Some small-business owners frequently give loans to employees, with whom they often develop close ties. The loans can help boost morale and unity within a team, and can help boost productivity if money problems are impairing a worker's ability to focus on the job. "I know my employees exceedingly well," said entrepreneur Laura Wellington, who says she's loaned about $10,000 to employees in the past two years. "If the person is credible and there's good reason to give out the loan, then I will do it."
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