Recruiting is an important function for any company. Finding the right people is a priority for every business. Your company invests a lot of money in training employees. When you add in the cost of salaries and benefits, you'll quickly realize how cost-effective it is to put time and effort into recruiting the right people. Recruiting is not an exact science but there are many principles you can follow to help you during the process. Before you start the...
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Most modern workplaces have a blend of many different age groups on teams. While it's important to have many different perspectives in groups, sometimes, different generations see things in very different ways. Baby boomers, Generation Xers and Millennials may need some help communicating so that they can be as productive as possible. Keep in mind is that some differences aren't generational in nature. They have more to do with age differences than characteristics that define a particular generation. People...
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Have you considered adding music to your workplace? It's a well-known fact that music can increase endorphins which increase happiness and can help people be more productivity. It's typical for many workers to have music playing in the background. If you go into retail stores, there is almost always music playing in the background. If you're thinking about adding music to the workplace, you should consider the pros and cons. Piping standard music into the office is probably not...
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Office furniture is a huge investment for your company. If you are starting from scratch or are doing a major remodeling project, you will need to spend a lot of money, depending on how much of the office you are revamping. If you are doing a total overhaul or changing more than one or two rooms, your budget can get quickly overwhelming. This is why many people consider purchasing items at furniture liquidators. One advantage is that liquidators often...
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A manager's role can be difficult. Things can work smoothly when you have an established team with employees you know well and have experience working with. Everyone understands their jobs and knows how to work with one another. You have a standing relationship with each person on your team. You know each individual and his or her working style. When the person experiences stress, you're able to recognize issues and take steps to resolve them. What can cause a...
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Although some people thrive on change, it is a major source of stress for others. This is particularly true in the workplace, where change often means new responsibilities, new reporting structures and the possibility of job loss. The confusion can be overwhelming and it can lead to a significant drop in productivity. That's why you need to take an active role in managing employee stress during times of change. Your intervention can help employees stay calm and focused during...
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Performance reviews can be a time of anxiety for both managers and employees. No one likes to be judged and it's hard to give someone feedback that they may not want to hear. However, one of the basic rules when it comes to performance reviews is that there should be no surprises during an annual or semi-annual review. One of the reasons employees shouldn't be surprised during performance reviews is communication. Employees should always know where they stand in...
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One of the most difficult parts of being a manager is dealing with employee mistakes. They happen all the time and make your life difficult. It's understandably frustrating, but you can't allow employee missteps to become your sole focus. Why? It demoralizes the employee and can create a negative environment in the office. One important rule you should remember is to discuss an employee's missteps in private. While it's appropriate to give positive feedback publicly, never point out mistakes...
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There are a wide variety of personalities in every workplace. People with different personality types tend to gravitate towards particular jobs. Often, people in different jobs need to work with people in other departments. You've probably dealt many different kinds of people on projects and your department. Sometimes these differences can make for difficulties in your work life. Other times, you can learn to get along with people with who are different than you. It can be challenging, however,...
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Business etiquette changes over time. New technology is invented on a regular basis. The way work is performed evolves as well. Think about how work has changed in the last 30 years. Most work is performed on computers. Few people delegate their writing to secretaries or assistants and write themselves instead. Almost everyone has smartphones or, at least, cellular phones. Laptops are extremely common and many people do work on mobile devices. Fewer meetings are held in person and are...
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