Coronavirus Small Business Support | Employee Information & Resources

The NJSBDC network is working hard to help NJ’s small business owners overcome business issues due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Please contact your regional NJSBDC to request remote one-to-one counseling sessions for the resources, options, strategies and guidance needed to help you recover asap.

Be Safe & Be Well

 


Updated as of 3/27/20 @ 4:50pm

Covonavirus Small Business Support:

Employee Information & Resources

 

State of New Jersey:

 

The State of New Jersey has established a special website devoted to business concerns during the Coronavirus emergency. The site, cv.business.nj.gov, will be updated as new information becomes available. We encourage you to communicate this with the appropriate individuals within your organization.

New Jersey Business Action Center (BAC):

In addition, the New Jersey Business Action Center’s Helpline is now available from 8:00 am – 9:00 pm, seven days a week. Call 1-800-JERSEY-7 to address any concerns you or your employees have.

New Jersey Department of Health:

https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/topics/covid2019_schoolbusiness.shtml

New Jersey Department of Labor:

https://www.nj.gov/labor/employer-services/business/covid.shtml

https://www.nj.gov/labor/assets/PDFs/COVID-19%20SCENARIOS.pdf

New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA)

https://www.njeda.com/about/Public-Information/Coronavirus-Information

NJ Department of Labor Information For Employees regarding Sick Leave: 

https://www.nj.gov/labor/worker-protections/earnedsick/covid.shtml


US Government:

 

Congress Finalizes COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Act: Prepare To Provide Paid Sick Leave And FMLA: 

https://www.fisherphillips.com/resources-alerts-congress-finalizes-covid-19-coronavirus-response-act

 


Additional Employee Resources:

 

Google Tools and Tips:

Google’s help center has suggestions for businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic, regarding updates to their business information on Google My Business, including:

          • Changing your business hours if necessary;
          • Adding information about how your business has been affected and what steps you’re taking;
          • Creating a post;
          • Updating your phone number if necessary;
          • To see all of Google’s update suggestions, click here.

 

Working Remotely?

We encourage you to visit the New Jersey Department of Labor’s website to keep abreast of statewide developments that can directly affect your business and your employees.

But it’s very likely that your business may be forced to work remotely. To assist you in conducting business virtually, we have compiled a list of vendors. We do not endorse one vendor over another but simply provide you with a comprehensive list.

 


Return to Main Coronavirus page?

 


 

If you have additional questions, please contact your regional NJSBDC or visit our website at www.njsbdc.com .

 

Thank you, be well and be safe.

5 Reasons Why Company Culture Matters

Company culture plays a huge role in the success of your business. While your company’s culture will naturally look different from another’s based upon the goals for the business, you can also expect that certain elements will remain the same. In an ideal business environment, the employees should feel as though their actions matter, and every person should feel like a contributing member of the team. As you focus on what makes working at your business unique, keep these benefits of a positive company culture in mind for improving the bottom line.

Keep Productivity Levels High

Happy employees tend to be more productive. Not only will they show up to work on time and have fewer sick days, but there also tends to be more collaboration among coworkers that increases everyone’s ability to hit their goals. A positive company culture also makes coworkers more eager to share their skills and engage in training experiences that help them manage their responsibilities better.

Recruit Top Talent

Your company’s success depends upon you being able to bring in people with the right personalities and expertise to get things done. Today, the top talent in many industries have their pick of employers, and they are often scouting out the company culture just as much as hiring managers are reviewing their resumes. During their tour of a prospective office and interview, people often inquire about things such as growth opportunities that let them know if it is a positive place to work.

Retain More Employees

Hiring and training employees cuts into profits. Not to mention, productivity always increases when everyone at your business has been there long enough to know how to perform well in their position. In a negative company culture, the turnover rate is high for employees, and the morale is low. Employees who feel valued and know that their hard work is recognized and appreciated tend to stick with their companies, which helps both parties thrive.

Cultivate a Positive Reputation

Brand awareness involves more than just marketing your business to the public. People also hear about things that revolve around the company culture. For instance, people within specific industries often share information with others about what it is like to work for a business. In fact, sites such as LinkedIn provide a space for people to network and provide insights about their experiences as employees for businesses. When people hear about a company with a great culture, they tend to be more interested in working there as well as exploring the products and services that they offer.

Improve the Customer Experience

Each member of your team plays a role in creating positive customer experiences that drive growth. Even if they never set foot in the corporate headquarters, customers can often pick up on a negative culture that causes employees to provide lackluster experiences. For instance, a customer may pick up on a negative tone when they reach out to customer service, or someone might receive less than perfect services from a disgruntled employee. When everyone is happy to be working for your company, the customers will notice and be excited to continue to use your company’s services.

When a company invests in developing a positive environment for the employees, the business thrives. Make sure to regularly check in with your employees and use their feedback to incorporate policies that inspire everyone to reach their highest potential.