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  • By: Joe Weinlick
  • On: 8/17/2017 10:00 AM
  • In: Business Professional
When you chose your career path, you probably always thought you would work in a great atmosphere where everyone enjoys their jobs and acts professionally. Sadly, this isn't the ...
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Negotiation is part of nearly every job. Whether you're dealing with a huge merger or trying to get a better price from a supplier, your strategy and style can impact the final ...
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A 10-page memo from a Google engineer went viral, and suddenly Google's diversity strategy, or lack thereof, made headlines. The anonymous blogger, who is white, says that ...
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  • By: Joe Weinlick
  • On: 8/14/2017 5:00 PM
  • In: Business Professional
In order for a company to be successful, it must have solid leadership. Even the most skilled employees can't perform their jobs properly if they have a poor office manager. As ...
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  • By: Joe Weinlick
  • On: 8/11/2017 4:00 PM
  • In: Business Professional
Parental leave is more than just giving working mothers six weeks off when your employees have a newborn baby. This benefit should reflect contemporary standards that millennials ...
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Denial and indifference are a workplace bully's greatest weapons. In organizations that lack a clear stance on nonviolent harassment, employees are more likely to turn a blind eye ...
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  • By: Joe Weinlick
  • On: 8/7/2017 5:00 PM
  • In: Business Professional
A great benefits package lures top talent to your firm, but what keeps your workers there and happy? Increasingly, the answer is employee recognition. Positive recognition from ...
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  • By: Joe Weinlick
  • On: 8/4/2017 4:00 PM
  • In: Business Professional
Super engaging people have a way of pulling you in and making you feel like you're extraordinary. You find yourself looking forward to conversations with engaging people and ...
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Time management is a vital skill when you need to complete daily tasks or stay on task during a large project. Tracking your time helps you to figure out how to best manage your ...
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  • By: Joe Weinlick
  • On: 8/2/2017 10:00 AM
  • In: Business Professional
Employee engagement is a crucial issue, whether you manage two or 20 people. When workers are engaged with their jobs, they tend to be more enthusiastic, innovative and motivated ...
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  • By: Joe Weinlick
  • On: 8/1/2017 2:00 PM
  • In: Business Professional
If you're as busy as most professionals, you have likely considered hiring an intern. It seems like a win-win situation — free or low-cost help for you and a chance to help ...
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  • By: Joe Weinlick
  • On: 7/31/2017 5:00 PM
  • In: Business Professional
A strong team is the backbone of any organization. When you promote professional development and provide resources for your employees to strengthen their skill sets, they have the ...
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  • By: Joe Weinlick
  • On: 7/28/2017 4:00 PM
  • In: Business Professional
As baby boomers retire from the workforce at a frenetic pace, you have to come up with a plan to replace them with people who can step into roles quickly and easily. Your ...
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Innovation is essential to the growth of most businesses. Developing new products and services, and implementing changes to improve the way you do things, helps you remain ...
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  • By: Joe Weinlick
  • On: 7/26/2017 10:00 AM
  • In: Business Professional
Independent contractors are a convenient and cost-efficient way to fill a short-term skills gap in your workforce. With the ever-increasing number of available contractors on the ...
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Many recruiters have a hard time retiring bad hiring practices, which is why many companies still use stress interview tactics. Instead of making a good impression on prospective ...
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  • By: Joe Weinlick
  • On: 7/24/2017 5:00 PM
  • In: Business Professional
When employees have a choice between dealing with a bad boss every day or finding a new job, many prefer the uncertainty of starting over. In a July 2017 BambooHR survey, 44 ...
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Interview questions should give you a good idea whether a job applicant is a good fit for the available position. However, that doesn’t mean you can ask whatever questions ...
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  • By: Joe Weinlick
  • On: 7/20/2017 10:00 AM
  • In: Business Professional
Frustration on the job isn't necessarily a bad thing. Occasional frustration is the impetus to better problem solving, creativity and innovation. On the other hand, chronic ...
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For professionals with a constantly growing workload, it can be a challenge to stay on top of key projects and tasks. By finding ways to improve productivity, you can save time ...
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A healthier workplace benefits both your company and your employees. When your culture promotes wellness and healthy practices, it can reduce stress, improve morale and cut down ...
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  • By: Joe Weinlick
  • On: 7/17/2017 5:00 PM
  • In: Business Professional
At work, it may seem like you need to go along with every idea your boss presents, especially if you're just starting out in your career. That's not necessary. Your boss hired you ...
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  • By: Joe Weinlick
  • On: 7/14/2017 4:00 PM
  • In: Business Professional
Transitioning into your new role at a new company can be challenging. The onboarding process helps to familiarize you with the company and bring you up to speed. It also sets the ...
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  • By: Joe Weinlick
  • On: 7/13/2017 8:00 AM
  • In: Business Professional
If you're not taking care of your top talent the right way, there's a chance those employees are watching the grass on the other side and noticing how it's starting to look ...
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If you're wondering where all the great candidates have gone, try looking at your hiring process from a job seeker's perspective. The candidate experience begins the moment job ...
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  • By: Joe Weinlick
  • On: 7/11/2017 2:00 PM
  • In: Business Professional
When startups shift to a sustainable corporate model, focusing too heavily on cultural fit may lead to poor recruitment choices. Growing companies need leaders with the maturity ...
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  • By: Joe Weinlick
  • On: 7/10/2017 5:00 PM
  • In: Business Professional
Whether you're a hiring manager deciding on which candidate to hire, a stock clerk trying to determine which supplies to order or a veteran employee considering which retirement ...
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Employers that complain it's too hard to attract qualified candidates are only telling part of the story. Job seekers, job functions and skill demands have changed, while most ...
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Starting a new job can be a stressful and overwhelming process for employees, but you can ease the transition with a welcome package. This document contains everything new hires ...
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  • By: Joe Weinlick
  • On: 7/3/2017 5:00 PM
  • In: Business Professional
Statistics prove that women are a vital part of the American workforce. As much as 26 percent of corporate growth from the 1970s to 2017 is due to women entering the labor market. ...
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  • By: Joe Weinlick
  • On: 6/30/2017 4:00 PM
  • In: Business Professional
Thanks to computer technology, software and apps, more and more companies rely on big data to drive their business models. Leaders develop strategies using information compiled ...
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  • By: Joe Weinlick
  • On: 6/30/2017 11:00 AM
  • In: Business Professional
How you conduct an interview is a vital part of the recruiting process. As a hiring manager or recruiter, you use the interview as a way to get a feel for the candidate so you can ...
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  • By: Joe Weinlick
  • On: 6/28/2017 10:00 AM
  • In: Business Professional
Performance reviews are a source of anxiety for most employees, and hearing a flood of negative feedback from company leaders can make workers too demoralized to improve. As an ...
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As a leader, your primary goal is to manage employees and operations. However, company growth should also be a top priority to maximize your influence and share your talents. ...
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  • By: Joe Weinlick
  • On: 6/26/2017 5:00 PM
  • In: Business Professional
Workplace change, whether it comes in the form of a new billing system or leadership changeover, can disrupt the flow of an office. By finding ways to help your employees adjust ...
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How often do you attend a meeting that you feel is a total waste of your time? No clear agenda is set, nobody seems to be in charge, and nothing gets accomplished. Your time is ...
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  • By: Joe Weinlick
  • On: 6/22/2017 10:00 AM
  • In: Business Professional
Experts say unconscious hiring biases cause people to make hiring decisions in favor of certain groups. This has a detrimental effect that creates less diversity in the workplace, ...
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  • By: Joe Weinlick
  • On: 6/21/2017 10:00 AM
  • In: Business Professional
Companies only last as long as leaders come to the forefront to take them in a direction of growth. That's why current leaders must train and teach future leaders to rise up and ...
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The growing gig economy is giving businesses access to a global pool of highly skilled freelance workers. Benefits aside, virtual teams create a challenge for remote project ...
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  • By: Joe Weinlick
  • On: 6/19/2017 5:00 PM
  • In: Business Professional
Imagine the disastrous results if you skipped to the end of a complex recipe. Even when the finished product looks attractive, the consequences of poor preparation become clear ...
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A team of all-star employees can be a force to be reckoned with — but only if each person has what they need to work individually and as a team. By adjusting your management ...
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When a business model is working, it's common for leaders to assume all is well and stop trying to improve, but operational flaws that seem small now may lead to costly ...
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When you have problems to solve at work, one way to find the right answers more quickly is to develop empathy and emotional intelligence. Genuine, authentic communication with ...
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Employee onboarding sets the tone for a new hire's experience at your company. A smooth, friendly process eases the transition for everyone, so the new employee can integrate into ...
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It's never easy to replace a manager, particularly as an outside hire — when you inherit a bad team, you face even more challenges. Fortunately, a struggling staff is only a ...
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Each and every new employee is an investment in your company. Like any investment, there's going to be risk involved. Fortunately, there are preliminary risk mitigation techniques ...
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Strong leadership is essential for developing teams that are innovative, invested in their work and performing at top levels. The best leaders put their team members first, ...
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It's time for another round of interviews to find the perfect candidate for a vacant position. You reach for your recruitment folder and pull out that old list of trusty interview ...
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Political talk is still rampant in the office, even though President Donald Trump's administration took the reins in January 2017. In a survey published in May 2017, the American ...
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An executive resume needs to look crisp, polished and updated just like any other job seeker's resume. The major difference is a resume for this level of job should be two or more ...
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Rude co-workers are inevitable, but when you're trapped in close proximity with them, the behavior can feel amplified. Whether a colleague is texting during a presentation or ...
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As unemployment rates drop, it becomes more difficult to find quality workers to fill open positions. Companies need to work harder to attract qualified candidates. If your job ...
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Human resources expert and CEO Liz Ryan says that when her parents worked full-time jobs, it was common for people to stay at one job for 10 to 20 years or even longer. In 2017, ...
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The landscape of the workplace environment has changed rapidly as the popularity of emotional intelligence and technology has gained momentum. Focusing on employee potential has ...
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Congratulations, you just earned a place among the c-suite elites of a new employer. Don't become the statistic that says nearly half of all new CEOs leave their position within ...
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Hiring competent employees is only the first step on the path toward creating a stable, quality workforce. Maintaining a high level of productivity also requires that you retain ...
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Retention of quality employees should be a top priority at any organization. If your company is facing a staffing shortage and employees seem to be leaving in droves, it's time to ...
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Employee morale quickly fizzles out when you repeatedly fail to reach team goals. As a leader, it's easy to blame employees for underperforming or not listening, but recurring ...
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Moving up to a leadership role is an invitation for others to test your authority, and your response shapes the entire team dynamic. If you want to inspire your team to grow and ...
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Thanks to technology and a highly competitive labor market, a flexible workplace is a benefit that more and more companies use to improve retention and recruitment of top talent. ...
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Transitioning to management brings feelings of excitement, but also anxiety, as you move into a new position with more responsibility. Make the change easier by being proactive ...
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If your company is experiencing a recruitment slump, a poor reputation could be driving talented candidates away. In a 2017 Lee Hecht Harrison survey, 75 percent of millennial ...
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Even though more and more corporations rely on big-data analytics to achieve higher profits and lower costs, your company still needs elements of business leadership to take it to ...
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Knowledge is power, and the more information you process, the more advantage you have in the ever-changing global economy. One psychologist advocates that you talk out loud to ...
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Many employers might ask candidates for their salary history ahead of making an offer and before salary negotiations. While this is a standard practice across several industries, ...
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Providing feedback is an important part of a manager's job. Both critical and positive feedback helps workers understand their jobs better and motivates them to improve. ...
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If you struggle to say "no," you aren't alone. From childhood, this simple word is an obstacle to getting what you want, so rejecting others might make you feel harsh or ...
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Workplace conflict is unavoidable, whether you're a manager or an entry-level employee. While each situation requires a customized approached based on the issue and personalities ...
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All great business leaders possess some form of emotional intelligence, or EQ. The idea is that emotionally intelligent leaders know how to relate to people and can empathize with ...
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Even those with a high level of job security need to keep their resumes fresh, and this involves more than adding each new accomplishment and award to your list as you receive ...
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Performance reviews used to be an annual occurrence. An employee sat down and talked with his supervisor for 30 minutes to an hour while laying everything out on the table. ...
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Companies that go green reap all sorts of benefits; they save money on energy bills, receive tax credits and promote positive public relations. They also have a healthier ...
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Not every person wants to be part of a team or knows how to be a team player. If you find that one of your employees has a tendency to shirk his team player duties or just doesn't ...
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If your recruitment team isn't attracting the right candidates, your job postings could be sending the wrong message. High-quality candidates shop around for compatible employers, ...
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If you're feeling like a slave to your email inbox lately, it's time to take back control. Your email should be contributing to your overall productivity, not hindering it. Make ...
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Your stress level significantly impacts your performance. In fact, the Limeade Institute reports that there is a direct correlation between job success and your level of ...
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Staying productive is a top concern in every industry, but not every method can boost productivity for every employee. Productivity tips give you the best results when they're ...
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When you carry out performance reviews within your organization, it is possible you are treating men and women differently, even if you do not intend to discriminate by gender. ...
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As a business professional, you may not see the challenges of managing employees on a regular basis. Your supervisors make decisions daily that impact you, yet you may not be ...
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Employee engagement is one of the most critical elements of preserving your staff. However, when a business manager is overcome by fear or intimidation, his actions could ...
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If you love your career, you likely feel energized and inspired by your work and excited to get out of bed each morning. Earning high pay for a profession you love is a great ...
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To many business leaders, the words "workplace diversity" and "inclusion" sound like personal attacks on their familiar way of doing things. Companies have ...
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Are your workers set for a robotic revolution? This doesn't necessarily mean that machines are going to overthrow humans. However, it does mean you and your team should get ready ...
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Extroverts are often overrepresented in the ranks of workplace leadership. If you don't fall into this naturally gregarious and outgoing personality type, it doesn't mean you ...
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Performance reviews don't have to be dreadful. It gives the manager and teammate a chance to take stock of the employee's value to the company and determine what the employee ...
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A business meeting is more than just an opportunity for productivity — it's also a chance to create meaning and build a high-functioning professional team. With careful ...
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Your staff is the lifeblood of your company. Successfully hiring employees helps your organization to thrive, but just one poor decision can lead to serious financial loss. All ...
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The opportunity to work from home provides many benefits for managers and the teams they lead, but the arrangement doesn't come without its own set of challenges. Remote team ...
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The best leaders are the ones who use their own personal strengths to develop strong teams that work well together to meet goals. Leading well doesn't mean following a formula. ...
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As a hiring manager, you probably conduct interviews several times a year. Do you find it hard to weed out candidates once they get to this stage? At this point, they're motivated ...
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For many professionals, there comes a time when work no longer feels interesting or exciting. You might lightly dread Monday mornings or find yourself bored with tasks that were ...
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Are you the type of manager who struggles with too much data, too many opinions and too many directions in which to go? An indecisive boss can drag down a team, a department and ...
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Despite laws that protect employees, workplace harassment is still a reality for millions of people. You may be the victim of this behavior and don't even realize it. Discover if ...
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For most businesses, customer service involves responding to problems as they arise. In customer-focused cultures, the entire organization is about understanding what customers ...
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Age discrimination is an unfortunate reality of the work sphere that can hinder your job search, and it isn't limited to unskilled older workers just entering the workforce. Even ...
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Does your company shudder at the thought of hiring overqualified candidates? This may be the wrong way of thinking if you're a hiring manager, as overqualified job seekers just ...
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Although it may not be possible to achieve the perfect workplace team, your firm can put forth effort to match colleagues in a manner that promotes open dialogue and innovative ...
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In many places around the United States, bad weather can disrupt business operations. Whether you’re concerned about hurricanes, tornadoes or blizzards, a comprehensive ...
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Female entrepreneurs are proving that a woman's job is whatever she wants it to be. Women own 11.3 million U.S. businesses, which generate more than $1.6 trillion in annual ...
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The core of professional humility is the understanding that one person, no matter how inspirational and powerful, is merely one part of the whole. Great leaders understand their ...
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As a business professional and a leader in your company, you find ways to make your life as efficient as possible to zoom through your day so everything gets done. However, you ...
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These days, more employers accept job hopping as the new norm. However, dismissing high employee turnover as a millennial trait may prevent employers from understanding the ...
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When work is solely about the pay, employees only see their jobs as a transaction. If you want a workforce filled with passion, motivation and desire to grow, you have to build ...
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If you're a manager or a boss, chances are your employees never criticize you or express concern about any poor communication skills they observe. What would they say, though, if ...
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As a business professional, you research new ways to motivate your employees all the time. When your tried-and-true tricks don't work, it's time to research a new workplace ...
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Don't be a hiring manager that fits the phrase, "People don't leave companies; they leave bosses." Instead, manage your team like a superhero. This doesn't mean running ...
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Working from home may seem ideal, but many professionals struggle with maintaining a daily schedule and remaining productive. Although your residence might be quiet, additional ...
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The fear of public speaking is the number one fear in the United States, something with which many businesspeople agree strongly every time they have to make a presentation. Some ...
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Whether you're hoping to climb the ladder of success at your current place of employment or looking for advancement opportunities with another firm, your personality plays a major ...
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Everyone wants to be able to work without feeling overwhelmed or unhappy much of the time, so it's not surprising young people value a healthy workplace. Forward-thinking ...
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Company culture is more than just the clothes employees wear, the office setup, shared intellectual values and a dedication to the company mission. Company culture also ...
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More and more companies continue to get rid of or augment the traditional annual review model. Reasons for this include maintaining lower turnover rates and increasing employee ...
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Working with your significant other can be a challenging prospect — troubles at home can bleed over into work, and vice versa. However, with awareness and boundaries, you ...
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Companies that treat workplace diversity like a numbers game miss out on the competitive benefits of a varied talent pool. Meaningful change only happens when workplace diversity ...
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Team players are essential to the success of any business, and most businesses require more followers than leaders. Yet, many people neglect developing their followership skills. ...
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Each employee is a complex individual with different preferences and motivations. As such, a one-size-fits-all managerial style is unlikely to work for everyone in the office. By ...
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Workplace conflict is an inevitable part of bringing diverse groups together, and choosing to manage disagreements rather than suppress them can improve results throughout your ...
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Leaving a position at some point in your career is inevitable, unless you were really lucky and stayed with one firm or owned your own business your entire life. Interestingly ...
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Employee engagement programs are all the rage in management circles, and for good reason. When these efforts fail, companies must deal with the resulting business costs. ...
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The Internet of Things continues to expand thanks to technological improvements that connect office devices to each other wirelessly. For example, your printer might talk to your ...
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The quicker new hires feel comfortable, the faster they become a productive part of your organization. This process starts well before hiring decisions are made. The right person ...
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Your to-do list represents the lifeblood of your daily tasks. You find 10 million ways to organize your schedule to make your life easier, but is this time management method the ...
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Temporary employees offer a valuable service to a company. They ease the burden full-time staff during busy periods, reducing the chance of burnout or high turnover. To maximize ...
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Confidence has a powerful effect in the workplace; it gives you the ability to take risks and advance faster, and it enables superiors to hand you extra responsibilities with ...
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While it's comforting to know everyone makes mistakes, it's less comforting when you're the one actually at fault. Stress can really start to set in when it's a mistake at work, ...
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If you're a first-time manager, you may feel just a bit of trepidation about the challenges that lie ahead. As you start your climb up the corporate ladder, these seven management ...
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As a business professional, people turn to you for thought leadership based on your valued opinions and expertise within your field. Don't let this side of your personality go to ...
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Thousands of employers, from large companies to small businesses, use a recruiter to bring in temp work, part-time staff or full timers. Some employers simply want an agency to ...
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Employee engagement is a top priority for companies seeking to bring awareness to the office environment. However, discussions about workplace diversity are often difficult to ...
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Telling a joke is always a risk, especially when you're facing an unfamiliar audience in a business setting, such as an interview. However, taking a stab at humor might be the ...
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A layoff can be a shocking blow, leaving you in a tailspin of emotions and worry. The way you handle being laid off can affect your career in the long term, so it's important to ...
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When hiring employees, managers and recruiters are often overwhelmed with submissions. However, if you give in to what is often a rushed environment, quality candidates can slip ...
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Professional burnout is an increasing issue in intense, fast-paced companies. The constant demand to perform well and stay connected takes its toll on workers, causing prolonged ...
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Business professionals evaluate decisions using various methods, but one common method professionals use to help them determine the right course of action is to weigh the pros and ...
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Many people come up with great ideas for new businesses, but few of them actually turn those ideas into profitable enterprises. Even the hardest workers with the best support ...
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As a business professional, you have a knack for leadership skills that other people notice. You take advantage of your soft skills to drive a culture of entrepreneurship, even if ...
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Although most managers might think they're good bosses, research shows that their employees could disagree. It takes skill and practice to manage people well, and regular ...
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You may be facing dilemmas in your company due to disengaged employees. These are the workers who seem uninterested in their jobs, lack motivation to accomplish basic tasks and ...
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Staff development is an essential part of every manager's job, and yet many managers overlook it, prioritizing profit and productivity. What's important to remember is that staff ...
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Do you think about business ethics in the workplace? Are ethics a part of your company culture? Do you find it difficult to ask your employees to act ethically even though you're ...
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Healthy workers are great for business — they take fewer sick days, cost less to insure and tend to be happier and more confident than their unhealthy counterparts. For ...
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An office holiday party is a way to celebrate another great year and to show appreciation for your employees' hard work. Not all parties are created equal, however — if your ...
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Somewhere between three and five generations are vying for a spot in today's workplace, so it's no wonder generational conflict rears its head at times. Baby boomers, Generation X ...
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Going into 2017, the top trends for companies will have two main characteristics: they're either relatively new concepts driving business success or trends that started before ...
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Hiring the right people to work for your company takes time and a knack for determining which individuals are likely to succeed. Have you considered including more of your team ...
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Weak managers are a major cause of employee turnover for many businesses. Because employees spend so much of their workday alongside their superiors, it makes sense that a poorly ...
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Many professionals agree that it's time to do away with long, drawn-out business meetings. Shorter sessions are more favorable, as they're easier to fit into everyone's schedule ...
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If you're using an applicant tracking system to choose job candidates, you're likely to end up with more than a few lemons. As a hiring manager and business professional, you have ...
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As a manager, you know what you want in an employee. Whether you're recruiting, hiring, firing or mentoring, it's easy to identify the qualities that help a worker excel in your ...
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Workplace bullying is a real problem in a professional setting. This issue might not get as much attention as wage gaps or work-life balance in the improved economy, but a ...
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Workplaces are often a melting pot of racial, gender, religious, ideological and political diversity, challenging employers to leverage social differences while reducing tension. ...
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Interviewers are accustomed to having the upper hand, making it easy to forget they should be wooing top job candidates. Sought-after job seekers always have other options, and ...
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Great managers are critical to the success of large or small businesses. A manager is not only responsible for making sure each employee pulls his weight, but he's also in charge ...
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Once thousands of people on LinkedIn started using "ninja" or "guru" in a job title, getting creative with these monikers suddenly sounded silly. Does it ...
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Business collaboration is an essential element to any moneymaking model. Your company might partner with a marketing firm to take your social media presence to new heights or ...
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Have you ever been told to slow down and take a few deep breaths before proceeding to speak or perform a task? These breaths can help clear your thoughts, and proponents of ...
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Alienating employees, especially when managing millennials, is a surefire way to lose valuable talent. Employers must understand how to connect with and motivate the millennial ...
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Most people know how to learn a new skill they've never done before, so long as they're motivated and receptive to the idea. Did you ever stop to think about how hard it is to ...
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It's common for business professionals to immerse themselves in busy and chaotic daily operations without thinking twice about their health and wellness. However, if you spend ...
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Workplace diversity gives your company a modern, forward-thinking image, but the benefits go far beyond public perception. Studies show that diverse teams have a dramatic impact ...
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Finding the best job candidates requires more than comparing resumes and listening for the best answers to standard interview questions. The ideal employee comes to your ...
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Successful business professionals can be great mentors, and when they offer advice, it's always best to listen. After all, they got where they are because of the challenges they ...
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"If you were an animal, what would you be?" This question sounds like it belongs in a kindergarten classroom, but it just might come up in your next job interview. While ...
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Few things can zap your energy, break your concentration and disrupt your productivity like an unnecessary business meeting. While it's important for all organizations to hold ...
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Apparently, half the time someone leaves a job it's not because of the company but because of a toxic boss. That's according to a 2015 Gallup poll of more than 7,200 people. ...
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No employee should have to deal with workplace harassment. A bully at the office can cause morale to drop and and productivity to decrease, making the workplace an inefficient and ...
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The job market rebounded enough from the Great Recession to get unemployment steadily below 5 percent by the fall of 2016. The strong job numbers just ahead of Christmas could ...
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It's no secret: Companies that run things more efficiently without reducing quality save more money on the road to profitability. One piece to that puzzle is saving on the costs ...
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Sexual harassment isn’t a topic that’s easily discussed, and because of that, many incidents go unreported. According to NPR, the frequency of sexual harassment ...
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When any employee leaves, the company must endure the expense of recruiting new candidates, hiring an individual and conducting training. When a good employee leaves, the ...
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A job interview doesn't have to feel like an interrogation. In fact, when meeting with a new applicant, your best approach is to build rapport so the interview feels more like a ...
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The millennial generation has grown up with technology as a way of life. These professionals have utilized texting, instant messaging and communication apps as their primary means ...
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For many people, obtaining leadership roles draws out their worst flaws and insecurities, and they command authority through intimidation and control. On the other hand, mentally ...
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Do you enjoy receiving extra little perks at the office for doing something well? Think of the $10 gift card to Starbucks or free movie passes you got this past summer for ...
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While there are many advantages to businesses allowing their employees to work from home, the retention of sensitive company information needs a great deal of consideration. If ...
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Workplace policies are a necessity for a company with employees. These policies outline best practices for work situations that involve matters such as computer use, sexual ...
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Many employers are so focused on recruiting star performers and managing different age groups that they overlook a crucial factor of building a strong team: setting clear ...
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Talking politics at work is generally frowned upon. When you spend eight hours a day with colleagues during a busy election cycle, however, political conversations are difficult ...
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When you think of leadership skills in a professional setting, you probably picture an energetic manager, supervisor or executive capable of successfully leading a dedicated team ...
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If you're having trouble finding qualified applicants for your organization, enhance the quality of your job postings. Whether you're a small business looking to make its first ...
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More than two decades since professor Anita Hill provided groundbreaking testimony alleging misconduct against her former boss and Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas, sexual ...
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Finding a qualified candidate is often a challenge when you're not asking the right interview questions. How an applicant responds to questions during a job interview can indicate ...
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Management roles grant organizational power, but they don't automatically teach professionals how to be humble, confident leaders. Many bad managers are insecure about their ...
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Hiring a new employee is a risky — not to mention expensive — process. When a new hire doesn't work out, your company must absorb the costs and start over. Although ...
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What happens if your business chugs along, doing the same old thing, without a strategy? It's like a small row boat in a vast ocean that just tosses about on the waves, going ...
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In the workplace, lost productivity tends to have a domino effect. When you lose steam on one task, it can negatively impact a host of other jobs. The right proactive steps can ...
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Do you work for a younger boss? Do you find yourself struggling to buy into your supervisor's way of doing things? You're not alone, according to a study published in September ...
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What makes a great leader? Do you think it's how a leader accomplishes a goal, no matter how big or small? What about inspiring others to rise to the occasion? The qualities of ...
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Companies often classify their employees as introverts or extroverts. While an extrovert is perceived to be the aggressive, loud employee who is likely to excel at sales, the ...
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The traditional annual review process may face extinction. Organizations are seeking new methods of employee evaluation that emphasize cooperation over competition and help ...
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While the idea of your team members at work all being in agreement on a particular course of action might not sound alarming in and of itself, if that consensus is the result of a ...
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The cohesiveness of your company's office environment directly affects your productivity and profitability. Whereas many corporations and companies strive to create formal ...
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A business superstar shakes up the industry in which he works. He knows how to accomplish lofty goals, and he gets his entire team on board to share his vision of the future. He ...
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The misconception that an interviewer has the upper hand during a job interview with a potential candidate can put employers at a disadvantage. As the hiring manager, you have a ...
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Compensation and fair pay seem to be taboo topics that companies and employees rarely discuss, so much so that employees perceive a gap when it comes to how much they earn versus ...
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Purpose-driven companies succeed where others fail simply because their leadership and business professionals are able to get employees behind a singular idea and then move ...
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A manager's leadership style sets the tone for a business and impacts the productivity of the team. Developing and refining your individual style and methods is a process that ...
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A common misconception is that mentoring involves utilizing a long-term, experienced employee to provide assistance and guidance to newer staff members. However, the process of ...
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Millennial managers are often tasked with supervising older employees, which requires taking a unique approach in order to develop a trusting relationship. By embracing leadership ...
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A slow hiring process can drive away top candidates and place strain on other employees as key roles remain vacant. Although candidates recognize the importance of making a good ...
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The best candidates often seek out the best companies for which to work. Attracting top talent to your company doesn't happen by accident. Therefore, as a business professional, ...
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Building and maintaining positive business relationships is essential for success. Whether you're just beginning your career or are a veteran in your field, it's necessary to ...
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Low employee morale can drain energy from your workforce, leading to poor performance, teamwork and customer service. Employees thrive in a cooperative environment with fulfilling ...
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College graduates are more eager than ever to enter the workforce, and many of them possess the marketable skills employers need to take their companies to the next level. ...
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No matter what position you're filling, the standout job candidates should always have three things in common: knowledge, interest and openness. While you can't gain a definitive ...
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Job seekers easily recognize human resources as a viable department to contact, However, some companies are now shifting away from this common appellation to not only rebrand ...
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If you're spending a great deal of time and energy on the hiring process only to end up with subpar workers or employees who only stick around for a few months, it may be time to ...
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The satisfaction of always being right is usually a fleeting feeling, especially when leaders alienate colleagues by blaming others for personal blunders. While it might seem weak ...
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Workplace trust is something felt most acutely in its absence. A lack of trust between employees and company leadership can lead to discontent, high turnover and a lack of ...
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Employee satisfaction offers multiple benefits to employers. It improves morale, increases motivation, encourages goal achievement and promotes good relationships among employees. ...
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Remote workers who telecommute are becoming a greater portion of the labor force. Statistics show as many as 25 percent of workers telecommute with some frequency, which means ...
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Performance management has transformed the way organizations utilize employee input and create strategic goals. Whereas employee performance reviews solely focused on the employee ...
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Professional networking sounds simple enough: attend events, connect with other people in the field and discover new opportunities. Truly effective networking is rarely that ...
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For a busy professional, order is essential; it increases efficiency and productivity. If you often find yourself wasting time hunting for everything from emails to completed ...
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Employee engagement is a buzzword sweeping through human resources departments and managerial circles as companies try to find ways to keep workers interested in their positions ...
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Achieving more at work puts you in line for the best promotions and boosts your resume, giving your career progression a firm foundation. Unfortunately, it is all too easy to ...
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Finding a job in recent times has proven incredibly competitive largely in part to the economic recovery of the United States. However, American labor still has a long way to go ...
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Writing a job description may seem like an unavoidable chore you must complete before reaching the important part of the hiring process, but winging it through this essential step ...
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As a hiring manager, you face the tall task of finding job seekers who are skilled, qualified and an ideal fit for your firm. However, the hiring process you currently use may get ...
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There is a social network for just about any kind of special interest, from cats to art to video games. For job seekers, there's LinkedIn, the professional network where ...
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As technology and change accelerate, their effect on the workplace can't be overstated. Changes that once took years now take months, and a wise manager stays on top of them if ...
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Effective time management skills are crucial to success in the business world. Without them, it can be difficult to stay on track and get everything completed. Here are some ...
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As a business professional, chances are you may have to participate in a job interview on behalf of your employer sometime during your career. This is especially true when you ...
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Bad managers are a leading cause of employee turnover. It makes sense. Employees spend most of their working hours alongside their managers, often in close proximity. If these ...
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From the earliest moments of young adulthood, you have probably heard that making plans is essential for achieving success and stability. Plans should serve as a guiding force ...
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Business professionals and industry leaders should always be aware of the latest trends, as these shifts in the economy can change how companies earn money in the future. A ...
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Every entrepreneur and HR person has experienced the challenge of replicating a successful hiring process and consistently recruiting all-star performers who fit the company ...
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How do you hire the right tech talent when you're not a highly technical person? That's one dilemma faced by business professionals in a competitive labor market. Traditional ...
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The future of work is changing rapidly thanks to technology, mobile devices and the way companies think about their human assets. This also means there is a ton of information ...
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Contemporary networking techniques include connecting with people on LinkedIn, talking to colleagues you meet at industry events, job fairs and during your regular job duties, and ...
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Preparing for interview questions can be challenging. The list of common questions is long, and the creative questions can be real stumpers. No matter what questions the ...
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It's not always the actual job rejection that really gets to someone. What can be even harder to take is when you pour all of your time and effort into a job application, and ...
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Terminating an employee is unlikely to be the favorite part of anyone's job, but unfortunately, it is also necessary from time to time. Whether you work in human resources or as a ...
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The company culture you promote can drastically impact your employees' productivity and, ultimately, your company's profitability. Team-building exercises help your staff get to ...
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How do you determine what matters most in life? Do you lean towards professional goals or personal goals? Do you have a good mix of both? Career advice you give to yourself is ...
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Unemployment is low, the economy is picking up steam and there are plenty of great jobs out there. Knowing what employers want from top talent helps keep your job search relevant ...
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Social media has definitely blurred the line between personal and private lives, and sometimes the loss of this distinction can spell career disaster for the unwary employee or ...
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Bestselling author Mark Victor Hansen says the main reason many people fail to get what they want is because they're too afraid to ask. The problem stems from the attitude going ...
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More and more modern workplaces are starting to adopt open office floor plans in the hopes of boosting employee productivity and encouraging collaboration and teamwork. However, ...
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A job interview requires showing your professionalism, eagerness and commitment within a short time. When answering interview questions, the hiring manager or committee is ...
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As a manager, dealing with an employee resignation often proves a hard blow. Although you might initially question the motives of the employee, this situation can also provide an ...
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Does a four-day workweek make more sense than working a traditional 9-to-5 job from Monday through Friday? That's what one CEO in Vancouver believes when he takes every Friday off ...
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A study published by CareerBuilder in June 2016 reveals key statistics about job seekers and employers. The point of the 2016 Candidate Behavior study is to show how people ...
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An entry-level job is a rite of passage for most professionals; as conventional wisdom states, you have to start somewhere. With effort and motivation, however, you can escape the ...
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When employers complain about the growing skills gap in the workforce, what they really mean is candidates aren't demonstrating what they can accomplish now or their capacity for ...
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You've just interviewed a job candidate that has a treasure trove of work experience, a friendly approach and a confident attitude. Before drawing up an offer, look out for these ...
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The old adage that your actions speak louder than words is significant to your negotiation practices. Your body language is scrutinized from the start of a conversation with a ...
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Whether a new employee is too lazy to meet deadlines, too incompetent to fulfill his job duties or too combative to work well with other team members, this bad hire could cost ...
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As a business professional in any sort of leadership role, you often get the chance to supervise a number of people throughout your career. That may also means sitting in on ...
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Most employees at the office have smartphones of some kind. These devices make contemporary lives easier by delivering software tools directly to miniature computers within the ...
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Making network connections is a way of life for most business professionals. Your network helps close sales, puts you in touch with important people and creates job opportunities. ...
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The Obama administration introduced expanded overtime rules for salaried employees in May 2016. The Department of Labor stipulated that workers who earn $47,476 or less must get ...
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Employees who are happy at work usually produce more, get sick less and stay with their jobs longer. All of these facets can lead to increases in revenue for companies that foster ...
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Millennials continue to take over the workplace as this youngest generation of employees starts to fill voids left by retiring baby boomers. As a business professional, your ...
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The millennial generation comprises a larger portion of the workforce as America's labor pool transitions away from retiring baby boomers and shifts toward younger workers. Job ...
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Breaking into a new career can feel intimidating, whether you're a recent graduate or a late-career professional. While the lack of relevant experience or education might put you ...
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Each individual company has a corporate culture. It's one of those things that everyone knows the firm has, yet employees probably have trouble defining. A company's culture may ...
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When visualizing everything you have to accomplish, you may set expectations for your team without considering how those goals translate to work hours. Unlike robots, employees ...
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Setting goals is a great way to motivate yourself to achieve success, but only if you do it the right way. Your goals should be specific, measurable, action-oriented, realistic ...
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Workplace diversity has been a hot topic among American companies for several years due to huge demographic shifts in the U.S. population. Businesses recognize they need to cater ...
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As you climb up the career ladder, you expect to accomplish your goals along the way. These goals can be financial or professional, charted on a monthly basis, and ambitious or ...
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"Gig economy" is a buzz phrase that's been flying around to describe a new way companies leverage a workforce. Instead of hiring people and onboarding new employees, ...
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For overworked business managers, the concept of employee engagement can seem like a waste of time and money, but it has significant effects on a business. In fact, research shows ...
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Over the course of your professional life, you probably had a job or two that you kept simply because you needed to pay the bills. Over the long term, those positions may not have ...
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The Society for Human Resource Management released the results of its annual employee job satisfaction survey, and it appears that workers are the happiest they've been since ...
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Sending cold emails to prospective clients, much like cold calling, is an art form that sales teams learn very quickly. A sales pitch that works gets customers to respond, while ...
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In an age where digital messaging reigns supreme, highly developed listening skills can set you apart from the competition. Effective listening helps you maximize personal ...
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You work more than 92,000 hours over your life from your teenage years to retirement age. Since you spend so much time at the office, you may as well be happier at work by ...
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When employees bail, your business faces a costly recruitment cycle, and the remaining workers are forced to fill a productivity void. Whether you're losing a stellar performer or ...
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The future of work continues to change thanks to people in their 20s, who are more adept at using digital technology. The millennial generation connects to the office through ...
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For a business supervisor, firing an employee is an inevitable experience. A termination is never a happy situation, and the way you handle it can have long-reaching implications ...
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Exit interviews are important for gathering feedback about an employee's tenure at a company. Workers may consider them a waste of time, but HR personnel and managers use exit ...
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Finding qualified employees can be an expensive, time-consuming process. While traditional methods — including job fairs and online postings — have their merits, they ...
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All-hands business meetings — colloquially called town halls — have become the norm when companies want to talk about pressing issues with employees. Smaller companies ...
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Employees who consistently perform under pressure can lose motivation, experience burnout and even develop health problems. A stress-filled, high-pressure work environment can ...
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Dealing with a workaholic boss can be stressful, especially if he expects you to mimic his work style by sacrificing lunchtimes, working insane hours and giving up weekends. ...
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The job market is never static, but your hiring process might be. Whether employed or not, workers are always open to better opportunities, making it crucial for your company to ...
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Sometimes, employees don't want to come to work simply because they don't enjoy the job. A lack of enjoyment can come from many things, but when a supervisor displays one or more ...
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Whether you want to move up within your current organization or desire a position at a new company, interviewing for your first management job can be a daunting experience. Take a ...
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As layoffs decrease and companies strengthen, employees are becoming bolder than ever when it comes to asking for a pay raise. However, how and when you ask can mean the ...
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The U.S. Small Business Administration determines the sizes of small businesses in terms of giving assistance to small business owners. Different industry standards set the sizes ...
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Building a successful business creates new opportunities to expand and solidify your place in the market, but fear of overreaching may stop you from experimenting with growth ...
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Running a small business requires patience and adaptability as you determine which strategies are most effective for driving growth and profit. A poorly structured business can ...
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Middle managers in large corporations experience many challenges when sandwiched between upper management and subordinates, especially when they are new to the company and ...
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Your career does not fit into any particular mold, and neither do employers. Small, medium and large companies offer specific benefits and drawbacks, and how you fit into each ...
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Key performance indicators, or KPIs, show how your business is doing at any given moment. The frequency you measure this data depends on the kind of information you need. KPIs ...
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Key performance indicators form the most important statistical background of your business. The right mix of data gives you a snapshot of how well your company is doing at any ...
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Measuring success is a crucial component for improving the productivity and profitability of your business. However, success is not defined by revenue alone. Key performance ...
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Key performance indicators are a vital part of business operations that give you a snapshot of how your business is doing at any particular time. Some KPIs, run monthly, show how ...
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Key performance indicators, often abbreviated to KPIs, refer to statistics that measure how well a business is doing as it achieves goals set forth by management and company ...
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Disagreements and conflicts happen at work regularly. Some experts argue that conflict at the office helps foster competition among employees. However, disagreements can turn ...
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Conflicts and disagreements among co-workers happen at the office on a regular basis. It's just human nature that when someone is stressed, angry, afraid or vulnerable, arguments ...
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Although conflicts in the workplace are rather common, many are completely avoidable. By taking a few preparatory steps, employers can help prevent workplace disagreements before ...
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Office conflicts do not have to ruin productivity, cause someone to quit or get out of hand. Managers and supervisors should develop strategies to deal with any types of ...
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Most people probably run into some kind of conflict or disagreement at the workplace at one time or another. Disagreements can occur due to differences in personality, opinion, ...
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Your annual performance review should be just like a job interview. It's a two-way conversation, not a 30-minute session where you listen to your supervisor talk the entire time. ...
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A negative performance evaluation can trigger your panic button, especially if you did not see it coming. What if the next step is losing your job? The worst thing you can do is ...
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Performance reviews can cause stress for both workers and supervisors. These conversations are anything but normal, as they can make or break your future with a company. Employees ...
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In the early 1800s, Robert Owen initiated the process of conducting performance appraisals at his cotton mills. Hundreds of years later, many employers still rely on annual ...
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Not surprisingly, performance reviews and evaluations are some of the least favorite activities among employers. Managers and subordinates both do not enjoy these tasks because it ...

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