Author Archive | Brie Hobbs

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Fewer Employees Plan to Take Vacation and What That Could Mean For You

Yesterday began the first official day of summer and, once again, it’s time to fire up the grill, bask in the warmth of the sun, and plan the annual family vacation. You’re ready, but what about your employees? In a nationwide survey recently released by CareerBuilder, 81% of managers have or plan to take a […]

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Is it Time for a Time Out?

Last night, while driving home from work, I heard a story from an American Public Radio Station on the disappearance of silence. The guest speaker, acoustic ecologist Gordon Hempton, has traveled the globe for the past 30 years listening for the earth’s rarest nature sounds and he believes that silence is becoming an endangered species. […]

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Do You Really Know What Your Employees Are Up To?

Your schedule is already full with various projects, tasks, and mounting workloads, so keeping up with your employees’ progress isn’t always easy. But it’s important to manage your employees time for the most productive and efficient workday. Plus, it will help keep workloads balanced and workers feeling engaged and successful instead of overwhelmed, overworked, and […]

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3 Tips for Managing Seasonal Workers

With the holidays just around the corner, seasonal hiring is already in full swing. Overall, retailers are expected to hire nearly 500,000 seasonal workers this year according to the National Retail Federations. In fact, USA Today recently reported retailers added 17,800 jobs in October. Though most companies like Macy’s and Kohl’s gear up staff by […]

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3 Great Ways to Shake Up the Workplace

Let’s face it, after feeling the impact of the recession, from salary freezes to paycuts and layoffs, change in the workplace had a bad rap. We all wanted stability and security. But now, businesses are worrying about turnover and employee engagement as more and more employees feel frustrated with the status quo. John F. Kennedy […]

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A Top Driver of Job Satisfaction

At the beginning of this year, Blessing White, a global consulting firm, released its 2011 Employee Engagement Report which found that only a third of U.S. employees are engaged at work. When asked “which one thing would improve job satisfaction,” 27% of respondents said the opportunity to apply their talents was a top driver of […]

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Are You Forgetting This One Thing?

As a company leader, you’ve probably heard, read, and thought a lot about reengaging your employees lately. But, as you juggle a hectic workday and the challenges that come with managing your staff, you may not have had time to stop and think about your own engagement at work. In the wake of the recession, […]

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Minimizing the Risks of Reference Checks

As more job seekers continue to look for employment in today’s job market, businesses will continue to field reference check calls from other employers. A 2010 survey from the Society for Human Resource Management found that 76% of companies conduct reference background checks for all job candidates and another 22% conduct background checks for selected […]

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Not So Great Expectations: Are You Setting Your Employees Up to Fail?

As employers, we invest a lot in our staff, and in return, expect a lot from them. From following company policies, procedures, and culture to effectively completing assignments and job duties, in order to be successful, it’s important for every member of your team to understand exactly what’s required. If your employees don’t understand your […]

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Make this Serious Workplace Issue Real to Your Employees

Alright, so it’s not the most exciting topic. For most of us, it’s probably far from exciting. But, whether you work on a construction site or in a traditional nine to five office, safety at work impacts us all in one way or another. For company owners, safety can affect everything from workers’ compensation costs […]

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