All offices need occasional updates. The last thing you want is an office that looks shabby or out of date. This will give customers the impression that your skills, services and products are out of date. Your reception room is more than just a room. It’s a place to make first impressions and show customers what your company is all about. It’s an opportunity to help customers form positive opinions right from the start. When...
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Getting along with your co-workers and leading your team is always a priority. However, it can be challenging for anyone to navigate the complex web of emotions and frustrations that are present in the workplace. It takes more than standard intelligence, also known as IQ, to succeed when working with a variety of personalities. While typical intelligence is important to performing any job, it’s not the only important factor. There are people who perform well academically and do well...
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Your employees’ self-esteem and confidence depends, in part, on the feedback they receive from you. They need to feel that you understand and appreciate their efforts and accomplishments. Employee reward systems exist so that team members understand that you value them and their contributions. Often times, employees are rewarded in a variety of ways. Sometimes, these rewards aren’t in line with company values and other times, the benefits aren’t sufficient to motivate employees and make them feel like they...
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Employees pay more attention to their company’s leadership than executives, managers and company owners sometimes realize. Your team notices everything you say and do. That’s why it’s so important that what you say is consistent with what you do. It’s easy to fall into the trap of giving employees positive messages then unintentionally contradicting these messages through your behavior. While you may have the best intentions, it’s easy to send demotivating messages when you get caught up in other tasks....
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As an employee, you should be able to look to your manager as an example of how to behave in the office. The manager should set the standard of conduct in the workplace. Unfortunately, some managers behave inappropriately and don’t always set a good example. Sometimes, they do small things that make you uncomfortable. Other times, a manager’s behavior can go beyond what makes you uncomfortable and actually become a serious workplace issue. You will need to decide whether your...
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Debt is a common problem in the United States. Many people accumulate large amounts of debt during difficult times such as unemployment or illnesses. Others build up debt due to bad financial planning. Over time, the pressure of unpaid debt can cause a significant amount off stress for employees as debt accumulates and payment amounts accumulate. This stress can affect their performance. They may have trouble concentrating on work. Others may take part-time jobs to...
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It’s tragic when an employee passes away. It’s a blow to everyone who knows the person, especially the immediate family, but also for the people who work with the deceased. Some companies don’t have managers that think ahead about these situations. Other companies have human resources departments that have documented procedures for employee death benefits and procedures for dealing with the death of a worker. It’s a good idea, no matter what the size of...
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Organizations often give lip service to the idea of promoting within. Employees get invested in the idea. Often, the next time a manager leaves the organization, a new manager is hired from outside the company. This gives the message that employees within the organization aren’t competent enough to take on positions with more responsibility. This kind of behavior is all too common and it has negative effects on employees’ attitudes. Numerous studies have shown that...
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Do you know that sleep is one of the most underrated assets in our society? We tend to treat our need for sleep as a weakness and indulging in it as a luxury. People who express their need for sleep are perceived as frail and people who work endless hours without sleep are praised for their perseverance and commitment. People often brag about how little sleep they’ve had as a way of proving they have...
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Do you work from home part of the time or all the time? More and more people telecommute on a regular basis. It’s a great benefit for a lot of reasons. You save time on commuting and time saved on travelling and office distractions leave you with more time to do work. Because you have more time, you’ll be able to complete your work more quickly and have more free time. If you’re thinking about taking a home...
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