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What Is Your Ideal Office Layout?

Not all offices are created equal. Some organizations gather in an open-concept bullpen, while others fill large commercial office buildings with endless rows of cubicles. From leadership, communication, and productivity perspectives, each design has its own set of pros and cons. Since most professionals spend at least 40 hours a week in their home away […]

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A Winning Culture: Embracing the Heart of a Champion

Resilient. Hardworking. Dreamer. Proactive. Driven. What makes up the heart of a champion? Characteristics can be defined in simple platitudes, but character is what separates the haves from the have-nots. Character is what creates a champion. In the 1995 NBA Finals, future Hall-of-Famer Hakeem Olajuwon and the sixth-seeded Houston Rockets overcame a lackluster season and […]

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TEDTalk: Building a Human Company in the Age of Machines

“Half of the human workforce is expected to be replaced by software and robots in the next 20 years,” says author, speaker, and “strategy artist” Tim Leberecht in a recent TEDTalk. It’s no secret that our world is becoming more automated every day, and in many ways, our lives are better because of it. However, […]

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Onboarding: What We Can Learn From the Presidential Inauguration

Every four years, citizens from coast to coast go to the polls to vote for the commander-in-chief. And as an example of a peaceful transfer of power, the soon-to-be former president works with the president-elect to ensure the continued success of the United States of America. This transition is made complete on Jan. 20 during […]

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Question of the Month: What’s the Most Important Soft Skill You Look for in a Job Candidate?

Job experience and education are only part of the equation when finding the perfect new employee. Most hiring managers can attest to situations where an applicant looked perfect on paper, but the hire didn’t stick due to a disconnect in the soft skills needed to perform the job. According to the American Society of Training […]

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Creative Ways to Thank Your Employees This Holiday Season

Recognition and appreciation are the lifeblood of successful, well-led teams. When businesses focus on their most valuable assets—their employees—they build a culture of loyalty, respect, and high morale. As we enter the holiday season, now is the best time of the year to live that culture. Check out these creative ways to thank your employees […]

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3 Tips for Writing the Perfect Employee Appreciation Note

Behind every great organization is a team of hardworking, loyal employees. But with continued success, comes strain and burnout. To avoid turnover or loss in growth, an organization needs to focus on what matters most—their employees. One proven way to do that is to recognize the importance of your team through acknowledgment and appreciation. In […]

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Attitude of Gratitude: Why Thankful People Are Successful People

Legendary author and motivational speaker Zig Ziglar said “gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions. The more you express gratitude for what you have, the more likely you will have even more to express gratitude for.” We all know people who are eternally positive. They relish the opportunity to start a new day and […]

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The Results Are In: Majority of Companies Will Use Current Staff For Seasonal Upswing

In our recent monthly poll, we asked our readers how their companies handle the extra workload during the holiday season, and nearly three-quarters of businesses don’t make any adjustments to their current staff. With 39% of the votes, “we do not make any seasonal adjustments” was the number one answer, followed by “use current staff, […]

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