Archive for January, 2017

Put Out the Fire Before it Starts: Preventing Job Burnout

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As a manager, it’s easy to get so caught up in business dynamics that you begin to view your employees more as variables of a workflow equation, and less as people with feelings and lives outside the office. Let’s face it: the job needs to get done, and if that job requires more than the a typical 8-hour day, your staff is expected to sacrifice for the company and put in the extra time and work. However, when the extra hours and extra work start piling up, your employees are at risk of job burnout — defined by The Mayo…

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Work at Wellness

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Wellness programs have soared in popularity in recent years.  It’s debatable if they bring down your healthcare costs, but their true value comes in other forms – increased productivity, loyalty, and employee engagement in addition to being an effective recruiting and retention tool.  While it takes a bit of time and effort to develop a program, happy and healthy individuals are more productive employees.  Here are a few tips for bringing wellness into your workplace. Encourage physical health Many office jobs require employees to sit at their desks all day.  Counteract that by bringing in standing desks to get them…

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7 Things Bosses Do That Make Great Employees Quit

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In a world where employee turnover rates are increasing, there are a multitude of reasons why a person may decide to leave their job.  As a manager, many of these factors are somewhat out of your control.  However, many of them are very much in your court, and they are based on your behavior. A sub-par boss can negatively affect his or her employees’ lives inside AND outside the office – to the point that an employee would rather find a new job than continue working for someone that perceive as ineffective.  So, if your employees are leaving in droves,…

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Handling Employee Grievances

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No matter how happy and engaged your workforce is, an occasional complaint is bound to arise.  As a business leader, it’s your job to ensure that employees communicate these concerns in a productive way.  While small grievances will certainly be reported (and you should review those), you should be on the lookout for problems that could damage your business, such as harassment, discrimination, violence, and theft. Channels for reporting complaints While publicly-traded companies are required to have a hotline for complaints, privately-held companies can be more flexible in their approach, and employees can report complaints over the phone, in-person/open-door-policy, by…

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Plan for Business Success(ion)

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The days of employees working for one company their entire career is largely in the past.  The Baby Boomers are retiring in droves.  A newfound confidence in the job market means that people are more likely to switch jobs than in recent years.  Given these factors that have led to lower tenure than in recent history, leaders must always think two steps ahead.  They must be proactive in drawing an ever-evolving blueprint for the future of their business’ leadership. This process is known as succession planning – identifying existing employees to fill your future leadership positions and key roles.  This…

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The Best Way to Start the New Year? Set Meaningful Objectives

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It’s a new year and for many, that means reviewing and setting new objectives. This can seem like a rudimentary task – of course you need to have a mission, goals, and objectives.  However, as successful managers know, it’s not feasible to simply have a goal in mind and expect to attain it.  You need a plan to get there – enter employee objective setting. Why set objectives? The obvious answer to this question is to achieve your goals and improve the company. But when we dig a little deeper, we realize that setting objectives is the backbone of workflow….

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Why You Should Care About Diversity

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Many organizations seek to create a diverse workforce because they are ticking a box or because it’s the right thing to do.  And, so they consider factors such as race, gender, age, cultural background, etc.; however, it’s not just about building a heterogeneous workforce and hiring people who fit into different categories. To truly benefit from the many advantages of a diverse workforce, it’s important to understand why a diverse staff can lead to success. Different perspectives   Having an office of differing philosophies and perspectives is a built-in way to ensure that ideas and workflow don’t get stale, resulting in…

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