Salary chart Here are this week’s links to a few good stories that we found and selected because we feel they might add valuable insights and perspectives for small to medium size businesses.

Last week, I joined industry peers at a leadership retreat held by the National Association of Professional Employer Organizations (NAPEO) in Bandera, Texas. For 30 years, NAPEO has done much to advance the interests of the small and mid-sized business community, as evidenced by their Twitter posts (@NAPEO). Below is a selection of blog posts referenced in their recent tweets. We think all are worth a look.

  • Hire the person who wants the job, not the position says Jeff Haden of Inc. Magazine.  A post by Hireology speaks to this issue as well as employee retention, low employee performance and the adequacy of referral systems.
  • The median salary for an optician is $34,100 per year, but according to PayScale’s “Best Jobs For You” survey, it is the only profession with a 100% recommendation rate.  The Most Highly Recommended Job in America Pays Less Than $35,000 written by Lydia Dallett for Business Insider suggests that a higher salary does not equate with a favorable recommendation rate.
  • Who doesn’t have a backlog of projects that just don’t seem to get done?  I know I have a few.  In 3 Ways to Get Your Projects Done Faster and Better, Janine Popick suggests an outline, dependencies analysis and breaking the job into manageable bite size chunks is a good way to start.

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