Business Management

100 Ways to Cut Costs

April 6, 2009
Now more than ever contractors are searching for ways to cut costs. How you go about cutting costs is just as important as where you look for cuts. Begin a systematic examination of your expenses in the office and the field. Then use the list in this article to generate thinking on possible new areas for cost reduction.
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The New FMLA: It's Not Just for Pregnancies Anymore

March 23, 2009
When someone mentions the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), many people immediately think of pregnancies. And FMLA is a resource for employees impacted by pregnancies, but it’s much more than that. New regulations governing the FMLA have become effective, so it’s a good time to review FMLA issues.
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Think Twice Before Cutting Your Advertising Budget

March 9, 2009
The immediate reaction by many companies during a recession is to cut their advertising. Advertising is seen as an expense and all expenses are subject to trimming in difficult times. However, advertising should be looked at as an investment that helps to increase your sales now and in the future.
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Can You Keep a Secret? More Importantly, Can Your Employees?

February 16, 2009
A recent survey found that a substantial number of employees admitted to stealing confidential employer information. Your proprietary company information is vital and there are a number of steps you can take to greatly reduce your risk of theft.
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Do Good and Take Credit for It

February 2, 2009
One of the old sayings in the pubic relations field is “Do good and then take credit for it.” HVACR contractors should take this to heart. When you do something good for the community, make sure they know about it.
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Background Checks: Is an Honest Employee Too Much to Ask For?

January 19, 2009
In the old days, a background check consisted of a couple phone calls to a former employer and a reference check. Modern background checks involve a comprehensive investigation. But the law draws some clear limitations on what can be considered valid criteria and what crosses the line into unfair discrimination.
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Coupons Attract Consumers

January 5, 2009
Consumers are always looking for a bargain. In today’s struggling economy, that is especially true. No one wants to pay full price for anything. So why not offer a coupon with a discount?
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Discrimination by Association - What Employers Need to Know

December 22, 2008
“Association discrimination” claims arise when an employee claims he or she has been discriminated or retaliated against because of an association or relationship with a disabled person. Employers need to tread carefully in this area.
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If You Have Too Many Employees to Manage

December 8, 2008
So what do you do if you really want to be a hands-on manager but you just have too many employees to manage? I’ll have managers say to me, “I have 72 people; how do you manage 72 people?” The first question I ask is: Do you have a chain of command? Or are you really managing 72 people?
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Companies Need to Prepare Now for ADA Changes

November 17, 2008
When President Bush signed the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) Amendments Act of 2008 into law, it signaled major changes in the legislation that prohibits workplace discrimination against people with disabilities. When the law becomes effective on Jan. 1, employers need to be prepared for those changes.
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