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Today, business demands that owners, managers and employees learn a variety of skills to market effectively pursue current strategies to stay up to date. The Fairmont Area Chamber is launching a series of seminars that will feature marketing strategies, focusing on online, website, and social media skills, tips and tricks. Don’t miss out on the last two of the Business Seminar series! Best Practices for Facebook Marketing August 13th, 2015 You will learn: • how to attract more views, clicks, shares and fans • reputation management • integrating Facebook with traditional media Social Media and website management in 15 Minutes a Day September 17th, 2015 • tips to develop your marketing strategy • ideal website and social media platforms • learn to time posts on your site and social media All seminars will take place from noon to 1:00 p.m. at Southern Minnesota Educational Campus (SMEC) 115 South Park Street, Room 116, Fairmont. Feel free to bring your lunch, laptop and mobile devices. Free to Chamber members. $20 for prospective chamber members. The first two seminar participants who ask will get a one-on-one follow-up consultation at their place of business. Call Krystal 507-235-5547 to reserve your seat.
Video Contest-Win $$
Submit your 2-minute video to the Summer of Fun in Fairmont & Martin County Video Contest. • Dust off your video cam or grab your smart phone and start recording for a chance to win 1 of 5 prizes of up to $250 by August 31, 2015. Upload to YouTube and send in the URL (location of your video). • Be creative and include some or all of the following highlights its of our communities in Martin County: the lakes, parks, culture schools, shopping and restaurants, country living, etc. • 1st Prize: $250, 2nd Prize: $ 100, 3rd Prize: $50, 4th and 5th Prizes: $25. Prizes will be Chamber Bucks and accepted in locations county wide. • Anyone can enter. For more information and to submit your video, visit www.fairmontlife.info or contact Margaret at the Fairmont Chamber by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or call 507-235-5547. Sponsored by:
Six Reasons For An Employee Handbook
By: Wes Pruett, HR Advisors LLC Managing employees is becoming increasingly more challenging and laws regularly change. For example the National Labor Relations Board recently released new legal interpretations that outdates many handbooks. Employee handbooks are an important tool that supports business objectives and employee interests. A good handbook not only is a great communication tool with employees but it also protects the company’s interests in legal disputes. A handbook sets expectations, encourages employees to behave in certain ways, helps ensure employees are treated consistently, publicizes employee benefits and helps win unemployment claims and lawsuits. Here are 6 reasons to have an upto-date handbook. 1. Eliminate confusion and misunderstanding by providing a consistent message to all employees about expectations, rules, and procedures. 2. Protect the company by complying with state and federal laws and regulations. 3. Provide a uniform standard for employee behavior.
4. Answer questions about benefits and policies. 5. Supports the company in unemployment disputes, charges of discrimination and harassment, wrongful discharge, etc. 6. Gives guidance to managers and supervisors to consistently deal with employee issues including discipline. A well-written employee handbook provides much more good than harm and is a sign of a organized and well-run company. Also, laws and situations constantly change and handbooks should be reviewed every 2-3 years to keep them current. A well-written employee handbook provides much more good than harm and is a sign of a organized and well-run company. Also, laws and situations constantly change and handbooks should be reviewed every 2-3 years to keep them current. Wes Pruett is the owner of HR Advisors LLC a consulting firm that provides human resources, training, and coaching to small and medium sized businesses in the upper Midwest. Contact: Wes@HRadvisors.biz or 507-399-1240.
August 2015 - Fairmont Area Chamber Newsletter