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Six Ways to Prioritize When Everything is Top Priority

Diana Schneidman : March 19, 2015 2:30 pm : Blog, Uncategorized

"If you enjoy reality shows in which competitors are charged with completing demanding assignments against extremely tight deadlines, you may recognize that the most important mistakes are made right at the beginning. Because there is so little time, teams rush into the work too quickly. They shortchange the planning step. They fail to collect enough information read more »"

Toxic Employees: Ending Bad Behavior

Crystal Spraggins : March 13, 2015 4:40 pm : Blog, Uncategorized

"We’ve all heard about the toxic employee. They have notoriously bad attitudes that affect and infect the team, bringing down the mood and productivity of just about everyone around them. These proverbial “bad apples” can reside in the ranks or management but either way cause trouble for your staff and your customers—and that means trouble read more »"

Six Ways to Keep Your Rock Star Employees from Quitting

Diana Schneidman : March 9, 2015 1:40 pm : Blog

"You are doing only part of your job as a supervisor if you give the squeaky wheels, that is, your challenging employees, enough grease to get the train out of the station. It is equally important to perform the other half of your responsibilities: To show appreciation to your star employees so that you retain read more »"

7 Pitfalls of First-Time Managers

Crystal Spraggins : February 23, 2015 4:37 pm : Blog

"You’ve been promoted, and it feels great! You’ve got more autonomy, more authority, and more money. Congratulations. But wait. Many employees think the manager is a boob. In a 2010 survey, one third of employees rated their manager as completely or somewhat incompetent, while only half said their manager was competent or very competent. More recent read more »"

Can Introverts Succeed as Corporate Leaders?

Diana Schneidman : February 16, 2015 3:00 pm : Blog

"The short answer is “yes.” But first, to understand how introverts can climb the corporate ladder, we must understand…”What is an introvert?” An introvert is a person who is energized by being alone and loses energy when being with other people. In contrast, an extrovert is energized by other people and often avoids working solo. read more »"

Can a Night Owl Be Productive at Work?

Terri Williams : February 11, 2015 2:30 pm : Blog

"Working 9 to 5 might describe the typical workday for most employees, but you’re not a typical employee. You’re sluggish and lethargic during the morning hours, but you tend to get smarter and sharper as the day progresses. And by the end of the workday, when most people are shutting down to leave work, you’re read more »"

Eleven Tips to Manage Remote Employees Effectively

Diana Schneidman : February 4, 2015 2:35 pm : Blog

"Telecommuting is on the rise. Each year the share of the U.S. labor force that works offsite grows. The U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey reports that 2.6% of American workers telecommute, when limiting the definition of this status to full-time employees at private, nonprofit or government organizations who work at least half time at home. read more »"

The 7 Soft Skills You Need to Be Successful

Terri Williams : February 2, 2015 3:30 pm : Blog

"You may be a computer whiz, a scientific genius, or a master of mathematical theories.  However, to be successful, you need more than just expertise in your given specialty. In fact, according to Job Outlook 2015, a survey conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employees (NACE), when participating employers were asked to name the attributes they read more »"

How to Deliver a Painless 90 Day Employee Performance Evaluation

Crystal Spraggins : January 28, 2015 11:25 am : Blog

"Part of an effective onboarding process is providing honest, actionable feedback. Without feedback, employees don’t know whether they’re doing a good job or how they could do a better job.  Unfortunately, far too many managers shy away from providing feedback. A 2013 survey by Ceridian noted that only 47% of employees regularly receive feedback from their read more »"

How to Maximize Your Sales Style with Behavioral Assessments

Crystal Spraggins : January 15, 2015 4:30 pm : Blog

"It’s been said that “everyone is a salesperson,” but if you’re responsible for hitting quotas and bringing in accounts, you know there’s a difference between sales and sales. That said, all sales is about relationships and more specifically, a salesperson’s ability to relate to the potential customer in a way that turns him or her read more »"

Five Ways HR and Hiring Managers can Harmoniously Work Together

Diana Schneidman : January 8, 2015 2:35 pm : Blog

"There seems to be a tradition of animosity between HR professionals and hiring managers. Like it or not, the recruitment process reveals aspects of the corporate culture that are often bureaucratic or even counterproductive. It is the face of the company to its professional communities and the geographic community in which it is located. Dissension read more »"

New-Hire Onboarding: Seven Tips for Success

Diana Schneidman : January 1, 2015 2:45 pm : Blog

"It’s ironic that employee orientation is such a familiar concept but onboarding is far less accepted. Orientation is essentially an administrative function in which the new hire is processed for payroll and benefits, receives a badge or ID, and off they go. However, the concept of onboarding is much broader and ultimately, more important. It read more »"

Using Behavioral Assessments to Gauge Team Health in 2015

Crystal Spraggins : December 30, 2014 2:30 pm : Blog

"In the corporate world, no one gets anything done without help. That’s why teams and teamwork are so important. Consider this. Even if your employees work alone most of the time, whatever they do is but a step in the overall process toward your overall company goals. Is your team up for the challenge? When the team read more »"

5 Reasons Your Best Employee Will Leave You in 2015

Crystal Spraggins : December 22, 2014 2:45 pm : Blog

"Study after study after study has proved the point time and again—money is not the “end all and be all” of employee motivation. Money is important, nobody’s denying that. And nobody’s denying that people generally work for money. But human beings are complex, and what motivates us is complex as well.  There are some aspects read more »"

8 Tips to Supervise Someone Who is Older Than You

Diana Schneidman : December 8, 2014 5:04 pm : Blog, Uncategorized

"The U.S. workforce is clearly aging…everyday…it’s inevitable, right? As life expectancy increases, our work lives also lengthen. Some baby boomers are working longer to achieve their financial goals for retirement, others are pleased to find that their skills are still in demand, and some simply enjoy working. Whatever the reason, if you are a young—or even read more »"

Is Your Boss Second-Guessing Why He Hired You?

Terri Williams : December 3, 2014 2:30 pm : Blog

"The first few weeks on a new job can be exhilarating. It’s a new environment, with new people, new duties and new responsibilities. Also, the desire to make a good impression is probably causing more than a little nervousness. However, your new boss may be experiencing a totally different range of emotions – such as read more »"

5 Reasons Why Star Performers are Seldom Star Leaders and What to Do About It

Diana Schneidman : December 1, 2014 4:29 pm : Blog, Uncategorized

"It happens to the best of people. They star as performers, whether in sports, sales, or other highly competitive fields, but when they are promoted into management, their twinkle dims. They prove to be mediocre leaders. They fail upward. Why do first-time managers fail upward? Employees excel because they are unique. Perhaps they work very read more »"

Why Your Mentoring Program Bombed and How to Do Better in 2015

Crystal Spraggins : November 28, 2014 2:35 pm : Blog

"The year is quickly winding down, and as you look ahead to 2015, you might want to think about ways to improve your mentoring program.  Why? Well, if you’re honest, you’ll admit it really hasn’t gone over that big. And you had such high hopes when you rolled the program out, too, because mentoring is read more »"

Don’t Botch That Christmas or End-of-the-Year Bonus

Terri Williams : November 26, 2014 2:30 pm : Blog

"Your employees have been working hard all year, and while they are compensated for their efforts, the end of the year is a good time to show your appreciation. However, you can’t give just any type of bonus or reward or it won’t be appreciated or even remembered. A recent survey of UK workers, conduced read more »"

The Missing Leadership Ingredient: Balancing Power and Perspective

Terri Williams : November 10, 2014 2:30 pm : Blog

"In most organizational failures, whether it’s in corporate America, the government, the pee-wee football team, or the local church, there’s usually one common denominator: everyone but the leader(s) knew there was a problem, and usually, at least one person sounded an alarm, but it was silenced or ignored. That’s because power has a funny way read more »"

Do You Know How Fair Your Workplace Is?

Terri Williams : November 3, 2014 2:30 pm : Blog

"Employees have an inherent desire to be treated fairly and rewarded appropriately. Study after study shows that employees who feel that their organization respects and appreciates them are more engaged and more productive than workers in companies that are perceived to be selfish, biased, and uncaring. So where does your company rank and how do read more »"

Can You Help Your Employee Change Their Personality?

Diana Schneidman : October 28, 2014 3:09 pm : Blog, Uncategorized

"Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could change our personalities at will?   And as employers, wouldn’t it be grand if we could help our employees achieve greater career success by changing their styles of behavior?   Employee behavioral assessments are helpful to understand the personality traits of job applicants and current employees. Sometimes individuals read more »"

When Opportunity Knocks…Have an Open Enough Mind to Answer the Door

Christine Butler : October 23, 2014 2:30 pm : Blog

"“There exist limitless opportunities in every industry. Where there is an open mind, there will always be a frontier.” – Charles Kettering – American inventor, engineer, businessman, and holder of 186 patents. Some people have the ability to face the world with an open mind. But for the rest of us, it’s difficult to question read more »"

How to Handle Office Arguments

Terri Williams : October 21, 2014 3:30 pm : Blog

"Conflicts are an inevitable part of life. Regardless of age, race, location, or relationship, take two people, put them in the same environment, and it’s a matter of when – not if – conflict will occur. Sometimes, conflicts are good. Many of mankind’s greatest inventions were the result of visionary people who disagreed with the read more »"

Now’s the Time to Learn the Good Side of Politics in the Workplace

Christine Butler : October 17, 2014 2:00 pm : Blog

"Politics exists in every organization, and the workplace is no exception. There’s no way around it. It’s part of group dynamics. How people manage the politics is the key to getting ahead in their careers. First learn the difference between good and bad office politics. The bad side is more obvious than the good. Here read more »"

7 Tips to Navigate Workplace Relationships

Terri Williams : October 15, 2014 11:35 am : Blog

"Sometimes, the workplace can look more like a minefield than a cohesive work environment. In this type of setting, employees tend to spend most of their time tiptoeing around potentially explosive people and situations. It’s a bad atmosphere that produces stagnation, fear, distrust, and a host of other negative emotions and effects that can suck read more »"

How to Help Your Coworker Cover For Vacation

Diana Schneidman : October 7, 2014 12:00 am : Blog, Uncategorized

"The most important thing to remember while you plan for your vacation is that you deserve your vacation. You have the right to time off that is free from worry and aggravation. The purpose of a vacation is to refresh so that you are more effective in your job. A rejuvenating vacation benefits you and read more »"

6 Tips for Building a Team That Works

Crystal Spraggins : October 2, 2014 3:30 pm : Blog

"Would you like to build a better team in 2015? Of course you would! Poorly performing teams are waaaaay bad for business. Whether the reason for the poor performance is conflicting personalities, mismatched skill sets, appreciable gaps in knowledge, low morale, low motivation, all of the above, or something else entirely, you’ve got to get read more »"

What is a Purple Squirrel and Why Can’t You Recruit one?

Diana Schneidman : September 25, 2014 12:00 am : Blog, Uncategorized

"Have you ever seen a purple squirrel in your back yard? Probably not. Gray ones are commonplace, but the purple variety is rare. (However, it actually exists in nature, say the experts.) So-called purple squirrels are equally rare in the workplace. What IS a purple squirrel? In professional HR circles, a purple squirrel is the read more »"

Taming The Wild Review: Ensuring Employee Performance Reviews Don’t Dismantle You

Renée Wilson : September 23, 2014 2:00 pm : Blog

"With ten years of experience working in kitchens and restaurants, I feel I’m able to safely say I’ve seen some of the worst managers any industry has to offer. Everything from the Disgruntled Downer to the Overarching Dictator, the Hopelessly Clueless and the Much-Too-Friendly have tried to run kitchens, and all failed miserably. They’ve shouted, read more »"
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