Creating an Effective Employee Manual Post 3

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Revised Policies: If you have given every employee a printed version of the handbook, give them each a copy of the new policy to be filed in it (a good reason to produce your handbook in loose-leaf format). If you maintain printed versions that are available to employees centrally, post the revised policy in a central place and notify employees to read it. Hold managers responsible for ensuring that the employees who report to them are informed on a timely basis of policy changes. Send an e-mail message containing the new policy or announcing the policy change to every employee. (more…)

Creating an Effective Employee Manual Post 2

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Communicating Policies to Employees

If It’s Your First Handbook: If you have never published an employee handbook before, the initial presentation of the handbook should be carefully planned to ensure a clear understanding of the policies and a positive attitude toward compliance. If policies in the handbook formalize previously “unofficial” procedures, or change how employees “thought” it worked, give employees time to digest the new handbook and remove feelings of “surprise” by releasing it before its effective date. (more…)

Creating an Effective Employee Manual Post 1

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Tired of arguing about your company policies? If you are spending too much of your valuable time settling employee problems — YOU need an employee manual! Experts agree that a carefully written handbook for your employees can improve morale, prevent disagreements, and even keep you out of court. But what makes up a good employee manual? In this article, we will share an overview of what should be included in a good employee manual and how implement and manage an employee manual for your company.
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Spare Change Agents Post 2

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“iPIN is going to create a new market that hasn’t existed and is launching it with a very efficient model,” gushes the company’s first prominent financier, Gil Amelio, the former Apple Computer chief who, after getting bounced in Apple’s gloom-and-doom days in 1997, has spent much of his time and money since helping to seed-fund Web and tech startups, including the real estate service.

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Spare Change Agents Post 1

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It’s late Friday afternoon and a few days before launch in the South-of-Market, San Francisco loft offices of iPIN, another young Internet company with millions in venture capital, lots of well-scrubbed 30ish-looking faces, a brand new CEO, and yards of network cables running like ivy between cubes, walls, whiteboards, and cheap carpet. Taped to the office front door is a telltale of startupdom-a recent news brief from The Wall Street Journal that mentions the company’s new and novel Web-based micropayment service, soon to debut. Above it, someone has scrawled in felt pen: “Read about iPIN in the WSJ.”

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Jumpin’ Jupiter

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Sharp analysts or empty quote-meisters? Dot-coms can’t stop citing Jupiter research, even if they don’t always believe it.

If ubiquity is the ultimate measure of success in the Net Economy, then Jupiter Communications and its CEO Gene DeRose may be its most successful tag team. Rare is the IPO prospectus that doesn’t use Jupiter statistics to prove that the new venture is on solid ground. No newspaper article on the Internet is finished unless it’s topped off with a snappy quote from one of its analysts. PowerPoint presentations seem strangely hollow without a Jupiter-supplied Net Economy growth chart.

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Linux Craze Sparks High Tech Brain Drain

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The Linux operating system has finally captured the attention of the business world, with the runup this week in Corel’s stock price and Red Hat’s recent gangbusters initial public offering.

It is causing many business executives to scratch their heads, wondering why a computer operating system that’s free can possibly be significant.

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