Archive for April, 2018

Lessons From the White House: The Toxic Workplace

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No one wants to wake up every morning dreading having to go to their job. At its best, a workplace can be a second home, filled with accomplishing, challenge, friends and positive energy. But at its worst, a job can be a toxic workplace in which an employee feels constantly stressed and upset. Toxic workplaces can take many shapes and forms, but general commonalities involved with all of them are dysfunction, subpar communication, and a lack of respect by management for its employees. If these problems sound familiar, it may be due to the fact that for over a year,…

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Counteracting Unconscious Bias

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As our society finally turns its focus to addressing inequality and harassment towards women, it can be easy to forget that, despite their best intentions, many people still are influenced by unconscious biases that affect their decision-making. Unconscious bias occurs without a person being actively aware that it is occurring. Our brains make snap judgments based on what we have been taught and experienced throughout our lives – even if those things we’ve learned are unjust or an inaccurate generalization about a topic/group of people. While this phenomenon can (and does) happen in many parts of life, some of its…

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Supporting Transgender Employees in the Workplace

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As we strive for a society that is 100% supportive of rights for people from all walks of life, we sometimes run into reminders that equality truly does not yet exist for everyone. This certainly holds true for members of the transgender community. It is vital to foster a culture where all transgender employees – both those who are transitioning, and those who previously transitioned – feel comfortable and safe. Failing to do so can not only lead to a discrimination lawsuit, but may drive away talented employees and make it difficult to recruit potential staff members who are seeking…

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Doin’ (The Best) Time: Effectively Managing It

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Even the best time managers struggle at times to stay on task. Whether employees are checking their social media accounts, chatting at the Keurig machine, or simply zoning out, distractions can run rampant in today’s work world. Ultimately, it’s up to your employees to maintain focus and get their work done. However, managers have the ability to make that process much easier for their staffers by promoting/implementing time management strategies in the office.  Here are some ways to help your employees effectively manage their time: Plan time to do the work. One of the most common causes of time management…

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