Most people think of IQ, or Intelligence Quotient, as the most important part of success in life. After all, we're taught that smart people go further in life than people who aren't intelligent. But standard intelligence is only one part of the picture. Social skills play a significant part in anyone's ability to make progress towards their goals. Emotional intelligence is a vital piece of success in the workplace and in life in general. If you want to improve...
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When teams change, it can be stressful for everyone, especially if the team has been together for a long period of time. In modern workplaces, change is unavoidable. New projects come along and they require different skill sets. What worked for one project might not work for another. Team members may have to cope with the separation of long-term co-workers and changes in management. When this happens, managers have to deal with the stress of the remaining team. The...
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The first step to resolving these conflicts successfully is figuring out what they're really about. Team members clash for a wide variety of reasons. These can include personality clashes, power struggles, and poor communication. When conflicts aren't addressed, relationships can break down and little to no work gets done. Power struggles often cause conflicts among team members. If individuals believe that one person should be in charge, they may jockey for this position. If more than one person tries...
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As a manager, it's your job to monitor your employees' progress on their tasks. This doesn't mean that you need to stand over them while they're working. This probably won't give you a good assessment of what they're accomplishing anyway. It's more likely to intimidate them. There are better ways to keep up with worker progress on tasks and goals. These include one-on-one meetings, status reports and reviewing portions of completed work. Employees need to have private working space...
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Work-life balance is one of the most significant issues in the modern workplace. The concern is that most people have very little balance. Their work significantly overshadows their personal life. This can lead to serious problems at home. In addition, it leads to stress, health problems and frustration. People with little work-life balance can end up feeling burnt out because they don't have any time for themselves. Many experts warn that work life balance has gotten even more out...
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Motivation is a complicated issue. It involves many different factors such as management style, team structure, feedback style, goals and job fit. Motivation also may include office culture, potential for growth within the company and many other factors. It's impossible to list all the things that can motivate employees. As an employer, you need to address as many motivational issues as possible. One of those is the space that your employees work in. If you can create a motivational...
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Neutral colors have always been a popular choice for offices. The colors in your office set the tone for the environment and have an effect on employees. Choosing colors might seem like an insignificant detail if you aren't focused on the details of office design. However, studies show that employee productivity is significantly affected by the color of the d©cor in the office. This means it's important to consider the colors involved in d©cor. The color scheme of an...
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When you hear the word bulling, you probably think of kids in the school yard. However, bullying is just as much of a problem in the workplace as it is at school. The reasons for bullying may be slightly different but the result is the same “ a person or group of people are the target of hostility. Workplace bullying can have a negative effect on everyone in the office. Obviously, the target(s) of the bullying suffer. They...
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Motivating employees is on every executive's mind. They are constantly looking for techniques to inspire employees and help them feel engaged in the workplace. The truth is that motivation is complicated. There is no one way to inspire employees and therein lies the difficultly. Workers need to be motivated in a variety of ways. These include their involvement in team projects, their ability to achieve goals, the sense of contributing to company goals, the atmosphere they work in and...
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Employers are learning the importance of collaboration more and more all the time. It used to be that employees simply receive tasks from their managers and completed them as directed. That approach doesn't work in the modern world because the fast-paced, ever-changing business world requires input from many different people. Gone are the days when managers made all the decisions. Today, teams collaborate to make recommendations, share information and complete work as teams instead of as individuals. This approach allows...
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