Archive for September, 2016

Your Employment Brand: Why it Matters

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Think back to your senior year of high school, when you were applying to colleges and feeling the pressure of making the biggest decision of your life – one that would shape the rest of your life. A school’s academics are obviously most important, but if you disliked the aura and the campus, there’s a good chance you’d pick a different school. If you want people to want to work for you, you need to give them a good reason to choose you over the next employer. This reason is your employment brand and you need to be able to…

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Turnover: It’s Not a Dirty Word

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Turnover can be one of the more unsettling parts of running a small business. It’s hard enough to recruit employees these days, so when they leave for a new job, it can be deflating. Your company’s turnover or attrition rate is simply a number. In and of itself, it means absolutely nothing. However, turnover can actually be a positive for your company. This may seem counterintuitive at first glance. How can losing employees benefit you? Well, here are some reasons why. 1. Your A-players aren’t leaving Perhaps some of your lower performing employees are considering leaving because they were not…

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Teamwork Makes the Dream Work

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Team-building exercises SHOULD be something that employees look forward to – after all, these activities are an opportunity to get away from the daily grind and work on building relationships and trust. But, too often team-building exercises are dreaded. This is generally a result of poor planning by management. The exercises are disorganized, and the activities themselves come off as irrelevant. So, if you’re tired of hearing “Why do we have to this?” instead of “I’m looking forward to this!” when you announce a team-building exercise, here are a few tips. 1. Emphasize the purpose of the activity: No one…

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Vacation All I Ever Wanted

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Another summer is gone. Has an opportunity for your employees to unplug, refresh and recharge been wasted? For many Americans, vacation time is becoming one of the more controversial parts of work life. A study from earlier this year shows that more than half of working Americans did not use all their allotted vacation time in 2015. Some of this phenomenon can be attributed to employees wanting to show initiative and make that extra buck, but there are other reasons behind this pattern as well. Many businesses are doing more with less and often employees may simply feel they have…

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