Monday, June 26, 2017

Is Your Online Degree Valid?

Are Online Degrees Valid?

I was recently asked this question on (a question and answer site) and think that the whole subject of online degrees is one of confusion and concern.

Some are skeptical of anything done solely "online". While others question how academically sound getting a degree online can be.

And their are also proponents of online learning that applaud its accessibility and flexibility. There are many who without online options would be unable to pursue a degree.

Now is the time that new graduates are making decisions about their futures. There are also a good number of those already employed who are considering a job upgrade or career change.

For many of these, getting their degree online seems to make sense.

There are those that want or need to hold a job while going to school. Others may have families and taking classes during non-traditional hours is appealing.

But instead of jumping right in, this is when I say "Be Careful"!

The truth is, not all online degrees are created equal. Just as there are good and bad when it comes to traditional colleges and universities, the same can be said of those that are online.

That is why before you commit to any online school, it pays to Do Your Homework!

Your best tactic in making sure the institution you choose is legitimate and will meet your needs is to ask yourself these 3 questions first.

3 Questions to Ask before You enroll for courses or pursue your degree online:

Will Your Online Degree come from an Accredited Institution?
You should only consider schools who have met the strict standards it takes to achieve accreditation. Otherwise, your degree may not be worth the paper it is printed on. Employers will give weight to an school's reputation and quality.  

Will Your Online Degree be Easy to Verify?
Making it difficult for potential employers to verify your degree is counterproductive. A credible institution will have an easy-to-find phone number  making it simple to validate your education information. To make it even easier, be sure to include this contact information in your application or resume. Your potential employer (and any background check company they hire) will thank you! 

Does the Online Program Fit Your Career Goals?
Only those schools that can give you the skills necessary to achieve your career goals should be considered. Otherwise, you are wasting your time and money. This advice fits whether you are choosing a traditional university too! 

Find out more about what to look for in an online university, and how online learning can even be beneficial, in Warning, Check for these 3 Criteria Before You Pursue Your Online Degree!

So, what should be Your Takeaway when it comes to Online Degrees? 

Do your homework and make sure that your online degree will be worth the time and money you spend on achieving it!

Now, to get back to the original question, "Are Online Degrees Valid?", here is the answer I posted:

"I will answer this question from the perspective of someone who does employment background checks for a living ~ online degrees can be problematic. When trying to verify them, I have consistently run into problems. No clear cut person or department to contact. Trouble finding a valid contact phone number. When verifiers run into these kinds of problems, it is not only frustrating for them, but also for the employer. Then there is also the question of accreditation. Bottom line ~ not all online universities are created equal. However, those online courses and degrees that are linked to a traditional “brick and mortar” school are easy to verify and carry with them a weight of credibility that is not questioned."

(To see this answer, and those of others, to this question on, click here!)

That is why it is crucial that you take the time needed to do your homework. Only then can you be assured that the degree you earn online will work for you, not against you!

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Monday, June 19, 2017

It's Vacation! Are You Celebrating?

Taking a vacation is not only good for you, it is good for your business!

When you get away, you are able to recharge and return to your business refreshed.

But that does not mean it is always easy to take the break ~ and that is especially true if you are a business owner.

In fact, many business owners are hesitant to take the vacation they sorely need. Some question who will take the reigns when they are gone, even if it is only for a week. Others keep putting off getting away ~ waiting for the proverbial "right time".

But, as we all know, there is rarely a perfect time for anything!

However, it is possible to take steps to help plan for your time away, keep your business running smoothly, and take that break you need.

And since I have been a small business owner for over 20 years, I have come to realize that I not only need time off, I deserve it.

First, it was important to find a way to plan for my time away. That is when I came up with "8 Easy Tips to Help You Take a Vacation ~ and Why You Should"!

These steps helped me decide the best time for my break, notify clients in advance that I would be taking time off, and even pre-schedule social media and complete outstanding work before my trip. Getting these things, and others, done first gave me peace of mind and helped me enjoy my time off without worry.

For me, and many of my entrepreneur friends, that peace of mind and chance to get away is crucial! "As an entrepreneur, taking some time for yourself makes sense. Too often we put our own needs on the back burner. And that can have consequences on both our health and our mental well being", excerpt from "It's Vacation Time! Are You Ready to Break Away from Your Small Business?".

So when it is finally time for you to pack it up and get away, it is important to make the most of it ~ and here is where a little pre-planning and a good mindset come in handy!

6 Vacation Tips to Help You Enjoy Your Break from the Office:

Decide if, When, & How You can be Contacted 
Since you would have already notified your clients, and arranged for their needs to be covered, make sure that anyone who may try to get in touch with you understands that you are limiting how often you are checking messages and emails. Try to keep it to no more than once a day. After all, the goal is to relax!

Take some time to Learn about your Destination 
Make a list, or at least a mental note, of the interesting things about the area. Get excited about what there is to see and do. Really learn what makes the place you choose special. This can be anything from landmarks, activities, and even food. Make the anticipation and planning part of the excitement of traveling. 

Decide How You will get There
For short trips, you will want to get there as quick as possible. But for a longer time away, you can be more flexible. The type of get away you are planning will help you decide if a "road trip" will work or is it all about getting to your destination? For me, every vacation (even a "mini" one) begins the moment I step into the car or am on my way to the airport. I am firmly in "vacation mode". So, whichever you choose, doing a little planning here can help set the tone for the entire trip. That is why making this portion of your trip as stress-free as possible makes sense!

Pack Right 
While your destination definitely dictates the kind of clothing and extras you will need, it is always easier to pack light. Be sure to choose outfits that stay wrinkle free and you feel good in. This helps keep you in a relaxed and positive vacation frame of mind. Besides, packing light will leave room to bring home your favorite souvenirs!

Be Open to New Experiences 
Make new friends, do something out of the ordinary. Really want to try that zipline? Go for it ~ even if no one else goes along! Try new, local foods. Stretching yourself, and even stepping out of your comfort zone, will help make this vacation exciting and memorable!

Do What Makes You Happy 
If you are traveling alone, this is easy. But even with a group, you need to be a little "selfish" now and then. Don't want to do the group "dining experience"? Stay back. You may even want to Do Nothing! That is okay! Your mind and your body needs this time to relax, refresh, and recharge. 

When you own a business, your life may not always seem like your own. You can find yourself without much down time and your days can feel like one endless task after another.

You Deserve More!

Bottom Line ~ 
Taking a vacation is good for you and your business! That is why you need to break away. Whether it is for a glorious week or two, or simply a long weekend, time off will help soothe your mind, your body, and your soul!

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Monday, June 12, 2017

How to Use Background Checks Wisely

More business owners than ever before understand the importance of using employment background checks.

These savvy owners realize that knowing as much as possible about the people they hire is, simply put, good business. But that doesn't mean that these same owners are actually using these checks to their full potential! 

There is more to background checks than just using them to screen your new hires. Background and Due Diligence checks can be used for so much more!

Here you will find some suggestions on how to use background checks wisely in your business

First, it is important that you start off on the right foot and choose Your Background Check Company with Care! 

While it is possible to do your background checks in-house, hiring a qualified company makes sense. They will help you determine what to check and why it is important ~ and save you time and money in the long run.  

Take the time to interview a few before signing on. Make sure they are inline with how you want to do business and are ready to help you achieve your top hiring goals.

Discover more in "5 Tips to Help You Choose the Best Background Check Company for You"!

Next, you should stay updated on Local, State, and Federal Employment Screening Laws.

This can be daunting as these laws and regulations can be different from locality to locality and state to state. Even the current administration can change how background checks can be legally used. 

Keeping up with these changes is definitely where hiring a good background check company can help. It is their job to stay on top of these laws and regulations so you can concentrate on your business.

Now you are ready to use Background Checks to their full advantage.

4 Wise Ways to Use Background Checks in Your Business

  • Run Background Checks on all New Hires (including Temps and Interns)
  • Periodically Re-Screen Existing Employees
  • Vet other Companies with a Due Diligence Investigation
  • Use Social Media as a Part of Your Background Check

Screen all New Hires
Before hiring anyone, you need to know as much as possible about them. Taking the time from the beginning to verify that the information found in their application or resume is truthful is good business.

Re-Screen Existing Employees
Background checks shouldn't be seen as a "one and done". That is where re-screening comes in. This is especially important if you are considering your employee for a promotion or transfer. Additional duties, added responsibilities, and increased access to company information and assets should prompt you to screen for information relevant to their possible new position.

Do Your Due Diligence
Anytime you are considering partnering or doing business with another company, that business should be screened. Checking for things like past bankruptcies and civil suits makes sense.

Social Media Checks
Checking to see what is "out there" about potential employees and companies you are thinking of doing business or collaborating with is important. 

For employees, you should look for negative posts about past employers or posts mentioning illegal activities. For companies, you should focus on online reviews, both good and bad, and things like their BBB rating.

Discover more about these uses and others in "6 Tips on Using Background and Due Diligence Checks in Your Business"!

With any background check, your goal should be to use them as a way to obtain the information you need to make wise business decisions.

Being knowledgeable and savvy is good for You and Your Business!

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Monday, June 5, 2017

Save Your Sanity ~ Not Every Customer is Right for You!

We have all been there! 
No matter what we try, we just can't seem to please our client. 

No matter what we do, it isn't enough. They come up with last minute changes. Or try and move up the deadline. 

And then there are times, especially when our companies are new, when we think we have to do anything and everything to satisfy them and their demands.

After all, we are ingrained to believe that the customer is always right, aren't we?

But that is not always the case. There are times when your customers are wrong and, most importantly, simply wrong for you and your business! 

It can be tempting to take every client or customer that comes your way. But that way of thinking is not always good for your sanity or even smart for your business.

That is why it is important to recognize early on the types of clients that can cause us problems ~ and who we may be smart to avoid all together!

Avoid Clients Who:

Push You to Cut Corners or Rush You
When you start your business, you spend good time creating a sound plan of operations. You know how you are going to do things and how long it will take you. Your focus is on both value, time, and quality.

When a client expects you to alter that plan, it can cause problems. You may find your quality or your bottom line suffers.

That is when you have to take a hard look at what they are expecting and ask yourself a few questions. Is it possible? Will your quality suffer? Will it still allow you to meet your bottom line? 

If the answers to those questions are negative, then you may have to refrain from doing business with them. While meeting your client's reasonable demands is often in your best interest, agreeing to do anything that doesn't allow you to do your best work is not.   
It can damage your hard earned reputation and your company brand.

Try to Severely "Low Ball" You
Many owners find setting their prices to be one of the most difficult parts of starting a business. You are afraid they are too high or too low. You are even afraid of losing customers because of them.

But if you do it right, you will find a balance. You will land on prices that reflect your expertise, knowledge, and time. 

"You know you are providing a quality service, so make no apologies.  If you act with confidence, it will not be long before your clients believe in you too."; excerpt from "Find it Difficult Setting Your Prices? You are Not Alone"!

Check it out to find tips to help you set your prices!

So after all that hard work, when clients ask for discounts or downright "low ball" you, you need to think twice.

While it may be beneficial to offer volume discounts or package prices, getting into the habit of underestimating your worth won't serve you well in the long run. 

Give You a Bad "Vibe"
Sometimes you just "know". A potential client may ask you to cut corners or do things that are not in line with your ethics or your beliefs. That is when it is best to part ways before you even begin. 

Compromising your values is not worth it ~ no matter what the immediate financial gain. Your long-term reputation means more.

Despite your best efforts, you may find yourself saddled with a "less-than-desireable" customer. But it doesn't have to derail you. In fact, even though it may not seem so at the time, you can learn things from these difficult clients that will help you in the long run!

Remember, you have the right to choose who you want as a client. There is nothing that says you have to work with any person or company that comes your way, or stay working with them beyond your contract!

The more specific you are with your clients, the better off you will be. Misunderstandings are often the downfall of many client relationships, so being clear from the beginning is key.

Discover what you can learn from problem clients in "The Top 4 Lessons You can Learn from Difficult Clients"!

There is no doubt it is still smart to do what we can to keep our clients happy. Creating loyal and long-term customers should be our ultimate goal ~ and I have even written about the benefits in "What it really means to have Good Customer Service"!

But there are times we simply have to cut the chord. Being able to recognize potential problems from the outset, and learning from our inevitable mistakes, will go a long way towards getting and retaining the top quality clients we need.

And that is when we will have found success!

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Monday, May 29, 2017

What You Should Know about Life Before You Graduate

As commencement ceremonies and celebrations come to a close, and new grads are getting ready to start their first "real jobs", I find myself reflecting on what I know now that I wish I had known then!

Of course hindsight is always 20/20.  But I certainly would have saved myself a lot of angst and restless nights if I had the chance to know more about myself, and what I truly wanted out of life, before I was expected to be "an adult".

I often wonder how anyone can be expected to graduate from college, let alone from high school, and know what they want to do for the rest of their lives! Seems pretty impossible to me.

Many times graduation is just when you begin to find out what it means to "come into your own". 

You have survived the insecurity and excitement of your high school, and maybe even college, years. You have had a taste of what it means to make some important decisions that can effect you and those around you. And you may have even chosen a career path that you think will be your choice for life. 

But this is only the beginning! There is so much more ~ and your path may often be a lot more bumpy than you would like!   

So as you graduate, I will share these 5 "life lessons" that will hopefully help things go smoother and that I really wish I had known when I graduated!

Take some time for Self-Reflection. 
Knowing more about YOU ~ your dreams, your priorities ~ is the best place to start! Find your passion and your purpose. Discover what success means to you, not what others think it should mean. Understanding these things from the beginning is the best way to reach your goals. 

Take it a Step at a Time and Be Happy in the Moment.
Learn to enjoy the process. There is much to be said about not rushing forward and, instead, taking the time to consider each step as part of the adventure. You will find yourself missing out on many great things if your eye is only on your end game.

Never Settle
Despite learning to enjoy the moment, that doesn't mean you can't strive for better! Having hopes, goals, and dreams is what makes life so exciting. So matter what obstacles you face, know that you can move past them. When I feel like quitting or life has become too much, I like to remember these lyrics from one of my favorite songs;  "Hey, come on try a little. Nothing is forever. There's got to be something better than in the middle. But me and Cinderella, we put it all together. We can drive it home, with one headlight"; lyrics from "One Headlight" by the Wallflowers. So no matter what dark days you may have, you can "drive it home" too!

Think of Others 
A self-focused existence never works in the long run. Cherish your family and friends. Practice empathy towards others and, sometimes, be willing to consider them more than you do yourself. Pay it forward when you can. Help others achieve their goals. Remember, any life worth living is one that makes a difference in their lives and in the lives of others!  

And, finally, Relax!

"If I have one regret, it is suffering many angst filled days because I thought I needed to have my life plan in place. I always believed that graduating from college meant I would be on my way. When that didn’t happen, the best thing I ever did was to leave myself open to new experiences.  I never stopped learning and trying new things." excerpt from; "The Top Piece of Advice of Advice I Wish I Knew When I was 22"!

Keeping your eyes and mind wide open, and your fingers crossed, can get you through whatever life throws at you. Never stop reaching for what you really, truly want ~ and great things will happen.

I will close with one of my most favorite quotes....

I whole-heartedly believe that at least considering the importance of these 5 lessons will help you be Ready to Move Mountains of Your Own!

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Monday, May 22, 2017

What it Really Means to Have Good Customer Service!

Do You Know what it Really Means to Have Good Customer Service?

Recently, a long time client of mine called with an unusual request. He was pursuing a new account and needed a write-up of the criteria I use in my background checks to present at their meeting ~ and he needed it in 10 minutes!

Needless to say, he sounded nervous that I wouldn’t be able to do it in time and he might lose the chance to land their business. After giving him a quick reassurance, I dropped what I was doing and focused on getting my client what he needed.

Within minutes my client had the document in hand and was on his way.

Later that day I got another call from him, this time thanking me over and over again for my prompt service and letting me know he landed this much needed new business!

It is this attention to my client’s needs that has been the backbone of my customer service policy. 

My focus is, and will always be,  on what I can do to not only land clients, but to keep them for the long haul. And it all begins with Customer Service that is focused on them, not on me!

I am proud to say that many of my clients have been with me from the beginning ~ and I started by business in 1996!

I have worked with them through their own “down times”, been flexible with their cash-flow problems, and even been there when they were faced with rush jobs ~ often times even when on vacation or after-hours.

And they have stuck with me when I have experienced the same. We share a Reciprocal Loyalty that comes from a place of understanding and shared experiences.

Find out more about how you can foster Reciprocal Loyalty in “Why You Need to Convert the ‘Fair Weather’ Fan!”.

The bottom line is that my clients recognize that I am dedicated to delivering customer service that is beyond that of my competitors.

I consistently go the extra mile to meet their needs and show that I value their business. Responding quickly to their most pressing problems also helps keep our relationship thriving.

My clients feel valued.

This feeling is what builds the loyalty I need to keep my clients happy.

It is this long-term dedication that is the foundation of what it really means to have Good Customer Service!

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Monday, May 15, 2017

Tips to Help You Breathe New Life into Your Business

Every business gets in a rut.

Over the years, you may find yourself doing things the same way. You offer the same services or products. You use, or don't use, social media to your best advantage when marketing and branding your business. Generally, you are running your business the same way you have since you started.

But will operating under the Status Quo get you where you want to be? 

Doing things the same way, over and over, does a disservice to you, your employees, and your customers!

You will most likely find yourself becoming complacent, disinterested, and even downright bored, with your business. You have lost the energy and passion that drove you to become an entrepreneur in the first place.

Soon your employees and customers will feel it too.

That is no way to run a business!

Instead of accepting it, this is exactly the time you need to breathe new life into your business!

What you need now are some tips and a plan 
to get you started!

The key is to discover a way that will not only bring the excitement back to you and your business, but will also attract and keep the clients you need!

I believe that the best tip is to start with you! Your attitude towards your business can make all the difference on how your brand is received.

Start by focusing on "Why" you do what you do.

Remembering, or even recognizing for the first time, what it is about your business that drives you is key.

The understanding of how your business speaks to your inner core will help you establish your brand and reach the perfect customers for your business.

Read about my journey towards discovering my "Why", and how you can do it too, in "I Know Why I Do What I Do"!

Now it's time to Get the Spark Back!

Once you reconnect with the driving force behind your business, 
it is much easier to brain storm 
on the different ways to get out of your rut 
and present a fresh face to the world.

Take a look at your marketing. Does it mesh with your "why" and core values? If not, it may be time for a re-brand.

Do your social sites reflect that brand? Everything from the original posts you create, the articles you share, and even color scheme you use on your sites, should present a cohesive and unique picture of you and your company. If they don't, then it is time for a change!

How about the products and services you offer? Are they inline with your current brand? Do they truly solve your customers' wants and needs? If not, re-evaluate them now!

Remove any that no longer stack up. Re-vamp others that may be a bit behind the times. Doing this will help your company become more exciting and relevant.  

However, my best tip of all for giving your business the jumpstart it needs is to launch an entirely New Product or Service!

The benefits to your company include:
  • Keeping Your Business Fresh and Current
  • Helping You Get Past the Slow Times
  • Reawakening Your Interest and Passion for Your Business
  • Solving a New or Existing Customer's Problems or Needs
  • Attracting new Interest in Your Company

Discover more in "Quickest and Easiest Way to Revitalize Your Small Business"!

Are You Ready to Get Your Business out a Rut? Then the time is now to re-energize yourself and your company ~ and these tips are the perfect start!

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Monday, May 8, 2017

Are You Ready to Run a Business from Home?

Running a business from Home 
is not for Everyone!

Home-based businesses come with their own unique 
challenges and rewards.

Feelings of isolation are common. Not being taken seriously is also a problem. Projecting a professional image can be difficult when you work from your couch or even in sweats!

In the beginning, I definitely felt this way.

I found it hard to explain to family and friends that I didn't have time for a chat ~ after all, I was at home! I had to resist the urge to do things around the house instead of working on my business. This was especially difficult when clients were scarce.

Over time, it got better.

Eventually, I was able to find more positives than negatives to working from home. The flexibility was certainly welcome and I appreciated the chance to really focus without interruptions from co-workers, much more than I ever could working out of a traditional office!

But despite these benefits, 
running a home-based business 
is not for everyone. 

Some may find it hard to deal with the feeling of always being "at work". Others may lack the self-discipline to succeed.

Whatever the case, hearing from those that have "been there" before making the commitment makes sense.

I share the ins and outs from actual home-based small business owners.

They share their tips and tricks on what it really takes to make it work! Take a look at their stories, and share yours here! We would love to hear from You.

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Monday, May 1, 2017

You will Learn a lot about You when You Start Your Own Business

Beginning Sunday, April 30th, 
we celebrate 
"National Small Business Week". 

It is a time to honor our nation's entrepreneurial spirit, celebrate how far we have come, and realize how far we still need to go.

This annual event is sponsored by the Small Business Administration. It was started as a way to recognize our nation's top small business owners and those who support and advocate for small business.   

The celebration begins with an awards ceremony in Washington D.C. where this year's "Small Business Person of the Year" will be announced. There will also be other events held throughout the week around the country and online.

Want to get in on the celebration?

  • Use the hashtag #SmallBusinessWeek in your social posts to share what you are doing to honor Small Business. 
  • Follow the hashtag #SmallBusinessWeek to find out what other small businesses are up to.
  • Share Your Story! Let others know how and why you started your own Small Business. 

All entrepreneurs have a story. While many are similar ~ we wanted to be our own boss or needed more flexibility ~ there are also others who are more unique.

But no matter what, every story is interesting.

I started my small business for many of the usual reasons. I wanted the opportunity to be there while my children were young and still earn some money to contribute to the family. 

While that continued to be a driving motivation, it is what I learned about myself along the way that really surprised me.

I discovered my true strengths and weaknesses, and how to make them work for me and my business. I also found how important it was to build a strong relationship with my clients ~ one based on trust, communication, and honesty.

First and foremost, entrepreneurship has been a journey. One filled with many twists and turns and times of doubt and sacrifice. But I would not have had it any other way! 

You can find more about my story in "What I have Learned Starting My Own Business"!

So let's take the time this week to honor 
what Small Business 
has truly done for our country, and 
what it will continue to do. 
Are you ready?

Let's Celebrate Small Business!

Please Pay it Forward and share this on your favorite social sites. 

We would love to your story! 
Leave a comment and let us know 
what you have learned about You and 
Your Small Business!

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Do You Need Laws to tell You to Do What’s Right?

Why Do We have Laws?

Laws provide guidelines for how we should treat each other and the world around us. They are also designed to protect us from those who choose to do harm. 

Sadly, we can’t always count on people doing the right thing. That is why laws are also used to punish those who break them.

But, should we really need laws and regulations to tell us to do what is right?

Many of us recognize the need for doing what is right in our personal lives. Few would argue that, except under the most dire circumstances, it is wrong to kill another human being. As people, we also rally when we see the need to protect those that can’t protect themselves. 

Essentially, we know how we should treat others, and most of us try to live our daily lives this way. 

But when it comes to the laws and regulations that govern our businesses, things can be less clear cut.

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Every time we elect a new president, or a new justice is appointed to the Supreme Court, laws and regulations that govern our businesses can change. Even voting in new local representatives can make a difference.

Suddenly existing labor laws, regulations, and guidelines may come under fire. Minimum wage laws may change. Guidelines concerning equal pay, workplace accommodations, and even what is considered a “protected class” may fluctuate under a new administration.

But does this mean our businesses 
should follow suit?

There are some laws and guidelines that, to my mind, are simply the right way to do business. They focus on the fair treatment of our employees, from hiring to the workplace, and our impact on the environment.

Currently, many of these laws and regulations focus on employee hiring and background check guidelines, especially for those applicants who have a criminal history. 

The biggest, and often most controversial of these, is “ban the box”.

At its most basic, ‘ban the box’ is the removal of the question or “box” on an application that asks whether the person has a criminal history. The belief is that by disclosing that (a criminal history) early in the application process, many are being automatically rejected”, excerpt from “Background Checks and Ban the Box ~ The Pendulum Swings”.

The EEOC started the ball rolling by enacting guidelines recommending employers ban the box. Many states then followed suit. 

Even if this law didn’t exist, its spirit, giving people a second chance, is often the right thing to do. Along with individual assessments (find out more about them here), recognizing that people people are different, that they have their own unique experiences and stories to tell, is what makes us human. And hiring for our businesses this way makes sense.

Other hiring legislation focuses on discrimination. Hiring those of different races and genders, applicants with disabilities or of different sexual orientations, all currently fall under what is described as “protected classes”.

Existing laws not only govern the hiring of these types of employees, but how we treat them in the workplace. 

Hiring policies that show, or even suggest, employment discrimination against protected groups can result in consequences for your Small Business.

When we hire, we have the power to make a difference in someone’s life. For me, that is reason enough to do everything possible to make sure people are treated fairly.

The problem of Equal Pay and Gender Wage Bias is also addressed in current legislation.

Sadly, what should not be a novel concept, getting equal pay for equal work, is not always the reality. In many industries, women continue to make less than their male counterparts doing the same job.

The ramifications of this impact not only women, but also their families. Learn more in “Discrimination ~ Gender Bias Keeps Us from Earning What We are Worth”. 

The EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) and many states have addressed the issue of equal pay. The EEOC pushed for companies to release their pay data in the hopes of identifying those that are guilty of wage bias (when a new administration took office in 2017, this requirement lost steam). 

But some states continue the fight. Laws barring companies from asking salary history, ending pay secrecy, and enforcing “equal pay for equal work”, are all designed to if not eliminate, but lessen, the occurrence of wage bias.

Find out more about these state laws here.  

There are also regulations that address the impact our businesses have on the environment. Manufacturers must lessen the amount of waste produced by their businesses. Chemical run-off into our waterways must fall within acceptable guidelines. Even recycling efforts are encouraged. 

But what if these laws, or ones like them, 
no longer existed? 
What would you do?

The bottom line is, why should we need laws and regulations to force us to run our businesses ethically? 

Shouldn’t we simply want to do what is right?

Choosing to hire as fairly as possible. Striving to achieve a more inclusive and tolerant workplace. Paying our employees the same for doing the same job at the same skill level. All these are not only good business, but are fundamentally right!

How we treat our employees is a strong reflection on us as people, and it speaks volumes about our business. 

Recognizing that our employees matter, that no one is “less than” anyone else, should never come in question.

Creating a welcoming workplace not only helps our employees, but it is good for our business. It will help us attract and keep top talent because word will spread and people will want to work there!

When it comes to our environment, we need to remember that we are all part of one world. Doing what we can now to protect it makes sense.

While presidents, judges, governors, representatives, and administrations 
will change, and laws and regulations 
may come and go, 
doing what is right should not! 

There will always be laws and regulations in place that concern our businesses. They will be designed to shape how we hire, how we run our workplace, and how we impact our world.

But no matter what current dictates require, running your company with a focus on 
treating people fairly, as unique individuals, and caring about our planet, 
is simply right. 
And that is good for everyone!

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