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Getting the Most Out of Your Professional Organization

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

The life of a leader is usually packed full of meetings, deadlines, and responsibilities – and those are just in your professional life. It’s easy to stay chained to your desk or be hyper-focused on internal matters. But, it’s important to your company, and yourself, that you get out of the office every once in a while and mingle with other professionals. And your local professional organization is a great place to do just that.

No matter your industry or area of expertise, it’s likely that there’s a professional organization dedicated to its support and growth. According to the American Society of Association Executives, which supports trade and professional associations across the country, there were a minimum of 90,908 trade and professional associations in 2009. It’s estimated that today there are over 100,000. Whether you’re involved in one or 10, you need to make sure you’re getting the most out of your involvement. Read More→

Beyond Disengaged: The Employees You Should Be Worried About

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

Since the Great Recession, employee engagement has become a hot topic in the business world. Over the last five years, research has shown that everyone is struggling with their engagement levels, and even top executives aren’t immune. A Fortune 500 executive told a Forbes reporter, “I am burned out and tired of the nonsense… I am not inspired to put in the extra hours – as I don’t have any real incentive. I just do my job well, play the political game, smile, and get my check.”

That type of disengagement isn’t good for anyone, whether an executive, administrative assistant, employer, or employee, but it shouldn’t be your biggest worry. There is another level of engagement – known as actively disengaged – that goes beyond the usual lack of passion found in unmotivated workers. This mindset is toxic and, if left unchecked, could spread and destroy your entire business. Read More→

As a business leader, you already know that employee retention and turnover are hot topics. Every week, it seems like there’s a new survey out highlighting how many employees are planning on leaving their jobs this year. And leaders across the country are growing more and more concerned. Deloitte’s Talent Edge 2020 survey revealed that 71% of business leaders are highly concerned about retaining critical talent in 2012.

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5 Tips To Keep Your Resignation Classy

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

Handing in your resignation is rarely an easy task. But, whether it’s just time to move on or you’re fed up with your employer – it’s never helpful to depart on bad terms. So in the interest of keeping it classy, try following these five tips to ensure you resign with grace!

Give At Least Two Weeks’ Notice
Nothing makes a worse impression than leaving your former employer in a lurch, so offering to work at least the usual two weeks is critical. If you’re in a high-level position, you may even need to stay longer. However, if your new employer needs you immediately, make sure to explain the situation to your former employer to minimize the damage.
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5 Things to Do This Month: April 2012

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

Staying attuned to what your employees are feeling, planning ahead, and honoring some of your most hard-working team members are all on the list of things you should do in April. The little time and effort you’ll need to put in at the beginning, will be well worth it in the end!

Stop the Stress
Since April is Stress Awareness Month, take a few minutes to get a feel for how stressed your team is. Sure, there will always be some tension and pressure in the workplace, but too much could be demoralizing your employees and negatively affecting their productivity. According to the American Psychological Association, over a third of workers experience regular stress in the workplace, and it’s impacting everything from employee engagement to turnover. If you find that stress levels are high, ask your team what’s causing this and see if you can fix it. Even if you can’t change the problem, you can at least offer your support, increase your encouragement, and maybe even bring them donuts to lift the mood.
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4 Signs Your Employee is Management Material

Monday, March 26th, 2012

The best managers often start lower within the ranks of a company and work their way up. There are numerous benefits to promoting and filling management positions from within your business, you just have to recognize the talent you already employ. To make that search easier, here are four key traits to look for. And, if you can find someone that exemplifies all four, then you have probably uncovered management material from right under your nose!

People Savvy
The ability to read people, react appropriately, and communicate well with others are must-have skills for leadership. Most weaknesses are easily manageable if a manager is savvy on how to handle their team. So, look for employees who hold a good rapport with their co-workers, communicate clearly in meetings, and have a talent for diffusing difficult situations.
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As a leader, it can feel like everything you think and talk about is negative. From retention worries to issues with poor leadership, there are so many problems swirling around that it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and powerless to do anything about them. But, before a leader can fix anything, they must first identify the primary threat they are facing. That’s why, in our February poll question, we asked business leaders to pinpoint the top threat facing their business today.

The survey results showed that not all businesses have the same primary problem. The threat of poor leadership was the most common with 35% of leaders choosing it as their top issue. Another quarter of respondents said employee engagement was their main threat, followed by retention of top talent at 18%. Increased government regulations came in fourth with 14%, and ineffective hiring was the least common with 8%.
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5 Things to Do This Month: March 2012

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

With spring just around the corner, now is a great time to take steps to refresh and renew your team as the year gets into full swing. Check out these five things to do in March that will help your employees be happier and more productive!

Celebrate Employee Appreciation Day
The first Friday in March is dedicated to recognizing and honoring employees everywhere. This is a great opportunity for your business to spotlight your workers and identify all the ways they positively impact your company. Plan fun surprises for them throughout the day, like meeting them at the door in the morning with coffee and donuts, giving away prizes at different points in the day, or providing free car washes from management.
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Professionalism: A Thing of the Past?

Monday, February 27th, 2012

115027919What is professionalism? Do today’s employees display it? And what’s impacted when it’s missing? These are the questions the Center for Professional Excellence’s annual study on professionalism in the workplace strives to answer. But, based on the responses from managers and HR professionals, there is an even bigger question facing business leaders across the country – Is professionalism becoming a thing of the past?

A third of HR professionals and 21.2% of managers reported that professionalism had decreased this past year. Only 10.3% of HR professionals said that at least 90% of their company’s employees acted professionally, while 92.9% of managers admitted that it does impact promotion opportunities for employees.
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Quick Tips: How to Define Your Company’s Culture

Friday, February 24th, 2012

200330784-001Company culture is a hot topic. It affects how companies market their products, advertise their services, recruit new hires, retain current employees, and even design their websites. But before you can start sharing your culture, you’ve got to know what it is. Check out these five tips on what you should do when defining your company culture.

Look at Your Employees
Your employees are your company. They give your business life. If you take a close look at your team, you’ll likely be able to spot a glimpse of your company culture pretty quickly. Are they from the same generational group? Do they have similar backgrounds, education, passions, skills, character qualities, or styles? The elements you see standing out in your overall employee population are a strong foundation for defining your culture.
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