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February 19, 2014

Effective Feedback is Not a Sandwich or a Seagull

by: Kevin Higgins Managers recognize that their teams need feedback to improve and be successful. However, many provide feedback without having a clearly defined way of doing so effectively. Feedback ends up as a one-way conversation delivered from the manager to the performer. One-way feedback conversations come in one of…
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January 31, 2014

Four Tips to Boost Employee Engagement Now

Employee engagement has been a common theme in our posts recently, and it’s little wonder why.  One of the biggest challenges HR faces is retaining top talent, and engagement plays right into that.  Maintaining a workforce that feels fulfilled and appreciated is just good business. And much of the power…
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January 21, 2014

What Makes for an Ideal Workweek?

Despite the fact that work-life balance continues to be one of the most significant factors in employee satisfaction and retention, many companies – perhaps yours included – continue to perpetuate a culture marked by long hours.  As much as 75 percent of Americans work more than 40 hours a week,…
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December 19, 2013

‘Tis the Season to Be Thankful

It's not too late to do something special for your employees this year! Be sure to thank them for all they do, whether or not end-of-year bonuses are in the budget.   Infographic courtesy of Globoforce.
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December 17, 2013

A Professional Utopia

Most workers spend somewhere near half of their waking hours at work.  Shouldn’t employees enjoy their work environment? Job satisfaction is hugely important.  Disgruntled staff tend either to jump ship or dig in their heels and sow discontent.  An endlessly frustrating or unrewarding role is unappealing enough.  Add in a…
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December 16, 2013

The Problem of Turnover

No company or industry is immune to losing employees here and there.  But some seem to have made it a sort of mission to keep fresh meat cycling in and dissatisfied team members cycling out.  If you haven’t worked at such an establishment, you probably know someone who has.  And…
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December 12, 2013

Telecommuting: Well Worth an Empty Office

Just under a year ago, Yahoo’s new CEO, Marissa Mayer instituted a ban on telecommuting.  The move caused quite the uproar, yet other industry giants such as Best Buy and HP soon followed suit. So surely the practice of telecommuting is on its way out, right?  Not necessarily. Employers offering…
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December 9, 2013

Who’s The Boss?

The way management is perceived can have a pretty huge impact on productivity and morale.  And workers want leaders who will spend their work hours actively teaching and facilitating staff development, not ducking responsibilities and shopping online. Infographic courtesy of YouTern.  
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November 22, 2013

What’s the Secret to Retention?

Do you remember that Tom Cruise flick, Jerry Maguire?  The young wide receiver played by Cuba Gooding, Jr. breaks it down pretty simply: “Show me the money!” As often as we hear about factors like corporate culture, work-life balance and company mission as key influencers in how we choose employers,…
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November 20, 2013

Beware Lukewarm Employees

We’ve been talking a lot recently about engagement.  Management highly values it. Fully engaged workers tend to both be top contributors and find satisfaction in their work.  Employees who are tuned in and committed are the ideal, no doubt. But when passion starts to cool… that’s when the trouble begins. …
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