Going green is a popular topic today. Many companies are doing their best to eliminate waste and minimize their impact on the environment as a part of doing business. Many workplaces emphasize recycling cans, papers, bottles and reducing the amount of materials, such as paper. These are all important contributions when it comes to reducing your office’s waste materials. When it comes to really going green, there are some other big-picture strategies you should consider....
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Holiday seasons are notorious for having a negative effect on productivity. Everyone suffers including employees, customers and management. It’s a distracting time for everyone. The problem is that everyone needs to get things done during every holiday season. Project goals need to be met. Products need to be shipped. Customer problems must be resolved. Manufacturing can’t press pause at any time. Most offices need to be staffed almost constantly. This is tough on both managers...
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Email and other types of digital communication are inescapable parts of the modern work world. These can be excellent tools for certain types of interactions. They can also be major sources of stress if they aren’t managed appropriately. There are steps you can take to make sure that you aren’t overwhelmed by your own electronic tools, and you can also help your team manage their own stress.   It’s easy to fall into the following...
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It’s easy to overlook the importance of the chairs in your office. They might seem like background pieces, but they are far more important to your office’s atmosphere than you might realize. Most offices have side chairs throughout the office. They’re a great way to add elegance to your office. It’s also important to find chairs for office workers that fit in with the jobs they do while keeping them comfortable. Before you make a...
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Respect is critical to positive relationships at work. It needs to be mutual between managers and employees, co-workers and colleagues. A respectful environment means that everyone’s voice is heard. People’s contributions are valued and everyone is treated with dignity. No one person is considered more important than others. People have confidence that others won’t undermine them when they aren’t present. What happens if you don’t build a respectful workplace? You’ll find that the ramifications are...
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During the course of your career, you will have the opportunity to attend many work-related social events. These may include after-hours work parties, happy hours and dinner parties. Outside of your job, you may join any number of professional associations that hold social-style networking events. Your conduct at work and other professional events can have a profound effect on your career. Although some work-related events are more successful that others, your conduct can enhance your...
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Frustrations are a part of working life. Co-workers, customers, regulations and management can contribute to feelings of anger, irritation and discomfort. Everyone feels this way sometimes. As a manager, you need to know as much as possible about the issues that trouble your employees. You should also be someone they trust so that they will talk to you when they’re worried or upset. When employees come to you with their concerns, they’re demonstrating a significant...
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It’s exciting when a business grows. After all, it’s the goal of business owners to watch their companies grow and thrive. However, growth brings its own set of problems. There are many examples of businesses that have failed because the owners aren’t able to adapt to the challenges of a growing business. Sometimes, the people that are trying to build a company that are the very people that hold it back. But, if the entrepreneur...
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You want to encourage your employees to develop their skills and achieve their dreams. You probably have great team members that make valuable contributions on a daily basis. What happens, though, when what they ultimately want to achieve doesn’t include working at your company in the long run? Your first instinct might be to give the person notice, but don’t jump to conclusions. You have more options You may find yourself in middle of a...
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A good supervisor needs many different skills. It’s a common misconception that someone who is skilled at a particular job is a good candidate for management. Companies often promote people based on their competency at certain skills and tasks. For example, a good customer service agent might be promoted to a customer service supervision role. A strong accountant could be promoted to head of the accounting department. A good salesperson may end up as a...
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