Archive for April, 2017

Read the Room and Recognize the Right Manager

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There are many ways to reward employees for their impressive work. One of those options is to promote them to a managerial position, a decision that can have a mixed bag of results, depending on the employee. It’s a classic scenario – an employee’s performance is spectacular, so you decide to promote them to a managerial position.  However, the skillset of the new managerial position is completely different than that of the job in which they excelled.  The fact is that not everyone is ‘manager material’ — even if someone is a hard-working employee and performs technical skills with perfection,…

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Discarding Discord: How to Facilitate Team Cooperation

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The failed health care vote has been a main topic of conversation in the media over the past few weeks. Regardless of what your political opinion was of the proposed legislation, most people agree that the lack of planning, organization, and cooperation leading up to the vote was embarrassing. The chaos leading up to the vote once again goes to show that teamwork and collaboration are two of the most key elements of working toward any goal. Conflicting ideologies are a part of most group decisions, and if no one in the group understands how to work past them, nothing…

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10 Ways to Reward Employees Without Breaking the Bank

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As a manager, you are busy and it can be easy to take your employees’ hard work for granted. However, it’s important to remember that recognition is a key driver of engagement, and yet most employees feel they are not recognized enough.  The good news is that employee recognition doesn’t have to take a lot of time or money.  So, here are 10 inexpensive ways to reward your employees. A simple thank you.  This is one of the most effective forms of recognition and costs you absolutely nothing.  In this day in age, with a good chunk of social interaction…

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Analyzing the Thinx Controversy

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The fallout from the Thinx scandal — a startup company that integrated feminism into its marketing for its “period-proof” underwear products — has been well-documented over the past couple weeks.  Thinx co-founder Miki Agrawal has come under fire for providing lackluster benefits for her largely female workforce, harassing employees, and only allowing raises for male employees. Agrawal built a reputation for being unafraid to tackle taboo subjects, like menstruation and sex, in the workplace and also in her personal life. However, her blatant openness rubbed much of her staff the wrong way — she’s been accused of inappropriately touching employees…

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