Here are this week’s links to a few good stories we found and selected. We feel they might add valuable insights and perspectives for small to midsize businesses. 

It seems like just yesterday the ball dropped in Times Square, but 2016 Q1 is now history. The good news? You still have nine months left to make 2016 a banner year. Minda Zetlin, co-author of “The Geek Gap,” shares how the calendar can be a powerful tool to help you reach new heights. Her post, You Have 9 Months Left in 2016. Here’s How to Achieve Success This Year, reminds us that there is still time to grow your business this year.

Speaking of growth, if you want to expand your business, do you know what steps to take next? Nina Ngai, a content strategist for Federated Media, points to proper planning and adequate resources (both human and capital) in her article, Small-Business Growth: Are You Asking the Right Questions? Her advice is spot on, but I would add one more suggestion: Partner with an accredited PEO so you can focus on your growth strategy.

CBS Small Business Pulse had a brief video that lists 5 Tips for Avoiding Employee Burnout. They are as follows:

      • Create a mission.
      • Set attainable standards.
      • Communicate clearly.
      • Recognize achievements.
      • Relax.

Each tip includes a brief explanation as well. It’s good advice and worth a look.