Your boss or other colleagues in your office may encourage you to join business groups in your industry. Your first thought might be that you don't have time for these kinds of groups. After all, you have plenty of responsibilities in the office. However, there are many advantages to joining trade societies, industry associations and local community groups that fit in with your job goals and the mission of your company. They can help you get to know the...
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Hiring new employees can be a complex process. It's a significant investment of time and resources to add and train a new team member. That's the reason you should take hiring seriously. A bad employment decision can have serious ramifications for your company. You can end up with frustrated customers, incomplete projects, unnecessary errors and a wide range of other problems. If worse comes to worse, you'll have to terminate and replace the person, which is costly for the...
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There's no getting around it. First impressions are important. Most people form a strong first impression of a person and rarely change it. That's why you need to spend time ensuring that you present the best image possible when you meet someone new. You need to consider all elements of your behavior and presentation when you meet other people. The way you look will always factor into the impression you leave on others. Your clothing should be neat and...
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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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