Your business Facebook page just got more valuable. In addition being a critical marketing and engagement tool for businesses of all sizes, the social media giant is helping you recruit employees too. Chances are pretty good that you've posted available job opportunities on your Facebook business page already. But now Facebook has a tool specifically designed to accept applications where potential applicants spend a huge portion of their time anyway. They can apply for a job without even leaving the Facebook app.
This new capability can really help small businesses ramp up their recruiting game. By getting to talent where they are anyway you'll increase exposure of available job opportunities. Plus, posting jobs to Facebook is far more economical than posting to major job boards. With the lovely price tag of free for just posting you can't loose. If you have even a small budget, there is also the opportunity to use demographic information to target your job posting to the people who are most likely to be interested in your job. You can't do that with other major job boards.
Don't miss out on the recruiting power potential that Facebook can have for your small business because of technical barriers. Anyone can post a job to Facebook. I created this simple tutorial to guide you through the steps. In this tutorial you'll have free access to:
Are you ready to learn how to use this new tool in your small business? The next section starts the tutorial. You'll find step by step instructions plus screen shots of what you'll see when going through the process. It might be a good idea to print this page or saving as a pin on Pintrest for future reference. Alright let's get started.
Summer internship season is right around the corner! I couldn't be more excited. I absolutely love hosting interns over the summer. Of course, it's a great opportunity to give back through mentoring the next generation of our workforce, but honestly it's a chance for me to cross some things off my project to-do list. I mean, hey we all win right? For sure. The students get some hands on experience and I get to have super productive summer while building my business. Love it.
However, if this is your first time hosting an internship program or maybe you're just think about having one, you may be feeling more nervous and overwhelmed than anything. Where do you actually start? That's why I put together this brand new video series. I don't want you to get discouraged or paralyzed by overwhelm, so in these videos you'll find helpful tips to get your summer internship program off to a great start.
I'm also hosting a webinar on Sunday March 26th at 6pm (EST) Leveraging the Power of Internship Programs. In this workshop I'll share with you how internships can work in any business. You'll learn some practical and strategic ways that you can incorporate an internship program in to your business. This workshop is free and perfect for business owners that are curious about how an intern can help grow their business. You can sign up for free here. I hope to see you in the workshop. But until then, let's get on to the first video of the series.
How to Avoid the Most Common Mistake Businesses Make with Internship Programs
I've worked with many businesses of all sizes to create internship programs. I noticed that despite the differences in the business, just about all of them made the same mistake. I don't want you to make that mistake as you're starting out with your internship program. And you won'd if you heed the advise in this lesson. In this video I share with you the number mistake that's made with internship programs and how you can avoid it like a pro.
Your Interns are Waiting......
Ready to launch your summer internship program and have the most productive summer ever? I've made it super easy for you to plan a worry-free internship program that will take your small business to the next level. In the Internship 16 workbook I walk you through step-by-step in planning your program. You can can go from zero to internship program in as little as sixteen days. Grab your workbook and I'll be there every step of the way giving you expert guidance and tips.
In this 53 page workbook, you will find all the expert advice, worksheets and tools you need to go from zero to internship program in practical easy to follow steps. Even if you've never had an intern and have no idea where to start, you can create an internship program for your small business.
The Internship16 Templates Bundle
This resources bundle is the perfect complement to the Internship16 Workbook. In the Internship16 Templates Bundle you will receive eight ready to use templates that will make starting and running your internship program fast and easy. All templates download in MS Word so you can customize to fit your unique needs.
Epic Interview Planning Workbook
How will interviews be done in your small business? This workbook answers that question in a very detailed way. The 20 pages in this workbook will walk you through step by step of how to create a interview process for your small business.
Small and medium sized businesses are faced with challenges and employees issues that the fortune 500 companies of the world don't have to deal with. That list alone is a blog post by itself. But rest assured among the things on that list is employees asking to borrow money or to get an advance on their paychecks. If you’ve been there you can clearly remember the extreme discomfort that fell upon you when the employee spoke those words.
It doesn't matter how compelling of a reason the employee has or how much you like them, it's still uncomfortable and awkward. It's even more so if you don't have a policy in place that spells out the company's response. Read that again dear friend, the company's response. The employee is not asking you for money, he or she is asking the company for a loan. How well you can make that distinction will be very helpful as you consider what you’ll do when it happens.
So why do employees ask small business owners for loans in the first place. Well the obvious reason is that they need money. But don't employees who work for large corporations have times when they run short on cash too? Of course they do. So the real question is why do employees feel comfortable asking small business owners for loans? While it may be perplexing for us, it kind of makes sense from an employee perspective.
In the mind of the employee all of these reasons make it “ok” to ask you for a loan. Now the question is what are you going to do?
Of course you can always say yes. That's the easiest response. And if that works with the core values of your business, then that choice is yours to make. However if you don't want your business to turn into always bank or payroll advance company, but you also don't want to come across as caring, what are you left to do? Luckily you have options to show compassion while at the same time maintaining the financial health of your business. The alternatives below work well because they may help employees meet a financial need in a crisis, provide them with skills to better handle money and involves them in the process of helping themselves and others.
START AN EMPLOYEE FUNDED EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE FUND
To take the pressure off your small business when it comes to being asked for financial assistance from employees your small business could set up an employee funded Employee Emergency Assistance Fund. An employee funded Employee Emergency Assistance Fund is a pretty much an internal charity that provides money to employees who are in need. The fund can be employee sponsored and managed by a committee of employees. Employees can choose to participate through payroll deductions and that money is set aside for use when employees have a qualifying request. Usually requests are limited to employees who have contributed to the fund and for request types that the committee has previously approved. Some typical requests might be:
CONNECT THEM TO COMMUNITY RESOURCES
Not all employees are going to want to contribute the the benevolence fund. It also may not work for every small business. So another option would be to do some research and create a list of local charities that offer crisis financial assistance. These organizations are resources to have on hand in the event that an employee has a financial need. These charities are equipped to provide financial and other assistance to help with the underlying source of the problem. Some charities that may be in your area may include:
For even more charities that may be in your area take a browse through the Need Help Paying Bills website. They offer a very detailed list of charities that provide financial assistance. Once the list is compiled, you could easily share it with employees who have financial needs.
HELP EMPLOYEES TO BECOME MORE FINANCIALLY SAVVY
The unexpected could happen to everyone, but sometimes financial “crises” happen due to lack of budgeting and saving. Most people never receive formal financial literacy education and may struggle with making wise decisions when it comes to money. As a small business owner how do you help your employees grow in this area? You can help with this development by partnering with organizations to host financial literacy courses for your employees, or sharing these opportunities with your employees when they are hosted elsewhere.
The United Way offers Real Sense, which is a program that teaches adults about finances. They are always looking for business partners and for businesses that want to offer the program to their employees. They also have other resources both online and printed that would be helpful for employees who need help getting their finances together.
United Way Resources:
My Smart Money
These options are good alternatives to making loans to employees. A combination of all three would work well to preventing crisis situations through education, and meet immediate needs through financial resources. What is your small business’ policy on making loans to employees?
As we celebrate the contributions that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. made to our country's civil rights movement, we can also learn many lessons from him as a leader. As a leader, Martin Luther King, motivated people of all nationalities to contribute their best efforts the their lives and country. He also encouraged them to rise to their highest moral, ethical and performance standards to realize their best selves while helping others.
In his speeches, we can find golden nuggets of wisdom to motivate our employees and find encouragement to keep moving forward in our businesses even when things get hard. While there are so many quotes from Martin Luther King Jr. that we can study and learn from, there are ten that I feel are of significant importance to small business owners and have impacted my leadership personally as a small business owner.
Ten MLK Quotes for Small Business Owners......
1.The time is always right to do the right thing.
2. If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.
3.We are prone to judge success by the index of our salaries or the size of our automobiles rather than by the quality of our service and relationship to mankind.
4. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality.
5. “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”
6. We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.
7. You are not only responsible for what you say, but also for what you do not say.
8. If you can't fly, run. If you can't run, walk. If you can't walk, crawl. But by all means, keep moving.
9. Don't allow anybody to make you feel that you're nobody.
10. Nothing worthwhile is gained without sacrifice.
Do you have a Martin Luther King, Jr. quote that has helped you become a better leader, impacted the way you run your business or that has significant meaning to you? If so, share it with me in the comments below.
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