When summer’s back in swing, it’s the perfect time to make sure your building is operating efficiently. These straightforward measures have the potential to save significant amounts of energy, leaving you with more money for your business while maintaining or improving occupant comfort.
Here are some general tips to help you understand some of the basics about job applications, interviewing, and background checks. The goal is to hire the best people and to minimize risks. By no means does the following cover everything you need to know, but this will get you thinking and possibly making some necessary adjustments.
In addition to the Michigan Chamber’s two phenomenal programs, which can help reduce your commercial utility, lighting and telecom costs, businesses can also take advantage of the benefits established by Public Act 295 of 2008. Under this law, Michigan regulated that utilities and municipalities are required to file prospective energy optimization plans with the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) that are designed to reduce future energy costs for consumers.
- Review your job application, and disclosure & authorization forms for background checks to ensure they are legally compliant. We can provide you with generic disclosure and authorization forms.
It's easy for small businesses to be energy-conscious and save money at the same time. We've all received emails with signatures that ask, "Do you really need to print this email?" If you do have to, an easy, cost-efficient solution could be to print using both sides of the page.
When conducting background checks on current employees, especially those who are under consideration for promotion, here are some items to consider:
As cell phones have become an increasingly invaluable part of the small business world, the average cell phone bill has climbed 15 percent since 2001. Businesses aren’t immune to rising cell phone costs, but with so many smartphone service providers clamoring to compete for small business dollars, the smart small business owner can find ways to save money.
To cut down on costs, here are a few tips to improve the value you’re getting from your mobile service provider:
There are a few categories of workers in this country that requires a background check by law. For the most part, public school employees, healthcare workers, casino employees, and a host of others in certain job categories must have background checks done. That list includes commercial drivers. For the vast majority of workers in the country, however, a background check is done not because it is required by law, but because the employer feels it is a wise policy. That is smart.
For many, life was a lot simpler decades ago. Granted, the advancements in technology and medicine didn’t seem to come as quickly as they do now. And we probably all wonder how we ever lived without cell phones. But the slower pace is something people these days probably wouldn’t mind experiencing every now and then.
Last week, one third of the country saw thermometers hit triple digits. Across the nation, air conditioners are cranking and sprinklers are chugging away as millions continue to seek relief from the summer heat.