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Let us reintroduce ourselves!

Meet Whirks! Since we stepped into the payroll world back in 2009, we have been thinking about what our name should be. Patrick Payroll just hasn’t encompassed all that we do and what we want to do. Our name didn’t clarify that we are a lot more than just an ordinary payroll company. We have awesome people…

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Top 3 Tips from the Whirks Staff

What’s your top three tips for small business owners? We asked our local experts (the Whirks staff) for their best bits of wisdom! Rose Heckendorf, Client Care Coordinator 1. Make sure you’re keeping your business and personal expenses separate. It’s a lot easier to do this on the front-end and it can save you a…

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What You Need to Know About Developing Your First-Time Managers

You believe you’ve identified the perfect employee to fill a management role at your business. Now what?  Unfortunately for many first-time managers the next step is figuring out how to lead or manage people without being provided with formal leadership training. In other words, “winging it.” According to The Ken Blanchard Companies’ First-Time Manager Survey,…

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How to Identify Potential Managers Within Your Ranks

If you have a spot open in management it’s tempting to look only to your top performers to fill it. Or maybe it’s time to conduct an annual performance review for your account executive who keeps blowing up her sales goals. She’s been with your organization for three years and is hoping for a promotion.…

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The Big Lie You're Being Told

I’ve had the good fortune of working in several different businesses in my 30+ year career. Mostly, I’ve worked in the retail management, construction management and customer service industries. Many, many years ago, I was a manager for a large, national home improvement retailer who shall remain nameless, but their color is orange.  At one…

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Paying the Price for Status Quo

I enjoy reading, I’ll read just about anything put in front of me given the right circumstances. I’ve read hundreds of recipes for things I’ll never cook, read articles on everything from surviving in the Arctic if I ever find myself stranded there to why Michael Jackson is the greatest musical entertainer of all time…

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Using a Screwdriver to Pound a Nail

My parents married pretty young by today’s standards; my Father was 19 and my Mother was 20.  They married in March, and in November, along came their first and favorite son — me.  It only took me until college to figure out that there weren’t quite enough months between their wedding date and my arrival…

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The Art of Saving Time

Hate is a strong word, I try not to use it if at all possible but there are a couple of things I do hate. The first one is dusting, I absolutely hate dusting, always have. I do all the dusting in my house for the simple reason that, well, I live alone except for…

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