proactive advertising. What is the best method of advertising to get my company's name out there? [more inside]
posted by thegmann on Sep 3, 2006 - 10 answers

How can I find out the intellectual manpower of the U.S. Department of State?

How can I find out the intellectual manpower of the U.S. Department of State? [more inside]
posted by kittyprecious on Feb 3, 2006 - 8 answers

Wanted: gift ideas for employees

What should I buy my employees for Christmas? [more inside]
posted by cyniczny on Nov 30, 2005 - 38 answers

alternative to stamps.com

Is there any online postage-printing site that doesn't require a monthly fee? I mail books periodically and I'm at least 15 miles from the post office. [more inside]
posted by craniac on Apr 18, 2005 - 9 answers

Web-based Scheduling Solutions

Any suggestions for a web-based employee scheduling solution that allows people to submit vacation requests and personal preferences? (more inside) [more inside]
posted by mert on Apr 21, 2004 - 2 answers

Help with small business tech resources

Can someone recommend a book or a resource for the small business owner, especially in regards to tech/eCommerce? Not a tech book, but something that can clue me in to 'businessy' stuff like advertising, accounting, employee issues, etc? [more inside]
posted by skallas on Mar 12, 2004 - 3 answers

I am signing an NDA what to look out for

My employer is going to be asking me to sign a new NDA in the near future. The original NDA that I signed nine years ago has a lot of holes. Anything in particular I should look out for in the new NDA? Should I be concerned about it at all? (Yeah, I know YANAL.)
posted by maurice on Jan 23, 2004 - 11 answers

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