Team Building & HR

White Papers by PayChex (Part 3)

Paychex was nice enough to provide us with some White Papers to share with the community:

 

White Papers by PayChex (Part 2)

Paychex was nice enough to provide us with some White Papers to share with the community:

 

White Papers by Paychex (Part 1)

Paychex was nice enough to provide us with some White Papers to share with the community:

 

Is it legal for my company to pay its employees without giving a pay stub along with the check?

Ethan Stone

Ethan Stone

by Ethan Stone, Stone Business Law

First, a quick but important clarification: I’m not your lawyer and this answer doesn’t establish a lawyer-client relationship. I’m giving a generic answer to a generic question to educate the users of this site. The information below is general in nature and should not be understood as a substitute for personal legal advice.

The answer to this question depends on state law.  In California, and many other states, the answer is no.

Office Etiquette

by Rick Walker at Official Space

Office etiquette in the UK

For decades now the world has worked on a 9 to 5 basis, with employees working out of offices around the globe. No matter what kind of industry you work within, you’ll quickly notice that there’s a lot of office etiquette you need to abide by in order to make it in the world of office work.

First of all, what’s etiquette?

Advice from a Start-up Wife

by Karina Rook of Re-settle us

It’s kind of like announcing that you’re pregnant with triplets – the look on people’s faces when you tell them your partner quit his job and is now working from home. You can’t use the word ‘start-up’ because most non-tech people don’t really get it, so you say ‘entrepreneur’ or self-employed. Most people say encouraging things, many people ask you to describe the product/service (here comes the elevator pitch!) but almost no-one asks “Why?”.

What’s the Perfect Salary to Make you Happy?

A recent study says that as you earn more money, your day-to-day happiness increases. On average, the perfect salary for happiness is $75,000.

According to the Wall Street Journal’s Happiness Index, the top 5 jobs in which professionals are happy is:

  • Aerospace Engineer at $65,000
  • Software Quality Assurance Engineer at $86,000
  • Security Manager at $87,000
  • Software Development Manager at $93,000
  • Program Manager at $94,000

Take your pick!

Starting Salaries & Freelance Rates are Rising

When it comes to hiring talented developers and designers, the cost is going up!

What Employees Want

What do employees really want out of their job?  It’s probably not what you think, if you’re the CEO.

How do you Make a Good Impression in a Job Interview?

Whether you are raising money for your company or interviewing for a job, here is what you can do to make a good impression.

Have A Great Time Excelling On The Job and In Sports

Raj Gavurla

Raj Gavurla

by Raj Gavurla of LiiiVEN, Inc.

Statistics show the majority of people aren’t enthralled with their work. Interpreting the statistics meaning forces me to come to the conclusion it’s difficult for them to have a great time because instead of excelling they reached a plateau which causes static thinking, worry, stress, or tiredness. One way to break anhedonia is by applying the following peak performance structure to improve your mindset, mood, and motivation.

Home Routine

Business Maturity

Raj Gavurla

Raj Gavurla

by Raj Gavurla of LiiiVEN, Inc.

Mature businesses show there maturity through consistency.  In other words they are reliable.   It’s odd to receive calls from suppliers on behalf of well known organizations that cannot keep an appointment.  What does this say about your company?  It’s not appealing.  People’s time is valuable.  You should keep the appointment although you may not be interested because it’s your word, you’ll learn more, and establish trust.

Consistently Play At The Top of Your Game

Raj Gavurla

Raj Gavurla

by Raj Gavurla of LiiiVEN, Inc.

It’s not rocket science.  Customers and buyers want to do business with your organization because they know what is agreed upon will be delivered on time.  Recently, I worked with a company and they had a hard time telling me a delivery date.  The reason was because they didn’t know when their supplier would complete their part.  They didn’t say they would check with the supplier and get back to me with a delivery date.  Obviously, they’re not motivated.

Entrepreneurs Need To Work On?

Raj Gavurla

Raj Gavurla

by Raj Gavurla of LiiiVEN, Inc.

When working with entrepreneurs and small business owners I see a drive and passion that is necessary for success.  There are eight areas where consistent actions are needed to produce consistent results.  As you develop and grow, the actions change because of your accomplishments and your business needs evolve.  The one action, for those in startup mode or are in steady mode, not growth mode most often overlooked is the action to celebrate.  Surprised?

Motivating Employees To Win, Grow, Evolve

Raj Gavurla

Raj Gavurla

by Raj Gavurla

As an organization what do you do to motivate employees to win, grow, and evolve? This isn’t management motivating employees or employees motivating management. There should be three categories:

1. Motivation for project work to win, grow, evolve
2. Motivation to run the organization to win, grow, evolve
3. Motivation for clients to win, grow, evolve

Do we have to give employees the same benefits as the founders?

Question: We’re a California startup with a few founders working full-time right now. We are planning on expanding. Do we have to offer any future full-time employees the same benefits as we set up for ourselves? Do they need to have the same healthcare plan fully paid by the company? Do they need to receive the same retirement plan contributions paid by the company? Thanks!

Brian Hassan

Brian Hassan

Answer by Brian Hassan, Managing Director of BayPoint Benefits

How do I deal with a demanding & uncooperative engineer when my whole startup depends on him?

Naomi Kokubo

Naomi Kokubo

by Naomi Kokubo, Editor of Founders Space

Good question for Founders Space.

I know this is difficult.  I’ve been there before.  But you have to take action now.   First off, no one is indispensable.  You may believe you can’t live without this engineer, but you can.  You’ll be able to find someone else who can learn the code and get the job done.  My advice is to clearly let this engineer know that his behavior is unacceptable, and he either needs to work with you or you’ll have to find someone to replace him.

Do you have any templates for employment and consulting agreements?

Naomi Kokubo

Naomi Kokubo

by Naomi Kokubo, Editor of Founders Space

Below is a link to the Employment & Consultant Documents provided by Orrick.  Keep in mind, these do not replace having a good attorney, but they do provide a good starting point.

Go see Employment & Consultant Docs

Employee Offer Letter

What’s the best way to find a CTO for my startup?

Naomi Kokubo

Naomi Kokubo

by Naomi Kokubo, Editor of Founders Space

The best way is to tap into your network of friends and colleagues.  It’s always better to start with someone you know well and have worked with in the past.  That said, all too often you know people with similar backgrounds and skill sets to your own.  So how do you find a co-founder with a complimentary skill set?

Our Changing Workplace

Fanny Tham

Fanny Tham

by Fanny Tham of CreativePeople@Work

There is no better time to say that we are in an Era of Change. From the comeback of Apple in the 90s to the evolution of Internet led by Facebook, our World is rapidly transforming. Ever year we witness changes that make impacts on the way we live, play and work. Here are ways on how our work will change in the next couple of years. In fact, for some, it already has.