Cloning your key staff

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Every entrepreneur has at some point wished they could ‘clone’ their best team members. Faced with mounting challenges, they’ve muttered to themselves something along the lines of: “If only I could find someone else like Jane – she just gets it.”

Not literally clone Jane, but mirroring her performance and approach. The ‘chosen few’ are often just that – few. Owners prize employees who are fully engaged with the culture, committed to the mission, delivering against their goals and sharing the journey. Replicating that approach is key to scaling the business. Continue reading “Cloning your key staff”

Managing Millennials – Balancing Control with Autonomy

Managers are bombarded by confusing advice about the wants and needs of millennials. Already the largest working generation, the 54m Americans between 18 and 34 represent tremendous potential for organizations. They tend to be well adapted to change, technologically savvy, and poised to unleash innovation. But as a manager, how do we successfully motivate this group to maximize satisfaction and opportunity for both the individual, manager and business? Millennials want feedback, but how often and how do you know it’s constructive? How do you match a need for control with a desire for autonomy?

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HR: 5 Human Resources Compliance Mistakes You Don’t Want to Make

Welcome to the latest Options4Growth blog! We’re your go-to source for all topics related to  HR compliance and so much more.

It’s easy for small and mid-sized organizations to focus so much attention on day-to-day business issues that they forget to keep tabs on an area that could be a serious and costly liability – human resources compliance. Small business owners may not have the resources to properly dedicate to all of the issues involved with human resources compliance, but it doesn’t mean they’re any less liable for them. Let’s have a look at some of the top compliance-related issues companies may face.

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Options4Growth is More Than Just an HR Company

When we (Kirsti Tcherkoyan and Jill Pappenheimer, co-founders) started Options4Growth two years ago, we began with the shared vision to support small to mid-sized companies with their growth thoughtfully, and to build our own great company for career parents to be a part of. In keeping with that vision today, we continue to successfully support starts-up’s and growing organizations with attentive, strategic pursuit of growth. We love the work that we do, the companies and people we are able to support in the process.

Just as important to us, is our desire and aspiration to support women and children through our efforts with non-profit organizations. Kirsti will be traveling to Kenya this week to work with the Ray of Hope Foundation, eMentoring Africa and Youth Banner, to provide training to 50 women on much needed business skills and ensure a small group of children are receiving the best possible education available.

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HR Consulting: Top 5 Human Resources Trends

Welcome to the latest Options4Growth blog! We’re your go-to source for all topics related to HR consulting and so much more.

Despite the rules and regulations that govern the HR industry, Human Resource professionals are constantly finding new ways to better themselves, their companies and the employees they serve. While all HR trends may not suit every company or type of business, it’s important to note how other industry professionals face their day-to-day challenges. We can learn a lot from watching our colleagues, even if we strike down a path of our own. Check out some of the top, current HR trends and see if you’re ready to jump on the bandwagon.

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HR Advice: 5 Best Ways to Attract and Retain Top Employees Through Benefits

Welcome to the latest Options4Growth blog! We’re your go-to source for all topics related to Human Resources.

As a business owner, you want to attract and retain top employees to help manage and run your company. But how do you entice that promising prospect over to your team? Salary is a good starting point, but it’s often not the top (or, certainly, only) consideration a job candidate will have when making his or her decision. The employee services and benefits offered by an organization can make all the difference – not only in enticing new employees, but also in keeping your current ones happy and working hard. Here are some of the best employee services and benefits around, including a few non-traditional ones that may inspire you to get creative with some new benefits of your own:

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HR Services: Top 4 Reasons You Should Incorporate Social Media into Your Business Strategy

Welcome to the latest Options4Growth blog! We’re your go-to source for all topics related to HR services, strategic growth advising and so much more.

Social media has changed the way we communicate. It’s here to stay, and for good reason – when used properly, social media offers a host of benefits to its users. Human Resource professionals and executives are no exception – in fact, they’re the ones who stand to gain the most from social media when applied to the business world. It also comes with its share of challenges, which companies may face whether or not they want to deal with social media. So be proactive and prepare a social media policy for your organization. Here are a few suggestions top recommendations on how to make social media work for you and your organization:

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