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29 May, 2019

New Ban the Box Legislation

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By Sandy Cody
What are ban-the-box laws, and what do they mean for your organization?
Read on to learn more about this movement and to determine where ban-the-box legislation has been passed, whether or not they apply to you, and how your organization can comply with this legislative trend.
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15 May, 2019

3 Steps to Solve Business Problems

By |May 15, 2019|Business Advice, Strategy|Comments Off on 3 Steps to Solve Business Problems

By Sandy Cody
When the Going Gets Tough: 3 Steps to Solve Business Problems
The difficulties that a business or non-profit may experience can take many forms. Learn these problem-solving steps to deal with declining revenues, loss of customers or clients, increasing costs, low employee morale, and slow response in providing a product or a service.
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1 May, 2019

Helping Business in Trouble

By |May 1, 2019|Business Advice, Process Management|Comments Off on Helping Business in Trouble

By Sandy Cody
Is your for profit or not for profit business in trouble?
Declining revenues, loss of customers or clients, increasing costs, low employee morale, and slow response times in providing a product or a service, are but a few examples. Not one of the above examples is mutually exclusive from the others. They are all interrelated to some degree.
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20 Mar, 2018

Hiring For The First Time – No Easy Decision Or Task

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By Sandy Cody
You’ve started a successful business that has grown to the point that you need to hire your first employee. Congratulations!

It’s exciting to grow, but hiring additional staff is one of the most important decisions a small business owner will make. Adding staff will give you additional responsibilities, obligations and expenses. Having employees also can give you big headaches if your new hire is not a good fit.
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8 Feb, 2018

Are You Chasing Away Your Best Employees?

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By Sandy Cody

It’s good news that the unemployment rate in the U.S. has dropped to 4.1 percent, but that low rate can make it challenging to hire good people. The answer is to make a concerted effort to retain your best employees.
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9 Nov, 2017

Survival Skills for Today’s Leader: Lessons Learned from Barbarians and A Few Good Guys!

By |Nov 9, 2017|Business Advice|Comments Off on Survival Skills for Today’s Leader: Lessons Learned from Barbarians and A Few Good Guys!

Pressure to perform, to generate revenue, to create success, and to keep the organization healthy and moving forward in today’s competitive and still recovering economy is the plight of most leaders. Setting the right example, doing more with less, motivating staff, ensuring necessary resources to do the job, maintaining trust with employees and clients, managing ever-constant change, keeping on track with goals and objectives, and much more are integral to the leader’s job.

23 Oct, 2017

Employee Handbooks: Not Required but a Good Idea

By |Oct 23, 2017|Business Advice|Comments Off on Employee Handbooks: Not Required but a Good Idea

Sandy Cody, Draker-Cody, Inc.

Business owners frequently ask me: “Must I have an employee handbook? I really don’t want written policies that tie my hands. I’d rather make decisions based on issues, not a package of rules.”

While employee handbooks aren’t required, I tell my clients that there are a number of benefits.

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1 Aug, 2017

Preparing for Hurricanes, Your Worst Business Nightmare

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Is your small- to medium-sized business prepared to survive the physical and financial devastation of a natural disaster? Hurricanes impact Texas Gulf Coast businesses of all sizes, but smaller businesses can be the most severely impacted for a number of reasons.

22 Apr, 2017

The Art of Listening in Business and Elsewhere

By |Apr 22, 2017|Business Advice|Comments Off on The Art of Listening in Business and Elsewhere

How much do you hear when you are in listening mode?
The importance of communication for businesses with clients, with colleagues, with employees, and just between individuals, has been well documented in surveys, studies and various professional articles.

Recently, the Houston Business Journal (the Journal) published an article by Paige Donnell titled, “Why Employee Communications Matter […]

6 Apr, 2017

Little Amendments Bring Big Good Changes for Employers

By |Apr 6, 2017|HR|Comments Off on Little Amendments Bring Big Good Changes for Employers

With the simple addition of a few sentences and the stroke of a pen, the NM legislature has made an amendment to the Workers Compensation, in Senate Bill 155 that clarifies workers’ rights and responsibilities when it comes to workplace injuries and disability.

This is for you, my New Mexico Colleagues—if you employ 3 or […]

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