Changes are constant in the workplace. When it’s time for a new promotion on the team, many people, including you, may hope for the management job. However, it may well go to one of the other people on your team. When one of your peers becomes your boss, you may initially feel uncomfortable, disappointed and surprised. It’s important to remember that your new boss may be experiencing some of the exact feelings of discomfort that you are going through....
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New technology can be a struggle for employees. However, it’s a reality in the workplace and new types of technology are almost constantly introduced. Some employees experience stress when it comes to new computer systems and other types of electronics. You can help motivate them to embrace the new technology by taking certain steps ahead of time and during implementation to reduce stress and increase acceptance. Keep in mind that employees aren’t showing resistance because they are trying to...
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The leadership in place at your company is the key to the organization’s success over time. You may have a great leadership team in place at your company and look forward to many prosperous years ahead. Your company can’t afford to be complacent about leadership. Overtime, some of the best members of your management team will leave for a variety of reasons. Some may retire. Others may face illnesses that force them to cut back on work. Some people...
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Conference rooms are an important part of every business location. The rooms are used for a variety of different purposes including important meetings, training, sales meetings, customer meetings and many other purposes. When you stage a conference room, it’s important to focus on several issues. The room should be professional and inviting. The furnishings should be comfortable. You will need to provide furnishings and accessories for a variety of purposes. Many meetings require table space for attendees. There may...
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Social media is everywhere in the modern business world. It can be a great way to connect with current and potential customers. Businesses use it to build relationships in a variety of ways. It's also a great way to reach out to potential customers and increase your client numbers. Many companies use social media to promote new products, inform the public of sales and offer a variety of incentives such as coupons and reward programs. That said, social media...
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Collaboration is an important process in work environments, whether in large meetings or during one- on-one interactions. You can exchange emails and materials and discuss issues over the phone, but sometimes, a meeting is the best way to work together to share information, solve problems and spur new ideas. To collaborate as effectively as possible, you need good collaboration tools. They don't have to be complex. It's not necessary to have high end technology or other expensive items to...
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We all grow up competing in the school environment to take study, take tests and get good grades. This kind of success is academic. It’s based on intelligence quotient, commonly known as IQ. This kind of intelligence is responsible for high test scores, performance in college and other educational achievements. It is also makes people successful at many of the technical aspects of jobs. However, there is more to a successful career than academic or technical skills. When you...
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Office space is at a premium almost everywhere in the country. Companies can't afford to have unused space because they are paying for the space regardless of how it is used. Older styles of setting up offices don't use space very efficiently. Most modern companies have fewer offices because they take up so much space. Companies prefer to use cubicles or other types of desks because they take up significantly less room than offices. As you design your office...
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Employee performance plans and performance reviews are both parts of performance management. These are processes that are used to help employees perform effectively and make the company more productive. However, these two tools are very different and have different purposes within the company. Ideally, you use the two together to help your team members reach their full potential. When someone brings up the idea of performance management, many employees have a negative reaction. That's often because they've had experience...
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A new supervisory role can be an exciting time in your career. It's an increase in responsibilities and will present many exciting challenges. Your organization may have a structured program for new supervisors. Other companies will give you some materials and expect you to learn on the job. It's important to review any materials on supervising that you have and collect as much information as possible about your new role. If there are existing supervisors within your company...
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