Managing overtime can be a headache for many companies. There are times when overtime is constant, which can lead to considerable costs for the company. If your company doesn’t find a way to minimize overtime, you can lose a great deal of money which will cut your profits significantly. A single department could pay out thousands of dollars a month in overtime costs. These could be greatly reduced if the company took steps to minimize...
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In today’s rapidly changing workplace, you may find yourself in an unexpected position – you may end up working for someone significantly younger than you. It can be an initial shock but you shouldn’t assume that a person’s age is the only indicator of his or her ability to lead. It’s hard to accept at first but you shouldn’t allow a difference in age or your own pride get in the way of your career...
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It’s important to demonstrate respect to others. It’s a critical part of building strong relationships with them. If you don’t demonstrate respect for the people you work with, they won’t respect you. This will lead to many different problems that have the potential to lower morale and productivity. A lack of respectful treatment can increase turnover and lead to conflict at work. How does respect look at work?  There are many ways you can show...
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Email is an inescapable part of work. It can be an excellent tool for certain types of communications. However, there are many minefields you can step on when using email, so it’s important to be careful and understand some basic rules for using this tool appropriately. You want to communicate your messages clearly without confusing anyone or offending someone in the audience. Clarity is critical when it comes to email. Before resorting to written communication,...
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When you’re marketing products to the public, there are many different demographics you need to consider. Geographic location, education, income, gender, age and race are important considerations. Studies have shown that targeted messages work better than marketing that is created to reach the general population. A lot of attention has been given to generational differences because Baby Boomers, Generation Xers and Millennials take different approaches to making decisions. Effective marketing campaigns include generational preferences. Each...
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A good chair can help your employees. How? First of all, chairs may or may not make people comfortable. An uncomfortable chair is a distraction. Chairs may be inflexible and rigid. They can be the wrong height or tilt which means the person has to sit in an unnatural position to work. Bad chairs work against the seater’s body and can actually cause damage. Problems can include back strain, neck pain, leg cramps and arm...
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Have you ever held a job that turned out differently than you expected? Sometimes, people are hired for a particular position and are told they’ll be performing certain tasks. Then, at some point, they find they’re taking on other responsibilities. This can be a positive development if they are in line for promotions or raises. However, if people isn’t recognized or compensated appropriately, they’ll get frustrated. If they see their jobs moving away from their...
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Autumn is a beautiful time of year throughout the country. Integrating autumn colors and items into your office will make it more attractive during the season and add some visual interest throughout the office. There are a variety of options for adding autumn touches to your workplace. You can use many different strategies to decorate different parts of the office at reasonable prices. Your reception area is a great place to add autumn colors to...
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When you think of sales, like most people, you probably think of sales people who sell products or services to outside customers. However, there is more to sales than this. All employees should develop internal sales skills. Sales skills are just as important internally as they are externally because they help people sell ideas to their peers and management. Ideas for products, services, streamlining work processes, and cost-cutting measures are invaluable to the company. They...
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Executives in small companies assume they don’t need to worry about details like employee handbooks. The handbooks seem like details that are only necessary for larger companies with many workers. This is a common misconception. An employee handbook is critical for companies of every size. It helps both the employer and the employees. Another misconception among small and large companies is that an employee handbook only needs to be created once. In reality, the document...
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