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  • Inspiring the Team: Part 1 – The Do’s  

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    How can you be the motivational force that urges the team toward greatness? That boosts their efforts, nudges, and prods, but mostly encourages them to be all they can be? As the manager/department head/supervisor, you need to fill that role if you want your team to reach its maximum potential. And why wouldn’t you? There’s no way…

  • Employee Handbook Series – Part III – The PROCESS   

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      As a management tool for employers and a roadmap for employees, the employee handbook shouldn’t be considered a “one and done” situation. Because it addresses all issues pertinent to the day-to-day operation of the company and ultimately, it’s success, it will require consistent review to remain the cutting-edge resource it needs to be. “The handbook is a living organism that needs to…

  • Creating a Positive Workplace Culture

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    Workplace culture matters. It’s not all about the money anymore. That’s not to say competitive pay should be ignored when putting together a benefits package. Salary matters, too, it’s just not the only factor, nor is it the top consideration these days. Company culture—the sum of the company’s values, traditions, and beliefs coupled with the…

  • Employee Handbook Series  Part 2 – The HOW

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     It’s really a no-brainer. An effective employee handbook benefits both sides of the employment equation. In fact, it may well be the most important document your company creates. And the number one reason for that is this:  every area of any importance has to be hammered out before it can make the pages of the handbook. Policies have to be set; procedures worked through, decisions made. A meeting of…

  • Employee Handbook Series – Part I – The WHAT  

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    If you think that by now something has certainly replaced the trusty employee handbook, think again. Even in today’s high-tech world, the need for this comprehensive document has not diminished. If anything, the techie-ness of our society has created a greater need for this compilation of information. By definition, the employee handbook is an assembling of the policies, procedures, working conditions, and behavioral expectations for any particular workplace. Its contents guide both…

  • Managing Multiple Generations – Part II

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    Encouraging Unity While some may argue for letting each generation “do their own thing” the way they want to, undisturbed by the ways and thought processes of their older or younger co-workers, this path of least resistance will also be the path of least accomplishment. A culture that both embraces generational difference and mingles the…

  • Managing Multiple Generations –  Part I

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    One of the most challenging issues facing leadership today is the quandary of how to manage a workforce that could potentially span in age from 18 to 80. With five generations soon to be working side-by-side, the significance of effectively managing a multi-generational workforce takes on new meaning. Grappling with generational differences is quickly rising…

  • Kudos to the Well-Organized Office

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    The benefits of a well-organized office are many: higher levels of productivity, a feeling of competence and control, and fewer distractions to name but a few. Order creates a sense of professionalism and generates an atmosphere where team spirit thrives. Each of these components contributes to the customer’s perception that this company can be trusted.…

  • Beating Workplace Anxiety – Part I

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    Place two fingers on the inside edge of your wrist. That slight throbbing you feel is your pulse. Having a pulse means you’re alive. That’s the good news. But the bad news is that living comes with some level of stress. UC Berkeley stress researcher Daniella Kaufer says, “We’re learning that moderate amounts of stress…

  • Safety in the Workplace

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    Each year an average of 3 million people face a work related injury.  Costly to both the employee and the employer, these injuries remind us of the never ending need for attention to safety in the workplace. These “safety first” strategies can help you maintain a safe working environment. Require breaks One of the best…