Remove These Workplace Hurdles to Productivity

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You take a walk through the office to observe your employees in action, eager to see what projects they have going, what tasks they’ve got going on. Yet what you see is…inaction. Employees stand at each others’ cubicles gossiping. Others not-so-sneakily check their smartphones or social media on their computers. Some simply try to multitask… Read more »

Will Transparency Boost Employee Retention? Definitely.

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You’re working at your job, doing fine, liking the environment; then one day your boss announces the project you’ve been working on nonstop for the last three weeks is on hold because the company has decided to go in a different direction and you need to start over using different parameters. Oh, and it’s due… Read more »

Encouraging Employees to Take Ownership

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You have a new employee who came on seeming eager to do a great job, but you’ve quickly discovered they’ll rarely make a move without checking with a manager first and have been heard to utter the statement, “Well, nobody’s checking on me, so I didn’t really think I had to do it.” In fact,… Read more »

Is Competition Good for Your Workforce?

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If you’ve ever seen the critically acclaimed play or movie version of Glengarry Glen Ross, you know competition among employees can get cutthroat. First prize: a Cadillac; second prize: a set of steak knives; third prize: You’re fired. And while you probably don’t want that sort of back-and-forth in your company, some well-intentioned competition can… Read more »

How Could Flexible Work Opportunities Change Your Team?

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You have a final candidate in mind — she’s the right fit in terms of background, temperament and experience. You want to offer her a long-term contract…and then she mentions wanting a flexible schedule. How do you respond? Does this mean she won’t be available during the “regular” workday? How will this affect her relationship… Read more »

Cross Generational Mentoring: Help Your Team

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Do you remember your first day at a new job? It may have felt similarly to that of a first day at school — often there’s that same combination of excitement, fear, and just plain newness because you don’t yet know the ropes and have a million questions…but you’re not sure whom to ask. And… Read more »

Your Employees Are Failing

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After going through the hiring process and finding the right candidate for the job, you feel confident that you’ve made a good choice. And then, you make an assessment after a few weeks and realize that, like a bad romantic relationship, this just isn’t going to work. What signs did you miss? Did the employee… Read more »

Simple Strategies to Boost Innovation

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Have you ever heard of stem cells? Wi-Fi? The iPhone? The printing press? Penicillin? The radio? Every one of these inventions came from the innovation of its creator(s). The term “cutting edge” means to be on the forefront of what’s new and thoughtful in an industry. Innovation differs slightly from creativity in that innovation has… Read more »

Is Micromanagement Hurting Your Workforce?

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John Smith, a manager at an advertising firm, wants to make sure his team does their work to the best of their ability. He had a hand in choosing each person for what they could bring to the table. But on this last project, he spent so much time looking over everyone’s shoulders and changing… Read more »

Are Performance Reviews a Thing of the Past?

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Ah, the annual performance review….often viewed as an opportunity to go over an entire year’s work in the span of a relatively short amount of time to plan goals for the upcoming year. Do you remember everything you did over the course of twelve months? You may remember the extreme highs and lows, the projects… Read more »