Robert Half Releases New Resource in Small Business Series

Menlo Park, California (PRESS RELEASE – May 20, 2011) – Optimism among small businesses is rising, according to research from Robert Half’s quarterly Professional Employment Report. Business confidence among companies with 20 to 49 employees has risen 8 points over the past year.

To help business leaders position their firms for success in a stronger economy, Robert Half has published a new resource, 20 Ideas for Small Businesses and Pitfalls to Avoid. Part of The Robert Half Small Business Series, the guide is designed to provide small business owners with advice for recruiting, retaining and motivating their teams, and improving their companies’ productivity and profitability.

20 Ideas for Small Businesses and Pitfalls to Avoid provides practical, real-world strategies small businesses can use to boost retention, hire strategically, enhance corporate culture, build customer relationships online, and update infrastructure and policies. In addition to providing ideas that can help businesses take advantage of new opportunities, it also points out some common mistakes that can derail companies from staying on track.

“The Robert Half Small Business Series is designed to help smaller companies differentiate themselves and compete with larger rivals for market share and top performers,” said Brett Good, senior district president of Robert Half International.

The first two guides in the series include Post-Recession Leadership Strategies: A Small Business Guide to Hiring, Managing and Retaining Staff and Go The Extra Mile: Building a Service-Oriented Small Business. Owners of small and midsize companies can access additional tools and resources, including an advice library, testimonials, special offers and an online small business community, at

“Through our more than 60 years of experience working with small and midsize companies, we understand that they have specific, unique needs and concerns,” said Good. “Our small business guides and Small Business Resource Center address important issues and provide actionable solutions uniquely relevant to this segment.”

About The Robert Half Small Business Series

The Robert Half Small Business Series is designed to provide business leaders with ideas and insights that can help them increase productivity and profits.

About Robert Half International

Founded in 1948, Robert Half is the world’s first and largest specialized staffing firm, with more than 350 offices worldwide. The company’s professional staffing divisions include Accountemps, Robert Half Finance & Accounting and Robert Half Management Resources, for temporary, full-time and senior-level project professionals, respectively, in the fields of accounting and finance; OfficeTeam, for highly skilled office and administrative support professionals; Robert Half Technology, for project and full-time technology professionals; Robert Half Legal, for project and full-time staffing of lawyers, paralegals and legal support personnel; and The Creative Group, for interactive, design, marketing, advertising and public relations professionals.

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