The Small Business Huddle

A blog with expert advice, tips, and guides to help you reduce operational costs, increase productivity, and keep your employees engaged and happy.

Employee Evaluation: The Good, The Bad & The New Approach for 2020

Ah, the dreaded employee evaluation is marked on your calendar and you wish it wasn’t. Sound familiar? Like most managers, the employee evaluation and having to fire employees are the most disliked tasks. But alas, they are the tasks that must be done! Just like payroll and time management.  As a manager, you know the […]

Unified Communications: The Super Fun Ultimate Guide

Close your eyes. Really, just do it. Now, imagine a world where voicemail messages from clients automatically appeared in your chat app as messages then automatically analyzed and converted into a task under the client’s account in your CRM. Then, instead of assigning the task and creating workflows for your team, relevant team members receive an […]

Compliant Time Tracking: Getting It Right with Time Clocks

In a time when machines are learning and data is big, you need to finally trade in the pen-and-paper timesheet for a smart time tracking software solution. Actually, many businesses, just like yours, are making the shift, and where there is demand there is usually supply. Ranging from mobile apps to portable biometric systems with payroll […]

steps to an effective safety training program

What is Workplace Safety Training and Why Do You Need It?

So you want to develop a workplace safety training program. Okay, you do not so much want as you are required to. Like most business owners. But you’re not the type to neglect things like employee safety. Because you know well that training for safety is the most cost-effective way to protect your most precious […]

9 Effective Ways to Boost Employee Morale in 2019

Morale. It’s that extra kick employees have so that they don’t show up to work looking like a zombie. Establishing a positive work environment and building a company culture that helps boost employee morale is key to avoiding mindless drones from clocking in and out each day.  Well, what is employee morale? Forbes magazine defines […]

How to Create a Bartender Training App in 15 Minutes

Nobody’s cooler than Brian Flanagan…If you’re born after 1982(ish) you’re probably asking “Who the @#$% is Brian Flanagan?!” Actually, you probably already googled it and know more about him that I do. But, in case you didn’t, Brian Flanagan, played by Tom Cruise in the cult 80s movie ‘Cocktail’, was a hot shot bartender who knew […]

10 Best Payroll Software Solutions for Small Businesses

Don’t you just LOVE managing payroll?! Show of hands, please, who here just can’t wait for that time of the month (or week) to calculate employee wages, PTO, taxes, benefits, and all those other super-fun things? What? No one? What a shock! Seriously though, the shocking part of payroll is the ridiculous length of time […]

Top 10 HVAC Business Software Solutions

Running a HVAC company means dealing with a lot of moving parts, and we mean literally and figuratively! On a daily basis, you have technicians traveling to numerous job sites, parts and inventory come in and out regularly, bills need to be sent, fleet vehicles need maintenance, and more. There just aren’t enough hours in […]

Why Connecteam is The Best Retail Employee Scheduling Solution in 2019

Running a retail store means providing the best customer service, lowering the turnover rate, keeping employees engaged, running inventory, and more. But let’s not forget that pesky employee schedule, complete with employee time off requests, timetables, and availability calendars.  The problem most retail managers face when creating an employee schedule is all the variations that […]

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How to Create Effective Employee Development Even With a Low Budget

It’s no secret that hiring and retaining top employees is an essential component to a business’s success, especially a small business. However, there is a lot of competition and the best recruits expect a top salary with all the bells and whistles (i.e. perks and benefits). So with all that to consider, how can small […]

7 Effective Management Tips for Hotel Management

You’ve probably heard the saying, “A hotel is only as good as its employees.” That’s why you need skilled employees who provide exceptional customer service, otherwise, even the best hotel won’t make it. As the manager, it’s up to you to make this happen and with our easy seven tips for hotel management, you’re well […]

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