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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The way networking should work and the way it is often used are at odds. It can be a great tool for helping you meet other people. Networking lets you learn more about the field you’re in and make connections with people who work in the same industry and in related industries. It’s also an opportunity to learn about new technology, trends, changes and other information that can help you do your work better and...
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Workplace violence is a concern for people all over the country. There have been incidents in many different types of companies by both customers and employees with tragic results. People worry about their loved ones being attacked. Employers want to protect their employees and company. To ease concerns, your company can create policies and systems to prevent violent incidents. If there is an incident, there are many strategies for improving security and avoiding incidents. The effects of workplace violence,...
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It’s important to have a diverse workforce. People with different backgrounds and experiences can provide perspective and information that helps everyone perform better. When you have any kind of diversity, there are opportunities for challenging situations. One of the difficulties in the modern workplace is resolving the realities of parenting without overburdening employees that don’t have children. Parents want employers that are accommodating to the realities of family life. It’s one of the selling points...
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PTO or Paid Time Off is the time awarded to employees for vacations and personal time. It’s one of the most important benefits that employees receive. Everyone one needs a break from work. While most companies provide time off, many don’t use the time they’re entitled to. At the same time, surveys show that employees are experiencing more stress than ever. People’s fears about taking time off are so significant that many people go years without taking time off....
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When you’re working with other people, your goal is usually to get as much information as possible. For example, when you are interviewing someone, you want to know as much about the person as you can. When you are problem-solving as team, you need to be open to as many ideas as you can generate. In a conflict management situation, you need to learn as much as you can about the problem so you can...
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