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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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3 Ways You’re Squelching Your Star Employees

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

82277828Star employees aren’t hard to spot. They’re easily identified by their positive attitude, outstanding productivity, and frequent success, and most managers wish all their employees had the same characteristics. But, there’s something you need to know about stars – they aren’t indestructible.

As their leader, your choices and leadership have the power to let your superstars’ talent shine bright or their passion diminish. With engaged employees having such a big influence on profitability, you really can’t afford to overshadow their work. So keep these things in mind to make sure you’re not squelching your star employees.
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Stop Turnover With These 3 Questions

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

200304914-001As a kid, did you ever wonder what the name was of that monster hiding in the closet just waiting to jump out and scare you when you least expected it? Well, if you’re a business leader, the monster is still there. Its name is Turnover, and if you don’t put a stop to it, it could jump out and eat your company’s profits.

There are many opinions on when the turnover tsunami is going to hit businesses, but no one is denying the fact that it’s coming either. The thing is, the solution to employee turnover is really fairly simple. Think of it as a basic mathematic equation: Ask Three Questions + Have a Safe Environment + Act On The Answers = Less Turnover. Here’s how it breaks down.
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The Results Are In: Do You See Growth Potential in 2012?

Friday, February 10th, 2012

104774571With so much uncertainty surrounding whether this year will hold success, decline, or stagnation for businesses, we wanted to know what our readers foresaw happening over the next 12 months. So, in our January 2012 poll, we asked you, considering the current economic trends, how you perceived your company’s growth potential for 2012. The results were fairly positive considering that only 9% said their company would see a decrease in gains.
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5 Things to Do This Month: February 2012

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

PRD11RL_5THINGS_FIt’s hard to believe, but the first month of 2012 is over and it’s already February. To keep your and team going strong this year, focus on increasing morale, productivity, and retention by doing these five things this month.

Don’t Let Work Break Your Heart
A recent study found women under heavy stress at work increase their risk of a heart attack by 90%, while another study found men who easily lose their temper at work are five times more likely to have a heart attack. In recognition of American Heart Month, take a few moments to consider your stress level and make it your goal to spend 10 minutes de-stressing each day in February. Also, keep an eye on your team’s stress levels and encourage them to find ways to relax too.
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