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How to Terminate an Employee and Not Feel Terrible Afterwards

No one wants to terminate an employee. It’s unpleasant for everyone involved! I feel fortunate that in 15 years of hiring and managing people, I’ve only had to fire a few employees. But because it happens so infrequently, it’s a process I never feel like I’ve really mastered. As a result, I end up having […]

10 Questions to Ask During a PTO Software Demo

Before you choose a PTO tracking system, you’re likely to research several different options in the hopes of finding one that is just right for your organization. As you do demos and talk with each vendor, it’s helpful to have a prepared list of questions from which you can work. To save you time, I’ve […]

Should the PTO Year Begin on January 1?

With the help of modern software, designing and managing your PTO policies is easier than ever. Many of the traditional approaches to granting and tracking time off came about in an era of paper and spreadsheets. This led to policy decisions overly focused on reducing overhead and administrative costs. With a powerful PTO tracking system […]

Finding Dedicated Employees: Four Questions You Don’t Ask, But Should

Finding hardworking, dedicated employees is challenging. You collect resumes, perform screening interviews, and conduct in-person interviews. Still, you may sometimes feel disappointment in the candidate you hire. Nowadays, many employees simply lack staying power. Whether it’s seeing a difficult project through, or navigating those initial first few months on the job, some just aren’t able […]

4 Common Resume Mistakes You Should Avoid

I review quite a few resumes. So far this year I’ve reviewed 268 resumes (I know this because of the applicant tracking system module within Built for Teams). After reviewing so many resumes over the last 15 years, I have some advice for you. Don’t make these four common resume mistakes the next time you submit […]

PTO Accruals: Yearly Lump Sum or Per Pay Period?

Transitioning from a manual PTO tracking process to using an online, automated PTO tracking system like Built for Teams presents a great opportunity to re-evaluate time off policies. One of the main things to consider during this transition is whether your current accrual frequency is still right for your organization. Under a manual PTO tracking […]

Death to 360-Degree Performance Reviews

Please prove me wrong on this. I want to buy into the 360-degree performance review process, I really do. If I had been in the room when the idea for the 360-degree review was hatched, I probably would have jumped on the bandwagon. In concept, 360 reviews seem to be the ideal solution to address […]

Ditch Your PTO Spreadsheets

Spreadsheets are great for a lot of scenarios within a business, especially those dealing with numbers and money. In a very small company, with very basic PTO rules, a PTO tracking spreadsheet might even work for a time as the company’s system-of-record for PTO tracking and management. But there are many reasons to graduate from […]

Advantages of Offering PTO Rollover

Over the past few years as I’ve interacted with people searching for an online PTO tracking system, I’ve had a lot of discussions about the pros and cons of allowing PTO rollover. For those who don’t allow any rollover of unused time off at the end of the year, it seems like one of the […]

How to Track PTO as a Growing Company

A lot of small companies track paid time off using paper forms, emails, or spreadsheets. As these companies grow, however, these outdated tools start to show their limitations. It’s at this point that many companies contact us to learn how to track PTO in a scalable, efficient way. There are two key elements in improving […]