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Many companies are enthusiastic about creating opportunities for younger people to gain business experience and skills in shorter placements, often labeling these as work experience or internships.

While larger businesses frequently put internship schemes in place, many smaller businesses can be put off offering these opportunities because they view them as an extra administrative burden.

Many small business owners hold the misconception that they would take up large amounts of time, money and effort but this is not always the case. In fact, providing such opportunities can bring tangible benefits for smaller employers.

Here’s what every small business owner needs to know about offering work experience and internships; Continue…

‘If you think training is expensive, try ignorance’

This oft-quoted phrase, attributed to Peter Drucker, is frequently used when businesses say they ‘can’t afford’ to train or develop their staff.

So it’s worth asking yourself how much ‘untrained ‘or ‘undeveloped’ staff are costing your business – now and, potentially, in the future? Continue…

Running a successful small business is a balancing act, which requires business owners to be in five different places all at once, whilst also mastering the art of embodying multiple roles in order to service all aspects of their business.

Whilst, unfortunately this is just a fact of life for many small business owners, the increasing demand placed on them can increase the chances of mistakes being made, which can have detrimental effects on the business from the possibility of litigation to increased employee turnover.

Here are 7 of the most common HR mistakes small business owners often make, but can easily be avoided;

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People are a business’ strongest asset. To make sure your business stays competitive and flexible, you need to look at ways to keep ahead of the game. Giving your staff the skills to perform their roles to the best of their ability is key to this as training your employees can increase profits, improve customer satisfaction, and make your business a great place to work.

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