Your organization has only so many resources with which to achieve its goals. The resources include time, money and people. As a team leader, supervisor or manager, it’s your job to help the organization achieve its goals. You and your team carry out the tasks and complete the projects that help the organization thrive. It’s your job to maximize your employees’ performance for everyone’s benefit. Employees struggle with performance for a variety of reasons. There are a variety...
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Employees are bound to make mistakes. It’s part of work life. As a manager or supervisor, you are called on to deal with the ramifications of the mistakes and figure out strategies for moving forward. It may seem that it’s easier to just let the employee go and find a replacement. After all, if you’re having problems with someone, starting fresh with someone new sounds appealing. It’s also daunting to think about dealing with a problem employee. Most people...
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Emotional intelligence is an important part of building good relationships with others in the workplace. There is a high correlation between emotional intelligence and success in the workplace. There are many aspects to emotional intelligence, including motivation, self-regulation, self-awareness, social skills and empathy. Empathy is not the same as sympathy, although both are important. Sympathy means that you acknowledge the other person’s problems and challenges. Then, you provide the person with comfort and support. It means that you understand the...
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When managers experience problems with employees, they often turn to training departments for a solution. People assume training can solve almost any problem. Actually, this is not the case. Training is very effective at solving a particular group of problems. It is not effective when it comes to other issues. It's important to understand the difference between problems training can solve and those it cannot. Training is the solution when there is a knowledge or skill gap. If...
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Emotional intelligence has a variety of aspects which are important to the development of every person. The five aspects of emotional intelligence include self-awareness, self-regulation, social skills, empathy and motivation. People who take the time to improve these parts of their behavior have a better chance of success in the workplace and in life. While basic intelligence, also known as IQ, is also important to success, emotional intelligence makes a big difference in how people are able to function...
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The world of work life is complex whether it is a large corporation, a medium-sized company or a small business. Many things affect your experience in the work world including your job, your co-workers, your boss and the department in which you work. There are also larger issues that impact both you and the company you where you are employed. These include the company policies and company culture. All companies have policies whether they are written or unwritten....
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Find a comfortable chair is a challenge for office workers everywhere. You've probably had many experiences with uncomfortable chairs. Who hasn't sat in a chair that drives them crazy all day long? Chairs can be uncomfortable for a variety of reasons. Some parts of your body might feel restricted like your arms or legs. The chair may feel like it was made for someone else, and no matter how you adjust it, it doesn't feel quite right. At the...
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New project managers are a constant in any organization. Project managers leave the company. In other cases, the organization grows and needs new people to manage the growing numbers of projects. The people may be hired from outside or promoted from within the company. In any case, project managers need coaching and training. It's not easy to transition into a project management role and individuals need support. You'll need to teach a new project manager some of the basics...
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Reducing turnover among quality employees should be a high priority for all companies. Most organizations are competing for the best talent out there. Hanging on to current employees instead of replacing them is much more cost effective. Your company should devote serious effort to employee retention to help keep costs down. One way to increase retention is to find out the reasons that employees typically leave the company. Focus on the reasons that employees do not voluntarily leave and...
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Herman Miller chairs focus on designs that help workers do their work and feel their best at the same time. Workers are more productive when they are comfortable and have the right seating support. The better their chairs, the better their health will be in the long term. This will lead to improved work products and long-term health improvements for the employee. Companies can feel confident about purchasing Herman Miller products because they are doing the best for their...
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