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DON'T TRY THIS ALONE
HR issues can be thorny. So stop by CyberSchmooz to eavesdrop on what others have encountered and get fresh thinking on what you're confronting. Savor some of the hot HR talks today.

PEOPLE!
HR (Human Resources) is about the people your biz needs to help get the job done.

No matter how small your biz, you'll probably need help -- at least sometimes, on some things. Employees? Independent contractors? What's the difference? Well, better find out.

When you get help, you also get headaches: with laws, scheduling, the whine of the day, and on and on. Diplomacy in action will be required, so be prepared.

TOOLS TO USE
Letters to Respond to Applicants
Three sample letters you can use.

Time Sheet Form to print and use

HR IDEAS
Check out Idea Cafe's Biz Web Guide for more resources.

For help understanding employment law.
U.S. Department of Labor's Small Business Handbook

Help on healthcare.
Employer Quality Partnership

Help with job descriptions.
Job Descriptions.com

More help with employees.
Peoplesense.com

MORE HR IDEAS:
Q & A with Idea Cafe Experts

To Outsource or Not To Outsource?
Peter Hupalo, owner of HCM Publishing, Inc., thinks that outsourcing certain tasks can be a huge benefit to your company. See why.

Can a Boss Motivate & Be a Friend?
Terri Levine, author of Work Yourself Happy, thinks it's very possible, but there are few truths every biz owner should know.

Employee Advice Lillyvette Montalvo serves up strategies for managing hard-headed employees not ready to change with the times. Get hip on what to do!

Need to Hire or Fire an Employee? Deciding employee fates can be tricky business. Get sage advice for making a change and keeping your peace of mind to boot.

Hiring Help Stay out of hot water when interviewing! Read legal biz expert, Jeff Pollack's list of no-no's.

Can you read your employees' email? Jeff Pollack, spills the beans on employee privacy rights.

Let customer service expert, Donna Hall, Help your people learn people skills

Create a mission statement for your service department

Train your staff to handle phones

Limit staff personal calls

Mark BowerExpert Mark Bower advises how to Keep employees you've trained from going on their own.

Expert Allison Gaea Jucha knows how to Keep good employees when you've got too much work

Cope with Family obligations

Employee Engagement: Why It Matters

Deal with stealing

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