360° performance reviews are different than typical performance reviews. During the traditional review, the employee receives feedback from the manager's perspective. A 360° performance review incorporates direct feedback from many different people. These include the employee's team members, their employees, supervisors and peers. The employee will also complete a self-evaluation of his or her performance. In many cases, feedback is solicited from other channels. The manager may ask for feedback from customers, sales people, suppliers or other interested parties. What...
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Furniture is a huge investment. New furniture can be extremely expensive, especially if you want to buy pieces that that are attractive and will last for a long time. Furniture stores will often offer to finance your purchases. This might sound tempting, but keep in mind that you are accruing debt at a significant interest rate. Often, furniture stores will offer you six months same as cash but it's unusual for people to pay off large purchases in the...
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Artwork is an important part of the design of any office. Adding artwork can be a fun part of putting together a new office or revamping an older one. There are many important considerations when choosing art for the office. Obviously, your own taste is important. This is not, however, the only consideration. The appearance of your office sends a message to anyone who visits. It also affects employees' perception of the office. That's why you should consider several...
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When it comes to furnishing your office, you will quickly find that there are a wide variety of styles of furniture. It can seem overwhelming at first. After all, you need furniture that will play more than one role. It needs to be functional. Employees need the right tables, chairs, desks and other items to do their jobs. The furniture needs to be inviting, especially if you are furnishing a conference room or a reception area. The office furniture...
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Have you ever heard the expression The Beatings Will Continue until Morale Improves? It's a popular joke in some work environments. Obviously, this expression is a joke, but it reflects the attitude many employees have about the way they are treated at work. In an effort to improve productivity, many companies put restrictions in place, not realizing that they are being punitive rather than motivating. These behaviors lead to an environment of mistrust and low motivation. It's the opposite...
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Employees often have problems prioritizing their professional projects. Why? There are usually many reasons. First of all, people are often overwhelmed with work. It's a fact in many organizations that employees have larger workloads than they did in the past due to layoffs and reorganizations. Another reason employees struggle with prioritizing is that they may be assigned tasks from more than one manager or project manager. The tasks may not align naturally which can cause confusion about what the employee...
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There are many different tasks that need to be performed for any organization to be effective. If these tasks aren't performed correctly, or at all, significant problems can arise. In other cases, it's unclear which person or group is responsible for certain tasks. When there is confusion, it can lead to a lot of wasted time and money. Conflict can arise quickly and employees get discouraged. One of the ways you can motivate employees while reducing frustration is to...
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Some employees complain of dealing with managers who don't pay attention to team members. This is a frustrating situation because employees don't receive the direction and support they need. They feel like they have to guess they should be doing. An unengaged manager is one end of the management spectrum. There is an opposite kind of manager that can make life difficult for team members. This is a micromanager who, rather than being unengaged, is overly involved and can make...
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Every company wants managers that get great results. Many of these qualities are hard to pin down because a great manager doesn't do just one thing to stand out. They demonstrate a variety of qualities that support both employees and the organization. Retention is a critical issue at every company. Your company should, of course, want to keep the best and brightest people on its staff. These people have the potential to do great, innovative work and help the...
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Helping young employees build a career path is beneficial to both you and the employees. They will see a future within your company. All young people need guidance in planning ahead work-wise. The need for support isn't any different for millennials than it had been for any previous generations. The only changes in terms of career paths are that millennials are working in a different environment than previous generations. They still need career advice just like any set of...
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